Disaster Area Shirt Contest!

As a thank-you to our customers and friends, we’re giving away five Disaster Area t-shirts! Since we love you all and can’t pick favorites, we’re going to settle this by lottery. To enter:

1. Send us a photo of your pedalboard with a Disaster Area product installed. We’ll be putting the photos up in a special gallery here on the page and on our website
2. If you’re not currently using a Disaster Area controller, don’t worry. You can enter by liking us here on FB and posting a comment to this photo.

Shirts are available in men’s L, XL, and 2XL only. We’ll cover domestic shipping but we’d kindly ask any international contest winners to cover half the international postage. We’ll be giving away the shirts on July 13th, so you all have time to snap some sweet pics of your boards. We’re looking forward to seeing how creative you’ve all gotten with your Disaster Area controllers!

Here’s what the shirts look like:

To submit pics, post them on our Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/DisasterAreaAmps

Shirts are available in the Store as well!

 

Thanks, everybody!

DMC iTTY biTTY prototype!

The newest addition to the DMC lineup is the iTTY biTTY.  The “TTY” is old-school hacker slang for “TeleTYpe,” which is what we used to use to program computers back in the day.  It’s also itty-bitty.

The pedal is in a Hammond 1590A sized box, 3 5/8″ x 1 1/2″ x 1 1/4″.  It’s got one footswitch and one RGB LED, and has a MIDI out connector on the short end.  The production version will have a USB port next to the DC power jack but this one has it on the other side.

It’s configurable using a serial terminal such as CyberDuck or PuTTY, and you can configure what the pedal will do on a “press” or on a “hold.”  Available messages are:

  • MIDI Note On / Off with selectable note and velocity
  • MIDI Program Change up or down with selectable upper and lower limits
  • MIDI Continuous Controller with selectable controller and value

Each action can work as a “toggle,” meaning that it flip-flops between two different messages or value, or a “one shot,” meaning it sends the same message every time.  Toggle mode will light the LED on the first press and turn it off on the second.  LED colours for each press are configurable as well, so you can use it for half-speed and reverse on your Timeline with red and blue LEDs, and it will be lit up purple when both are on.

We should have some demo videos of the configuration menu when the first batch of boards come in late this month.  Best estimate on pricing is $99.99 plus shipping.  The color options on these are somewhat limited:  Citrus Orange, Racing Green, Vintage Blue, or natural.

Firmware update on the way for the DMC-3

We’ve had some requests for new features for the DMC-3 lately, so a new firmware revision is in the works.  This is a free upgrade, and takes just a couple of minutes to install using a USB cable.  Here’s what it does:

All the current features (undo / redo, pre / post, looper level, etc.) are still present.

Change configuration mode to be like the DMC-3XL and DMC-4, so you don’ t need 2 hands to configure it anymore.  Configuration can be done by foot when you power on the pedal.

Add configuration options for “white” mode:  Looper level (same as current,) Expression control, tap tempo (plus tap division on the other switch,) or disable.

 

This update should be ready within the next two weeks.