Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:59 PM
Yes, I know
Some of them have an excellent effects
and Their shape is very small.
Look so cool!
Here is some feedback:
Mooer Black Secret
This was the first of the bunch that I tried out and I was immediately impressed. I've used a variety of modded rats, reissues and boutique clones over the years and out of the box this thing killed pretty much every reissue rat I've ever used and easily hung with some of the boutique rat clones and modded rats I've used. Both the "Vintage" and "Turbo" modes were useful. It does everything you expect from a rat...overdrive in lower gain settings to full on heavy distortion in higher gain settings. It seems to maintain definition at higher gain settings than the reissues and the filter knob works better...things don't get too fizzy. If you're considering any sort of rat pedal, this should be on your short list.
Mooer Hustle Drive
A lot of folks like the OCD and frankly I've never really cared for it or the Danelectro "Drive" pedal that was modeled after it. I tried a lot of versions of the OCD and always found it to be a little too dark for my tastes...especially with a closed back cab. However, I liked the clips I heard of The Hustle Drive and thought I'd give it a shot...and I'm glad I did. It's definitely in the OCD territory in terms of feel and overall sound but it was a little less dark sounding...still very full and amp-like in it's responsiveness but not murky and useless in it's darker voicing. Like the Black Secret, both modes were very useful and yielded some great tones. This pedal is a winner. If you're like me and you've been less than thrilled with the OCD, check out The Hustle Drive. It just might become a favorite on your board.
Mooer Ensemble King Chorus
I'm a chorus fan. Not in the hair metal lead and rhythm way of the 80's but more like the shoegaze or Cobain way of the late 80's early 90's (think more Radio Friendly Unit Shifter and less Cult of Personality). My go to chorus for most stuff is an Analogman Bi-Chorus but occasionally I go for the more subtle chorus of a Boss CE-2 or something similar...the Ensemble King is very much in that tradition. It doesn't get crazy fast speeds like the Analogman but it's full sounding, warm and what you want from a CE-2. There is no volume drop when you engage this pedal so it transitions nicely from dry signal to wet. The level knob is best set all the way up if you like a full chorus sound but for more subtle shades, backing it off a little works great...still no drop even when backing off the level. A true bypass version of the CE-2 in a tiny enclosure with a level control that actually sounds a lot like the original? Yes please.
As I mentioned above, I was the least impressed with this pedal BUT as analog delays go, it's a good one for the money. You get a reasonable amount of repeats before self oscillation, it's warm, not too bright, not too dark...it won't make angels jump out of your speakers or wash your balls for you but it will give you a decent analog delay tone for live use. Again, as I mentioned above there's a little high pitched artifact like some sort of comb filtering or oscillation going on in the repeats. It probably wouldn't be noticeable in a live situation and you might not even notice it in casual listening, but in a recording situation or under critical listening situations it might bug the hell out of you. It bugged me. I would still use it live but probably not in the studio.