Here are a few quick demos of my custom overdrive/distortion pedals for your listening pleasure.
Blue pedal with boost
Blue pedal with boost and EQ
Purple pedal with EQ
Gold pedal with boost (Unfortunately, there is some hard clipping that sneaked into the track.)
Gold pedal with boost and EQ (some clipping here, too)
Gold pedal 1N60 diodes with boost
Gold pedal 1N60 diodes with boost and EQ
Gold pedal 1N34A diodes with boost
Gold pedal 1N34A diodes with boost and EQ
The blue pedal worked fantastically with a boost in front, but the purple one just got out of hand with so much gain. As you can probably hear, the gold pedal has a lot less gain, even with a boost, so it’s better equipped for blues stuff than rock/metal solos.
I used the TC Electronic Ditto Looper to have the same sample solo play through each pedal setup, so you can accurately judge the differences between them. The boost pedal I used was a BB Preamp, and the EQ was an MXR 10-Band EQ in the amp’s effects loop. I played everything through the clean channel on a Bogner Uberschall (Rev 2 for those interested) and a Mills Acoustic 4×12 speaker cabinet. I used a Sennheiser MD441-U microphone on-axis, edge of speaker cap, and about an inch away from the grill. I fed the signal into a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface and finally to my computer. The DAW I used was REAPER.