DS-1 Distortion (Monte Allums "Roxx Tri-Gain Plus" mod)


Main Details
Maker Boss Company
Form Factor Footswitch
Signal Path Analog Hardware
Power Source PSA-120
Notes From Monte Allums Website:

This is my newest mod for the DS-1. I'm calling it the "Roxx Tri-Gain Plus" mod because simply "It Rocks"! This is the name that came to mind right after I finished the mod.

This mod is built around a pair of NE5532 opamps. It’s pretty amazing how the NE5532s sound in this mod. All the harsh spiky highs have been removed. The stock DS-1 has a very fake sounding distortion. Not very natural sounding at all. In my opinion this is where most pedals fall short.

I will not be offering a cross-grade or upgrade for the Roxx mod because the Roxx is a complete mod rebuild. It is totally different from my Rectifier mods. This, IMO, is my best DS-1 mod to date. I built it around dual stacked NE5532s. This completely removes the fizz from the DS-1 circuit and gives the pedal a very natural sounding distortion. In fact I almost named the mod Velvet because this mod has an almost velvet type smoothness to it.

Getting a pedal to sound like an actual tube driven amp on the verge of breakup is the challenge pedal manufacturers face. I have been able to obtain that vibe with this mod. All the fake shrill gain has been replaced with a very smooth dynamic harmonically rich distortion. This is arguably my best DS-1 mod to date.
Connector: 1/4" Phone Jack (6.35mm)
Connector: 1/4" Phone Jack (6.35mm)
Parameter: ON/OFF
Control Type: Footswitch
Parameter: Mode
Control Type: Toggle Switch
Range: 3 way - gain types
Parameter: Level
Control Type: Rotary Pot
Parameter: Distortion
Control Type: Rotary Pot


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