M294 Sugar Drive Mini - MXR

Feb 23 2022
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The Sugar Drive by MXR is a Klon-type drive pedal. That means its sound is characterized by a mid-push with some bass roll-off, hard clipping diodes and the drive control is actually a clean/dirt blend knob.

My honest opinion on Klons and clones of Klons is: They all sound pretty much identical. Nobody will notice a difference in a mix. I'm also not super into Klons. They don't inspire me as much as other overdrives to play.

But, listening back the loop I recorded for this demo, I do think the Sugar Drive has a certain charm. The kind of compression it offers with medium drive has a nice chewyness to it.

It also features a switch to toggle the buffer circuit in bypass mode, which can be a nice feature on the pedalboard.

If you're into the sound of Klons but don't want to spend the price of a used car for one, you should try the Sugar Drive. MXR's build quality is excellent, it looks cool and the mini format can be squeezed onto any pedalboard.

Signal Chain

Rhythm guitar:

Lead guitar:

Recorded with:

  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
  • Garageband


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