THE TRIPLET

COMP + OCTAVE + DIST

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SCHEMATIC (PDF)

This pedal is discontinued. Please check our dealers or our Reverb store for any remaining stock.

THE TRIPLET gives you three classic effects for the price (and size) of one. It all starts with a simple FET compressor, which can be set for mild dynamic control or some seriously squishy sustain. Next is a simple analog octave up that can be blended for a full octave effect or just a subtle sweetening. A simple distortion circuit is last, and can also be blended in, allowing you to create even more tones than would be possible if you bought 3 separate pedals.

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Demos

How It Works

Features

Tech Specs

Story

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THE TRIPLET BLOCK DIAGRAM

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FEATURES & CONSTRUCTION

TrueSoft  Bypass

Low Noise Op Amp

Extended Headroom

DualMode Switching

We combine durable true bypass relay switching with an effect-side FET switch for pure and smooth switching.

A modern, high-speed op amp was chosen for its low-noise and high-fidelity properties.

A simple voltage inverter circuit was used to effectively turn 9V into 18V. More voltage means more headroom & bigger tone.

DualMode Switching can convert the footswitch into momentary operation.

To use, wait 5 seconds, then press the sequence tap+tap+hold until LED flashes.

USA Made PCBs

Our circuit boards are made in the USA by Advanced Circuits (large PCB runs) or OSH Park (small PCB runs).

Analog Circuitry

The Triplet is built on three simple analog effects from the 70s. We combined this with fully analog blending circuits.

All VFE Pedals are built with these quality components and features:

 

- Rugged diecast aluminum enclosures

- TrueSoft + DualMode true bypass switching

- Industrial-grade Carling switches & Neutrik audio jacks

- Alpha pots soldered directly to PCB

- 5% WIMA film capacitors & 1% metal film resistors

- Cardas Audio ultra-pure, eutectic silver solder

- P3 system phantom-power compatible

- Built by hand in Puyallup, WA, USA

- 1 year warranty on parts & labor

DIMENSIONS:

Enclosure dimensions: 2.37"W x 4.37"L x 1.16"H  (60 x 111 x 29mm)

With knobs & jacks: 2.6"W x 4.4"L x 2.1"H  (66 x 111 x 53mm)

 

POWER:

Standard 2.1mm, negative-tip 9V to 15V power supply or 9V battery.

 

INPUT IMPEDANCE:

~100K-ohm (varies based on amount of compression)

 

CURRENT DRAW:

~20ma continous

+30ma surge for 4ms during on/off switching

BY THE NUMBERS:

40 RESISTORS

26 CAPACITORS
1 INDUCTOR

7 TRANSISTORS

10 DIODES

1 OP AMP

3 INTEGRATED CIRCUITS
7 POTENTIOMETERS
2 SWITCHES

3 JACKS
2 CIRCUIT BOARDS

HOW THE TRIPLET CAME TO BE

THE STORY

Dan Armstrong created a wide variety of guitar gear in the 60s and 70s, including a line of very simple effects pedals. These had one (or zero) controls and plugged directly into the guitar. Three of his most popular designs that are still inspiring pedal designers today are the Orange Squeezer compressor, Green Ringer octave, and Blue Clilpper distortion. I wanted to bring all these effects together in one unique pedal.

 

At an original version with toggle switches to turn on/off each effect separately, I added the blend circuitry to vary the amount of each effect. The result was beautiful, and many of my favorite lead tones are created by blending these simple effects.

-- Peter Rutter, founder of VFE Pedals --

Here is the list of versions of The Triplet circuit:

 

#1 - The original took clones of 3 Dan Armstrong circuits - Orange Squeezer compressor, Green Ringer octave, and Blue Clipper distortion - and gave each a true bypass toggle switch. The distortion section also added a FILTER control to adjust the treble response.

 

#2 - The second version was very similar to the production version, with a touch less overall range. Instead of switches, the octave & distortion sections can be blended. The compressor has a threshold control to adjust when the compression kicks in (turn 100% counterclockwise for clean boost). The volume of the compressor circuit is re-named "GAIN" because it controls the gain going into the rest of the circuit.

 

Here is what is new in the current version:

- More tonal range, improved ease of use & interaction with all 3 circuits

- Sweet "Candy Teal" paint finish

- Dual-Mode switching