Designed for electric guitar players, the Soundblox 2 OFD microModeler from Source Audio is an effects pedal providing 12 different overdrive, fuzz, and distortion sounds in one compact enclosure. It gives you algorithmic recreations of famous boxes, a few original algorithms, and multiple controls for drive and tone.
With a three-band equalizer and an onboard noise gate, as well as Drive, Voice, and Tone controls—you’ll be able to elicit a wide array of tonal possibilities, all of which you can store within two presets. You can recall these presets by clicking either footswitch, and saving a preset is as easy as pressing a footswitch and holding it down.
This pedal uses a 56-bit digital signal path to achieve its emulative effects, though its converters operate in industry-standard 24-bit on the A/D and D/A side. While the microModeler utilizes digital architecture, its bypass is analog, ensuring your signal is fully routed around the DSP with no degradation. Included with the pedal is a 9 VDC power supply.
Key Features at a Glance
- Featuring 12 different overdrive, fuzz, and distortion tones.
- Compact, rugged, cast-aluminum housing.
- Select either analog buffered or relay-based true bypass.
- Easy to configure user presets, selectable via two footswitches.
- flexible three-band tone control.
- The SENSOR IN multi-purpose control input allows for preset morphing or knob-by-knob expression control via Source Audio’s Hot Hand Motion Sensor Ring, the Source Audio Dual Expression Pedal, or MIDI.
- Easy-to-engage, three level noise gate.
- Proprietary 56-bit digital signal processor.
- Industry-standard 24-bit AD/DA converters.
- Included DC adapter
Controls at a Glance
DRIVE Knob: This adjusts the amount of distortion applied to the signal.
VOICE Knob: This is a gradual timbre adjustment affecting the overall character of each distortion.
TONE Knob: This cuts or boosts the selected TONE SHAPE (treble, mid, and bass).
OUTPUT Knob: This adjusts the output level of the effect.
NOISE GATE Button: This selects the noise gate threshold level. This also selects the External Control mode.
TONE SHAPE Button: This selects which frequency range will be adjusted by the TONE knob.FOOTSWITCHES: Both footswitches enable/disable presets. Press and hold to save an edited preset.
SMOOTH TUBE: Based on Mesa/Boogie preamp distortion.
POWER STAGE: Inspired by the Fulltone Distortion Pro.
CRUNCH TUBE: Not an emulation, but an aggressive tube distortion of Source Audio’s design.
TS9000: Based on the Ibanez Tube Screamer, featuring a lot of mid boost.
BIG PI: Based on an Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi of indeterminate model specification.
EL RATON: Based on the ProCo Rat.
FUZZ FAÇADE: Emulation of the Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face.
BENDER: Modeled on the Tone Bender MK II.
METAL: Not an emulation, but a metal distortion with plenty of highs and lows, designed by Source Audio.
OCTAVE FUZZ: A full-wave rectifier mimicking the Octavia (Please note: try turning down the tone knob on your guitar to bring out the higher octave).
GATED FUZZ: This offers a thick, fuzz-heavy tone with a unique attack and decay. An internal high-threshold noise gate combined with an intense “Velcro”-like fuzz give this effect its abrupt attack and sputtering decay, almost as though your amp is about to explode.