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Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret

Dirty Little Secret, Overdrive pedal from Catalinbread.

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Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 6 reviews )
 4 reviews67 %
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Value For Money : Excellent
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James...08/03/2011

James...'s review"Marshall rock machine"

Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret
This is a fairly simple pedal. Volume, tone, and gain. It has a rock/rawk switch. One more interesting feature is the optional variable voltage which changes the sound according to Catalinbread. This pedal is supposed to turn any amp in a cranked marshall more or less. It’s a fairly high end pedal and the price reflects that.

UTILIZATION

Structurally it feels solid. I typically run it with the volume very low with the gain and tone around noon. I could never decide whether I liked the Rock or Rawk better. The Rock is supposed to be a plexi sound while the rawk is more of a jcm800 thing. To my ears the rock mode sounds like zeppelin while the rawk mode gives an 80's metal thickness. Both are great. One gripe I have is while the pedal feels very solid and well made, the knobs are very sensitive and easy to turn. This is a problem live and I have to resort to duct tape to make them stay.

SOUND QUALITY

Initially I did not like this pedal. I was running it at 9 volts and it sounded thin compared to some of my other overdrives. However, Catalinbread recommends trying it at 18v so I did. The difference was huge. The pedal got a lot thicker and fuller sounding. The Rock mode is great for Zeppelin or anything 70’s rock, just as the name suggests. It has that open midrangey tone associated with those bands. Using it through a Matchless Spitfire it really roared. The Rawk mode is more pushing and saturated. The voicing is a lot more modern. The comparison to a JCM800 is spot on. I like both modes a lot. I like them more with 18 volts.

OVERALL OPINION

The bottom line with the DLS is to try it at 18 volts before you dismiss it. At the usually 9v it’s just doesn’t sound quite the same. If you want cranked Marshall sounds from 1970 to 2000, this pedal with do it for you. That in itself is very impressive. The voltage caveat is an issue if you don't have the right PSU.
denied07/31/2011

denied's review"Marshall in a box!"

Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret
- Controls for volume, tone, gain.
- Rock/rawk switch
- High quality components
- Meticulously hand built in the USA
- Runs on 9v battery, can also be run by an adapter, up to 18v.
- LED indicator
- True bypass


UTILIZATION

Standard OD pedal setup. I’d have preferred separate bass and treble controls, but the standard tone control works just fine. The rock/rock switch is pretty much constantly switched to rawk. Never had any kinds of reliability issues with it. Being able to run it at different kinds of voltages really opens up the gain possibilities with this one. I do wish it had a little more gain on tap even at higher voltages. Really just a straight up OD/Dist pedal.

SOUND QUALITY

British Marshall crunch captured and put in a little box. Really incredible how well this one came out, serious props to Nick at Catalinbread. It responds very dynamically to your picking, clipping harder the deeper you dig in. Very harmonically rich and balanced. The rawk mode is a little more hairy and aggressive, with the rock mode more on the loose side. I haven’t found a whole lot of uses for the rock mode, but that is mostly personal preference. As mentioned early, I would have liked the pedal to have a little bit more gain on tap, but then again, isn’t really intended to be a high gain OD.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall a fantastic OD pedal that really captures the sound of British crunch. It has quite a bit of versatility through the tone, gain, and rock/rawk switch, but it is all going to come in along the lines of an old Marshall. I am delighted with the touch sensitivity and dynamic preservation, as well as its ability to meld seamlessly with other dirt pedals. Catalinbread is a great boutique company, and this is one of their nicest offerings. There are a few floating out there with badass custom finishes, so keep an eye out.
savardgiom01/21/2013

savardgiom's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Fender to sound like Marshall"

Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret
This is an overdrive. 2 modes: rock and raw. Very classic. Small pedal. I love that brand.

UTILIZATION

Configuration: tone, gain and volume. And switch rock / raw which reinforces the distortion.
Very easy to get WHAT THIS PEDAL does best: transform a Fender amp in the Marshall.

SOUND QUALITY

It is effective. I love how it hangs (type AC / DC), the rock aspect. Sometimes a little hollow in the grave, but rather an advantage in the final mix (mix live mostly).

OVERALL OPINION

I love it. I care. She does well, once again, for which it is miraculous out of my Fender sound rock to Marshall.
20/2009/22/2012

20/20's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a super secret Fender amps ..."

Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret
volume here called "loudness"
tone
gain
switch rock / rawk

power supply by battery or DC 9v plugs (classical)

UTILIZATION

Very easy to adjust.
A fairly wide range notament via the switch rock / rawk.
The light crunch to overdrive relatively vitamin.
Drive on the scale of 0 to 10 I would say it covers 1 to 6.

SOUND QUALITY

Often presented as a Marshall in a box, this pedal excels on Fender amps in very bright clean and slamming (twin, deluxe, princeton reverb ...).
Used in my case with a silverface princeton reverb pedal and the true grail for me.
It allows for a crunch marsmalliens hyper convincing a clean amp fabulous. More stack it very well ... tube screamer, big muff etc ...

OVERALL OPINION

Finish cheap? Not quite basic.
Seems robust (ras). I have two!
Super price / quality ratio.

In short, like a little secret for very bright amps where other pedals sound "honeycomb" ...
boobyz03/10/2011

boobyz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Marshall in a box? The tone is good or"

Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret
Look very nice, but not correct manufacture nickel.
I had a problem with the switch (rock / rawk) that broke.
Small size makes it ideal for pedalboard.
Alim not ideally placed (just next to the output jack)
No indication in out.
The electronics are super tight, and the risk of failure is obvious (my switch has dropped the first fall of the pedal)
Not built like a tank (at the Fulltone), I smell a handcrafted ...
However, the price is more than correct, so this explains it.
The look is very successful cons (but the decals will not last long on it)

UTILIZATION

Mini manual switch is less than a foot switch ...
But with this pedal, you will love one of two options (rock / rawk)
This is the first version, so no internal switch (in my opinion without much interest)
The stompswitch truebypass is of good quality.
The LED is a little weakling.

SOUND QUALITY

His level, I find this particularly well-calibrated pedal because it does not make a huge upstream volume, or gain.
Transparency is good, and the rock position is frankly very realistic.
The bass has crashed like a vintage tube amp (Fender or Marshall), the sound is not too bright.
In boost, there are better, but with the overdrive, the grain is majestic.
I love the sound position Rock, the other position (assumed to mimic a JCM) is a bit too bright for my taste.
The position is rock (to my taste) perfectly successful, and this pedal does not overlap with others because it has a very personal sound.
Simulation very successful, no doubt (9 / 10 just for that)


OVERALL OPINION

I tried many overdrive pedals.
This one sounds more like a real amp.
Low crashing (sag), it's very nice for the blues, and it is very well proportioned.
Aesthetic level, its level position (rock) is a good job, fun and boxed.
As against the position rawk, the obvious fragility of the object, the boost is not on top.
We forgive him quickly because the resulting sound is remarkable.
I think even with the right setting, you can make it sound a bit "blackface".
There is the Formula 5 if not for that ...
Good product, purchased for 100 €, happiness is cheap!
Izzy1101/13/2011

Izzy11's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Marshall Vintage Sounds ..."

Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret
Overdrive pedal and slight distortion.
Not editable.
Mine is gray (the color the least expensive).
No simu HP (personally I prefer).
Boss type 9V power supply, poorly located on the side, but has the advantage of being quasi-universal. Hyper

UTILIZATION

simple: volume (loudness), tone, gain.
Purchased from OCCAZ, no manual, but there is no need and there Catalinbread site for that. My stuff

SOUND QUALITY

test for completeness: Paul Bacchus equipped with Seymour Duncan Antiquity P90, Epiphone LP MIJ SD Alnico II Pro Slash amp Blackheart Handsome Devil BH15, BH112 cabinet, jacks Klotz LaGrange, EQ Boss GE-7, Marshall ED-1 compressor.

OVERALL OPINION

Go is the first review on this pedal, I'm starting.
Notice hot, so I'll come back over later use (if necessary).
Well, for my part, I tested the Tech21 SansAmp British: quickly resold it crachouillait, background noise, seem to have a "tone at zero all the time. I went a lot better with a mix Bluesbreaker Marshall II sounds and a vintage Marshall Guv'nor Plus sounds 2 Marshall 80's.
Exit Lovepedal Purple Plexi as the 800, although the tone of a JCM800 but [many] too much gain. Even at a minimum, it was above all that I already play.
Tonight I received this Catalinbread DLS. In "Rock", I love the crunch with the gain knob mini. In sum gain, is swept Led Zep, AC / DC over AC / DC. A report that is clean, much cleaner than the Marshall BB2 as his, even though I like the Marshall. Knob the tone is very responsive, and I love playing with the tones to give different moods (the muted the big thing that rocks the mix, yum).
In "Rawk", the voicing changes slightly. A hair less vintage, a little more JCM8000 (soon to be said, this pedal does not JCM). But it's Slash nickel in all its forms (and punchy rhythmic piercing or solo neck pickup - key to zero on the Godfather).
With EQ, there really is approached his JCM800. In short, you'll understand that the 2 pedals Marshall are excellent value for money (I estimate over the Lovepedal example), but are a notch below the DLS.
The DLS has less headroom than any other pedals las cited here. But it has the sound Marshall Vintage (at least the image that I do).