Why does the ODR-mini have a true bypass?
A true bypass was often requested for the ODR Overdrive and we have implemented this wish in the ODR-mini.
A true bypass pedal allows the tone and signal of your guitar to flow through unaffected when the pedal is off. This means that all the tone of your guitar is preserved – the pedal does not colour it at all when it’s not being used.
However, due to the fact the true bypass pedal does nothing to boost or enhance the signal, the more pedals you have and the longer the signal cable from board to Amp/Instrument (over 18.5ft), the more degradation and tone loss will occur. This is great for tone snobs and those who use smaller length cables.
It all has its pros and cons.
It’s also a question of manufacturing costs. A buffered bypass is significantly more expensive in terms of effort.