Distortion Is Important.
Hi, my name is Matt and I'm obsessed with guitar pedals and effects. I love turning knobs. I love reaching for uncharted sonic spaces. I also have an appreciation for the classics. Over the years on my journey as a guitar player I have owned a ridiculous amount of gear, always in search of my sound, not entirely sure what it was, but something to help define me and my place in music. What I have found is that it always seems like trying to hit a moving target - what inspires me on a given day may not on the next. I have been through the ringer of mods, boutique pedals, and recently vintage pedals have seemed to inspire me the most.
So anyway, back in about 2014 I started working on the early stages of designing my own pedal with my good friend Jono. I didn't know anything about pedal design at the time, other than doing a few odds and ends - simple mods, kits etc. I was extremely inspired by the Bondi Effects Sick As. I was coming out of a phase where I felt let down by most boutique pedals. I felt like many of them weren't thought through enough, unfinished, and I worried I was screwing up my entire guitar signal by adding most pedals into my chain. I felt frustrated that it seemed as though most pedals were 85-90 percent there, but I felt like that last percentage is where great guitar tone lives. Which is why many of you who obsess like me can relate to going overboard on cables, power supplies, and unique pedals, in search for those last elusive percentages whether they existed or not. I remember the first time I made my board true bypass and then realized I needed a buffer...or two. Not only did the Sick As change my mind on that, it changed the way I looked at what a boutique pedal could be. I wanted to make one of my own. I was constantly looking for something to do exactly what I wanted, so I decided to start from scratch.
While the pedal, the DRV, was initially meant to be nothing more than a re-creation of my 1985 whiteface Rat, somewhere along the way, it became something else, something special. So far I haven't found an application that it doesn't do well in. It makes good amps sound better and bad amps sound better too. I have only heard maybe one other pedal that does this, and I can't afford one... The clipping section of the DRV is sweet, the values for the tone section are painstakingly chosen. It is extremely versatile, yet simple and minimal. There are only 3 knobs, no extra switches or options, yet there are many possibilities within.
FIND YOUR SOUND.