Keeley’s DCR is a drive, chorus and rotary pedal rolled into one

Offshoot of DDR features independent modulation and drive sections.

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Keeley has taken a leaf out of the DDR pedal with its latest two-in-one release, the DCR. Boasting drive, chorus and rotary effects, the new stomper is capable of spicing up both your rhythm-playing and chord work.

Like the DDR, the DCR boasts two independent sections – drive and modulation – which can each be toggled by a dedicated footswitch. Here are the details:

Drive

The drive section offers you two flavours – tube-amp crunch and a lead-channel type with sustain – that can be toggled via a Style switch. Tube-amp crunch is described by Keeley as a highly saturated drive with plenty of range. The lead drive, on the other hand, blends two filters – slight shelf and low-pass – to enliven your guitar tone. You’ll be able to further tweak the pedal’s drive character with three standard knobs: level, tone and drive.

Modulation

The drive section feeds into its modulation counterpart, which features two effects: a chorus/flanger and a rotary-speaker swirl. Either of these effects can be selected via a Chorus/Rotary switch. A secondary switch then lets you choose between effect modes:

  • With chorus selected: choose between chorus and flanger
  • With rotary selected: choose between Vibra and Les

Keeley describes the chorus as thick and doubling, and the flanger’s tone as “syrupy”. The Vibra and Les modes, in comparison, should help you create a vintage organ tone. And as for controls, the modulation section sports three familiar knobs of rate, depth and blend.

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Hear the DCR in action below:

Retails at $179. More info at robertkeeley.com.

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