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.
I bought this pedal convinced by various reviews on youtube. It is essentially a clone of the famous OCD overdrive pedal. I cannot compare with the original OCD, as I have never tried it, but it does its job. It can provide a very neutral overdrive, useful if you want to drive a bit more your amp or another pedal after it, but by dialing the gain knob all the way up you can achieve some pretty heavy tones as well. It's not the most sophisticated overdrive out there, so it might fit in some genres, as it might not in others. for me, I care more about the "push" that gives to my sound, than for the actual tone that it produces. The switch between the two types of drive is quite nice, I always keep it up, as it gives the most aggressive tone. The tone is a slightly dark, but the tone knob allows to adjust that to your needs. It seems quite solid, I don't think it's going to break anytime soon.
PRO: --great sound for the price, I have listened to horrible cheap pedals before (like digitech, some boss, behringer), but this can give you a really good sound
CONS: ---the AC connector is not really tight, and my cable was getting loose. A bit of tape solved that.
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