I just tested it again, and it seems a little better than I remember. Some observations based on a pedalboard like:
- Switchbox ( DT-1 / GxTubeScreamer)
- x42 Parametric EQ
- CS-1 (purchased!)
- Shiroverb MkII (purchased!)
I guess I’m hearing some differences in sonic quality with the DT-1 that are changing my perception a bit. When switching between the DT-1 and GxTubeScreamer, it was apparent that the DT-1 is changing the characteristics of the sound in more noticeable way. Compared to the Screamer, the DT-1 seems to cut out a lot of the brightness in the sound. Switching between Screamer on/off sounds more natural / consistent to me, when the DT-1 comes on the change in sound is a little jarring - losing the extra noise / brightness makes it seem like the level is dropping but after switching back and forth several times it seems OK once I got more used to it.
As another point of relative comparison, with the Screamer the gain and level are around 25% and that there is plenty of distortion for me but with the DT-1 the level needs to be around 75%
It does sound really nice, just has required more fiddling than other plugins which can be dropped onto the board and play well with what I already have going on. I’ll keep playing with it, and maybe try building some boards starting with the DT-1 and working to preserve a nice balance between clean and dirty modes.