Drive effect

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The information on this page supplements the official manuals.

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Note: forum member CBoothe01 contributed to this page

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Drive: supported by which Fractal Audio products?

Drives and X/Y switching

Drives and CPU usage

Matching knobs on real pedal to controls in model

Fuzz pedals, buffers and impedance

Tube Screamer circuit

Using a Drive block for tighter tones

Turning an Amp block into a Drive

Pictures of the modeled pedals (by MDProd)

Explanation of Drive block parameters

Simulating other pedals

Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

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Drive models

BB Pre (based on Xotic BB preamp)

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  1. Based on: Xotic BB preamp, an overdrive pedal with a preamp stage. "BB" is an abbreviation of "Bluesbreaker".
  2. Cliff's comments:
    • "Works just like the real thing here. Tons of gain, too much IMO but I didn't design it." source
  3. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Bender Fuzz (based on Sola Sound/Vox Tone Bender)

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  1. Based on: classic Tone Bender circuit, as used by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love.
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Bit Crusher

  1. Custom Fractal Audio model, designed to warm up a sound or to deliberately degrade a signal, using the Bit Reduce and/or Sample Rate parameters.
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Blues OD (based on Marshall Bluesbreaker (Mk1)

  1. Based on: Marshall Bluesbreaker Mk1, which was designed to produce the mildly overdriven valve sound of the 2x12 Marshall combo amp used by Eric Clapton in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Esoteric ACB (based on Xotic AC Booster)

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  1. Based on: Xotic AC Booster ("Almost Clean"), a thick, light-to-medium overdrive pedal.
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Esoteric RCB (based on Xotic RC Booster v1)

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  1. Based on: Xotic RC Booster v1 ("Real Clean"), a transparent boost pedal with additional gain en EQ.
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Eternal Love (based on Lovepedal Eternity)

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  1. Based on: Lovepedal Eternity, a pedal that covers clean boosting, overdrive and treble boosting.
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Face Fuzz (based on Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face)

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  1. Based on: Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face, made famous by Jimi Hendrix.
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

FAS Boost

  1. Custom Fractal Audio model, a clean boost, designed to boost vintage amps like Plexis.
  2. Cliff's comments:
    • "It's not based on anything. It's my take on an ideal boost pedal." source
  3. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

FAS LED-Drive

  1. Custom Fractal Audio model, based on the Tube Screamer circuit, featuring LED clipping.
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Fat Rat (based on modded Pro Co Rat)

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  1. Based on: modified Pro Co RAT, for fuller and smoother sound.
  2. See Rat Dist model.
  3. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

FET Boost

  1. Custom Fractal Audio model, gentle, smooth clipping with tone controls.
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

FET Preamp (based on BOSS FA-1 Fet Preamp)

  1. Probably based on: Boss FA-1 Fet Preamp, used by The Edge (U2).
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Full OD (based on Fulltone Full-Drive 2)

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  1. Based on: Fulltone Fulldrive 2, a thick overdrive pedal.
  2. Cliff's comments:
    • "The Full OD model is based on a Fulltone Fulldrive 2". source
  3. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Hard Fuzz

  1. Custom Fractal Audio model, a hard-clipping, 60s-style fuzz.
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Master Fuzz (based on Gibson Maestro Fuzz-Tone FZ-1A)

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  1. Based on: Gibson Maestro Fuzz Tone FZ-1A, as used in Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones.
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Micro Boost (based on MXR Micro Amp)

  1. Based on: MXR Micro Amp Boost, a clean booster.
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Mid Boost

  1. Custom Fractal Audio model, designed to boost the mids.
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

M-Zone Dist (based on BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone)

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  1. Based on: Boss MT-2 Metal Zone, the metal pedal.
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Octave Dist (based on Tycobrahe Octavia)

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  1. Based on: Tycobrahe Octavia, an octave up fuzz.
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Pi Fuzz (based on Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi)

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  1. Based on: Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi fuzz.
  2. Cliff's comments:
    • "Our model uses a shelving filter but it's not based on a Ram's Head version." source
  3. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Plus Dist (based on MXR Distortion +)

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  1. Based on: MXR Distortion +, designed to get more distortion from an already overdriven amp.
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Rat Dist (based on Pro Co RAT)

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  1. Based on: Pro Co Rat.
  2. Cliff's comments:
    • "The filter knob has been modeled but it works backwards." source
  3. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Ruckus (based on Suhr Riot)

  1. Based on: Suhr Riot distortion pedal.
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

SDD Preamp (based on preamp in Korg SDD-3000)

  1. Based on: preamp in Korg's rackmount SDD-3000 digital delay, used by The Edge.
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Shimmer Drive

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  1. Custom Fractal Audio model, designed to boost models of vintage amps (Plexi, Vox).
  2. Cliff's comments:
    • "The Shimmer Drive is my own creation. It is primarily intended to be used as a boost for Non-MV amps like AC-15/30's, Fenders and Plexis." source
  3. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Shred Dist (based on Marshall Shred Master)

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  1. Based on: Marshall Shred Master.
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Super OD (based on BOSS SD-1 Super OverDrive)

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  1. Based on: BOSS SD-1 Super OverDrive, competitor to the Tube Screamer.
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

T808 Mod (based on modded Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer)

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  1. Based on: modded Tube Screamer, more bass, more gain, more transparency.
  2. Notes: see T808 OD model.
  3. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

T808 OD (based on Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer)

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  1. Based on: Ibanez Tube Screamer TS9.
  2. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Tape Dist

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  1. Based on: the clipping of an overdriven reel-to-reel Ampex tape deck.
  2. Cliff's comments:
    • "It's just a generic tape distortion simulator. I used an old Ampex EQ curve basically."
    • "The tape drive is meant to be used anywhere in the chain. I've been using it after the amp to fatten things up and it work really well for that. Be careful though, the drive block is mono so you can get phase issues if you put it after a stereo effect."
  3. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Timothy (based on Timmy overdrive by Paul Cochrane)

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  1. Based on: Timmy pedal by Paul Cochrane, a transparent boost/overdrive pedal.
  2. Cliff's comments:
    • "The pedal has bass and treble controls. Low cut and Tone, respectively, are equivalent to these controls." source
    • "They are labeled Bass and Treble but they are Bass Cut and Treble Cut controls." source
    • "To get "flat" turn Low Cut all the way down and Tone all the way up." source
  3. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Treb Boost (based on a vintage treble booster)

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  1. Based on: a silicon-based treble booster.
  2. Cliff's comments:
    • "Boost was a switch and engaged the effect. Set was the amount of boost and is equivalent to Drive." source
  3. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Tube Drv 3-knob (based on 3-knob Tube Driver)

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  1. Based on: Tube Driver with 3 knobs, a pedal that contained a 12AX7 tube.
  2. Cliff's comments:
    • "The 3-knob version sounds very different than the 4-knob version." source
    • "Both of my actual pedals go silent with the Drive set to zero as would be expected looking at the design." source
  3. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Tube Drv 4-knob (based on 4-knob Tube Driver)

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  1. Based on: Tube Driver with 4 knobs, a pedal that contained a 12AX7 tube.
  2. Cliff's comments:
    • "The idea with the 4-knob version is to use the tone controls on the EQ page and leave the single Tone knob at noon. You can still use the Tone knob if you want but the model is only accurate with the knob at noon."
    • "Both of my actual pedals go silent with the Drive set to zero as would be expected looking at the design." source
  3. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)

Zen Master (based on Hermida/Lovepedal Zendrive)

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  1. Based on: Hermida/Lovepedal Zendrive, the Dumble-in-a-box pedal.
  2. To emulate the pedal's Voice control, use Low Cut. source
  3. Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive models (PDF)
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