Visual Sound VS XO Overdrive

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Visual Sound VS XO Overdrive




The concept at the heart of this pedal is a pair of separate overdrives that you can use one at a time or together. Part of the appeal of this is that you can choose to set one up as your rhythm drive and one as your lead, or cascade one into the other for a more amp-like feel like when folks use an overdrive on top of an already overdriven amp. Overdrive 1 (on the right side of the pedal) has a boosted midrange and it features controls for Drive, Tone, Volume and Clean Mix as well as three-position Bass and Clipping switches that let you tailor how compressed or open the sound is and how saturated it becomes. Overdrive 2 has Drive, Tone and Volume as well plus a rotary Bass control, and it has a fat midrange. Each channel has its own set of inputs and outputs, which are linked internally if you’re just plugging straight in, but you can use a patch cable to switch the order of the two overdrives or add other effects between them like an FX loop. 




You’ll probably spend more of your soloing time on the Overdrive 1 side, since it has more features for tailoring your sound, and the enhanced midrange kick really lets you dial in some harmonically complex, vocal-like tones. Whether you’re into a more saturated, compressed sound for shreddage or a more open one for Jeff Beck-style articulation, this channel can give it to you. Overdrive 2 is more straightforward and less distinct, which actually works in its favour as a rhythm tone because it lets you fnd your place within a mix without drawing undue attention from the singer. There’s a nice range of clean and crunch sounds, so if you want to add an element of Stonesy grit to a clean tone, this will get you there. Want something more brash? That’s in there too. But it’s great fun to run the two ODs into each other to see what happens. Feeding one low gain signal into another gives you some pretty interesting smooth textures, and you can get some all-out mega-gain by running a pair of hot signals into each other while blending in a hint of clean sound for attack. 




This unit will essentially cover all your gain needs, and it’s a great option for those who use a clean amp but want to add a pair of channels to their rig. It’s also a fun one for the experimenters because there are so many different ways to set it up that you won’t be stuck with just the same old overdrives sounds everyone else gets.