Decibel Eleven Dirt Clod Overdrive Distortion Pedal
Decibel Eleven introduces the Dirt Clod, an all-analog dual clipping overdrive and distortion pedal with preset control.
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This new pedal is their first guitar effects pedal and marks their entry into the distortion and overdrive pedal market, going beyond their current line up of signal path loopers, switchers and MIDI controllers.
The Dirt Clod is described as having two styles of clipping that allow for a wide range of overdrive and distortion flavors. Further tone shaping is then provided for by the pedal's EQ controls. To make full use of the pedal's versatility, Decibel Eleven equipped the pedal with the ability to store up to 10 presets that can be easily recalled.
DB-11 vice president of product development Chris Hern said, "As our first official Decibel Eleven guitar effects pedal, we understood that aside from providing unique memory presets, the sound quality of the overdrive distortion had to be exceptional. Guitarists of various styles and genres have provided phenomenal feedback, confirming that we accomplished our objective."
Decibel Eleven was able to fit the pedals complexity into a regular stompbox with a straightforward interface that merely utilizes four knobs and two foot switches.
The pedal's "Dirt" knob lets you control the gain, you can push down this knob to switch between the two different clipping modes. The "Core" knob lets you sweep the middle frequencies from classic full-on mids to modern scooped tones. The "Crystal" knob gives you control over the higher frequencies. Finally the "Mass" knob gives you standard volume control.
The footswitches give you access to two different presets side by side. You can also use the bank mode to scroll and select the presets that you want to use.
Interestingly, Decibel Elevel utilized their MIDI expertise by equipping the pedal with Full MIDI capabilities. You can use it with the simplest MIDI controller for automatically recalling presets or bypassing the pedal. You can also utilize MIDI expression pedals to adjust any of the Dirt Clod parameters in real-time, allowing for real-time hands free control while playing.Dirt Clod Features:
- Fully Analog Overdrive/Distortion
- Two Clipping Styles
- Variable Mid and High Controls
- Save up to 10 Distortion Presets
- MIDI Controllable
- Dimensions (W x D x H) 4.5" x 5" x 2.4"
- Weight 1.5 Ibs
- 3 Year Warranty
The new Dirt Clod pedal is expected to retail for around $189. You can head over to Decibel Eleven for further details.
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