Tubescreamer. Rat. Klon. OCD. Tim. KoT. What do all these beloved drive circuits have in common? They all cut bass before distortion, and cut treble after distortion. This basic recipe is the backbone of many of the dirt pedals you use. Enter the Dragon, a dynamic overdrive designed to give you ultimate power over the pre-gain bass cut (HPF) and post-gain treble cut (LPF). Precisely tighten or fatten up your low end, smooth out the top end or add sparkle. Go from a transparent tone to a focused mid boost to push through a dense band mix, or just use it to light your favorite drive on fire.
- True bypass with buffered bypass option via internal switch
- Massive amount of boost on tap to push any amp
- Internal trimpot to adjust the compression of the gain stage
- Cut filters can be 6dB or 12dB for more extreme EQ cuts
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How It Works
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The input stage of the Standout is a high impedance, unity-gain buffer. This sets up the signal for everything to come without loading down passive pickups.
There is an internal switch to make this buffer active when the effect is in bypass. When using longer cable runs or many true bypass effects, buffered bypass can prevent capacitive loading (aka "tone suck").
The output section uses a passive attenuator to bring the volume boost from the gain section back down to a more manageable level. For the brave, crank it up to set your amp on fire with a massive volume boost.
The first step in the EQ path is the variable HPF (high pass filter). "High pass" is the technical way saying "low cut". The HPF knob sets the corner frequency where the bass begins to roll off, from 47Hz up to 2.2kHz
There are actually two high pass filters that are both ganged together by the HPF knob. You can select whether one or two of these filters are active with middle toggle switch.
The 6dB position yields a gentler, 6dB/octave rolloff, for when you only need to cut a little mud. Use the steeper, 12dB/octave setting for more aggressive cuts. Extreme cuts make for AM radio treble-boosting, or set a mild cut to eliminate a boomy low end.
Center position = 12dB/octave HPF
Sandwiched between the cut filters is a makeup gain stage.
You can set the amount of makeup gain via an internal trimpot.
Next up is the variable low pass, or treble cut. This stage is post-gain to smooth out the distortion artifacts generated by the clipping of the gain stage.
Next up is a variable LPF (low pass filter), or treble cut. The LPF knob sets the corner frequency of the cut filters, from 470Hz up to 22kHz.
Use the 6dB position to smooth gritty distortion artifacts in your tone, or use the 12dB position to aggressively cut the attack of the strings for a round, dark tone (I'm looking at you, jazz players).
Center position = 6dB/octave
Enclosure dimensions: 2.4"W x 4.4"L x 1.4"H (60 x 111 x 35mm)
With knobs & jacks: 2.4"W x 4.6"L x 2.2"H (60 x 117 x 56mm)
Industry-standard 2.1mm, negative-tip DC power supply.
STANDARD - accepts 9V up to 18V (recommended)
CHARGE PUMP MOD - accepts 9V (recommended) up to 12V
CURRENT DRAW (estimated):
STANDARD - 15ma off, 45ma on @ 9V; 25ma off, 55ma on @ 18V
CHARGE PUMP MOD - 30ma off, 60ma on @9V
BY THE NUMBERS:
2 OP AMPS
2 INTEGRATED CIRCUITS
1 CIRCUIT BOARD
I learned from my experience in designing many different drive pedals, that a critical step to making a natural drive tone is a pre-gain low cut and a post-gain high cut. Rather than deciding where these EQ cuts should be for the musician, I had made a practice of making these controls accessible. This allowed these drive pedals better match many use cases with different instruments and amps.
When I launched the new pedal lineup, I wanted to take this concept to its conclusion. The Dragon is all about using these filters to sculpt the ideal "sweet spot" of how the pedal interacts with an amp or other pedals. That is why I decided to include an internal compression trimpot that is factory set to compress much less than a standard overdrive, in order to have it play more dynamically and naturally with other sources of distortion.