So here is another little pedal with a lot of attitude. The OCD is a great piece of gear, small size, great tones and LP and HP function for even more variations.
First thing you will notice when plugging in is the consistency of your natural bypass guitar tone. It manages to keep that nice natural guitar to amp tone and signal so it is much more like a gain stage on an amp more than a pedal. For me this pedal was bought on a bit of a whim when I was downsizing my board and wanted something that would cover a lot of bases. I was using the BB+ at the time and wanted something that was smaller.
The gain level is very adjustable and will cover most type you will need but works best when you crank it up and are going for more of a rock thing rather than a blues thing. There is a LP/HP function and it changes the character of the pedal. The LP works great for clean boosts and when you want more scoop from your sound. The HP works for more of a saturated feel and tone.
The OCD stacks well too. I find that is runs better after other gain based effects but that is because I tend to run it quite hot, but before solo boosts. I have stacked it with other pedals with a high gain setting, this can then get a little noisy, but there are so many variables it might just have been a combo of guitar, amp, pedals, power supply and lighting that mucked about with it.
So, the dials, I have version 4 of this pedal by the way! Tone, Volume, Drive and a HP/LP Switch. That is it! It is super easy to use, just plug and play. The Tone (or at least certainly int he first models) only changes the high frequencies so you can go from a smooth boost/gain stage right through to a much sharper attack. The volume does exactly that, changes the volume. There is a whopping +30db of boost on offer if you can handle it. I don’t think mine has ever been about 10 o’clock! The drive control is just how much fuzz you want. I have mine set to about 2 o’clock and it gives a good Led Zep amount of fuzz. The HP/LP (High Peak/Low Peak) changes the frequencies that you change with the other other controls. In HP mode the pedal reacts better to the lower frequency ranges giving a much tighter low end, a bigger dynamic range and more gain throughout the volume changes. The LP setting gives more of that bluesy tone, and works well for a clean/crunch boost.
The pedal is like a great Amp gain stage and is just as transparent. The upper harmonics really come through and the more you turn it up the better they get
This pedal works best with a clean amp. I have tried it with an already distorted amp and whilst not terrible, it wasn’t good either. I have been using it with most fender amps on a clean setting and it is hear where I think it sounds at its best. I have yet to find a sound that I didn’t like from the pedal and if it were damaged or got stolen or I lost it I would certainly replace it! The build quality is very high, nice metal housing and a great switch that doesn’t feel like I am going to break it, it has a nice LED too and the dials are a little on the stiff side, which I like as it means that are not too easily moved mid gig if I nock it with a foot.
Pros: Awesome tones / Great size / Easy to use / Side mounted power socket / Good build quality
Cons: None! Just go and buy one!