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Drive: supported by which Fractal Audio products?

Drives and X/Y switching

Drives and CPU usage

Knobs on real pedals versus virtual knobs

Fuzz pedals, buffers and impedance

Drive models based on the Tube Screamer circuit

Using a Drive block for tighter tones

Turning an Amp block into a Drive (Axe-Fx II only)

Pictures of the modeled pedals (by MDProd)

Parameter: Mix

Parameter: Sample Rate Deduction

Parameter: Slew Rate

Simulating other pedals

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" actually stands for "Bluesbreaker", Marshalls 2x12 combo amp used by Eric Clapton in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (see the Blues OD model below). The pedal can act as a boost at low gain settings, turn a clean amp into a rock monster, and add smoothness and compression to an already overdriven tone. There are various versions of the BB preamp, such as Andy Timmons' limited-edition signature version.
  2. Original controls: Gain (model: Drive), Volume (model: Level), active Bass and Treble.
  3. Cliff's comments:
    • "Works just like the real thing here. Tons of gain, too much IMO but I didn't design it." source
  4. Yek's write-up

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

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  1. Based on: classic Tone Bender circuit, made famous by Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin (Whole Lotta Love) and Eric Clapton. One of the first fuzz pedals to be released in the UK in the mid 1960s. There are numerous versions and circuits, and it has been copied and cloned by many. It's not been disclosed which circuit has been modeled by Fractal Audio, so far known.
  2. Original controls: Level (model: Level), Attack (model: Drive).
  3. The Clip Type in the model is set to "Hard" (instead of germanium) because of the pedal's hard clipping.
  4. Read the comment at the top of the page regarding fuzz models, buffering and impedance.
  5. Yek's write-up

Bit Crusher

  1. Not based on a particular pedal (so far known). It can be used to warm up a sound or to deliberately degrade a signal to create a lo-fi or "broken" sound, using the Bit Reduce and/or Sample Rate parameters.
  2. Yek's write-up

Blues OD (based on Marshall Bluesbreaker)

  1. Based on: Marshall Bluesbreaker (pedal). Designed in the 90s to pump up the volume and simulate the mildly overdriven valve sound of the 2x12 Marshall combo amp used by Eric Clapton in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. The model is probably based on the original edition (Mk1).
  2. Original controls: Gain (model: Drive), Tone (model: Tone), Volume (model: Level). The later (less praised) MkII version added a Mode switch.
  3. Yek's write-up

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. Original controls: Gain (model: Drive), Volume (model: Level), active Bass and Treble controls.
  3. Yek's write-up

Esoteric RCB (based on Xotic RC Booster v1)

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  1. Based on: Xotic RC Booster ("Real Clean"), a transparent boost pedal with additional gain en EQ. The model is based on the original version of the pedal (v1).
  2. Original controls (v1): Gain (model: Drive), Volume (model: Level), active Bass and Treble controls.
  3. Yek's write-up

Eternal Love (based on Lovepedal Eternity)

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  1. Based on: Lovepedal Eternity, a popular and expensive boutique overdrive pedal, which can also operate as a boost or as a treble booster using its tone ("Glass") knob. There have been various editions.
  2. Original controls: Level (model: Level), Drive (model: Drive), Glass. The "Glass" knob on the pedal controls the amount of presence in the tone, from dark to boosting treble.
  3. Yek's write-up

Face Fuzz (based on Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face)

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  1. Based on: Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face, as used by Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour and Eric Johnson. Originally based on Sola Sound's Tone Bender (see above).
  2. Original controls: Volume (model: Level), Fuzz (model: Drive).
  3. Read the comment at the top of the page regarding fuzz models, buffering and impedance.
  4. Yek's write-up

FAS Boost

  1. Cleanish boost, a custom model designed by FAS 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 write-up

FAS LED-Drive

  1. Based on: a custom model, based on the Tube Screamer circuit and LED clipping.
  2. Yek's write-up

Fat Rat (based on modded Pro Co Rat)

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  1. Based on: modified Pro Co RAT, fuller and smoother.
  2. See Rat Dist model.

FET Boost

  1. Based on: a gentle, smooth clipping booster with tone controls.
  2. Yek's write-up

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

  1. Probably based on: Boss FA-1 Fet Preamp, a rare FET preamp (not a pedal), used by The Edge (U2).
  2. Original controls: active Bass and Treble controls (Model: Bass and Treble), Volume (model: Level), Flat/Low Cut switch (6 dB at 200 Hz).
  3. Yek's write-up

Full OD (based on Fulltone Full-Drive 2)

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  1. Based on: Fulltone Fulldrive 2, which takes overdrive beyond the Tube Screamer.
  2. Original controls: Volume (model: Level), Tone (model: Tone), Overdrive (model: Drive), Boost switch (more, depending on version).
  3. Cliff's comments:
    • "The Full OD model is based on a Fulltone Fulldrive 2". source
  4. Yek's write-up

Hard Fuzz

  1. A hard-clipping, 60s-style fuzz. So far inknown if the model is based on a real pedal.
  2. Read the comment at the top of the page regarding fuzz models, buffering and impedance.
  3. Yek's write-up

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

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  1. Based on: Gibson Maestro Fuzz Tone FZ-1A, used in Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones.
  2. Original controls: Volume (model: Level), Attack (Model: Drive).
  3. Read the comment at the top of the page regarding fuzz models, buffering and impedance.
  4. Yek's write-up

Micro Boost (based on MXR Micro Amp)

  1. Based on: MXR Micro Amp Boost, a clean booster.
  2. Original controls: Gain.
  3. Yek's write-up

Mid Boost

  1. A custom model, designed by FAS to boost the mids.
  2. Yek's write-up

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

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  1. Based on: Boss MT-2 Metal Zone, popular for extreme gain settings.
  2. Original controls: Level (model: Level), Distortion (model: Drive), Bass, Middle, Treble.
  3. Yek's write-up

Octave Dist (based on Tycobrahe Octavia)

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  1. Based on: Tycobrahe Octavia, an octave up fuzz.
  2. Original controls: Boost (model: Drive), Volume (model: Level).
  3. Yek's write-up

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

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  1. Based on: Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi fuzz.
  2. Original controls: Volume (model: Level), Tone (model: Tone), Sustain (model: Drive).
  3. Cliff's comments:
    • "Our model uses a shelving filter but it's not based on a Ram's Head version." source
  4. Yek's write-up

Plus Dist (based on MXR Distortion +)

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  1. Based on: MXR Distortion +. Designed to get more out of an already overdriven vintage amp.
  2. Original controls: Output (model: Level), Distortion (model: Drive).
  3. Yek's write-up

Rat Dist (based on Pro Co RAT)

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  1. Based on: Pro Co Rat.
  2. Original controls: Distortion (model: Drive), Filter (model: Tone), Volume (model: Level).
  3. Cliff's comments:
    • "The filter knob has been modeled but it works backwards." source
  4. Yek's write-up

Ruckus (based on Suhr Riot)

  1. Based on: Suhr Riot distortion pedal.
  2. Original controls: Distortion (model: Drive), Level (model: Level), Tone (model: Tone), Voice (not modeled). The Tone control is a treble roll-off.
  3. Yek's write-up

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

  1. Based on: preamp in Korg's rackmount SDD-3000 digital delay, made famous by The Edge.
  2. Original controls: Input Level.
  3. Yek's write-up

Shred Dist (based on Marshall Shred Master)

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  1. Based on: Marshall Shred Master.
  2. Original controls: Gain (model: Drive), Bass/Treble, Contour, Volume (model: Level).
  3. Yek's write-up

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

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  1. Based on: BOSS SD-1 Super OverDrive.
  2. Original controls: Level (model: Level), Tone (model: Tone), Drive (model: Drive).
  3. Yek's write-up

T808 Mod (based on modded Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer)

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  1. Based on: most popular Tube Screamer mods. More bass, more gain range, more transparent.
  2. Notes: see T808 OD model.

T808 OD (based on Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer)

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  1. Based on: Ibanez Tube Screamer TS9. One of the most famous and most-cloned pedals of all time.
  2. Original controls: Drive (model: Drive), Tone (model: Tone), Level (model: Level).
  3. Yek's write-up

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 write-up

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. Original controls: Gain (model: Drive), Volume (model: Level), Bass cut (model: Low Cut), Treble cut (model: Tone).
  3. 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
  4. Yek's write-up

Treb Boost (based on Dallas Rangemaster)

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  1. Based on: Dallas Rangemaster.
  2. Original controls: Boost switch, Set (model: Drive).
  3. Cliff's comments:
    • "Boost was a switch and engaged the effect. Set was the amount of boost and is equivalent to Drive." source
  4. Yek's write-up

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. Original controls: Out Level (model: Level), EQ (model: Tone), Tube Drive (model: Drive).
  3. 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
  4. Yek's write-up

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. Original controls: Out Level (model: Level), Hi and Lo (model: Bass and Treble), Tube Drive (model: Drive).
  3. 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
  4. Yek's write-up

Zen Master (based on Hermida/Lovepedal Zendrive)

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  1. Based on: Hermida/Lovepedal Zendrive, made famous by Robben Ford. Also known as the pedal that sounds like a Dumble amplifier.
  2. Original controls: Volume (model: Level), Gain (model: Drive), Tone (model: Tone), Voice (model: Low Cut).
  3. To emulate the pedal's Voice control, use Low Cut. source
  4. Yek's write-up
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