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Dunwich tourbox demos (7 pedals)

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Corey Y, Jan 28, 2014.


  1. Corey Y

    Corey Y Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2010
    Salinas, CA
    Last weekend I received the pedal tourbox from Dunwich Amplification. It's a mix of 7 fuzzes, overdrives and distortions. Some are currently in production, some are new and being tested and there's a bonus fuzz from Magic Pedals, who provides some assembly support for Dunwich.

    I recorded 2 sets of clips for each pedal, one fingerstyle and one pick, with different riffs that I think highlight each appropriately. These clips are more geared towards heavy styles of playing, because that's just my preference and I had a limited amount of time to do a lot of demos. That's not all these pedals are good for and I attempted to showcase some lower gain settings as well, but given the number of demos I was making I didn't have the time to run through multiple basses, styles and tunings to cover everyone's tastes. I think they should still be useful to a lot of people.

    First, here's a breakdown of the gear used for recording:

    Bass: Fender Precision Standard (MIM), Dimarzio Model P pickup, DR Nickel Lo-Rider strings in BEAD tuning.

    Pedalboard: Turbo Tuner > fdeck HPF-Pre (Volume max, HPF to 35 Hz) > demo pedal. One Spot power supply and daisy chain used.

    Amp: Gallien-Krueger MB800 (Pre-Gain set to noon, all EQ to 1 o'clock, Contour off)

    Cab: Eminence Basslite loaded DIY ported 1x10 (from THIS thread)

    Microphone: Shure SM7b

    Interface: Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 (using one of the stock preamp channels, not the "Liquid" modeling preamps)

    DAW: Logic 9 on an iMac (no EQ or compression added, just some leveling on the master channel for volume). Drums are Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0.


    Ok, now on to the demos clips!


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    Wizard Fuzz

    The Wizard Fuzz is a high gain distortion/fuzz, combining FET, JFET and BJT gain stages, with 2 band EQ, gain and 12 position depth control. It's not exactly the standard "modded Big Muff", more like running a boost/overdrive into a muff tone wise. The depth control serves to limit the low end being sent into clipping, a way to tighten up the low end when boosting the gain or EQ. Heavily boosting the "Lo" EQ causing some clipping, so the Depth control helps dial it back and make it more usable. Combining all 3 tone controls provides a very wide variety of sounds.

    Fingerstyle:


    Clip 1: Bypass. Clip 2: Hi - noon, Lo - noon, Depth - max, Gain - noon. Clip 3: Hi - 10 o'clock, Lo - 1 o'clock, Depth - 6, Gain - 9 o'clock. Clip 4: Hi - min, Lo - 9 o'clock, Depth - 9, Gain - 10 o'clock. Clip 5: Hi - 9 o'clock, Lo - 3 o'clock, Depth - 4, Gain - 2 o'clock. Clip 6: Hi - 3 o'clock, Lo - 9 o'clock, Depth - 5, Gain - max. Clip 7: Hi - 1 o'clock, Lo - 2 o'clock, Depth - 8, Gain - 11 o'clock.

    Pick:


    Clip 1: Bypass. Clip 2: Hi - noon, Lo - noon, Depth - max, Gain - noon. Clip 3: Hi - 2 o'clock, Lo - 10 o'clock, Depth - 9, Gain - 8 o'clock. Clip 4: Hi - 10 o'clock, Lo - 2 o'clock, Depth - 6, Gain - 10 o'clock. Clip 5: Hi - min, Lo - max, Depth - 2, Gain - 2 o'clock. Clip 6: Hi - 11 o'clock, Lo - max, Depth - 4, Gain - 1 o'clock. Clip 7: Hi - min, Lo - 9 o'clock, Depth - 5, Gain - max.



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    Cthulhu Fuzz

    The Cthulhu Fuzz is a high gain, one knob fuzz pedal, based off a modified Fuzz Face style circuit, with extra gain added. I personally have not had a lot of luck with one knob Fuzz Face style pedals on bass in the past (there are a couple I still haven't had the pleasure to try yet), they tend to get rather unpleasant mixture of compressed and fizzy. This pedal handles to the low end no problem, without getting flubby, and never got any unpleasant ultra high sizzle. Since there is only one control on this pedal (volume), I varied the volume and tone pots on the bass to demonstrate some tonal variation. Cutting the volume pot and tone pots in the right combination got a sort of "cocked wah" tone that I rather liked for fingerstyle playing. Is it a "one trick pony"? Sure, but if you like that trick, it pulls it off fantastically.

    Fingerstyle:


    Clip 1: Bypass. Clip 2: Vol - max, Tone - max. Clip 3: Vol - 75%, Tone - max. Clip 4: Vol - 50%, Tone - max. Clip 5: Vol - 25%, Tone - 75%. Clip 6: Volume - 25%, Tone - min. Clip 7: Vol - 50%, Tone - min.

    Pick:


    Clip 1: Bypass. Clip 2: Vol - max, Tone - max. Clip 3: Vol - 75%, Tone - max. Clip 4: Vol - 50%, Tone - max. Clip 5: Vol - 25%, Tone - 75%. Clip 6: Volume - 25%, Tone - min. Clip 7: Vol - 50%, Tone - min.



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    Volt Thrower

    The Volt Thrower is a overdrive/distortion based on a heavily modified/redesigned RAT, with 2 band EQ, gain control and switching between 6 clipping modes (low gain LED, high gain LED, low gain Silicon, high gain Silicon, low gain Germanium and No Diodes mode). This is one of the pedals I was most excited to try, because I love that ragged, growly signature RAT sound, but always have a problem with the low cut aspect of them. I've had some elaborate clean blend setups and tried a few of the boutique modded clones before and never really been fully satisfied with the results. This pedal features two LM308 chips, along with all of the various clipping modes and a completely redesigned power section that addresses a lot of those low end issues, without sacrificing that basic "RAT" tone and it really nails it. In addition to the controls on the face of the pedal, there are internal trim pots for controlling sub frequency clipping. I didn't mess with these, but it's good to know there's even more tonal flexibility available here to explore. The pedal can also be run at 18v for greater headroom (which I've been told by the builder can actually use an 18v adapter to run up to 36v internally...those specifics are beyond my understanding).

    Fingerstyle:


    Clip 1: Bypass. Clip 2: Bass - noon, Treble - noon, Gain - noon, Clipping: Low LED. Clip 3: Bass - 1 o'clock, Treble - 11 o'clock, Gain - noon, Clipping: Germanium. Clip 4: Bass - 11 o'clock, Treble - 9 o'clock, Gain - 3 o'clock, Clipping: Germanium. Clip 5: Bass - 2 o'clock, Treble - noon, Gain - 9 o'clock, Clipping: High LED. Clip 6: Bass - 3 o'clock, Treble - 1 o'clock, Gain - 10 o'clock, Clipping: High Silicon. Clip 7: Bass - 10 o'clock, Treble - 10 o'clock, Gain - 10 o'clock, Clipping: No Diodes. Clip 8: Bass - noon, Treble - noon, Gain - noon, Clipping: Low Silicon.

    Pick:


    Clip 1: Bypass. Clip 2: Bass - noon, Treble - noon, Gain - noon, Clipping: Low LED. Clip 3: Bass - 2 o'clock, Treble - noon, Gain - 9 o'clock, Clipping: Germanium. Clip 4: Bass - 3 o'clock, Treble - 10 o'clock, Gain - 10 o'clock, Clipping: High LED. Clip 5: Bass - 2 o'clock, Treble - 1 o'clock, Gain - 9 o'clock, Clipping: High Silicon. Clip 6: Bass - 11 o'clock, Treble - 1 o'clock, Gain - 11 o'clock, Clipping: No Diodes. Clip 7: Bass - noon, Treble - 2 o'clock, Gain - 10 o'clock, Clipping: Low Silicon.



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    Modded HM2

    The Modded HM2 is, well...a modified Boss HM-2. A high gain distortion pedal with 4 band active EQ (Low, Low Mid, High Mid, High), gain control and 3 way switching for both hard and soft clipping modes (hard: LED/No Diodes/Silicon, soft: Silicon/No Diodes/Germanium). This isn't a bass specific pedal, in fact I actually didn't have that much interest in trying this on bass when the box arrived, as I've tried out its namesake before and it never seemed that usable on bass. I was pleasantly surprised that this pedal served up some nice high gain distortion, with a lot of tonal flexibility between all the EQ and clipping controls. The No Diodes clipping modes offered a big volume boost, more headroom and more open low end, but the other modes provided some interesting variations on tightness of the gain and low end. The gain is pretty aggressive, while never really getting into low gain OD territority, it didn't cut out or make the tone sound anemic when dialed way down. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

    Fingerstyle:


    Clip 1: Bypass. Clip 2: Bass - noon, LowMid - noon, HighMid - noon, High - noon, Gain - noon, Soft Clip - No Diodes, Hard Clip - No Diodes. Clip 3: Bass - 3 o'clock, LowMid - 2 o'clock, HighMid - noon, High - 11 o'clock, Gain - 10 o'clock, Soft Clip - Germanium, Hard Clip - Silicon. Clip 4: Bass - max, LowMid - 1 o'clock, HighMid - 11 o'clock, High - 10 o'clock, Gain - 1 o'clock, Soft Clip - Germanium, Hard Clip - No Diodes. Clip 5: Bass - 3 o'clock, LowMid - 3 o'clock, HighMid - 3 o'clock, High - 9 o'clock, Gain - 9 o'clock, Soft Clip - No Diodes, Hard Clip - LED. Clip 6: Bass - 2 o'clock, LowMid - 9 o'clock, HighMid - 9 o'clock, High - 3 o'clock, Gain - 3 o'clock, Soft Clip - Silicon, Hard Clip - Silicon. Clip 7: Bass - max, LowMid - max, HighMid - max, High - 9 o'clock, Gain - max, Soft Clip - Germanium, Hard Clip - LED.

    Pick:


    Clip 1: Bypass. Clip 2: Bass - noon, LowMid - noon, HighMid - noon, High - noon, Gain - noon, Soft Clip - No Diodes, Hard Clip - No Diodes. Clip 3: Bass - 3 o'clock, LowMid - 1 o'clock, HighMid - 1 o'clock, High - 1 o'clock, Gain - noon, Soft Clip - Germanium, Hard Clip - Silicon. Clip 4: Bass - max, LowMid - noon, HighMid - 2 o'clock, High - 1 o'clock, Gain - 2 o'clock, Soft Clip - Silicon, Hard Clip - Silicon. Clip 5: Bass - 3 o'clock, LowMid - 1 o'clock, HighMid - 2 o'clock, High - 2 o'clock, Gain - 8 o'clock, Soft Clip - Germanium, Hard Clip - No Diodes. Clip 6: Bass - 2 o'clock, LowMid - 9 o'clock, HighMid - 9 o'clock, High - 3 o'clock, Gain - 3 o'clock, Soft Clip - Silicon, Hard Clip - Silicon. Clip 7: Bass - max, LowMid - max, HighMid - max, High - 10 o'clock, Gain - max, Soft Clip - Germanium, Hard Clip - LED.



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    Ol' Dirty Bass

    The Ol' Dirty Bass is a bass specific distortion, based on a modified version of the OCD, with 2 band EQ, gain and 6 position depth control and switching between LED and MOSFET clipping. Now in the interest of fairness, this is one of the pedals that is still in development and included in the tourbox to get some feedback. I found the general character of this pedal to be a good OCD style dirt box with some more than average low end on tap (plenty of that, my walls were shaking when I turned it up with the depth maxed out). As it is now, the pedal is a little dark, even for bass. For those that like a darker, thicker type of OD/distortion, its right on. The difference between the LED and MOSFET clipping modes isn't drastic. The MOSFET mode was a little tighter and higher gain and I tended to prefer it. I've already talked to the builder about this one and he's planning on making some further changes to allow for more headroom and added high end presence and treble on tap. I've noticed most OCD based pedals aimed at bass tend to either have a nice tight gain structure, which lends itself well to hard attack, but a little lacking in the deep low end or have a very generous low end, but seem to be more loose and wooly with the gain, missing out on some of that nice attack (especially for pick playing). Having the 2 band EQ and the depth control seems like the perfect way to balance between those two extremes, so I'll be looking forward to trying out (and hopefully showcasing more demos for) the eventual revised version.

    Fingerstyle:


    Clip 1: Bypass. Clip 2: Bass - noon, Treble - noon, Depth - max, Gain - noon, Clipping: LED. Clip 3: Bass - noon, Treble - noon, Depth - max, Gain - noon, Clipping: MOSFET. Clip 4: Bass - noon, Treble - max, Depth - max, Gain - 2 o'clock, Clipping: MOSFET. Clip 5: Bass - 2 o'clock, Treble - max, Depth - 3, Gain - 3 o'clock, Clipping: MOSFET. Clip 6: Bass - max, Treble - noon, Depth - 4, Gain - 10 o'clock, Clipping: LED. Clip 7: Bass - max, Treble - noon, Depth - 4, Gain - 10 o'clock, Clipping: MOSFET

    Pick:


    Clip 1: Bypass. Clip 2: Bass - noon, Treble - max, Depth - min, Gain - max, Clipping: LED. Clip 3: Bass - noon, Treble - max, Depth - min, Gain - max, Clipping: LED. Clip 4: Bass - max, Treble - max, Depth - 2, Gain - noon, Clipping: MOSFET. Clip 5: Bass - max, Treble - 3 o'clock, Depth - 2, Gain - 10 o'clock, Clipping: LED. Clip 6: Bass - noon, Treble - max, Depth - max, Gain - noon, Clipping: MOSFET. Clip 7: Bass - 11 o'clock, Treble - max, Depth - 5, Gain - 9 o'clock, Clipping: LED



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    DA120 Overdrive

    The DA120 Overdrive is a FET based overdrive, which is a pedal interpretation of an Orange/Matamp style amp, with 2 band EQ, gain and 6 position depth control. This is another one of the pedals that's still in development, though I'd say it's pretty right on its target. It's not a bass specific pedal, but it works about as well as plugging into a vintage 120 watt tube head. It doesn't really do low gain, more of a constant pushed tube amp type sound. The switch is meant for low/high gain modes, but is apparently not very functional for that right now and is one of the coming refinements for the pedal. So it's somewhat of a narrow focus for bass, but there are some good tones to be found.

    Fingerstyle:


    Clip 1: Bypass. Clip 2: Bass - noon, Treble - noon, Depth - max, Gain - noon. Clip 3: Bass - 10 o'clock, Treble - 11 o'clock, Depth - 2, Gain - 9 o'clock. Clip 4: Bass - 11 o'clock, Treble - 2 o'clock, Depth - 5, Gain - 8 o'clock. Clip 5: Bass - 2 o'clock, Treble - 9 o'clock, Depth - min, Gain - 3 o'clock. Clip 6: Bass - min, Treble - min, Depth - 4, Gain - max. Clip 7: Bass - max, Treble - 9 o'clock, Depth - 3, Gain - 11 o'clock.

    Pick:


    Clip 1: Bypass. Clip 2: Bass - noon, Treble - noon, Depth - 3, Gain - 8 o'clock. Clip 3: Bass - 2 o'clock, Treble - 1 o'clock, Depth - 2, Gain - 9 o'clock. Clip 4: Bass - 3 o'clock, Treble - 9 o'clock, Depth - min, Gain - 11 o'clock. Clip 5: Bass - 10 o'clock, Treble - 11 o'clock, Depth - 2, Gain - max. Clip 6: Bass - 9 o'clock, Treble - max, Depth - max, Gain - 8 o'clock. Clip 7: Bass - max, Treble - min, Depth - 3, Gain - max.



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    Magic Pedals Shrine Fuzz

    Included in the Dunwich tourbox was also a Shrine Fuzz, by Magic Pedals. This is a pretty straight forward and familiar concept, a modified version of a 70's violet ram's head Big Muff, with the traditional tone and sustain controls along with an additional mid control knob. This pedal is pretty much turn it on and fuzz out, no real low gain tones to speak of, but it's a good execution of a solid, popular fuzz pedal. The mid knob is interactive with the tone, I found it useful to just pick a point on the tone knob and sweep the mid to find a voicing that jumped out at me. Plenty of low end and plenty of gain on tap, it never got squashed or farty sounding to my ear and the mid control knob allowed for some mid emphasis on attack when playing fingerstyle that I enjoyed. I don't find these types of pedals to be very useful with faster pick playing, but there were a few settings that I think worked well for that.

    Fingerstyle:


    Clip 1: Bypass. Clip 2: Tone - noon, Mid - noon, Sustain - noon. Clip 3: Tone - 2 o'clock, Mid - 10 o'clock, Sustain - 3 o'clock. Clip 4: Tone - 10 o'clock, Mid - 2 o'clock, Sustain - 11 o'clock. Clip 5: Tone - 9 o'clock, Mid - 3 o'clock, Sustain - 9 o'clock. Clip 6: Tone - 3 o'clock, Mid - min, Sustain - max.

    Pick:


    Clip 1: Bypass. Clip 2: Tone - noon, Mid - noon, Sustain - noon. Clip 3: Tone - 3 o'clock, Mid - 3 o'clock, Sustain - 10 o'clock. Clip 4: Tone - 8 o'clock, Mid - 10 o'clock, Sustain - 2 o'clock. Clip 5: Tone - 10 o'clock, Mid - 11 o'clock, Sustain - max. Clip 6: Tone - max, Mid - min, Sustain - max. Clip 7: Tone - min, Mid - max, Sustain - max.



    That's all folks, I hope some of you find these demo clips useful. I think Dunwich Amplification has some great bass friendly pedals. I already own the Wizard and Cthulhu fuzzes and they get used pretty frequently. I ordered a Volt Thrower and a Modded HM2 after trying them out. I was looking forward to the Volt Thrower, as I mentioned I have a long running adventure with trying to find a bass friendly RAT that I can bond with, but the HM2 was an out of left field surprise.

    I also made guitar demo clips for all of these pedals. I won't clog up the forum with them, but if you'd like the check them out, they're on my soundcloud account with their own playlist.
     
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  2. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
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    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Thanks for doing all of those excellent clips! Well done.

    Can you tell us about prices, availability, etc.? The Dunwich website is not quite all there yet.
     
  3. dunwichamps

    dunwichamps Commercial User

    Jul 23, 2012
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    Owner: Dunwich Amps
    I basically do everything via preorders. So we just had 1 for 4 pedals and won't have another for 3 months. Prices usually range from $175-220
     
  4. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
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    So do I pay now and then wait three months, or do I put my name on a list and then pay three months later, or do I just wait three months until the next round is announced and then contact you, or???

    5) Profit!
     
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  6. dunwichamps

    dunwichamps Commercial User

    Jul 23, 2012
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    Owner: Dunwich Amps
    Well i think this preorder is filled so you can put yourself down for the next one. When the next one starts I can get in contact with you.
     
  7. Nashrakh

    Nashrakh

    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Thanks a lot, guv! Great sounds from all of them. Now I'm gassing for the Ctulhu fuzz even worse than ever though. I heard one of your clips before but this is definitely the last nail in the coffin. Now I just need the munniez... It sounds badass on guitar but I liked the fingerstyle sound on bass a lot as well.
     
  8. Corey Y

    Corey Y Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2010
    Salinas, CA
    Thanks bongomania, glad you enjoyed them.

    I'm in pretty constant contact with Nick ("dunwichamps", as you can see above), because I've already bought some pedals from him before, he's made me a preamp pedal and he's currently building me a tube head. Generally though he announces upcoming preorders on the Dunwich Facebook page, with available pedals and prices listed. He also has a subforum in the sharktank on ILF, he usually posts info there as well.
     
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  9. Corey Y

    Corey Y Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2010
    Salinas, CA
    I did a couple extra clips last night, after soliciting some requests for specific quick clips.

    So here's a brief demo of low gain settings on the Ol' Dirty Bass and Volt Thrower pedals:



    Here's a very different quick demo. Another TB user asked me to record a clip with my Carvin SB4000, for an active jazz sound. So I did a quick snippet with fingerstyle and picking in Eb, with a specific setting from the Wizard Fuzz demos.

     
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  10. Snaxster

    Snaxster

    Nov 29, 2008
    Hello Corey. It's about a year and a half later, but better late than never: thank you for your excellent post about these pedals, especially your fastidious execution of the demo recordings. I discovered it last week and ended up buying a new Volt Thrower. Among the details about it you mentioned that interested me most were two. Now that I've had my Volt Thrower for 15 minutes, I wanted to comment on them.
    The Dunwich copy says so. But as I prepared to order, I studied the photo of the circuit and noticed three op-amps. Presumably were two for audio and a third was for the charge pump. The first two were an LM308N and an OP07CP, not two LM308N.

    My wish is not to ignite the debate about whether OP07CP-equipped RATs sound different/worse/better than LM308N-equipped RATs. I assume that Dunwich is using one of each chip for reasons of their own (availability, cost, preference, etc.) When I received my Volt Thrower, I expected it to contain one of each chip, and I planned to test swapping out the OP07CP for a second LM308N.

    First, without opening the Volt Thrower, I played it a few times, familiarizing myself with its overall sound and all its external controls. I liked it a lot. Then today, a few days later, I opened the pedal and confirmed that it featured one each of LM308N and OP07CP. I played it with a reference setup (bass, pedal, preamp, and monitor settings), powered off the pedal, the swapped out the OP07CP.

    After powering on the pedal and playing, my initial reaction was that it sounded less snarky; less edgy; more polite, perhaps. The change was not drastic, but it was something I felt as much as heard. Maybe the pedal sounded a little more organic; more like the the source audio and less like an effect. In any case, to my ears it still sounded like itself and I liked it. So I decided to leave the second LM308N installed.

    Though I can't say what exactly the two trim pots are changing in the circuit, I can say definitively what changes they make to the net sound.

    Facing the circuit right side up, holding it with the footswitch nearer you and pots further away, the trim pots will be on the left side. Their stock settings in my Volt Thrower were both fully counterclockwise, which I assume is wide open (regarding audio if not current).

    The simplest way to think of the two trim pots' functions is as treble and bass reducers respectively, but I'm sure there is more to them. As with many of the best controls in audio circuits, small changes yield subtle but powerfully different and useful results.
    • The top trim pot is the treble one. I consider it to be a fizz control whose effect spans down to the upper midrange frequencies. When tuning it, comparing the distorted sound to itself proved most useful. After several trials, I found the sweet spot at which by rolling off just a little, I reduced the amount of fizz I didn't need, without losing too much of the upper midrange snarl and complex harmonics.

    • The bottom trim pot is the bass one. I thought it plausibly was "for controlling sub frequency clipping". Audibly, it alters low end in a narrow range between glowing and large vs. tight and small. When tuning this control, comparing the distorted sound to the clean sound was most useful. Here the sweet spot matched the bass energy in the distorted sound very closely with that in the clean sound. This was the ****. An excellent example of success in audio or sound design via "less is more".
    With that new baseline, the scale of the Volt Thrower's spectral response was changed. Basically, now the emphasis was on midrange, with low end pushing through, rather than on a powerful low end. By level matching the distorted and clean sounds, like you do, now all the settings I chose with the external controls sounded more natural; more like my bass guitar through an imaginary amp. Also I found the external treble and bass controls to make a bigger difference.

    Thanks again.

    Snaxster
     
  11. Corey Y

    Corey Y Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2010
    Salinas, CA
    I'm glad my demo clips were useful to you, thanks. As for the LM308 thing, I honestly can't remember at the time if that was a detail directly from Nick, on the information packet with the tourbox or what. Some of those pedals were prototypes, so it's possible that some of the chips used may have changed between production runs or perhaps I was completely mistaken in stating that, I don't know. I'm not sure if the production model I personally own now is the same or not. I do know it has at least one LM308 chip and the pedal gets that particular Rat tone. Which is something I've definitely noticed a difference with other pedals and swapping chips. I don't believe the hype unless I test it myself, personally. I've done lots of blind tests with identical Tubescreamers with different chips and then even cheap soundtank versions and not heard a difference, so it's definitely not true of every hyped component, but I personally think the LM308 makes a big difference to the base tone of a Rat.

    I just recorded some guitar tracks with my Volt Thrower this weekend and had great results with it. I think mine I maxed out both trimpots, after messing with them a lot to find out what I liked the sound of best.
     
  12. I also purchased a VT from the recent batch and asked Nick what the two internal pots were for. He responded that they were for the gain levels, which I more or less confirmed, with some caveats. They behave a little differently based on which clipping selection the dial is on. My observation is that some of the clipping selections are only effected by one or the other.
    I'm still messing with setting on mine but needed to link it to a LS-2 to optimize it for what I wanted. The high EQ seems more reactive to me, where as the bass control only seems to thicken the tone noticeably around 2 o'clock. It seems to effect a very low range of frequencies that borders on too deep without beefing up the tone. Still much better than a Pro Co Rat.
    I have also found that running it in a 36v mode makes the signal sound less "messy".
    The one clipping setting I can't seem to find a use for is the Schottky, which has a very unique decay that almost sounds gated or choked.
     
  13. dunwichamps

    dunwichamps Commercial User

    Jul 23, 2012
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    Owner: Dunwich Amps
    thanks for the feedback guys. The original VTs I built as custom orders all had LM308 x 2 but all the production units had LM308 in IC1 and OP in IC2. It is less critical to have OP in IC2 vs IC1 as IC1 handles the clipping and IC2 is for recovery gain after the EQ.
     
  14. ilansgroove

    ilansgroove

    Jan 24, 2012
    paris, france
    great sounds
    love that wizard sound!!!!!
     
  15. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
    Is that tour box still making the rounds or is this a thing of the past?
     
  16. Snakeman1066

    Snakeman1066 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Central Valley
    Did the DA120 get the refinements? I would be very interested in this pedal if so! I Liked what I heard but it would be cool if it was a tad more versatile!
     
  17. Snakeman1066

    Snakeman1066 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Central Valley
    just checked out the website and i'm seeing the Cthulhu Fuzz with three knobs!?
     
  18. dunwichamps

    dunwichamps Commercial User

    Jul 23, 2012
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    Owner: Dunwich Amps
    ended a long time ago
     
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  19. dunwichamps

    dunwichamps Commercial User

    Jul 23, 2012
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    Owner: Dunwich Amps
    These are clips of the production version

     
  20. dunwichamps

    dunwichamps Commercial User

    Jul 23, 2012
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    there was only 3 for a contest a while back