We have given the Vintage Series a face lift! A new, fresh, anodized pedal designed for a smaller pedal board footprint, with all the same great tones. Here are the first in the series: The DC Drive, with it’s killer Overdrive.
Just like Carl, this pedal has a few tricks up its sleeve. Besides the typical Level, Tone and Drive knobs which obviously control the volume of the signal, the tone (hmmm, which knob?) and the amount of overdrive, Carl has smartly added a Regular/Fat switch….not so typical. In Regular mode, the drive is crisp and clear, suitable for anything that calls for old-school drive….switch over to Fat and the drive gets thicker with a lot more gain, much more modern. The pedal can be powered by a regulated power supply like the Carl Martin ProPower V2.
Guitarist Magazine (UK) Oct. 2018
There’s quite a range of drive available here from clean boost through all shades in-between to a driven-amp saturation that brings out harmonics, but cleans up very well with the volume knob.
With the tone knob that focuses on top-end presence, there’s a host of crisp drive sounds to be had with plenty of string definition.
TUNES Magazine (Norway) May. 2009.
The Carl Martin DC-Drive is four stompboxes into one stompbox: – crystal Clean sound from your amplifier (the stompbox doesn`t add an extra colour/a factory sound to the original signal), Clean sound or Drive .
Carl Martin DC-Drive IS THE BEST overdrive I`ve ever played, and when I count all the stompboxes I`ve owned since 1977, it`s also THE BEST IN HISTORY! Even if you`re a guitarist who doesn`t necessarily need a lot of overdrive to your tone, Carl Martin DC Drive is still the answer.
GuitarBonedo.de (Germany) May. 2018.The DC Drive 2018 from Carl Martin is a very flexible overdrive with two different basic sounds. The regular mode comes with a little less distortion and more heights, the fat mode provides more gain and a warmer tone. So you can adapt the whole thing very well to the connected guitar and the amp, in addition there is a very effective tone pot. With its bandwidth, the DC Drive 2018 covers the range from light overdrive to juicy lead sound with a lot of sustain and is therefore recommended as a flexible bread-and-butter overdrive.