Barber Direct Drive V3 is the real deal

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by cg, Oct 7, 2018.

  1. BFC

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    Dave was kind enough to make me a V2 in a blem B-stock case. So now I have three versions to compare when I get time.
     
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  2. sstweed

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    Am I the only one that actually likes the green?
     
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    I think it looks rather dashing in green, especially with the new knobs.
     
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  4. David B

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    Bringing racing green back has been a consistent request. I like the idea of rotating color options more often, but dealers being controlled by their computer inventory system hate it, trying to find balance. :)
     
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  5. Michigan guitar

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    I have a v2 in Racing Green and like it a lot ;)
     
  6. CarpathianWhips

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    I have a v2 (green) and a silver v3, that I really dig for superb tone, and am totally cool with their aesthetics .. although I did put some cream aftermarket knobs on my v2, it looks super boutique now :D and I could see the settings more clearly, but...I think if you made a v4 in a double super boutique-ish color like...err....surf green...or daphne blue, or some aged orange or somesuch.. I couldn’t resist getting a V4 too:oops: although I don’t really lack for yet another DD.
     
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  7. David B

    David B Silver Supporting Member

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    Ha! I have a single DDv4 in surf green sitting on the product shelf at the moment, you been spying?:)
     
  8. effectsman

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    Yes.

    I’m waiting for the limited edition black to return. Surf green, Daphne blue, Ferrari or Fire Engine red, or the cream colour of the small enclosure GC are all preferable options over green for me.
     
  9. jpagey

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    The green is fine. It looks nice alongside my cream Gain Changer and Blue BUSS. It could be raw sparkle and I’d be happy.
     
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  10. CarpathianWhips

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    Whaaaat!? I’ll have to see if I could mobilise Christmas funds tout suite!
     
  11. stilesg57

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    Question for y’all (or maybe just David, ha):

    I couldn’t find this through a quick search and didn’t see it addressed in the instructions paper that came with the pedal — can the Direct Drive v4 be run safely at 18v?

    Played some more last night through some ceramic speakers rather than my usual alnicos and I am REALLY loving this pedal.
     
  12. David B

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    18 vdc negative tip is no problem.
     
  13. David B

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    I should add to that, 18vdc with the gain toggle set in the middle (4 input style), and left toggle set to the left, is one of my favorite settings on the DDv4. It's been a while, but I pushed a direct drive v6 (big box) to 30 volts DC and it sounded great, but that's right at the max limit for those chips. The OPA2604 from Burr Brown chip can probably take 48 volts, but max on the caps is 35vdc. Official word from Barber is 18 vdc negative tip, which is plenty safe.
     
  14. Regan

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    I usually like drive pedals better at 9v but I guess I'm going to have to buy one of these.
     
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  15. jpagey

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    I spent a fun hour with my Barber BUSS, Gain Changer and Direct Drive v4 trying to figure out favorite settings - which is like trying to figure what your favorite flavor of ice cream is...

    ‘97 PRS McCarty and my custom el-34 15w tweed “champ” (Emi Ragin Cajun 10” speaker).

    Here’s what I settled upon:
    Low gain: DD v4 - low gain toggle. Middle mids toggle.
    Med gain: Gain Changer - unltd and v2 settings
    High Gain: BUSS - Burn Unit (toggle to left) and compression toggle set to left.

    3 distinct tones. 3 gorgeous tones.
     
  16. stratohiker

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    Great, now I'm gonna hafta get a Gain Changer :cool:
     
  17. Killshakes

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    I like the COLOR just fine—green is great—I just prefer the v.3 GRAPHICS. I thought the v.3 graphics were a cool update!
     
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  18. jpagey

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    When you toggle through the high and low gain settings of the Gain Changer and the Direct Drive V4, you understand why Barber made the Dual Unltd and the DD/DC pedals...so you don’t have to choose low or high gain sounds to the detriment of the other...you get both.
     
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  19. still.ill

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    how does sound change the higher voltage? I usually run at either 12v or 9v, not sure if 12v makes much of a difference from 9v
     
  20. David B

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    Oh, that's the tricky one, everybody hears it differently, some say "no change", some say "more dynamic". I tend to like it best at low gain mode, and to me there is a little more definition at the initial pick-strike.
     

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