Dazatronyx - Melbourne, Australia

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Philosophy

I began to design pedals in my late years of secondary school, and have remained dedicated ever since. Pedals provide me with a perfect balance of mental stimulation mixed with hand craft. It is my belief that life can be understood as an expression of rhythm and pattern. Building pleasant sounding effect circuits is my way of playing back with the universe. My design style might be thought of as a hybrid combination of vintage and modern technologies. I build each pedal myself, by hand, as I would for myself or a close friend.

Electric guitar can often sound offensive to my ear, and I would like to make analog electronic devices which best minimise that. All of the circuits are carefully hand soldered in my home to have a long lifespan, and be easy to maintain. The enclosures are drilled and powder coated in my garage. My name is Darron Thornbury, and I live in the outer south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.

 

parts quality

All pedals have a 10 year warranty.

Here are some of the common high quality parts which I use in most of my pedal designs:

effect pedals

 

OPTICAL TREMOLO

 

RAD DISTORTION

 

TSUCHI FUZZ V2

 

PROFESSIONAL DRIVE

 

CAGA V2

 

BIG FUZZ

 

BSIAB2

 

STEREO PANNING
OPTICAL TREMOLO

Dazatronyx Optical Tremolo

Dazatronyx Optical Tremolo

  OPTICAL TREMOLO

Tremolos interest me, as a good design has its own pulse, which can sound lively like the instrument itself.

This was my first effect design which I started in high school. I thought it would be simple enough to build an effect which only needs to make the volume go up and down. That then took a decade of development, trying to scrape at all of the edges of getting my ideal tremolo sound. This designed was intentionally started from scratch, to be completely unique and not sound like any other existing effect.

By shining a fading light against a photo-sensitive device, this tremolo uses all analog photo-coupling to restrict and fluctuate the output volume.

Always use a high quality regulated and isolated power supply for best operation. Daisy chain power cables may induce clock noise. A line level headroom optimised version can be made on request.

 

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James Ryan
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InTheBlues

Dazatronyx Rad Distortion

Dazatronyx Rad Distortion guts

 

RAD DISTORTION

This is my attempt to reshape classic ratty sounding distortion form the '80 and '90s.

A distortion unit with two voicing modes. 'SI' silicon mode is the classic sound. This is achieved by a two-stage distortion of first overdriving the operational amplifier chip into a metallic fuzz, and then compressing the signal using hard-clipping silicon diodes.

 

In the 'GE' germanium mode, the op amp fuzz has been removed. Germanium transistors and four germanium diodes are used to achieve a more rounded and organic overdrive-distortion. This works well with humbuckers where the gain is driven a little more.

There is an internal trimpot to dial the mid/high saturation to suit your pickup and style - only if you feel the need to fiddle. Turning this completely right achieves the 'stock' ratty distortion. Turning this left achieves a more flattened and bassier response, which can be well suited for the germanium mode.

 

All of the active signal processing is handled by parts wrapped in either metal or glass - all mojo. These components are in limited availability, and likely will be subject to change in the future as this project continues.

Special components:

  • Authentic NOS LM308 Metal can operational amplifier IC.
  • AC128 germanium transistors.
  • Telefunken black glass silicon clipping diodes.
  • Germanium clipping diodes.
  • Nichicon film capacitors.
  • Panasonic electrolytic capacitors.
  • Dale Industrial grade precision metal film resistors (1%, 100 PPM / C).
  • 600V Teflon wiring.
  • Switchcraft audio sockets, Hammond enclosure. Usual stuff.

 

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Abel Franco  
The SuperFunAwesomeHappyTime Pedal Show!  

Dazatronyx Tsuchi Fuzz V2

Dazatronyx Tsuchi Fuzz V2 guts

  TSUCHI FUZZ v2

The Tsuchi Fuzz V2 takes a new look at the classic two-transistor fuzz circuit. The circuit’s tone has been carefully evaluated at every shaping point, to produce either classic or modern fuzz tones.

Components used may vary slightly over time to those shown in the photo, due to stock availability - particularly transistors. Photos are shown only as a general illustration of construction and components quality.

 

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Dazatronyx Profesional Drive  

PROFESSIONAL DRIVE

Here's how I like to build the classic TS overdrive. I've added a three-way switch which toggles between three modes, which helps suit a broader range of pickups and play styles.

  • SYM - Symmetrical clipping is a classic 808 overdrive, with no mods. This mode has the most amount of clipping.
  • ASYM - Asymmetrical clipping begins to ‘look’ more like a valve amplifier clipping. This can better suit input signals which already have a full bottom-end, such as bridge pickups, and allows chords to better shine through.
  • FAT - Also asymmetrical clipping, but with a fuller bottom-end output.

The gain knob has twice the gain range than you would expect from a classic TS.

This circuit was made using the following special components:

  • Nichicon film capacitors.
  • Panasonic electrolytic capacitors.
  • Dale Industrial grade precision metal film resistors (1%, 100 PPM / C).
  • 600V Teflon wiring.
  • Switchcraft audio sockets, Hammond enclosure. Usual stuff.

Please note that this model does not include the extra "2 knob" tone knob shown in previous demonstration videos.

 

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Dazatronyx Germanium Amplifier V2

Dazatronyx Germanium Amplifier V2 guts

 

CLASS A

Germanium amplifier v2

This is my attempt to make the world's best germanium boost pedal. An internal switch can be added to switch between any two range modes.

Components used may vary slightly over time to those shown in the photo, due to stock availability - particularly transistors. Photos should be used only as a general guide for construction and components quality.

 

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Dazatronyx Big Fuzz   BIG FUZZ

Here's my take on a muff based fuzz-distortion. This has some unique mods which I believe dramatically improve the tone and playability of the pedal.

There is an internal dip switch for bass friendly mode with an enormous bottom end response.

 

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InTheBlues  
KFIRO  
KFIRO  
Captain Cherry's Guitar Lounge  
SHAUN KLINGER (iphone)  
Dazatronyx BSIAB2   BSIAB2

This circuit (Brown Sound in a Box 2) was by far my favourite distortion back in high school. The cool thing was, if you wanted one, you just have to build one or know somebody who could. The circuit was designed by Ed Guidry, similar to works by Jack Oran and Aron Nelson. Back in the day, it was one of the highest recommended builds on the forums. Many would suggest that this design was the original precursor to many of the "high gain amp" pedals that came out in the 2000's. It's basically a Marshall stack tone faker.

It has a tonne of gain, and a huge bottom end to fake a big amp. My build also has improved noise spec. This circuit also responds excellently to rolling back the instrument volume knob.

Distortion is achieved by overdriving Fairchild field effect transistors (FETs), being the closest solid-state relative to vacuum tubes. No diodes are involved for clipping. There are three stacked gain stages. The first two are μAmp stages, which is a classic valve topology developed to achieve high gain performance from tubes. The final is a class a stage.

 

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BRETT KINGMAN  
The SuperFunAwesomeHappyTime Pedal Show!  
Captain Cherry's Guitar Lounge  
FIRST DEMO  
Dazatronyx Stereo Panning Optical Tremolo   STEREO PANNING

 OPTICAL TREMOLO


This is my attempt to make a perfect tremolo sound. After a decade of development, I've created this completely unique circuit as my ideal tremolo.

By shining a fading light against a photo-sensitive device, this tremolo uses all analog photo-coupling to restrict and fluctuate the output volume.

This is a stereo variation of my smaller Optical Tremolo. It can take a stereo input, or split a mono guitar input between two amplifiers. The PAN switch changes the oscillator of each channel to be out of sync - so one comes up in volume while the other drops. This creates a strange swirling effect. All original analog circuitry and true bypass mechanical switching.

Always use a high quality regulated and isolated power supply for best operation.

Please note that the GND lift switch is no longer used, which was previously seen on old demo videos.

 

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Contact Darron Thornbury

Email me at thornbury@gmail.com. I might be a little slow to respond sometimes, but am happy to help out wherever I can.

Please note that I am not taking any orders for custom builds. Previously I had been doing lots of custom work with my laser, but that is now decommissioned and I have no simple means of making custom one-off enclosures any longer.

I also am not interested in modifying pedals of other builders and brands, as I'd rather spend time building my own effects.

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