Harley Benton Ultimate Drive

Effect Pedal

  • Overdrive
  • Control: 1x gain control, 1x tone control, 1x level control
  • Switch for low peak and high peak
  • Size (HxWxD): 38 x 64 x 118 mm
  • Operates with 9V battery (Art. 132579) or power supply (Art. 409939) - both not included
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Overdrive Yes
Distortion Yes
Fuzz No
Metal Yes

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Best budget OCD going

Supercollide, 13.07.2016
This is an inexpensive 'interpretation' of an OCD pedal, a rather popular overdrive/distortion pedal which is about 4 times the price of this.

Firstly why are OCD pedals so popular?
Well because it's a very versatile pedal that can do a (fairly) clean boost or can reach a great Hard Rock/Metal drive.
In front of a good tube amp you can use it like a souped up tubescreamer (which is a good analogy for the pedal as a whole) to push the tubes into overdrive.
It's fairly transparent (in that no matter how much it's distorting you can still her the notes and chords without it turning to mush).
Also when set right it can be very touch sensitive (especially for bass) in that when you play gently it'll stay clean but hit harder and it'll overdrive.
Another added bonus it that it doesn't really lose any bass frequencies when you use it on bass.

Secondly how does it directly compare to an OCD?
The short answer is very well indeed. It managed to capture all the essential OCD characteristics mentioned above.
No, you are not going to get the same sound from an OCD and the Ultimate Drive with all controls set to 12 o'clock, you will need to tweak the Ultimate Drive's knob a little to get the same tone and on the whole I'd say the Ultimate Drive is a little darker sounding (on both low and high settings).
The artwork on the Ultimate Drive will also divide people, I don't mind it but I can see why many wouldn't be able to get past that. It does feel like a colossal misstep putting such dividing graphics on this pedal.

In summary
It's a great OCD clone for a fraction of the price, providing that you can live with the artwork.
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Unbeatable price/quality OCD

Gouwy, 06.11.2017
It's a very sturdy pedal and does what you expect it to do. It's really responsive so you can tweak it exactly as you want to, from soft overdrive to pretty much metal distortion. The best OCD on the market at the moment, especially if you're looking to keep expenses as low as possible.
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