I posted about the announcement from MI Effects about their new DIY Dual Drive kits a couple of weeks ago, at that time it was a limited run and they sold out in minutes. Due to the demand MI Effects are making another 100 kits available for purchase direct by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. The street price is US$129.95.
The MI DIY Dual Drive Kit allows you to build two channels of op-amp based overdrive and/or distortion designs – to your specifications! Each channel has a GAIN, VOLUME, and three-band EQ with the voicing in the hands of the builder. By adjusting stages of gain and clipping options or tailoring the low-end body and high-end presence (via internal trimmers), your pedal will sound like no other.
The kit comes with two printed circuit boards and two unique circuits; one overdrive and one distortion, both with an open design that encourages a number of modifications and wiring options – alternate or stacked, series or parallel. The MI DIY Dual Drive Kit also contains all the parts required to build the two circuits including all potentiometers, knobs, jacks, switches and passive components. Also included is a pre-drilled blank aluminium enclosure that is the canvas for your artistic output allowing you to add any artwork you wish.
The MI DIY section of the MI Audio website (www.miaudio.com/mi-diy-kits) not only has hints and tips for building these two circuits, but also has posts from some top effects DIY-er’s who have made some interesting and unique pedals with the kit serving as the inspiration. The MI DIY Dual Drive Kit is the perfect platform for those beginners who have always wanted to step into the effects DIY world, yet is complex enough for the intermediate and advanced builders to experiment with and design their own circuits.