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.


Trading Everest Review – Money Making Robot Or Not? Analysis!

It’s time to review the Trading Everest software. Without any delay, we would like to warn you that it is a scam product and you should ignore it altogether. The software has made a comeback although it has been seen preying on the internet before as well. As soon as we noticed it we started to investigate about its ingenuity and things didn’t look rosy the moment we heard Jason, the co-founder of the Trading Everest system speaking of the profits that the software could generate. In this review, we would tell you the facts which helped us identify the evil intentions of the scammers and bring out valid explanations to prove our point. Indeed there are money making signals services.

What is the Trading Everest system?

The Trading Everest system has been advertised as a near-accurate signal generating service. The software can easily claim nine out of ten winning trades. Its winning rate has been consistently hovering around the 71%-85% mark, we are told. Jason allegedly earns around $45K per week while his wife is making close to $13K per week. Chris, with whose help Jason developed the software has reportedly raked in over $2,78,000 in the past three months as against Jason’s $4,50,600. What we did not understand is the reason behind such disparity among the weekly profits for Jason, his wife, and Chris! Does the software also have Artificial Intelligence that it gives special treatment to Jason, he being the boss?

The software works by utilizing mathematical equations and formulae to recognize the time when a potentially profitable trade would peak. The software allegedly uses probability, past statistical information and trading patterns as well in its trading decisions. We are introduced to a term TPP or Trade Peak Potential in course of the presentation. TPP is the time when if a trade is placed, it returns the maximum yield over investments. The whole set up comprises of a money-multiplier market screening system which scans the world exchanges to hand-pick such signals which are best suited to win the trades. This screening system coupled with the “super fast” Trading Everest system can do wonders we are told.

Contradictory Statements

The first thing you need to understand is that trading in binary options is not like what it is often presented as. We are talking about the statements that project trading as a joke of sorts. Statements like “profits at the touch of a button,” “without moving a finger” and “requires no experience” etc. are misleading. One does need a good understanding of the market trends and has to have a background of what he is dealing with.

The disclaimer itself mentions clearly that trading is not a risk-free activity and only those who could afford to lose a part or even their full investments, should be a part of it. While in the entire video, we are fed with the idea that trading with the Trading Everest software is 100% risk-free and guarantees extreme profits to the tunes of hundreds of thousands of dollars in a few months time.

Jason and Chris – The Scam Co-Founders!

We are told how after resigning from his job Jason approached his nerd friend since high school, Chris. They collaborated to work on the project using Jason’s trading knowledge and Chris’ math and programming skills. After months of testing, refining, and tweaking when Chris allegedly completed the software development, Jason named it the Trading Everest. The reason he gives is as weird as his talking throughout the presentation. What is worth noting is that he mentions a few times that he taught Chris about binary options trading and that he did not know anything about it. What an illogical statement that is! Jason teaches Chris about how binary options are traded after Chris has finished programming and developing the software? This is the height of stupidity to say such a thing and also to ignore it when you hear it.

We know that Jason and Chris are just imaginary characters. The presentation just employs a voice-over artist to lend the imaginary Jason a voice. Anyways, we do not get to see the faces of any human being in the entire presentation. We doubt if we ever saw a human picture on the entire website for that matter! We have never seen any such cases where a website advertising binary options auto-trading software is devoid of testimonials. No testimonials irrespective of the fact that they are genuine or false found place on the website.

False Trading Session and Counters

The website features a “Live” trading session of Jason which shows his trades for the past few hours. Let us tell you that there is no truth in what you see there. It is just a manipulated graphic which if monitored and watched closely would prove to be an eye-wash.

There is a fake counter which has been planted on the homepage to raise a false alarm. It has been advertised that if and only if one completes the sign-up related procedures within the 30 minutes of the counter, he would be eligible for a reward. The reward would be a 30-day extension to the already free monthly trial subscription. Don’t fall for this ploy, as you can easily see that anyone can still join the scam system even when the counter has long expired. Note that team behind this system is back with another system with a new name this time. Stay away from ZemuSoft at any cost!

The “Double Your Money” Offer

We could not understand the very idea and motive of the presentation of the video. For the majority of it, we are informed how easy it is to transform our initial investment of $200 to thousands and hundreds of thousands of dollars by using the Trading Everest software. Then, towards the end of the presentation came the horrific proposal. If you fail to double your money in your six months usage of the software, then Jason would personally pay you $100? Wait a minute! What amount of money is being talked about here? Is it the $200 which should ideally get doubled within 60 seconds of using the software? We just don’t know what happened towards the end.


The Trading Everest software system would not take you to the top of the Everest. It is a dirty scam which would make its subscribers bite the dust. Do not mistake it for any life changing tool. Stay away from it, and that’s what our recommendation is.

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.