No more backlog!

It is with great pleasure that we announce the following:  the pedal backlog has now been filled.  We shipped a record number of pedals in the last 2 weeks.  We will be shipping from stock or on short lead times from this point forward.

Here’s the last of the backlog, shipped today:

 

Many thanks to our customers for their patience, and we hope everyone will stick around to see all the cool stuff we have coming out in the next few months!  We’ll continue to post our in-stock units on Facebook for those interested in getting pedals immediately, so check us out over there.

September 2012 Updates

Lots of stuff happening here!  First, we moved into a dedicated workshop / office space.  This means a more streamlined process and faster turnaround times on orders, as well as the opportunity for us to create some great new stuff.

Next, we’re prototyping some new products as well as refining some of the new stuff teased earlier this summer.  The DMC iTTY biTTY boards should be here next week and we can get the first few of those shipped out to our beta testers.  Once we have some videos shot they’ll be in the store.  The loop switcher pedal + MIDI controller will be next, and then we have a couple of other things that we’ll announce in October.

Finally, we have selected winners for the T-shirt contest (yes, we know it’s really late!) and will be announcing them here and on Facebook on Monday.  Winners, just email us through the contact form with size and shipping address and we’ll get it taken care of 🙂

Thanks again to all of our customers / friends / family for making this such a good year for us at Disaster Area.  We can’t do it without you.

Big News!

After almost a year of sweating and freezing in the garage, we’ve moved into a space of our own. We have most of the equipment in the new shop and have been shipping pedals for the last few days. There are a few more things to get done (painting! desks! Ethernet cables!) but we are moving much faster on the queue than ever before. Right now we are on track to ship all current orders in the next 2 weeks! After that, we will be shipping from stock. Stay tuned for more announcements, we’ve got new stuff in the works very soon!

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.

International Shipping Rate Changes for 2012

We’ve recently had some issues with international shipping, and we are now offering trackable international postage.  The rates are more expensive but not nearly as expensive as losing your pedal in the post with no tracking!

From now on, all international orders will be invoiced for actual shipping at the time of shipment.  Shipping is generally in the US$30-35 range, up from US$20.  The extra cost allows us to use a larger box with better packing material and to have a traceable package, which are both really important for making sure your pedal arrives safely and quickly.  We can also ship via USPS Global Express for an additional charge, just ask in the “Notes to Seller” at checkout.

Thanks!

DMC-3XL Now Available!

The long-awaited DMC-3XL is now available in the Store.

DMC-3XL in natural aluminum

The DMC-3XL is the newest product from Disaster Area Amplifiers.  It features the same modes and control as the popular DMC-3 pedal but with a built-in expression roller designed to get the most out of your Strymon Timeline pedal.  The expression roller is assignable to either the Timeline’s native “expression” parameter or Looper Level.  The DMC-3XL allows looper control including Record, Play, Stop, Undo, and Redo, as well as switching looper pre / post, looper half speed and reverse.  The DMC-3XL can change banks or programs on the Timeline and can remotely bypass the delay or engage the infinite repeats.  The DMC-3XL is priced at $169.99 plus shipping and is available in a range of optional colours at extra cost.  The current wait time for the DMC-3XL is 3-4 weeks from receipt of order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DMC-3 Firmware 2.04 Released!

This is the long-awaited update for the DMC-3 pedal.

New features added:

4th mode: looper level control

Program changes go all the way to Bank 99B

Hold Button 1 in Looper (green) mode for Undo

“Hold” actions added to centre button in all modes:

Green:  Redo

Blue:  Bypass

Red: Infinite Repeat of delayed signal

White: Looper Pre / Post (LED changes from white to orange)

Looper level control increments or decrements on a single press or fade / swell on button hold.

This update is compatible with V2 and V1 pedals, no changes should be required.  This update should also be compatible with DMC-4 pedals but Button 3 (upper left) will not function.

Download on the Files page.

New Stuff and FAQs…

I’ve gotten a whole lot of emails regarding the new Strymon Timeline firmware, the DMC-3XL, updates to DMC firmware, etc. so instead of spending ten hours emailing everyone separately I’m going to post the info here.

Strymon Firmware:  Strymon has released a brand new version of the Timeline firmware which addresses a lot of issues and customer requests.  It allows a lot more control over MIDI, which is good for DMC users.

DMC Firmware Updates:

New features which the DMC series will be supporting soon:

Undo / Redo

Overall Bypass

Looper Level Control

Infinite Repeats

Changes to the DMC series firmware are in the works over the next couple of weeks.  The DMC-3 will be updated first, followed by the DMC-4 and DMC-6.  The release will be posted here and on Facebook, and we’ll probably mention it over at The Gear Page as well.

DMC-3XL:  This is a hot one.  The DMC-3XL is a new version of the DMC-3 in a slightly bigger box.  This is good because those DMC-3 boxes are TIGHT!  There’s also room for an expression roller or 1/4″ jack for an external expression pedal.  When ordering, you’ll be able to specify whether you want the roller or the jack, and if you get the roller you can position it on either side of the pedal.  In fact, the pedal comes drilled for the roller on either side and you can move it yourself with just simple hand-tools.  The expression roller / pedal will control either looper level, mix, or feedback / repeats.  The other buttons on the pedal work the same way as the regular DMC-3 and it will support Undo / Redo, overall bypass, or infinite repeats as well.

Pricing will be $169.99 plus shipping, and we’ll be posting pictures and video demos in the next couple of weeks.

 

Thanks for your continued support and interest.  Customer requests are what make these products work, and we know it.

2011-2012 Holiday Shop Closing

Thanks to all of our new friends and customers for making 2011 a really big year for us at Disaster Area Amps.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Disaster Area Amps will be closed from Monday 26 December until Tuesday 3 January.  The Store will remain open, but email support will be limited.  If you ordered before 15 December, we’ll do our best to ship your pedal before the end of the year.  If you ordered after the 15th or if you have custom firmware or other special options, your order will probably ship the first week in January.  Orders placed during our shutdown will likely ship the 2nd week in January.

In 2012, we’ll be offering a few new products including the DMC-3XL.  Stay tuned.

Thanks!

DMC Series Power Over MIDI

Some MIDI devices can get “phantom power” from the MIDI out of the previous device in line.  One pin of the MIDI out is at 5VDC, current-limited with a 220 ohm resistor, and the other active pin is connected to ground by the microcontroller or microprocessor in the device.  Although it’s not technically part of the specification, it is possible to steal some current from that 5V pin.  In order to do that, we need to make ground available to the device that’s stealing power.

On the DMC-3’s, the MIDI jack has pin 1 grounded by design.  On pedals with a PCB-mounted jack (DMC-2, -4, -6,) the ground may or may not be connected to pin 1.  The first thing to do is plug your other device into the DMC MIDI out and see if it works.  If not, here’s how to fix it: Continue reading