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FREE THE TONE Direct Volume Pedal DVL-1H


As well as great sound quality and durability, a smooth and musical volume change is required in an ideal volume pedal. The Full-Rotation Belt-Drive system in the Free The Tone “DVL-1H” Direct Volume has been newly developed by identifying problems in conventional volume pedals in order to embody this ideal volume pedal.

Unlike usual mechanisms that use a string to rotate a variable resistor, the Free The Tone’s unique Full-Rotation Belt-Drive system adopts a gear and belt mechanism to drive the variable resistor linearly and link pedal operation directly to volume change. Volume is controlled smoothly and musically with smooth rotation and an optimized volume curve. The belt used in this mechanism is reinforced with wires to provide excellent durability and to prevent elongation or breakage from heavy use or aging.

General passive type volume pedals have a problem in which pressing the pedal to its full toe-down position does not turn the variable resistor all the way to the clockwise end because there is an unusable rotation range and therefor the signal level may decrease when connecting that volume pedal even after matching impedances of your devices. The Full-Rotation Belt-Drive system in the DVL-1H has been carefully designed so that the variable resistor fully rotates from its minimum to maximum positions so the above problem does not occur.

The Free The Tone DVL-1H Direct Volume uses carefully selected high-quality parts in the signal path to provide musical sound with minimal tonal impact. The robust enclosure will stand long-term use and prevent problems such as deformation. After more than two years of development, we have created our ideal volume pedal with no compromises. Please try our DVL-1H.

The hole on the side panel of this unit is for adjustment purpose during manufacturing. Please do not insert a screwdriver or any other object into this hole.

FEATURES

  • DVL-1H is the high impedance type. Use this model by connecting it after a high impedance device often found in guitars/basses with passive type pickups, fuzz pedals, or vintage effects units, etc.
  • Free The Tone’s unique Full-Rotation Belt-Drive system is implemented. (The variable resistor is driven by a combination of belt and gear, unlike a conventional mechanism that uses a string.)
  • The DVL-1H Direct Volume eliminates the variable resistor’s unusable range found in conventional volume pedals. By fully utilizing the variable resistor range, it can prevent a decrease in volume when connected.
  • The belt and gear drives the variable resistor linearly and links pedal operation directly to volume change.
  • The belt used in the system is reinforced with metal wires and prevents loosening or breakage due to aging.
  • Carefully selected parts are adopted to provide musical sound with minimal tonal impact.
  • The pedal section of the enclosure is made of 5-mm thick aluminum plate and the body section is an aluminum and steel compound chassis. This robust enclosure can withstand long-term use and prevent mechanical problems such as deformation, etc.

SPECIFICATIONS

Variable resistor 500kΩ
Terminals 3 x standard 1/4" phone jacks (input, output, tuner out)
Dimensions 90 (W) x 246 (D) x 60 (H) mm (excl. rubber foot height)
Weight 1.15 kg
Accessories Rubber feet, Warranty card, Owner manual