Copy of DIY Parallel Drive
Copy of DIY Parallel Drive
This is a Pre-Order. Please see the details at the bottom.
Howdy Neighbor. This project excites me to my core and is hopefully the beginning of several DIY projects to come. This is a simple but useful pedal to introduce you to the unique sounds of combining different drive pedals in parallel ( specifically a classic overdrive and distortion with gain and level controls for each). This DIY kit (don’t worry, I can build it for you if you’re not ready to go it alone) is not for the absolute beginner. I do not have the time or resources to walk you through every step but I will be happy to help moderately experienced builders with the odd question or two. I heavily suggest that you ask your questions in the Damnation Audio Newsgroup and then I’ll answer there.
So, what’s in the box? This kit contains everything (except tools and solder) to build the Parallel Drive. There is no tone control in the design as this pedal is supposed to provide a quick injection of complex dirt tones into your chain. It will be moderately transparent so EQ adjustments should be minimal. I will provide enough parts for you to build either the Guitar Modded Version or the Bass Modded Version but seeing as this is DIY, I hope your imagination takes hold and you build something unique and then share it with the world.
Why is this a DIY kit and not a new Damnation Audio pedal? The simple answer is that it’s not terribly unique and I don’t want to have to try and claim its something that its not. But its an incredibly fun pedal that I wanted to build and I hoped others would too. I will do my best to provide parts that match the photos but in the interest of continuous improvement, all specifications are subject to change without notice (for example if I run out of a particular knob or IC, I will try and find a replacement that functions the same or better and doesn’t look too awfully different).
Guitar Modded Version
This version uses stock circuits for the overdrive (left side - based on a TS style circuit) and distortion (right side - based on a Rat style circuit).
Bass Modded Version
This version uses the stock circuit for the distortion (right side - based on a Rat style circuit) and a bass modded clean-ish boost (left-side). The left side boost has minimal or no breakup as its designed to provide clean low-end to mix with the distortion side (inspired by the Damnation Audio MBD-1 clean channel and the True Bypass Loop Blender).
One of the things that makes this kit handy is that I provide a separate PCB and ribbon cable to make footswitch wiring a breeze. The footswitch PCB is not required to be used but only skip it if you know what you’re doing.
Lastly, this kit is all about DIY. I will hand-drill the enclosures for this kit just like I did back in the day. I’ll do my best to line things up but it is not a precision process. Furthermore as this is DIY you can use your own enclosures if you like. One day I may get machined enclosures like for my regular pedals but that day is not today.
Use only 9VDC 2.1mm center negative (boss-style) power adapters. Isolated pedal specific power supplies are highly recommended. Damnation Audio pedals are designed for maximum headroom and ideal performance with a 9V supply. Going above 9VDC will damage your pedal and void any warranties. Damnation Audio pedals do not accept 9V batteries.
I have several enclosures in stock and many of the parts. I have verified the PCB but will need to order more once I confirm the total quantities. There will be a few options. All will have a roughly two week lead time once the pre-order closes. Pre-order will be open January 4th, 2019 and will go for two weeks or each option sells out. I’m limiting the quantities of each for my own sanity.
PCBs Only - Contains both the Main and Footswitch PCB
2. DIY Kit