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Top Drive Preamp

18 April 2009

This is a new preamp design I have called “Top Drive”. Top Drive is a compact tube powered preamp that is quite unique and rocking. The preamp is voiced in interesting way,  the sound is very much like a classic Vox amp. The preamp has got that great top end “jangley” character with that nice almost loose bottom end. It has great clarity and character all the way up the volume control. When the volume control is maxed out there is great singing type of distortion. Top Drive is very much like an old Vox AC30 in the sense that is has a single volume control. With no master volume (gain) control this means you need to crank up the volume for that great tube saturation. There is something about non-master volume amps that make them special and sound different. [you know you want to read more…]

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The Hood Preamp

21 February 2009

The Hood is one of my first tube preamp designs. The Hood evolved from my medalings with low voltage 12AU7 tube stompbox designs. The Hood is a low voltage preamp that uses two 12AU7 tubes, four cascaded common cathode Class A gain stages. The Hood is essentially a big glorified stompbox/preamp which offers a lot of unique tones. [you know you want to read more…]

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The Ultimate Boss CS-3 Mod

February 14, 2009

Ideology Behind the Mod: Another Boss pedal hits the chopping block! The Boss CS-3 compressor stock is just a terrible pedal in my opinion. It is incredibly noisy; I mean it has a ton of noise! Yes compressors are high gain and noise is to be expected from them but this pedal design seems excessively […]

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