The Crook V4 - Poison Noises

Jul 27 2022
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The Crook by Poison Noises is one of the best all-around overdrive pedals I've come across.

It sounds excellent on guitar and is phenomenal on bass. I might do a separate bass demo just to showcase how great this sounds on bass.

The way the clipping is achieved with The Crook is extremely satisfying. There is a crunch and chewyness to it without it ever getting honky, harsh or muffled.

I think my favorite clipping configuration is The Goods in top position and Switcheroo in down position.

The two separate EQ controls make this a versatile overdrive for guitar and bass. For guitar, I like to cut bass with Lay Low and make it stand out in a mix by dialing up High Tail. For bass, it gets really beefy when cranking Lay Low and dialing in High Tail to taste.

Recording Notes


  • K'mo Memphis Std., classic T-style pickups (both pickups)
  • The Crook
  • Strymon Iridium (Chime)
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
  • Garageband



  • GarageBand indie rock drummer Gavin on the Brooklyn Kit
  • Kick and snare treated with GarageBand's RAT-style stock pedal plugin

The whole mix was "mastered" with exciter, limiter and mild compression.


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