Catalinbread SCOD: SuperCharged OverDrive. This pedal is really more of a distortion pedal than an overdrive. This is not only borne out by the sonic character of the pedal, but also by a review of the schematics of the pedal. This pedal goes through many more gain stages than a typical overdrive or fuzz pedal. So despite being named an "Overdrive", we are comfortable categorizing it as a distortion. We hope after hearing it, you agree. We managed to buy a custom SCOD. We happened to catch Nicholas Harris on chat through Facebook if memory serves correct. We convinced him to make us an "absinthe" powdercoat instead of his usual orange or silver, and Marshall knobs instead of his usual "1400" style knobs. Clever salesman...
The Supercharged Overdrive is no longer being made.
- Knob 1 - "Volume": Turning the knob clockwise increases the volume.
- Knob 2 - "Contour": Contour is a bit different from a traditional "tone" knob. It doesn't roll off highs like most tone knobs. The contour is better represented by a "peak" in the frequency response of the pedal, and turning the knob counter-clockwise shifts this peak into the bass frequencies of the signal, while clockwise shifts the peak towards the treble frequencies.
- Knob 3 - "Gain": Turning the knob clockwise increases the distortion.
- Footswitch - "On/Off": The footswitch toggles the pedal on and off.
The Catalinbread SuperCharged Overdrive is True Bypass.
The Catalinbread SCOD was an attempt on the part of Catalinbread to build an emulator for the distortion sound of a cranked Orange amp into a pedal. Catalinbread no longer produces this pedal; it was discontinued sometime around 2011. We own a custom-made (special color and knobs) SCOD made for us many moons ago. We'll eventually get around to posting a picture of it...
There was quite a bit of work done by people on the Free Stompboxes web site forums to trace and get a "freeware" version of the SCOD up and running, but the thread peters out as people are unable to recreate the "magic" of the Catalinbread version. However, there was a couple of nice schematics that were drawn up, and from all appearances put into the public domain.
We are unaware of any pedal manual issued by Catalinbread for the SuperCharged Overdrive pedal. Lacking such a Owner's Manual, we believe this wiki page to be the best instruction on how to use this pedal.
Phase Inversion: No
Our review of the schematics of this pedal suggests that the Output signal is not inverted from the Input signal.
|Schematic ID||Electronic Part||Action||Phase State|
|"Nutcruncher" Stage #1, #5||CD4007||Inverts||Reverted|
|"Nutcruncher" Stage #13, #8||CD4007||Inverts||Inverted|
|"Nutcruncher" Stage #12 (shared)||CD4007||Inverts||Reverted|
|Q2||BS170||Does not invert||Reverted|
This will need to be borne out by testing and observation.
Retrieved from the Revolution Deux journal, which got it from the FreeStompboxes.org discussion forums:
Also retrieved from Revolution Deux (which also originally pulled from FreeStompboxes.org forums), this breaks down the CD4007UBE IC:
We are currently unaware of any artists actively using the pedal now, or who have in the past.
This was found on the Revolution Deux blog journal as an old text scrape from the Catalinbread website... As mentioned above, neither this pedal, nor any web page, nor any of the associated text, is available from Catalinbread.
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