After eclipsing the overdrive pedals market, Mooer released the Black Secretdistortion pedal, their take on capturing the essence of the classic ProCo RAT tonethat was so popular in the ’70s and ’80s.

Like the other micro pedals in the Mooer family, this pedal will fit on any pedal board with ease. Its full metal casing makes it durable and road ready, and it has a standard true bypass.

Tiny Pedal With 2 Distortions Inside

  • It's a White Faced Rat and the serial number doesn't start with WFR so I think it's an 85' Edit: confirmed. Although it could be 84' or 86' as well but what's important is it is an original white face which is the best form of rat (IMO) 4 level 1.
  • The RAT is essentially a True Bypass equipped distortion pedal with a multitude of different tones on tap (from subtle overdrive-like sounds all the way through to over-the-top fuzz). Secondly, how do you date a Rat pedal? You can't date a rat by its serial number. You'll have to open up the pedal and check the pot dates. There are 6 numbers.
  • Pro Co Rat Analysis. The Pro Co Rat is a distortion pedal by Pro Co Sound designed by Scott Burnham and Steve Kiraly in Kalamazoo, Michigan 1978. The original circuit and appearance suffered some changes over the different revisions but the tone remained the same.

The original ProCo RAT evolved into to two different pedals, the RAT2 (a renewed standard RAT) and a new flavor called TurboRAT (more aggressive distortion based on the original Rat).

The Mooer Black Secret pedal not only clones the legendary ProCo RAT2, but also the TurboRAT, so you can use both on the same pedal!

You can change between the two pedals sounds thanks to a toggle switch:

  • Vintage: RAT clone (warm, smooth distortion)
  • Turbo: RAT Turbo clone (doubles the output of the vintage mode)

The Pro Co RAT Bastard (and dwarf) Twin

What’s important about this pedal is that it’s not just a cheap copy of a good-old pedal.

The Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal is different from any you've ever heard, with sounds ranging from a mellow twin to a raging English stack. Its smooth distortion puts extra punch in rhythm work and makes solos cut through with authority and power. The Rat2 has glow-in-the-dark luminescent control graphics and new LED status indicator for easy. Gamechanger Audio Plasma High Voltage Distortion Pedal. Free P&P Free P&P. 48 watchers 48 watchers. ProCo RAT TAIL 18 foot Distortion Cable Ships FREE to US Zips! MADE IN THE USA!

The thing is that the Black Secret actually sounds like an original ProCo RAT. Check out this video if you don’t believe me!

In my opinion, the pedal performs really well and, to my ears, it is almost indistinguishable from the original RAT models. Maybe the Mooer’s sound is a little bit thinner.

There are other advantages of the Black Secret over the RAT:

  • It uses a standard/Boss power socket while the RAT uses a 3.5mm jack
  • The footprint is way smaller, which is always good when building portable pedal boards
  • The price is also an important decision factor. The Mooer includes two pedals for less than any of the two

Rat Distortion Pedal Schematic

The only disadvantage I can think of is that the Blak Secret can’t be powered by an internal battery.

Rat Distortion Pedal Review

If you look for a distortion pedal that uses a RAT (or RAT-like) distortion circuit, the Black Secret is clearly the best choice. (Official Doc here)

The RAT is essentially a True Bypass equipped distortion pedal with a multitude of different tones on tap (from subtle overdrive-like sounds all the way through to over-the-top fuzz). The pedal has three controls: Distortion, Filter & Volume.
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Rat distortion pedal review

PROCO RAT - FEATURESThe RAT is essentially a True Bypass equipped distortion pedal with a multitude of different tones on tap (from subtle overdrive-like sounds all the way through to over-the-top fuzz).

who uses proco rat? Pro Co has also introduced tonal variations of the RAT, including the Turbo RAT and You Dirty RAT, among others. The Pro Co RAT became very popular in the early 1980s, thanks in part to fame gained by its use by several artists, including Metallica, R.E.M. and Weezer.

Additionally, how do you date a Rat pedal?

You can't date a rat by its serial number. You'll have to open up the pedal and check the pot dates. There are 6 numbers and the middle two will give you the year.

What is an OCD pedal?

The Fulltone OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Drive), has been kicking around for more than a decade. The OCD V2 sounds like finding the “sweet spot” on your favorite amp. It produces overdriven tones that sound warm and full, with genuine tube-like response.