I had been asked for a while to make a tube-based D.I., and when I finally released Finally the goal of the design was to be a simple, no-frills, great sounding D.I. Since the release of Finally, there has been interest in a higher-end D.I. with more features. I have a rough design of this one, but no prototype yet. I don’t know how big it’s going to be, when it’s going to be ready, or what it’s going to cost, but it should be pretty neat. Here’s what I’m planning for features:
- Tube preamp with baxandall tonestack
- Adjustable HPF
- Adjustable LPF
- Switchable cabsim
- D.I. XLR out with Lightning Boy Audio transformer
- Headphone amp
Gondwana has been in the works for close to a year now, and it will still be a bit longer in development. Gondwana is my everything-and-the-kitchen-sink pedal, and I’m incredibly excited about it. The goal is for it to be a one-stop-shop for gigging or recording needs, I want one box that can do just about everything. Here’s what it’s going to have on board:
- Tube preamp, possibly two channel (haven’t decided yet)
- All-tube analog signal path
- IR loader with third-party IR support and up/down footswitches to scroll through IRs
- D.I. XLR output with Lightning Boy Audio transformer
- Headphone amp with dedicated headphone jack
I may end up with some additional features, but that’s what I’m looking at right now. Most of it isn’t too difficult, but obviously the IR loader is the most complex part and is holding everything up. I had a solution lined up to be provided by another company, but they doubled their prices from the initial design stage to when I was getting ready for more serious work, so I don’t want to deal with them. I found another company (whom I’ve met with in person) that has expressed interest in working with me on it, so I’m optimistic about that.
I have no idea when it will be available or how much it will cost, but it will happen when it’s good and ready,
GREENHOUSE IS STILL IN DEVELOPMENT STAGES AND IS NOT READY FOR RELEASE
The idea of Greenhouse is simple: you have a pedal that doesn’t have tubes, and you want it to sound like tubes. You can’t stick tubes inside the pedal (usually), so the best way to do it is to wrap the pedal in a tube sandwich. Greenhouse features a tube input stage, a send to your pedals output, return from your pedal’s output, optional blend with your original clean signal, and a tube output stage.
Update June 2022 – I have a working prototype for Greenhouse that I will get boxed up for thorough testing. I hope to have it ready for release by August 2022. Estimated price is $250.