I've been taking my time on the design on Trinity. I want to make sure its absolutely perfect through and through. Its really something I see as my greatest endeavor. I certainly have vastly more money and time tied up into the R&D of this than anything I've done before. It has to be as perfect as I can make something or it can't be released. The image above is the latest prototype... #008. Please bear in mind there are many more than 8 revisions. This is just the 8th completed unit. Upon building this I decided I want to make some changes to the front and rear panel layouts with the next build. In this particular build I massively fine tuned the electronics. In previous builds there was some (inaudible) subharmonic noise when the EQ was engaged. I redesigned the EQ amplifier stage and added an extra transformer to the EQ stage (interstage transformer). This eliminated all the noise issues. This is the first Trinity with a printed circuit board incorporated. Hold on! The PCB is 100% related to the onboard power supply section. All of the audio is still point to point wired! With the next Trinity, the power supply will have a discrete time delay circuit added to power on the high voltage B+ after the tube filaments heat up. Its been breadboarded and designed in the computer already. I'm feeling very confident the next build will be the first production model. I'm also very excited for when that moment arrives! You can check the fine details of this product on the Trinity product page or you can hear its sounds in action by checking out my recent productions for hire over at http://www.lbastudios.com
There are as of right now 7 videos on youtube demoing the Thunder Knob pedal. I compiled them in one playlist that will surely grow over time. The permanent link to said playlist is here for your intrigue:
I'm recovering from an extensive sinus surgery and plan to get back to work on Monday. I'm super anxious to get back to work. So much so that I have been working from home designing a PCB for the Trinity channel strip. I'm building another one for LBA Studios and at the same time I'm perfecting the product as I inch closer to an official release. Trinity is by far the longest, most expensive, and most extensive product R&D in the history of LBA. Its been years in the making. The design itself was finalized a few months back. Now I'm at the stage of fine tuning the looks and streamlining the build process to get the price down as far as possible without compromising sound or quality.
Truth be told, Trinity has been on the shelf for most of the past year as I worked to develop an LBA-worthy overdrive pedal. Now that the Thunder Knob is out I feel like its time to get back to my hearts truest desire. Its truly a massive undertaking both financially and mentally to get Trinity from concept to product. But, I'm back on track and determined! I believe it will be my greatest achievement for a long time to come.
The PCB I designed for Trinity during my recovery from surgery is for the onboard power supply, which is rather elaborate. This new onboard supply was developed a few months back. It helps reduce noise, cost, and build time. It takes a 12VDC input and spits out 250v @ 200mA, 250v @ 100mA, 48v @ 250mA, and 6v @ 300mA... all of which are highly regulated for superior low noise operation. I'm planning to build an external power supply unit that will distribute 12VDC to 2 Trinity channels. I'm also thinking about building a larger power supply unit for powering 8 channels.
I'm not sure when Trinity will officially be ready, but I'm not concerned with that either. Its done when its perfect. Its very close to done. I think the next build after this one will be "the one."
Good news is I have been preparing for this all month. Lots of inventory is built up, boxed, and ready to ship. I'll be out of commission for about 2 weeks (best case scenario) due to an extensive surgery on the 31st of October. I have a game plan in place for orders that may happen during this period. They will ship normally. In the unlikely event that inventory runs out, you will be notified by email within a few hours. If that were the case, your order would be fulfilled within a couple weeks. I just wanted to put this out there so there are no surprises.
EffectsBay just published a testimonial from one of their subscribers and its all about the Thunder Knob. You can check it out here.
"Got that wonderful little box. Giddy, I opened the box, pulled out the new Lightning Boy [pedal], and hastily put it in my pedal line, (without thought, I might add). This thing cranks!!! I was leery of plugging my 5 string in. But I did…….the ground shook, and I actually felt wave pressure from the 15″ driver. Really cool accentuating the Corona Chorus pedal. The MXR compressor in front, really gives a nice weird distortion."
About the Author
Mike Congilosi II, Owner/Designer/Electronics Engineer at Lightning Boy Audio and Owner/Audio Engineer/Music Producer at LBA Studios.