The opinion of the team: Friends, I present to you a little rarity: The Keeley DS9! You are not dreaming, it is really two mythical pedals in one. Basically, a Maxon SD9 distortion, a pedal known for its saturation halfway between an overdrive an aggressive distortion and a Boss DS1, the legendary orange distortion! The dream, no?
Robert Keeley was known for his mods around these two pedals and it is therefore no surprise that he offers these improvements within a single pedal.
You can switch from one to the other with a single switch, nothing could be simpler. By testing it we were amazed by its fidelity with the original models. In DS position, we really find the grain of the DS1. I would even say that we are getting closer to the sounds of the first versions (yes we have a black label from 1981 in the studio, we will show it to you one day!). On the Maxon side, we are also in very good shape. I know the SD9 a little less than the DS1 but I found this interpretation much more dynamic and above all less garish. It seems that it offers a little less gain as well.
The Cut Off knob may seem confusing at first, because it can be used for both circuits. However, the direction of operation changes depending on the selected effect. It is very simple !
The Keeley DS9 is an effect pedal with two legendary saturations. This type of crossbreed is simply brilliant. Typically the type of effects pedal that we would like to see more often.
A great alternative to Keeley Stalhammer. Find our effects pedals on our channel Youtube.