Guitar Effects and Signal Routing Gear, Built in the U.S.A.

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It started off as a way to combine my interest in electronics with music.  I was playing in a band and needed some equipment which was long discontinued, or not portable enough to use on stage.    And yet sometimes I find myself asking the question: Why build things like this?

So many inexpensive mass-produced products are easily available off-the-shelf.  In many cases they are adequate to the job at hand, and fit the budget.  Tinkering with effects pedals is fun, something akin to what guys did in the 1950’s modifying old Fords into hot rods.  It’s also educational.  And then, every once in a while there is a need for a sonic tool that doesn’t exist or disappeared long ago.  You have an idea, so why not try and realize it?  Much of the reward is found in overcoming the challenges involved and the creative process is a pleasure in and of itself.  Every time you repeat the process you make improvements, and and strive towards perfection incrementally, all the while knowing you will never reach “perfection”.

There is great satisfaction in building something of real quality, but also a lingering question…could I make it even better if I changed x, y, or z?  This tendency is contradicted by the knowledge that you don’t want to “fix something that’s not broken” as the old saying goes.  There is a balance to achieve.

Whenever I have money to spend I am cautious, and I choose thoughtfully.  Some things cost more, but are worth much more than what they cost.  A finely-crafted knife or chisel is a pleasure to hold and examine.  And so guitar gear is just another tool.  It’s tool you use to take you on your sonic explorations and  musical adventures.  It should sound great.  It should be rugged, and survive the rigors of touring, from the bedroom, to the bar, or maybe the stadium.  And I do believe, that it should also be pleasing to hold and look at.

In short, why?  For the fun, satisfaction, and pride in making cool stuff.  DTS Audio Research and Technology started off humbly from a  hobby of building something for myself that wasn’t available anywhere else.  Then few friends were also interested in what I was making, and eventually word spread.

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...Having had a chance to test out the pedal properly I can’t praise it enough – has definitely taken my sound up a level or two. So thanks again for a superb sounding bit of gear and all the best …

Liam United Kingdom

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