• Ryan

New Build Day! Zendrive...

Updated: Mar 16

Such a simple circuit with big tones! I highly recommend this build for anyone just getting into pedal building. Not much can go wrong! I am using the PedalPCB board but Aion also makes a fantastic board too. Even a kit!


https://aionelectronics.com/project/azimuth-zendrive-kit/

https://www.pedalpcb.com/product/mahayanadrive/


The build is fairly straight forward. One interesting thing is to try different opamps in this circuit for different results. The original is said to be an AD712, while the newer ones seem to be a NE5532. I had a hard time finding an AD712 for some reason but I did have a few opamps to try in my build. I ended up landing on the OP2134A as my preferred choice. It seems to be the lowest noise as well as have higher gain compared to the NE5532.


I had fun with the artwork and since this pedal is often compared to a Dumble overdrive tone, I thought the artwork should be a nod toward that.


Since this is a great build for beginners, I made a full real-time video so you can follow along solder joint by solder joint.


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