The Carl Martin DC Drive pedal has a few tricks up its sleeve. Besides the typical Level, Tone, and Drive knobs that control the signal volume, the tone, and the amount of overdrive, Carl has smartly added a clean boost after the drive section, and a Regular/Fat switch. In Regular mode, the drive is crisp and clear, suitable for anything that calls for old-school drive”switch over to Fat and the drive gets thicker with a lot more gain, bringing out a more modern sound. The result is a multi-use guitar pedal that allows you to have a variety of rhythm and solo volumes at your feet.
The Bypass footswitch engages or bypasses the DC Drive pedal”turning it on or off. The red LED lights when the pedal is engaged. When the red LED is on, the Drive knob regulates the amount of gain (overdrive) you want to use”from almost clean turned full left, to high gain turned full right.
The Tone knob sets the voicing or color of the overdrive, from dark at full left turn to crystal bright at full right turn.
The Level knob simply sets the overall level or volume of the effect. When the red LED is on, choose the amount of Drive you prefer, color it with the Tone knob and then set the Level knob to equal your clean volume, or set the Level slightly higher than your clean signal. Check your settings by turning the pedal on and off with the Bypass switch to compare and fine tune.
The Martin DC Drive also offers 2 pre-set voicings, which selectable via the toggle switch located between the Tone and Level knobs. The Regular (REG) setting is more neutral and flat, creating more of a generic overdrive. The Fat (FAT) setting is as it suggests”fatter and beefier, giving your overdrive a shot of steroids. Both of these voicings share the Drive, Tone and Level controls.
The Carl Martin DC Drive is also a 2-in-1 pedal. Along with the Drive settings, there is another switch and knob on the left side of this pedal that will add another dimension to your sound. When you step on the Boost switch, the green LED will light, and you will be able to add from 0 to 15dB of crystal clear volume to your signal using the Boost knob. The Boost switch operates independently from the Drive section, so you can boost your clean signal or you can boost the Drive signal without coloring the sound. With the DC Drive you have 4 sounds available to you”your clean signal from the amp, the clean signal with the Boost, the Drive or overdriven signal, and finally the overdriven signal with the Boost.
Like the rest of the Carl Martin Vintage effects pedal line, the DC drive comes in that cool retro die-cast housing with the equally cool chicken-head knobs and CM graphics. The pedal can be powered by 9v battery or regulated power supply (not included).
Fat/Reg toggle switch
Power: 9V DC (Hot on ring) prefer the use of a good regulated power supply