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Moog Minifooger Overdrive Pedal Reviews

5.0 stars based on 4 customer reviews
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  • Nate Edwards

    A Moog pedal for guitar tone purists? A Moog pedal that does a BETTER job than the majority of boutique guitar pedals out there? CAN IT BE?

    Yes. It can. Rather than using trite old guitar pedal designs to add width, saturation, sparkle, and character to your tone, the MF Drive uses the guts of one of the world's most venerated tone circuits: the Moog ladder filter. Combined with a gorgeous distortion circuit, the filter creates something truly special. I have heard it take boring solid-state amps and make them sing, and take brilliant class-A tube amps and make them scream.

  • Tyler Berggren

    The Moog MF Drive can be warm, crunchy, fuzzy - pretty much anything I want it to be. The Tone and Filter knobs make this thing incredibly flexible. It can be thick and meaty and still provide a ton of bite. The "drive" switch takes me from a standard overdrive to a creamy distortion. This pedal is extremely responsive to input level, which makes it a great first pedal in the chain. That's where it lives on my pedalboard.

  • from Denver, CO August 4, 2016Music Background:
    Bass Player, 20 years experience

    Moog MF Drive review

    This pedal is rowdy! Keeping your bottom-end intact when you use a pedal is crucial as a bass player. The MF Drive dose this with ease. I would say that you need to be willing to put the time in to tweak the pedal. Having said that, you will be soo happy with your results if you do. You can also attach an expression pedal and use the MF Drive as a dirty wah, way cool!

  • from Sacramento December 12, 2015

    Exactly what i was looking for!!!

    The range of sounds you can accomplish with this pedal is outstanding! It does take some tinkering with the levels (of course) to find your own sweet spot, but once youve heard what this baby can do, itll remain an instant go to! Thanks again to my engineer Mason, and the crew at Sweetwater for gettin this to me quick, and at a great price!

  • from Boise, ID USA May 29, 2014Music Background:
    producer/ engineer

    quick solution for monster bass synth

    I routed the output of my DSI Mopho synth through this pedal and found it very easy to sculpt amazing bass tones out of the combination. Overdrive plus low-pass is especially powerful. I have all the big Moogerfooger "pedals" and it appears with this new series that Moog has crammed all big headroom and wide-range controls into a smaller, package. Unlike the big 'Foogers, this takes a standard 9VDC center-negative PS for easier pedal-boarding.

  • from South Florida March 14, 2014Music Background:
    Musician of 30 years, Sound Engineer, Guitar, Bass.

    Very versatile overdrive, distortion

    This pedal is capable of going from well defined crunch (think Mesa Flux Drive) to germanium-ish fuzz, tube screamery goodness or a nice lightly colored boost as well as a great wah effect with the external expression pedal. It is all about how you dial it in. It is one of those pedals where if you just set the knobs and play, you might not be impressed or can be turned off (this was my impression the first time playing it.) However, if you take the time to tweak and experiment, you find some great gems of sound in here, like the ones I described above. It can do blues, funk, classic rock, and a variety of alternative, really well. There is an extraordinary amount of gain in this pedal - the spec says anywhere between 7db to 57db - you can really slam an amp with this thing.

    In using with with humbuckers (ES-339 with probuckers) and an ash strat with SD pickups, I was able to get the same sound with both guitars, while only needing to adjust the gain a little bit to compensate between single coils and humbuckers. My point being that switching guitars with the pedal and maintaining a signature tone is easy.

    The tone control is magic in that I can set at 2 oclock and have a nice bright tone with substantial bass and then roll it over to about 3:30pm or 4pm and keep the same brightness while it rolls off the bass - this is where it hits tube screamer territory nicely. Rolling it all the way back is a very muffled sound, which I haven't found useful yet. Everything in between is extremely useful.

    If your after a one trick pony, this is not your pedal. If you want a single pedal that can genuinely nail a number of overdrive/distortion/fuzz sounds, this is a keeper. It is my primary overdrive now and has allowed me to free space on the pedal board.


  • Mitch Gallagher

    Few companies have the legacy that Moog Music has - after all, the company was founded by the father of modern synthesis himself, Dr. Robert Moog. A few years back, Moog took their creative signal processing ideas and applied them to pedal-based effects, and the Moogerfoogers were born. Offering tons of control capability, true analog circuitry, and broad connectivity, Moogerfoogers have been adopted by keyboard players, synthesists, engineers, and, of course, guitar players. However, Moog realizes that not everyone needs all of the options that the Moogerfoogers provide, nor is there space on many pedalboards for those larger than normal pedals.

    Bring on the Minifoogers! Designed to streamline the Moog pedal experience at a size that's completely pedalboard friendly, the Minifoogers also come in at wallet-friendly prices. There are five pedals in the Minifooger family: an MF Delay, an MF Drive, an MF Boost, an MF Trem, and an MF Ring (ring modulator). The pedals look great in their black enclosures with silver appointments. In addition to guitar inputs and outputs, the pedals include expression pedals inputs for real-time control (including Control Voltage sources).

    As you'd expect from Moog, there's something a little extra in each of these pedals. For example, the overdrive features both a tone control and a filter for tweezing the tone into exactly what you want. The boost offers multiple tone shapes for the boost effect, so you can tailor it to what you want - a clean boost for a simple volume or gain increase, or a colored boost for a particular effect.

    Also as you'd expect, these pedals sound great. The delay is all Moog, with a rich analog sound that sits perfectly behind your dry signal. The versatile tremolo goes from swampy to jittery and adds a nice thickness to the sound. The ring modulator can go from chorusy to outer space. The overdrive sounds tube amp-like and can be used to add everything from a light grit to a boost to a crunchy tone that drives an amp on the verge of breakup into sweet sustain.

    The Minifoogers are exactly the pedals I've been waiting for from Moog. They offer the essential control necessary to get great tones. They're compact for pedalboard use, and they come in at great prices. Moog's legacy lives on!

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