Hello musicians and pedal hounds, Dan Simon here and the main force behind DDyna Music Company. I’m just a novice musician and songwriter that loves ‘wine, women and song’ as well as electronics and happy customers.
Originally, DDyna was slated to be a pro audio manufacturer (DDyna being short for Double Dynamic). My buddies and I could only muster up half the cash needed to make it a reality and the dream looked like it would fade away. As my friends headed off to greener pastures (ie, to earn paychecks), I refused to let DDyna slip away. Looking at alternative products, pedals (although there are a million of them) were perfect for introducing some 'new' sounds to the mix. Besides, supplying ‘Tools & Devices for Music Creators’ is what DDyna was all about anyway.
Drawing from 30+ years as a hardware product developer, I sat down to design an overdrive pedal. The standard back-back diodes around an op-amp (National Audio Handbook circa 1976) was far too common for a launch product (tons of tube screamers and derivates), so I really had to scratch my head. After countless hours of agony (and what seemed like a ream of paper), a non conventional, dual limiter concept was settled on.
Once tweaking on a ‘white board’ was complete, the first DDyna pedal was born, ‘The Creamer’. Personally, I liked it a lot, but a respected pedal enthusiast and guitar shop owner thought it was too thin to be taken seriously. It’s wise to listen to the pros and the grasshopper (me), sprinkled some color into the design, renamed it the ‘Thinman OD’ and (on speculation) built my first lot of pedals. Luckily, Tommy liked the improvements (chuckled at the name change) and became my first dealer.
The next two DDyna pedals were derivatives based on people’s suggestions, comments and feedback, but I had to stop short or have numerous, yet similar pedals to manage. Even so, the ‘Charlie Special’ and ‘Narlie! Dude’ both have their followings and fit unique genres.
At present, we’re not big advertisers and have relied primarily on lots of dialing, typing and getting pedals into people’s hands. You can find us in Premier Guitar and of course, on the web.
DDyna is located north of Seattle in the Bothell area and operates out of a modest, but adequate building that houses design and fabrication. We do use outside vendors for PCB’s, case machining and finishing, but everything else in done in house.
The next pedal to be introduced was going to be the long awaited ‘The Creamer’, but after prototype demos and the overwhelming response from bass players, it will be released as a bass pedal called BASS10. (Got a little over zealous making sure it would sound good on bass too.)
In conclusion, I’d like to thank everyone associated with DDyna, from the friends and family that help me, the dealers that have taken on an unknown pedal maker (est July, 2008), people like Mark (Stomp That Box) that have taken the time to let you know about DDyna and most importantly the customers that 'get off' on our products.