Not sure if this is in the right area, but feel free to move me. I felt it was techy enough, even if I know about jack shit about what would go into this on the electronics side.
I got an idea for a pedal today. It's designed to be the ultimate boost/overdrive pedal for any style or application. It's also supposed to be able to work with any amp equally well, due to it's dual ability to be a pure boost type pedal or a finely tuned tone shaping machine. Here's the basic specs:
-EA On/Off (turns 100hz, mids, Override Overdrive on/off)
-Level knob (30 Db boost)
-Gain Knob (Xotic BB preamp style, from squeaky clean boost to searing, raging, heavy overdrive/distortion)
-Tone knob (Tube Screamer style dial effect). Has a noon notch, so it can be set 'pure'.
-A concentric pot that controls parametric mids as well as the mid curve, boost, scoop, or no curve at noon (this knob is to allow finely tuned mid frequencies for every style and occasion, and helps make the pedal perfect for any amp). Both knobs has a noon notch so they can be set 'pure'
-a 100hz boost cut knob, with 'pure' noon notch.
-the special, original idea: the 'EA Override Overdrive'. This knob acts as an override to the main gain knob, and can either add or subtract gain when the EA switch is activated, meaning the pedal can have two very different sounds without the settings being changed. This knob naturally has a 'pure' noon notch as well.
The idea behind this pedal initially started as the perfect pedal to use as both a pure, uncolored boost and an exacting tone shaping tool that takes the best parts from common pedals and puts them all into one box for high gain players who love to use overdrives and boosts. Then I realized it could be super awesome for everyone from jazz players to slam playing, especially since it will give you your own sound. It can be set to do anything, and can even be used to get the main part of your sound, since it has a very flexible eq section, so clean channel lovers can rock this like a far better mt-2 or DS-1 as well.
The basic sound of the pedal would start with a very pure, warm clean boost, and then the knobs would take over from there. Parametric mids means every amp, american, british, or german, will be able to boost or scoop the mids without worrying about strange frequency interactions, and the 100hz boost means even the tinniest amps can get fattened up. I chose a TS tone knob for the high end because I've never heard a more pleasing effect from a tone knob, and it's what most people love about it, the top end can go from dark and mushy to crisp, edgy and sparkling.
This is clearly meant to be a cork snifferish type pedal, but also one you can learn how to use quickly, and use for anything. It can do both plug and play and endless tone shaping, and I totally want to have this developed. I already drew up some designs, and I settled on a look.
A BB preamp, with probably another inch tacked onto the bottom. the 100 hz switch would be in between the four switches, with the top two being level and gain, and the lower left the concentric mids pots, and the right the tone.
with a keeley katana style switch on the side, which would be the Override.
Keeley Katana Boost | Sweetwater.com
In a perfect world, I would plan to use the BB knobs for the level and gain, a TS9 style knob for the tone, a small little knob, like the 100hz on a Way Huge green Rhino for the same on this one, and a TS808 30th anniversary pedal knob for the Override, because it would look cool. The noon notches are all also very important to the design, I feel they make this design very flexible.
SO. I'd like to know you guys' thoughts on this design, as I'd love to have it developed in the near future, because I know I would love the shit out of it, and I think other people would too. And if anyone knows of a company that maybe does custom pedals like this, if you could tell me about them, that would be really cool as well.
Custom pedal? Gonna cost you a fortune. Well over $500, probably closer to $1k.