Live, Laugh, Love

“ummm…. ok…

– literally everyone

Love on the edge

“Live, Laugh, Love” (I refuse to call it otherwise) is actually… DROP/DED in disguise. Lovely little siblings, ain’t they? It came into being when I revived an old artwork idea to see if I can work with enclosures from a new source. Then I thought I wouldn’t need an extra demo video if I stuffed those enclosures with an existing circuit, and… here we are. The rest of the description is copied from the DROP/DED page, as it’s literally the same thing.

DROP/DED was born in the most beautiful way a guitar pedal can dream of: out of curiosity and experimentation. I whipped up a seemingly generic fuzz circuit as a portion of a different, larger project. The tones it spat out, and the way it yelled and snarled at me stole my heart on the spot. I had no doubt that circuit deserved its own, separate build.

Here it is in a nutshell:

  • hybrid, half silicon, half germanium design;
  • SUPER loud. Never start it with both knobs at noon;
  • true bypass;
  • standard 9V adapter (go for 12 V for more headroom and volume)

So what’s it got under the hood? Two transistor stages. The first one is built around a modern, high gain silicon transistor, biased almost like a class A amplifier – the aim of this stage is to boost as much signal as possible without overdriving. And it works! If it was this stage alone, you could only get some dirt towards the end of the “gain” knob travel.

But it’s not the case. That super-boosted signal hits another stage. This one is built around a vintage, NOS germanium transistor and it just LOVES to breakup and overdrive and distort. So many sweet spots there. The more gain you add, the grittier the sound will become. It sometimes almost feels like it’s about to break over to the mis-biased, dying battery sounds, but it never does. It sustains forever.

As you’ve probably noticed, it has no tone control. A little bit of that is going on internally. The circuitry is designed so it shaves juuuuust a tiniy bit of treble off your tone. Just to knock the edge off. The idea was to keep it as raw as possible – so it’s mostly tone-neutral. It should take a baritone or bass guitar with no issues.

Demo video:

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