What’s the best distortion effect for great kick drum sounds?
One way to find out would be to obsessively test 13 distortion pedals with a Roland TR-909 drum machine – which is exactly what Gear Fiend Mitch Wells did.
He ran a TR-909 bass drum through these 13 effects pedals, some of which are straight ahead distortion effects and others that focus on fuzz, filtering and lo-fi distortion:
- Dunlop Fuzz Face
- Electro-Harmonix Metal Muff with Top Boost
- Maxon OD-9
- Boss OS-2
- Boss DS-1
- Boss DS-2
- Pro Co RAT
- Tech 21 VT Bass
- MXR Bass D.I. +
- Electro-Harmonix English Muff’n
- Moog Moogerfooger Lowpass Filter
- Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff Pi
- Elektron SidStation