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Dazatronyx

DAZATRONYX THD


Developed from my 'made in Japan' HM-2. This redesign extends beyond the limitations of the original circuit to give additional tonal options, without compromising the classic fundamental tone.

By using a dual-gang potentiometer, the DISTORTION knob has been redefined from the sloppy classic one. This is actually a dual-function control, which cascades gain stages together:

The first half of the range of the DISTORTION knob controls a full-bodied fuzz. The second half uses black glass diodes to add a further layer of compression and sustain.

The signal is processed through germanium diodes in the final compression stage. I found some hefty Soviet germanium pulse diodes (they look like little submarines) which are ideal for this function, and are crucial to achieving the valve-like attack response. N.B. this is unlike the common soft or hard peak clipping diode distortion configuration.

The silicon/germanium switch hot-swaps the distorting transistor of the fuzz stage. The germanium mode sounds, dare I say it, closer to "tube-like". These transistors are cherry picked from my collection. First in, best dressed. First round will be made using US Air Force military devices by RCA.

A focusswitch has been added which makes subtle adjustments to the boominess of the bass.

The chips have been upgraded to high performance audio amplifiers by JRC (Japanese Radio Company). Japanese audio-grade capacitors have mostly been use throughout. Full sized 1/4W metal film resistors have been used, all condensed down to fit into a compact 1590BS Hammond enclosure.

This pedal stacks best when placed after other distortion and overdrive pedals.