The pointers work like in a clock – let some light (or UV) shine on them and they store that energy and glow.
There is a bass cut switch on the circuit board (bottom left in the battery compartment).
The “+” position is the normal frequency response of the ODR-1.
In the “-“ position, the lower, low frequencies are attenuated – with guitars that give out a high bass portion (humbucker) anyway, the bass cut is much more defined.
Very few items have serial numbers. Some older devices like the Sound Studios 1/1X and the last limited special edition of the ODR-1 Ltd. Most numbers, e.g. on base plates, indicate versions or are EAN numbers on the packaging.
We owe this largely to unique, if not THE, Nashville session player Tom Bukovac and his local dealer Mike E.
There is a remote socket on the back of the pedal. Here you can remotely control the on/off function of the pedal using a simple jack cable in connection with a switch. It is important to use a button that does NOT have an automatic snap-in function, but only emits a short pulse.
You can also install the pedal in a rack and switch it with a looper/switcher system.
The current pedals (ODR-1 from 2020 with Bass Cut / ODR-1 Ltd and ODR-mini) can be operated with a DC voltage of 9-18 volts. Older ODR-1 without bass cut switch only from 9-12 volts DC.
Always pay attention to the polarity and voltage!
A higher operating voltage allows the sound to have a little more headroom and thus a little more transparency. This is of course a matter of taste and not always desirable. Even a very low voltage (dying battery) is sometimes appealing. Here you get almost sounds like a FUZZ.
Many popular overdrives used a simple adjustable filter for the high frequencies. It was called “Tone” or “Treble” and really just reduced the high frequencies added by the overdrive electronics. Of course, this greatly limits the variety of sounds and possibilities.
After much sound testing, Kai Tachibana developed what was then, and we still believe, the unique double filter control called “Spectrum”. Not only the usual highs are raised or lowered, but also the lower mids/bass (~300 Hz). In the 12 o’clock position the sound is almost neutral. Turning the control counter-clockwise minimizes the treble and bass. Raised clockwise.
This allows a variety of EQ settings with just one knob.
A limited number of 2000 pieces were built and sold worldwide. The pedal differs only visually from the ODR-1 (Bass Cut) but has a certificate and an individual edition number.
The ODR-mini a little bit tighter than is big brother and have a different frequency range in the bass.
But the DNA is the same and the basic sound very close.
You will find some demos at our YouTube cannel.
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A buffered pedal strengthens your tone and drives it through the chain, restoring the signal and tone to what it should be. A buffer does this at all times, whether the pedal is on or off. If you are using longer cables over 18.5ft on both sides of the pedal i.e. guitar to pedal to amp, then a buffered pedal will preserve the signal and push it to the amp. Imagine it as someone cheering you on. You have the tone, but there’s something supporting it and helping you get there safely. Some guitarists will argue that a buffered pedal will add too much high end, when in reality it provides a far more pronounced and responsive signal.
It’s also often a philosophical question, and everything has its pros and cons.