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.


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

DMC Series Wiring Diagrams Added

A lot of folks have bought DMC PCBs lately, and the existing wiring diagram is a little too general to be helpful.  I’ve added a new drawing that shows the DMC-2, DMC-3, and DMC-4 wiring, plus the internal box layout for the DMC-3.  There is only one way to get all the parts for a DMC-3 in a 1590B sized box, believe me!

Head over to the Files page and check it out.

November Updates

Still working hard to clear the backlog, trying to get delivery time to < 1 week.  This week’s batch has some black sparkle pedals but is otherwise standard.

Also trying hard to complete a couple of important custom jobs so that we can get around to the next new product.  More details coming soon.

October Updates

There’s a new version of the DMC-6 non-RGB firmware in the works.  It still does either 6-button looper control or 6 presets, selectable at power-up.  The new twist is that it also supports a “combo” mode that allows both 5-button looper control (no pre/post) and 5 presets.  Hold button 6 at power-up to enable combo mode, and the DMC-6 will remember it from then on.  Press button 6 (upper right) to switch between looper and preset modes.

Hit up the Files page for the download.

Also, new pics in the Gallery this week including a Black Sparkle DMC-6 and a Citrus Orange DMC-3.  Big batch is shipping tomorrow and will clear out a lot of the backlog.  We really appreciate your patience 🙂

DMC-2 Strymon Firmware Released!

Lots of updates this weekend – this one is the DMC-2 firmware.  The DMC-3 was originally designed to take the various options from the DMC-2 and make them all switchable on the fly.  That’s great for some, but lots of folks want something simpler.

The DMC-2 has three modes, selectable at power-up.

Press L for Bank Mode

Press R for Program Mode

Press L + R for Looper Mode

Looper Mode runs like the DMC-3 with Instant Stop enabled.

Here’s a sweet DMC-2 in Antique Brass:

It’s just a little something different.  Firmware release is on the Files page.

Disaster Uploader Info

We’ve had some inquiries about uploading firmware for the DMC pedals, for future upgrades in the field.  Until now, we had a pretty solid method of uploading firmware on a Windows PC using a small application that’s available on our Files page.  Mac users have been out in the cold, though.  This really stinks because I’m a Mac user!  The issue was that the avrdude program that we can easily script on a Windows machine using Visual Basic or etc. installs in a different way on a Mac.  It’s not impossible to do, though…

With Disaster Uploader X, Mac users can now upload their firmware without having to install Arduino and compile from scratch.  Instructions and the download are on the Files page.

UPDATE:  Due to some strangeness with the previous version of Disaster Uploader X, please re-download and use v1.03.  This moves the programming process to its own Terminal window so that the user can see any error messages as they happen.  Sorry about the inconvenience.






September Gallery Update

Two new pics in the Gallery today.  These are from the current batch that’s shipping out this week.  Black Sparkle is our most popular custom color at this time, but I think the Granny Smith Sparkle is amazing.

If anybody out there has pics of their pedalboards with DMC controllers, I would love to post them in the Gallery.  Contact me and I’ll make it happen.