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Im a very keen guitarist and have been for many years, more recently i have got into production and i now record quite few artists and bands, i am always coming across a band using distortion in their effects setup or needing the effect myself and because i use it so much i needed to find a unit that was capabe of producing a nice solid tone to work with!
I first heard about the digitech 'bad monkey' from a friend who used one and recommended them as being a very solid sounding distortion with nice variables so i decided to look further.
I went in to my local music store who sold them and tried one out and was surprised very quickly at how good they sounded for the price.
The pedal features one input and two outputs allowing the user to had a line level going from the pedal to their amplifier and another to be routed directly into a mixer for processing later, as a producer, this feature alone is very handy!
The unit has 4 adjustable knobs, level, which sets the general volume/amplification of the pedal, gain, which is the amount of distortion added to the original tone and a set of equalisation controls (low and high) to get the more defined tone that your searching for.
Of course the pedal is activated and bypassed the same as most other pedals of this kind, by treading/stamping on the bass of the pedal for ease of use without bending down all of the time!
This pedal is very useful not mater what instance you're using it whether it be a gentle blues distortion to a heavy rock tone, you will really love the sound it can produce, the tube overdrive tone from the pedal will cover pretty much everything distortion related!
I would recommend guitarists to definently check out this pedal, alot of music stores stock them and even if you go in and have a play like i did i'm sure you will agree with what ive said!
The Bad Monkey is a surprisingly cheap overdrive pedal, designed to replicate the sound of an overdriven tube amp. It can also be used as a clean boost.
The Bad Monkey has 4 controls/knobs. A level knob to control the pedal output or volume, a gain knob to control the amount of distortion/clipping, a low knob to control the amount of bass and a high knob for the amount of treble. These provide plenty of control over the sound from the pedal.
The pedal is built into a metal case, I really can't see this breaking on me. The pedal can be powered by a 9V power supply or by a 9V battery. It has 1 input and 2 outputs, one for amps or for plugging straight into a mixer.
With the gain knob turned right down the bad monkey can be used as a clean/volume boost. Used with a tube amp this will drive the tubes harder pushing it towards natural overdrive. If you want a straight up volume boost just keep the two tone knobs at halfway or you can use them to tweak the sound a bit, adding bass or treble. With the gain knob low you can get great breakup sounds. At high gain levels the pedal can get up to classic rock levels of overdrive, not really as suitable for modern music.
The pedal works best as a boost and with low gain stuff. It doesn't sound as good when the gain gets turned up but for the price this is an amazing pedal. If you're looking for an overdrive pedal without wanting to spend too much this should be it.
The Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive gives your guitar amp a boost just when you need it. This rugged pedal produces the smooth natural character of an overdriven tube amp while maintaining your guitar's distinct tone. Low and High tone controls give you the flexibility to boost or cut the bass and treble frequencies for just the right sound. Get a Bad Monkey and supercharge your amp's tone. Level boosts the output level of your guitar signal. Low adjusts boost and cut of bass frequencies. High adjusts boost and cut of upper harmonics. Gain provides smooth tube amp distortion to your sound. Dual Outputs. The Amp output is for connecting directly to a guitar amplifier. The Mixer output features Cabinet Emulation circuitry for connecting directly to a mixing board or recording device.