For a long time now I have been toying with the idea of designing and building a pedal that would combine the transparency of the LS 8oh8 overdrive and the heavy distortion of a cranked JMC800 or equivalent type amp. I know that the words 'transparency' and 'heavy distortion' don't usually go together but I really wanted a pedal that could take me into the realm of insanity while still retaining my guitar and amp's unique tone. Basically my 'rig' still had to sound like my 'rig' but just pushed over the top. After designing and trying lots of different prototype circuits, I have finally built what I consider the ultimate distortion pedal. The final design is really two pedals in one box. Side 'A' is the primary distortion/overdrive side with 'gain', 'tone', and 'volume' controls while side 'B' is a super fat boost that feeds into side 'A'. Either side of the pedal can be run independent of the other, but the true insanity starts when you turn both sides on. As side 'A' is the primary side, I took extra care to make it very touch-sensitive. If you want to back off and play lightly the pedal cleans right up, but when you dig in, this baby just growls. Click on side 'B' and the growl becomes a roar. The next step will be a name and some nice graphics. I should be able to start offering this pedal on my site in a few weeks. If your looking for the ultimate distortion/overdrive pedal, this is the one!
Well it's been a long time coming but the LS SNAC (super nice audio compressor), is now available. I made a few last minute changes to the circuit since my last post. Fist, I added an 'attack' control switch. You now have the option to go from fast, medium, and slow attack times. I felt this was a more meaningful control then the 'brightness' knob on the last prototype. By having a variable attack time you can perserve the pick sound or compress it along with the rest of the signal. I still wanted to provide a 'brightness' control but resized that once the brightness was set, it wouldn't be something that you would change much, so now there is an internal brightness control. I will be adding the LS SNAC to the ordering page in a day or two but if you want to get an order in for one before then, just email me.