DVK TECHNOLOGIES THE MRS

DVK TECHNOLOGIES THE MRS

DVK Tech­nolo­gies is a new Aus­tralian com­pany ded­i­cated to mak­ing dual-sound ped­als that pack max­i­mum tone into min­i­mal space (and look super-cool at the same time). The graph­ics are loud and bold but they ain’t got nothin’ on the tone. Case in point: The Mrs. Part boost, part com­pres­sor, this is a pedal that is much more than the sum of its parts. And that includes the abil­ity to sum the parts: you see, each of the two effects can be selected sep­a­rately or com­bined. Cool!

MEET THE MRS

The boost side of The Mrs pumps out 25dB of gain — more than enough to push a rang­ing valve pre­amp into melt­down, but also quite suf­fi­cient to get a lit­tle more sparkle and punch from a clean amp too. Con­trols con­sist of gain and level pots as well as a normal/fat tog­gle switch. Over on the com­pres­sor side you’ll find comp, level and attack con­trols as well as a normal/bright switch. The pedal’s innards are burst­ing with so much juicy tonal good­ness that there’s no space for a bat­tery, so you have to run The Mrs on a 9v power sup­ply. It’s also extremely pedal board-friendly, both in terms of the amount of real estate it takes up on your board and its abil­ity to be clearly seen on stage, even if you’re rock­ing a double-tiered, six-foot-wide, three-foot-deep pedal board of doom.

BOOST JUICE

The boost side is a lit­tle more flex­i­ble than the plethora of single-control boost­ers flood­ing the mar­ket at the moment. Sure, the level con­trol pumps out up to 25dB of juice, but there’s also an actual gain con­trol as well, which means you can add some dirt to your oomph. This is great for play­ers who use the boost for extra gain but who still aren’t able to get all the fire they want out of their amp. The normal/fat switch increases the flex­i­bil­ity even fur­ther, allow­ing you to make up for wimpy pick­ups or sim­ply ham­mer your amp with a big bass-y wal­lop. I liked set­ting a mod­er­ate gain level, a high ‘level’ level and engag­ing the fat switch while play­ing low notes on a Tele­caster; the sin­gle coil grunt is pure coun­try, and not the pretty kind. The greasy, buffalo-lassoing, tumbleweed-kickin’, cattle-branding vari­ety. Oooh yeah.

The com­pres­sor side goes way beyond a compressor’s typ­i­cal brief of louden­ing quiet sig­nals and qui­eten­ing loud ones for the sake of dynamic vanilla. Nope, this com­pres­sor has loads of char­ac­ter and enough out­put to get down­right dirty. If you want a polite com­pres­sor, set the attack fast and the com­pres­sion knob at around 10 o’clock in the nor­mal mode. You’ll get a great Motown-ready rhythm tone that’s usable in a wide vari­ety of sit­u­a­tions. Kick on that bright switch and max out the com­pres­sion and attack knobs and you’ll get a snappy, lively sound that is great for com­mand­ing atten­tion instead of sit­ting nicely in the back­ground. If you want an absolutely killer lead sound, espe­cially with sin­gle coils, turn both the com­pres­sor and boost on at the same time, and use the com­pres­sor side’s level con­trol to feed the boost. Set the boost to ‘fat’, the gain to about 1/3 of the way up and the level to what­ever your amp tells you is right. You’ll get a glassy, vibrant, extremely tac­tile and reac­tive tone that responds great to pick attack, but even bet­ter to flick­ing the pick and rock­ing it finger-style like Jeff Beck. Beware though: as you pile on the gain you’ll pile on the noise, so don’t go nuts. The Mrs is only human, after all.

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD

The Mrs is not going to eas­ily be lost among the sea of com­pres­sors out there, nor is the boost sec­tion sim­ply tacked on as a value-added bonus. Both effects are good enough to stand alone in their own right, but their pre­sen­ta­tion in such a thoughtfully-voiced and flat-out tone­ful unit makes The Mrs utterly indispensible.

Price: RRP $299

Dis­trib­u­tor: Sound-Music

Phone: (03) 9555 8081

Web­site: www.sound-music.com

By Peter Hodgson

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