There are many ways to saturate a guitar signal, including overloading diodes, transistors, and vacuum tubes; and over the years hundreds of guitar pedals have been designed offering different flavors of overdrive and distortion. If you want overdrive that preserves the natural tone and personality of your guitar, that works together with your favorite amplifier to bring out its inherent growl, and that responds to your playing dynamics rather than obliterating them, then a really transparent overdrive is what you’re looking for. Of all the methods for creating a pleasing transparent overdrive, it’s hard to think of a more effective (and luxurious) method than tape saturation. And thanks to Deco, you don’t have to lug a reel-to-reel tape machine to your gig.
At lower input levels, Deco’s tape saturation provides warmth while retaining a very high degree of transparency. As the volume is increased, stronger tape saturation provides overdrive while still allowing you to hear the snap of the string underneath the grit. Check out the video below to hear examples of Deco’s tape saturation being driven at various levels by a variety of pickups.
In the next video (below), Daniel and Mick from That Pedal Show use Deco’s tape saturation for transparent overdrive in front of a Mallard 18-watt Marshall clone. The link below starts the video at 7:18, and they play with the tape saturation until about 8:37.
With its warm, tape-style dynamic compression and saturation, Deco delivers transparent overdrive that lets the character of your guitar, your amplifier, and your playing style shine through.