Dr. Scientist

DR. SCIENTIST The Heisenberg

By the 24th century, nanobots have solved all of humanity’s problems, from the common cold to socks with sandals. With billions of nanobots out of work, Dr. Scientist—with help from the National Research Council of Canada, the National Institute for Nanotechnology and the University of Alberta—developed a way to use nanotechnology to create a molecular junction, a new kind of diode that saturates in a slower, smoother, more pleasing way than conventional, silicon diodes. What resulted was a new kind of overdrive pedal, featuring three gain stages: a MOSFET booster, an NPN transistor fuzz and an opamp distortion.

The Heisenberg is a low-medium gain overdrive that is designed to show off the sound of the molecular junctions. It consists of 3 different single stage amplifiers: a MOSFET, an NPN silicon transistor, and an opamp. The stages are common amplifiers you'd see all across the audio world and the gain range is not too low or too high, a nice medium gain that doesn't dominate the character of the molecular junctions.

Mono input, mono output
Power Requirements:
9VDC @ 75mA, 2.1mm center negative plug
Input/Output Impedance:
True bypass using soft touch switch and relay


FET Gain:
Gain of the FET stage, clean boost to medium overdrive
NPN Gain:
Gain of the NPN stage, cleanish boost to medium fuzz
Op Amp Gain:
Gain of the op amp stage, clean boost to medium distortion
Master Tone:
Treble control, +/-15dB peaking filter centred at 3kHz

Master Volume:
Output level
Rotary Switch:
Selects 1 of 3 gain stages