Nivicola

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Siberian
Bighorn
Fuzz

More than a clone...

This is a tribute. 

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Have you noticed the increase in prices of the Black Russian Big Muff pedals lately?  They are getting up there.  These pedals sound great, and in my opinion are just as good as their green sibling.  But... there are good ones and bad ones, and each one sounds can sound different.  As often is the case with these vintage (WAT?! Vintage?!... yeah... 90's music is now on classic rock stations... crazy) pedals, they were built with lower part tolerances, and often, cheaper components.  So, the result... there are good ones and bad ones, and all of them are questionable durability for gigging unless you modify them.  

 

Nivicola is a recreation of my own personal Black Russian Big Muff.  I really spent a lot of time trying to achieve the tone of the original.  Sure... I could have found a schematic on the internet and used those part values for the pedal, but it wouldn't sound the same.  It wouldn't have same texture, the same low end, or even the same compression.  It wouldn't be a tribute.  

History

Some years back I took the plunge and bought a Black Russian BMP.  Nothing special, looked to me like a v8 small box, but I figured if I didn’t like it, I’d have a cool enclosure to mess around with.  I plugged it in and was completely floored by its gnarly, woolly, and thick fuzz sound.  It even sounded amazing at lower gain settings.  I got one of the “good ones”.  I wanted this thing on my pedal board, but it didn’t seem road worthy.  It’s not true bypass, which is fine if it was buffered, but it's not even that, so you get massive tone suck when bypassed.  The pots were fairly flimsy, it’s big, and it only runs on a battery... not a fan.  All of these issues were fixable, but I didn’t want to mess with my original.  So, I whipped out the breadboard and began tweaking values till I was able to mimic the sound of my original unit.  The result is not the same as the schematics you see floating around on the internet.  That will get you mostly there, but you'll be missing a lot of the unique character that comes out of some of these units.  

 

Another key element to the sound of this pedal are the transistors and diodes.  Every transistor sounds just a little different, and every diode clips the signal just a little differently.  These are really the fun parts about building pedals is finding finding the parts and tuning the circuit around those parts to make it sound great.  In this case I was trying to emulate an existing sound and none of the diodes or transistors I was using really nailed the sound.  I just couldn't get that nice top end, without any sizzle, it’s deep lows, and a pronounced low mid snarl.  It wasn’t until I found some Russian KT3102IM transistors and some KD521A diodes that I was finally able to nail the tone.  I'm sure there are some modern equivalents, but hey... NOS is up for extra tone snobbery.    

So here it is... Nivicola.  I did do some upgrades of course… high quality components, true bypass, DC power jack, LED with adjustable brightness, a Voice control which allows you to control the mids content of the pedal, more volume, better jacks, better pots, and a better switch.  This is a tribute.     

A Good Cause

I originally wanted to release this pedal back in March, but I decided to pull it when Putin decided to start a pointless and horrific war.  Unfortunately, the war in Ukraine is still going on.  So, let's use this pedal to do some good.

  

I recently got an email from the World Central Kitchen and in it they stated that there are very few humanitarian aid organizations left in Ukraine, and with the coming winter, damaged infrastructure, people will be in need of heat and food. So...

 

50% of the sale of this limited pedal will go to the to the World Central Kitchen to support their own going effort to provide meals to the people of Ukraine.   

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Controls

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Level:

 
Fuzz:

 
Tone: 

  • Left: 

  • Right: 

 

Voice: 

  • Left: 

  • Right:  

Overall volume 
 

The fuzz
 

Tilt syle
More bass less highs
Less Bass more Highs

 

Controls the mids
Scooped mids - Classic
Boosted mids - Not at all classic but awesome

There is an LED brightness trimmer inside... adjust to taste .

Power Requirements:
9volt - Center Negative 2.1mm Barrel
Power Consumption: <5mA

Warranty:
If it breaks, we’ll fix it.  
Please email: 
info@wonderfulaudiotechnology.com

Demo Videos