Behringer Vintage Distortion VD1 for Synthesizers

Vintage Distortion VD1
Vintage Distortion VD1

I found this neat used pedal for five bucks today called the Behringer Vintage Distortion VD1. I hooked it up to my Korg Poly-61 and found the distortion I’ve been looking for to phatten up some of the sounds. I understand one has to be careful of the build and sound quality of Behringer, but I was pleasantly surprised at how decent it sounded with my analog synths. I think the VD-1 distortion is suppose to emulate the Big Muff Distortion in some way, but since I’ve never used a Big Muff, I can’t comment whether that is correct or not. Likely it doesn’t if I had to place my bets.

Still though, the VD-1 is pretty cool for adding some flavor to your synth sounds or if you just want to dirty them up a bit while retaining the underlying sound. I found the VD-1 was not that muddy at all really. You do need to watch the reverb though as VD-1 distortion can trail a bit which can give the synth sound a bad “after taste” I like to call it. Unless you are looking for that I find running the distortion along with minimal effects on the synth voice to sound the best.

One thing I’m not sure about is whether this pedal is analog or not. I just got it and a quick search on Google didn’t turn up any info. If I find out I’ll post an update here. Overall the Behringer Vintage Distortion VD-1 is pretty decent for synthesizer use. Please feel free to add your experiences with this pedal and synthesizers.

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One thought on “Behringer Vintage Distortion VD1 for Synthesizers

  1. If it’s to replicate a Muff, it’ll be analog. Behringer calls it a “vintage distortion”. AND… as you state, running a synth through something nasty is a studio trick. If you suddenly find something by Electro Harmonix, just go for it – anything goes and can be useful for synths… and of course guitars. Nothing digital can reproduce (even if trying hard) the kind of lo-fi sound these antiques have.

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