The MF Drive is a unique, filter-based overdrive pedal that employs a Moog Ladder Filter, boutique FET amplifiers, and classic OTAs in its drive section making it highly reactive to input gain and picking dynamics. The bi-polar tone control and sw...
The MF Drive is a unique, filter-based overdrive pedal that employs a Moog Ladder Filter, boutique FET amplifiers, and classic OTAs in its drive section making it highly reactive to input gain and picking dynamics. The bi-polar tone control and sweep-able filter work with input gain to offer each player completely customizable sounds from creamy British overdrive to cranked American tube amplifier and even fuzz. When the filter Peak switch is engaged and an expression pedal is connected, the harmonic content is shifted to the filter’s cutoff position adding tonal and dirty wah performance possibilities not found elsewhere.
I don't use this in my guitar rig, but I have it around as a stand-alone filter. It's a little limited in that regard (it's just a single low-pass filter, and resonance is an on-off switch instead of a knob), but if you just want to plug a drum machine into it and do some filter sweeps and add some grit it's not a bad option by any means, especially for the price (and it's a classic Moog ladder filter, dammit!). Kinda wish it had stereo ins/outs, but not a huge deal.
Absolutely the best OD pedal I've found for synths and drum machines, period (overdrives are better for synths generally, as full-on distortion tends to just make a squarewave out of it, which synths can do already). Unfortunately these were super rare even before Moog discontinued their pedal line. If you find one used, snap it up. I modded mine replacing the peak toggle switch with a knob, so the resonance can go all the way to self-oscillation, until it chokes out the filter circuit. If you have one I definitely recommend doing the mod, as it makes it capable of some crazy screeching Metasonix type feedback distortion territory.
This drive is my personal favorite. It's super thick and warm and the addition of a filter control is awesome. Can take a moment to figure out what you like and it can become a bit too muddy but after some fiddling around you'll be able to find whatcha like. The Expression aspect is a cool bonus, i don't use it but it is super rad.
This pedal is a LIGHT overdrive pedal. It is not meant for heavy, roaring metal. So, if you try to use it for that, it will likely not sound very good. But for what it is (a LIGHT overdrive pedal), it works great!