CostaLab Dual Drive
CostaLab Dual Drive
The Dual Drive represents the state of the art of the overdrive sound. Inspired by a must as the TS808, in addition, it offers modern solutions and more suitable options to the music of today. The result is a pedal that allows you to have in a single box all the tones of overdrive, the sound of late 70's up to the most modern of today. The Dual Drive is equipped, in addition to the classic power switch, with a second switch that enables the function MORE DRIVE.
By enabling this feature, in addition to the normal gain control, it just add a second just named MORE DRIVE. First stage of gain provides a light overdrived sound that enhances the dynamics and expressiveness of the guitar player even if you are playing with humbukers. Whereas by enabling the More Drive, can be reached stronger saturations, but always with a slight compression that makes it creamy and soft.
The tone knob has been studied in such a way as to allow the limitation of harmonics with high levels of gain, or to lighten the tone with a low to medium levels of saturation. The tone and volume control are features in common. In addition to these features, the Dual Drive offers the opportunity to work with two different clipping circuits, selectable through the MODE switch. The silicon clipping (shown by a red LED) is designed to get the vintage overdrive sound, while the mosfet clipping (shown by a green LED) offers a more modern sound, slightly less round with mids a bit up.
The sound it produces is an elegant, slightly compressed, creamy and its mids can easily cut through the mix. Its circuit is extremely quiet thanks to the many arrangements made and the selection of components. The Costalab Twin Compressor is equipped with a mechanical "true bypass" switching system and with an anti-pop filter too. The unit is powered by 9 DC volts and is connected by the classic DC 2.1 mm plug with negative pole-center. The current draw is less than 20 mA.
The unit can also operate with a 9-volt battery. In this case the circuit is on by the input jack. In order to save the battery life it is recommended to remove the input jack from the socket when you stop using it. You can still keep the battery inside the pedal even when it is powered through the DC socket, for the external power supply system is able to automatically rule out the battery.
The unit is 120x95x34mm not counting the knob and the jacks. The CostaLab Dual Drive is entirely hand made in all its parts: the circuit is manually assembled, wired and tested one by one, the die cast aluminum box is hand pierced. When ready, each single model is 24 hours continuously tested in order to identify any defect.