Soursound Hundred Dollar Boost version 2.0
**Available now for PREORDER - Pedals will begin shipping second week of October**
10 years later the HDB is back, it's been heavily updated, and it's still only $100.
Ever take the back off of that pedal you just spent $250 only to find it's but a few parts hurriedly put together with some overpriced paint job on the front? I’ve always thought that was pretty lame. We made the hundred dollar boost to prove a point. That same old mosfet boost everyone is already making, that slapped together build quality, and those horribly cheap parts aren't worth the cash they're asking.
"How is this only $100?"
Simply put - our clean boost takes what you've already got (your guitar signal) and gives you a hell of a lot more of it. The circuit is very high input impedance and a very low output impedance making it perfect for driving long cable runs. It's voicing is designed to shape your guitar signal so a more natural amp overdrive can be attained all while expanding the detail of your playing. String definition during chording is increased and note attack is improved. At the unity gain setting it works as a fantastic buffer pedal as well. As a boost it's designed specifically for pushing tube amps in to distortion. With 20dB of boost on tap it achieves this goal with ease.
There's actually two complete circuit blocks inside. The first is the power supply, which takes your 9 volts DC and steps it up to 33 volts DC. A significant improvement over the previous design. This gives us much more level and voltage swing out of our boost circuit - all while keeping your picking dynamics intact. The internal DC-DC converter is a modern switching circuit running over 1 million times a second keeping any residual power supply noise completely out of the audio path. The boost circuit is a simple yet elegant solution to gain. It's a discrete voltage amplifier directly coupled to an impedance driver. Similar in archetecture to some of our favorite classic guitar amps though the circuit is totally unique and not a copy of any existing product.
Momentary operation! Another major improvement over the original design is the relay based true bypass soft-switching system we've added. Gold plated contacts on the relay insure uncompromised signal quality in the bypass system as opposed to using noisy mechanical switches that are prone to failure. A 16MHz microcontroller continually reads the state of the footswitch for very fast reaction times. Every pedal ships configured as a standard latching footswtich but there's a momentary mode that can easily be enabled. Simply hold the footswitch down when plugging the pedal in, the led will flash and it'll enable an auto-detecting momentary mode. This setting is automatically saved so everytime you power up the pedal (or your pedal board as a whole) your setting is reloaded from internal memory.
It's definitly been a huge challenge to make something this overbuilt and keep all the production stateside and we're forced to make these in pretty large runs to meet the stated price point so we offer pre-sales whenever a run is announced. The price is $100 before shipping. The cost of that price is an agreement to never sell it for more than $100. We've put it right there on the back of the pedal...
9VDC negative tip power inlet
100mA current draw
Dual Led indication (Green bypassed / Red engaged)
Relay based bypass system
Auto-detecting momentary mode
20dB of clean boost