Dazatronyx - Melbourne, Australia

Philosophy

I began to design pedals in my late years of secondary school. I decided then, that this is what I wanted to do with my life, and have remained dedicated ever since. This has grown to be my professional occupation.

Pedals provide me with a perfect balance of mental stimulation, as well as hand craft. It is my belief that the universe can be understood as an expression of rhythm and patterning. Building pleasant sounding effect circuits is my way of playing back with the universe, and it's a real trip. 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 for a close friend.

This is a one-person operation. I work from home, by humble means. 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.

Pedal Lineup

 

BIG FUZZ

 

OPTICAL TREMOLO

 

STEREO PANNING
OPTICAL TREMOLO

 

GERMANIUM AMPLIFIER+

 

TSUCHI FUZZ

 

PROFESSIONAL DRIVE

 

RAD DISTORTION

 

DELUXE OPTICAL TREMOLO

 

LITTLE FETISH
Dazatronyx Big Fuzz   BIG FUZZ

The Big Fuzz is a muff circuit, which has been made to factor all of my favourite elements from the many various models. Further, some improvements have been made to improve user interaction. This includes increased bass, and improved bass clipping response, improved tone control functionality, and fine tuned top-end clipping response and smoothing.

The classic design varied greatly over the years, being made in various locations to different schematics and ever-changing component values. One large reason I suspect some models are still higher favoured now, is for their amount of mid-scoop. This is a famous love-hate element of the circuit. However, having this second tone knob adjustment is incredibly helpful.

There are two internal mod switches to independently change the gain stages. This goes from the Russian style lower gain, which is famously a bit smoother and proportionately warmer in the top-end, to the modern NYC high gain which is a bit more aggressive. Combing this with the mid knob means you can achieve tones alike to many releases.

There is also an internal mod switch to transform the circuit to work as a Supa Fuzz (Marshal, Sola Sound). This has a huge bottom-end wrapping, and is the preferred mode for bass players.

Worldwide AUD$220 - Five year warranty. See returns policy.

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brett kingman  
SHAUN KLINGER (iphone)  
Dazatronyx Optical Tremolo   OPTICAL TREMOLO

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

By shining a fading light against a photo-sensitive device, this tremolo uses all analog photo-coupling to restrict and fluctuate the output volume. After a decade of development I've created this completely unique circuit, as my ideal tremolo sound.

Please note: This circuit has been optimised for a guitar level input. For a line-level optimized version, please contact me. Always use a high quality regulated and isolated power supply for best operation. Daisy chain power cables may induce clock noise.

Worldwide AUD$199 - Five year warranty. See returns policy.

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Mike Hermans
James Ryan
brett kingman
InTheBlues
Dazatronyx Stereo Panning Optical Tremolo   STEREO PANNING

 OPTICAL TREMOLO


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

By shining a fading light against a photo-sensitive device, this tremolo uses all analog photo-coupling to restrict and fluctuate the output volume. After a decade of development I've created this completely unique circuit, as my ideal tremolo sound.

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.

Please note: This circuit has been optimised for a guitar level input. For a line-level optimized version, please contact me. Always use a high quality regulated and isolated power supply for best operation. Daisy chain power cables may induce clock noise.

Worldwide AUD$299 - Five year warranty. See returns policy.

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Brett Kingman  
James Ryan  
Shaun Klinger  
Dazatronyx Class A Germanium Amplifier   GERMANIUM AMPLIFIER+

The Germanium Amplifier+ is a vintage voiced boost that can smash your amplifier hard in the face. It can be used for volume boost and shaping, or for additional drive pushing a gain stage.

The Germanium Amplifier+ is constructed with a 'tin can' PNP germanium transistor. The germanium transistor has a rich history in musical effects for its round and life-like sounding properties. Germanium transistors were used before the introduction of silicon and have become increasingly difficult to find in acceptable condition with low leakage and suitable gain. I have been collecting germanium transistors in bulk supplies since I was in high school.

Each transistor is selected for over-all excellence and will always have its own sound. Each circuit is individually biased and tailored to suit the characters of the transistor. The circuit squeezed maximum use out of the transistor and runs with a little bit of its round break up.

A silicon selection switch has been added to the Germanium Amplifier+. Silicon can be used for less background noise and a sharper clipping.

Please note: This is not a circuit for the hifi junkies! The output is setup hot and dirty and has its own levels of distortion and grit. Noise levels on germanium were far from perfect, and they all flavour with their own voicing. This would be a booster best appreciated by fuzz players.

If you are after a modern boost with a more precise output then please consider the Little Fetish.

All of the GE Amp+ models are now sold out here. Contact me though if you'd like help tracking one down with another merchant.


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Cranbourne Music  
MIKE HERMANS  
Dazatronyx Tsuchi Fuzz   TSUCHI FUZZ

The Tsuchi Fuzz has to be designed with all old technology parts, so that you can plug in and the mojo is all set up for you. All units current are sent setup in an all-germanium configuration. The transistors are socketed with mechanical screw terminals and are easy to swap out.

Worldwide AUD$225 - Five year warranty. See returns policy.

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"This is quite simply the ultimate fuzz pedal" - ProGuitarShop Australia.

"One of the best Fuzz pedals ever!" - In The Blues pedal reviews

"One Fuzz to rule them all!" - Peerless Music

"one of the classiest cases ever..." "...The Tsuchi Fuzz is built with all sorts of considerations and artistry (...) and it sounds pretty darned fantastic." - Brett Kingman, world class pedal reviewer.

Dazatronyx Profesional Drive   PROFESSIONAL DRIVE

I had been reluctant to join the tube screamer cloners, but over the years I’d assisted in many custom overdrive designs and I feel it was time to settle this.

The modules are switchable in easy-to-use combinations, aiming to deliver to many pickup selections, gain settings, and play styles. No need to mess with the classics though. In “3 knobs” STD mode you have a stock 808 circuit. “2 knobs” switches to an OD1 tone stack.

The mods switch has modes for fatter bass, and asymmetric clipping which closer resembles tube clipping. All capacitors are expensive mojo tone caps, selected for a sweeter response curve.

Worldwide AUD$235 - Five year warranty. See returns policy.

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INThEBlUES  
CAPTAIN CHERRY'S  
Dazatronyx Rad Distortion   RAD DISTORTION

It should be pretty obvious which circuit these are. A design with a very '80s sound. Internal control switches for the germanium and overdrive mods.

Worldwide AUD$199 - Five year warranty. See returns policy.
Dazatronyx Rad Distortion   DELUXE OPTICAL TREMOLO

This is an elaborated construction of my usual Optical Tremolo pedal. The main difference being that it uses a two-stage optical modulation, which has been blended with a dual potentiometer to increase depth and also sweep through a varying waveform. Other small changes are true bypass quiet relay switching, and an internal voltage/headroom boost for use in active effect loops.

This is a completely unique and all-analog circuit. This model does not take an internal battery.

Currently out of stock here. Contact me for availability.


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Dazatronyx Little Fetish   LITTLE FETISH

The Little Fetish uses a classic valve-state topology, which was designed to squeeze maximum amplification performance from vacuum tubes. This has been adapted to use FETs (field-effect transistors) being the closest modern counter-part. The circuit runs with an internally increased voltage for best performance.

The signal is only processed by discrete FETs, not a chip, and has very low noise figures. Top end frequencies maintain crystal clarity.

Worldwide AUD$155 - Five year warranty. See returns policy.

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INThEBlUES  
3 Minute Pedal Demos  

Contact Darron Thornbury

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

Please note that I am currently not taking any orders for completely custom builds, only variants on my existing circuits.

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