Dazatronyx - Melbourne, Australia

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, and it's a real trip for me. 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.

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

 

RAD DISTORTION

 

PROFESSIONAL DRIVE

 

CAGA V2

 

BSIAB2

 

BIG FUZZ

 

OPTICAL TREMOLO

 

STEREO PANNING
OPTICAL TREMOLO

 

TSUCHI FUZZ

 

TONEBENDER MKII

Dazatronyx Rad Distortion

Dazatronyx Rad Distortion guts

 

RAD DISTORTION

A distortion unit with two voicing modes. The 'stock' silicon mode is the classic ratty sounding fuzz-distortion from the '80s and '90s. 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 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.

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 response, better suited for bass.

 

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

Special components:

  • Metal can operational amplifier IC.
  • AC128 germanium transistors.
  • Germanium diodes.
  • Telefunken black glass silicon diodes.
  • Nichicon film capacitors 5% tolerance.
  • Panasonic electrolytic capacitors.
  • Dale Industrial grade precision metal film resistors (1%, 100 PPM / C).
  • 600V Teflon wiring.
  • Switchcraft audio sockets, Hammond enclosure, CIC footswitch. Usual stuff.

The Fairchild Korean 308 chips are now exhausted and not available any longer.

For the introduction of the pedal, I am offering an interesting optional mod which gives the top toggle switch a third "boost" position. This mode is without clipping diodes, and can be used either as a clean boost or as a fuzz. If you'd like that option, please select it below.

AUD$229. Free post worldwide. See returns policy .

Toggle switch mod?
10 year warranty

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Thank you everybody who got in early and bought a unit of the first batch. The first orders I am sending right away. I'll now continue taking orders which should be sent in the first week of June 2020.

     

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Brett kingman (teaser)  
Rhys Warden  
Dazatronyx Profesional Drive  

PROFESSIONAL DRIVE

This circuit is an adaption of the previous version, now in a smaller enclosure.

There are three voicing modes available via the top toggle switch. "SYM" mode is the classic symmetrical TS tone. "FAT" and "ASYM" are two asymmetrical modified modes which may better suit some pickups and play styles.

Special components:

  • Nichicon film capacitors 5% tolerance.
  • Panasonic electrolytic capacitors.
  • Dale Industrial grade precision metal film resistors (1%, 100 PPM / C).
  • 600V Teflon wiring.
  • Switchcraft audio sockets, Hammond enclosure, CIC footswitch. Usual stuff.

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

AUD$220. Free post worldwide. See returns policy .

Amplifier chip selection:
10 year warranty

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InTheBlues  
CAPTAIN CHERRY'S  

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. The range is set for my personal 'sweet spot' for full body. 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.

Internal tone switch options:
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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 clean 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.

AUD$199. Free post worldwide. See returns policy.

10 year warranty

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BRETT KINGMAN  
The SuperFunAwesomeHappyTime Pedal Show!  
FIRST DEMO  
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.

AUD$220. Free post worldwide. See returns policy.

10 year warranty

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brett kingman  
InTheBlues  
KFIRO  
KFIRO  
SHAUN KLINGER (iphone)  

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. Well, not quite so. After a decade of development, I've created this completely original circuit, as my ideal tremolo sound.

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.

AUD$220. Free post worldwide. See returns policy.

10 year warranty

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Mike Hermans
James Ryan
brett kingman
InTheBlues
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.

 

Temporarily sold out. Please check back next week. Thank you.


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Mike Hermans  
Brett Kingman  
James Ryan  
Shaun Klinger  
Dazatronyx Big Fuzz   TSUCHI FUZZ

Returning one day.


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tonebender professional MKII

 

Sales of all 4x MKII pedals are now accounted for. Thank you!

 

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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 completely custom builds, and am keen to build my own pedal kinds.

You can also follow Dazatronyx on Instagram and Facebook.

 

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