The Compulsive Distortion emulates the dynamics and harmonics of a wound tube amplifier and the typical output stage distortion it produces. It sounds a lot like finding the sweet spot in your amp while staying at living room volumes. Besides, the Compulsive Distortion works also great as a booster or as a driver in front of your actual amplifier.
Thanks to using mosfets instead of diodes for the clipping, the Compulsive Distortion delivers an open sounding tone and is great in picking up playing dynamics: the difference between a soft and an aggressive picking will lead to a wide range of uncompressed distortion than a diode-clipped pedal would.
– Volume sets the amount of global volume of the pedal, up to ~+20dB of gain!
– Drive sets the amount of distortion of the pedal.
– Tone controls the amount of high frequencies of the pedal.
– The LP/HP Switch alternates between low peak and high peak. In high peak you get an increased distortion through the range of the Drive knob, as well as more volume and a light mids boost. In low peak the sound remains like the original with almost no tone coloration.
Download here the manual for the Compulsive Distortion Kit: