DRAGON

DYNAMIC OVERDRIVE

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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Demos

How It Works

Tech Specs

Origin Story

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DIMENSIONS:

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)

 

POWER:

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

 

INPUT IMPEDANCE:

2.2M-ohm

 

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:

22 RESISTORS

17 CAPACITORS
1 INDUCTOR

3 TRANSISTORS

4 DIODES

2 OP AMPS

2 INTEGRATED CIRCUITS
6 POTENTIOMETERS
4 SWITCHES

3 JACKS
1 CIRCUIT BOARD

HOW THE DRAGON CAME TO BE

THE STORY

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.

-- Peter Rutter, founder of VFE Pedals --