It’s nice to have boost pedals around and a suite of boost pedals is even more efficient to have in the tool kit. Audio Assault delivers a suite with a nice mix of boost, fuzz, distortion and overdrive pedals for those that want to get the most out of every dollar.
As I mentioned, the dirt machine looks like the grind machine 2. It has a very similar layout and graphics are near identical. It’s simple, sharp and easy to use which is everything I need in a GUI.
The plugin is set up as a bunch of pedal plugins inside a single plugin. I really like this set up because it’s clean and effective.
In the box you get 11 pedals and one acoustic simulator. The pedals are a mix of boost, distortion, fuzz and muff pedals. Check the product link for a complete list of the pedals included. My favourites of the bunch are the Dead Pony (Dead horse), Huge Muff, Huge Muff Wick and Crayola pedals. Audio Assault put their own spin on most things and most of the pedals seem to have had some alterations. I like every pedal in the Dirt Machine. These aren’t 1:1 replicas and the controls are a little vague at times but the tones in here are solid.
The plugin includes an onboard gate and they give you a 3-band EQ for every pedal. Stuff like this really makes me a fan of Audio Assault because while I do love authenticity and attention to detail, everyone over here appreciates a little Frankensteining or modding to even the most classic gear when it’s done right. In this case everything was done very well.
Bass players, check this pedal out! It can really be a great tool for bass as well. It can add a lot of punch, it can also help the mids cut through if you need to. Everyone at HASR got great results with it on bass.
It’s well put together and it gives users a good look at a lot of different ways to push an amp and shape the tone. It’s cheap as hell and it’ll deliver way more than you pay for it, that’s for certain.
See more: demo of Dirt Machine and Grind Machine II