"The MT-10 produces an amp-like OD/distortion with a hint of Marshall-character. It sounds very 'civilized' at all settings. If you don't rip up the 'High'-knob, it'll produce a sweet, singing tone. Dirty/rough-sounding grind is possible, but this is not where it shines most."
"When pushing the MT-10 into overdrive, a very musical compression appears, helping you to sustain your notes longer. At the same time, when rolling off the guitar's volume, it cleans up nicely -- very dynamic."
"The effect produced is more overdrive than distortion, think 'Fat OD' at max. It suits classic Rock-styles, Blues and Fusion, and does a great job 'pushing' another OD-pedal. Clean boost is also no problem with the 'Level'-knob."
"The tone-knobs are covering exactly the frequencies you'd wish to alter. Be careful with the mighty Bass- (muddy) and High- (shrill) knobs, which are both very effective. With the mids turned up full, one can re-create the sound of a TS-808, and with the flick of three (EQ) knobs you're in smooth-land."
"As all knobs cover broad ranges of tone-variation, it's always easy to adjust your tone to amp, guitar and personal preference. The great thing is that the MT-10 doesn't 'mush-up' tone with something artificial -- it just overdrives what's there, while giving one the opportunity to enhance or lower parts of the freq-spectrum that may need to be adjusted."
I'm obsessed with CMOS dirt boxes.... I love how they use those CMOS ivnerter logic chips to make these multiple stage fuzzy beasts. Total punk rock reappropriation of an obsolete, non-audio part.They're a bit hissy and they definitely can sound bad but I collect all these little boxes when I find them cheap enough. Ibanez's take on it has the most controls but the worst tones in it. Just another weird old gadget in the drawer... very similar to Yamaha's CMOS distortion pedal of that era.