DC Drive 2018 £99
The original DC Drive (now discontinued) was a double footswitch pedal that packed a boost alongside its overdrive. This new single-footswitch version loses the boost but still offers the overdrive, delivered via Level, Tone and Drive knobs and a Regular/Fat toggle switch that effectively gives the pedal two distinct voices.
Regular is quite lean, rolling off some of your bottom end, but Fat puts that back in and adds in lower mids for more girth and a smidge more gain – it’s fuller and smoother. There’s quite a range of drive available here from clean boost through all shades in-between to a driven-amp saturation that brings out harmonics, but cleans up very well with the volume knob.
With a tone knob that focuses on top-end presence, there’s a host of crisp drive sounds to be had with plenty of string definition. It makes a great dirt channel for a clean amp but can also push driven sounds further. Verdict A workmanlike drive pedal with two voices, which would lend itself to many styles