Using a distortion pedal in a drum machine set up is a great way to help your dial in some uniques tones that sound great. Drum sounds combined with a good distortion pedal can be very cool! Yes, I know that this isn’t really a guitar related title but I was asked the question and decided it would be fun to write up my pedal suggestions here.
If you want your drum machine beats to sound different – this article is for you! Sometimes dialing in the best drum sounds can be enhanced just just a touch of distortion, or you could go hog-wild and crank up the noise to distorted delight!
However, there are some things to think about when you are choosing the right distortion effects pedal. Think about this:
- How will you be using this – live performance or just in a home studio setting? The ones I recommend below should work well for both applications.
- Do you plan on plug in other guitar pedals to help enhance your tone with your pedal board? Some other effects that could work are reverb, delay, fuzz effects, looper, overdrive.
- Are you looking for a lot of distortion or something more subtle. I recommend ones that give you the ability to do both based on how you set the gain knob level.
- Do you want something that it simple to switch between your original non distorted sound to the
My Drum Machines Distortion Pedal Recommendations
Here are the best distortion pedals I would recommend using with a drum machine:
- Electro-Harmonix English Muff’n
- Boss DS-2
- Pro Co RAT
- MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion
- Electro Harmonix Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi
Electro-Harmonix English Muff’n
This reissue of the original EHX English Muff’n features true bypass switching, an updated circuit board for improved performance and reliability, and a new die-cast housing. It also includes a 9V battery compartment.
It delivers warm fuzzy tones with smooth sustain that are perfect for blues, rock or even country music. The tone control allows you to dial in your desired sound from bass heavy to treble heavy sounds while the volume knob controls output level.
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Well, look no further than the Boss DS-2 Distortion pedal. This bad boy is going to give you all the heavy tone you could ask for and more. It’s got two modes that are sure to satisfy your needs whether it be classic or modern distortion sounds.
The Boss DS-2 has an easy-to-use three knob layout with Level, Tone, and Distortion controls so you can dial in just what you want quickly and easily without having to read through a bunch of manuals first. And when we say “quickly” we mean quick; this thing responds fast so there won’t be any lag time between turning the knobs and hearing your changes take effect on stage or in studio sessions.
Pro Co RAT
You’re looking for a distortion pedal that can give you the sound of your favorite rock bands. We know it sounds crazy but we have one right here. It’s called Pro Co RAT and it gives you an amazing distortion tone like no other.
The Pro Co RAT is affordable so anyone can get their hands on this awesome guitar pedal. This is the perfect gift for any guitarist or bassist in your life who loves to play hard rock music. If they don’t already own a distortion pedal then this will be the best present ever! They will love how much easier it makes playing their favorite songs and how great they sound when using this pedal with their amp or effects board setup.
MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion
The MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Pedal is the pedal that started it all for me. I was a kid in high school and my dad bought one of these pedals at a pawn shop for $30 bucks. He brought it home, plugged it into his amp, and said “try this out son!” That day changed my life forever because I fell in love with music right then and there. My dad had no idea what he was doing when he bought that pedal but man did we have fun together playing around with it!
This is why I created this website dedicated to helping people like you find their perfect distortion pedal so they can start having fun too! If you want to learn more about how to choose the best distortion pedal for your needs check out our guide here or if you just want some quick recommendations click below!
Electro Harmonix Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi
We know you love your tone. And we know that sometimes it can be hard to get the perfect sound for your music. That’s why we created this Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi Distortion pedal. It gives you the best of both worlds—the warm distortion of germanium and the clarity of silicon transistors.
This is an awesome pedal with one knob that lets you dial in everything from creamy overdrive to full-on fuzzed out mayhem! The Electro Harmonix Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi Distortion Pedal has all the great features of its predecessor but adds even more tonal variety and control options. Plus, it comes in a smaller package so it takes up less space on your board!