– Re: boosting. Stating the obvious, but bare with me…..Most distortion pedals have separate gain and volume knobs to deal with the varying types of input. E.G. A Les Paul into a dirt boxt is going to sit on the distortion transfer curve differently than a telecaster, etc. So you’ll get different distortion levels and gains depending on the input with the same settings. With Digital Distortion we can some degree correct for this, this why we can get away with not having a wild range on the Output Gain to accound for low levels of Drive. We try to account for a range of inputs, but in the end it’s still a Distortion, so some degree of adjusting the Output Gain seems normal. You could also try adjusting the input Gain and trying different levels of Sustain (Pre or Post).
-Re: the light clip. Did it have anything to do with the Sustainer? Large values of Pre or Post Sustain will create that “pop” or “spank” effect similar to an Orange Crush compressor or MXR type Compression. Of course the compression/sustain characteristics are also input signal dependent, so you’ll need to tune to taste.
ah ok, thanks for clarification..I’m more TS+Amp’s distortion guy, than using diferrent distortion pedals guy. I just expexted I wouldn’t need to boost output that high with mix at 100%, because I didn’t needed to do that with other effects, but 20db of boost is plenty enough to match levels correctly.
clipping seems to be related to sustain controls, sorry if I caused some panic in your dev team 🙂