DryBell’s interview in ToneQuest Report Magazine!
This interview delves deep into DryBell’s rich history, with Zvonch revealing the never-before-told tale of our journey that stretches far into DryBell’s past. Beside some very cool unreleased pictures and story, the ToneQuest Report issue also features raving reviews of all our pedals, shining a bright spotlight on our craftsmanship and innovation.
We are truly excited to have an opportunity to share our brand’s evolution and passion on a bigger scale and we would like to extend our gratitude to the wonderful team at ToneQuest for the chance to collaborate and share our inspiring journey with a wider audience! You can read the interview and reviews here. (PDF file)
Discover the complete issue September 2023 Vol.24 No.11 and further explore ToneQuest Report by visiting their official website.
Vibe Machine V-3 review by Bonedo.de!
“In the test, the DryBell Vibe Machine V-3 turned out to be a very authentic-sounding and well-tuned Uni-Vibe-style pedal. With the help of numerous additional options for the faction of sound tinkerers, the Croatian manufacturer exhausts the Uni-Vibe theme down to the last detail. But don’t worry: If you’re just looking for a really good-sounding Vibe pedal, you’ll probably be completely satisfied with the basic setup. Typical for a boutique pedal, the price is up there. In return, you get the really great package when it comes to vibe. Thumbs up!”
DryBell’s Module 4 just feels like home!
“I’ve owned and used a lot of compressor pedals over the years, starting with, of course, an original Orange Squeezer and then an early MXR Dynacomp, through to some of today’s sophisticated, parallel-path, optical designs, but DryBell’s Module 4 just feels like home. It’s what I have always wanted a compressor to be and seems to have the vocabulary of compressed guitar sounds as I want to hear them. From the same box, however, I can get most of the sounds I look for in many of my other compressor pedals, too. Strong character and great versatility are not often to be found in the same product, in my experience. The guitar effects market is a highly competitive one, flooded with both big-name, volume manufacturers and smaller boutique makers, but there is always a place for innovation and quality. The meticulous attention to detail and real-world usability across DryBell’s relatively small but growing range of designs marks them out a rising star in this market sector, in my view. I look forward to seeing what they do next, but this one is a keeper, for sure.”
The Engine ⚡ British splendor – Approved by the Vintage Guitar!
“Plugged into a Fender 2×12 combo, The Engine is a tone shaper’s dream with goo-gobs of gain yielding all varieties of upscale British splendor – smooth, compressed, articulate, and with complex overtones. It also works as a clean to dirty boost and yields British superiority regardless of which amp it’s plugged into. The Engine nailed the sound of a wide-open JCM800 (coming through monitors) but was easier to manage. There’s a pronounced midrange that can be dimed, but the combination of Marshall and Rangemaster colors – and all their sonic variables – makes The Engine a guitar soloist’s dream.”
Unit67 received a “Vintage Guitar Approved Gear” badge in the latest issue of Vintage Guitar magazine!
“The DryBell Unit67 adds just the right amount of magic sauce to push a rig to the next level. It’s addictive too; you’ll find it want to be “on” all the time.”
The Engine is among the Best new Overdrive and Distortion Pedals for the Year 2020!
“I’m generally hugely impressed by its feature set and tones – and is probably the perfect take on the Plexi Drive + RangeMaster Treble Boost pedal.” – Stefan Karlsson, Guitar Pedal X
Vibe Machine V-2 in top 3 Univibes on GuitarPedal X!
Check out the “12 Degrees’ Series” – 2020 Key Modulation Categories Edition by Stefan Karlsson from Guitar Pedal X
It’s really cool to see our Vibe Machine V-2 in top 3 Univibes!
Vibe Machine featured at Delicious Audio as one of The Best Uni-Vibe Pedals in 2021!
“DryBell Vibe Machine V-2 — One of the most versatile Vibes around, with controls for depth of modulation, tone, input impedance (for using different guitars), and output volume.”
The Engine received “Recommended Gear of the Year 2020” badge in the Guitar.com “Best guitar effects pedal of 2020” awards
“It hardly seems to matter what kind of amp you run it through – the Engine’s drive circuit pushes out classic Marshall grind, with that familiar tight bass and sweetly rasping edge. The mid-gain sounds are on the money and, yes, it will stretch to JCM800-style heavier tones with no less authority.“
A clever tone-improver that’s easy to use yet brilliantly versatile! ⭐️
“With sustain set to maximum, this is not one of those subtle compressors where you find yourself glancing furtively at the LED to check it’s on. Strummed chords have their transients ruthlessly crushed, replaced by seemingly eternal sustain, while single notes are sweetly thickened and get just a hint of a thump to the attack.”
The Engine gets an Encore performance of its earlier award-winning PG review!⚡️
“By boosting internal voltage to 23V and integrating a highly malleable EQ section, DryBell put together a preamp that generates heaps of thumping, dynamic, responsive, and searingly loud British textures“
The Engine review by Pedal Of The Day!
“Aiming to cover all the classic overdriven tones you hear on many different amps, The Engine has two very strong and independent sections, designed to work with a variety of musical gear. These sections share a a high headroom, ultra-low noise buffer, designed to have no signal loss. Using only long life, highly reliable components, your Engine Foundation Preamp will keep running for years and years to come“
Unit67 – Pedal Of The Day!
“The DryBell Unit67 EQ Boost Compressor is the perfect combination of three key effects, all working in perfect synergy to give you “that sound” you’ve been searching for. Whether you’re playing loud rock and roll, quiet jazz or big, sustained blues, this pedal makes your guitar and amp absolutely sing. We love it so much that it instantly found its way right onto our demo pedalboard, making everything else around it sound just that much better.”
What we’re really here for is the crunchy stuff… and it’s extremely good!
“There’s nothing like the roar of an old Plexi head, but they’re devastating loud and hefty beasts – especially once you’ve slapped the obligatory 4×12 cab underneath – so the current trend for ‘Marshall in a box’ pedals makes a lot of sense. And this one, from DryBell is quite possibly the classiest example yet.”
This is probably the best overdrive pedal I’ve tried in many many years! – Bjorn Riis ⚡
“It really feels like I’m playing a real tube amp. One thing I often miss in Marshall modelled pedals is that they either lack the low end or that the mids are either too low or too high. The Engine is perfectly balanced, with that low end chug and the mids right where they should be, without sounding boxy or hollow.”
Michael Landau, our featured Artist and one of the most widely respected guitarists in the world, talks about his gear!
Mike Landau has been using our Vibe Machine for years and it’s always a pleasure seeing it on his touring board. Read all about it in the latest issue of Guitar World!
The Engine⚡entered the game at Deli Magazine!
“Sporting a “Foundation Preamp” subtitle, the Engine is a fully analog, high headroom, extremely versatile dual preamp that aims at covering all the classic, British, ’60s-inspired overdriven tones on any type of amp, at any level you may fancy.”
Tinkercity Music featuring the glowing review of The Engine!
“Simply put, The Engine is an incredible sounding and feeling pedal. What you’re left with is one fantastic overdrive and distortion box that not only sounds like a vintage British tube amp… but feels like one!”
The Engine’s announcement in Guitar.com magazine
“Pedal manufacturer DryBell has announced its latest pedal-sized preamp, entitled The Engine. It’s inspired by the brand’s love for “60’s non-master-volume amplifiers.”
The Engine’s announcement in Premier Guitar
“The Engine – A powerful voice for musicians.”- just got featured in latest edition of Premier Guitar!
Vibe Machine V-2 on Guitar World’s list of the best Blues guitar gear!
“If you’re looking to recreate that throbbing modulation conjured by Jimi Hendrix on Machine Gun, or by Robin Trower on early hit Bridge Of Sighs, you’re going to need a good vibe pedal. This update of the Vibe Machine by Croatian specialists DryBell is pretty much the best of its kind, with even more modes and functionality bundled into a tiny package.”
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and Brad Whitford love DryBell pedals!
A closer look into Joe and Brad’s onstage pedalboards, reveal both the Unit67 and couple of the Vibe Machines. Brad uses Unit67 as “always on” pedal and Joe uses TWO Vibe Machines and a Unit67!
Unit67 featured at Delicious Audio
“Up until 2019, Croatian manufacturer DryBell has been very focused on building the best possible Uni-Vibe pedal recreations. Everything changed today, with the release of their first non-vibe product called Unit67, a utility pedal that – knowing the company’s designing rigor – promises to be a very useful and great sounding tool.”
Full Rig Rundown with Pete Thorn for Classic Rock Show @ GuitarGuitar ✨
Pete Thorn is using our Unit67 on his board for quite some time now. Find out how he uses it in the latest Rig Rundown by GuitarGuitar
Vibe Machine V-2 is on the Music Radar’s “Best guitar effects pedals 2020” list!
“While many pedals have attempted to recreate that legendary sound over the years, very few can rival the Vibe Machine. Its rich, 3D harmonics and textures sound incredible from the word go, but the V-2 also allows you to sculpt and tweak more than any Vibe pedal ever made”
If you thought you know everything about the pedals, think again
In this day of age, the pedal world is getting out of control and it’s quite difficult to keep track of all of them.
Kim Bjørn and Scott Harper’s PEDAL CRUSH book will help you immensely in that task, featuring over 800 guitar effects on almost 400 pages including The Vibe Machine and Unit67!
Check out the Unit67 on Bass guitar in the latest video by one and only “pedal whisperer” Andy Martin
“And here’s the great thing about the Unit67 with bass—it just tightens everything up without being overly compressed, and you can take the EQ in and out” with the EQ switch, Andy says.”
Unit67 earned a “Premier Gear” badge!
“The real power and elegance of the Unit67 is in how seamlessly and forgivingly its component parts work together—particularly in performance and studio situations where changing backlines and room dynamics challenge what you thought you knew about your rig. In scenarios like these, where economy of effort and pedal count can make life and music-making much simpler, the Unit67 is sweet medicine.“
Premier Guitar Rig Rundown with Joanne Shaw Taylor ⭐
Find out how and why Joanne uses our Vibe Machine in the latest Rig Rundown by Premier Guitar.
Right out of the gate I’ll say the Unit67 is a pretty impressive tone sculpting tool.
“I do think the Unit67 would make for a fantastic boost pedal for somebody wanting a fat punch through the mix type option. Another great use would be placing it front of a tube amp to add a little more character and “sparkle”, shall we say. I bet putting the Unit67 in front of your OD or muff pedal with a bit of mids and compression would sound awesome.“
Gilmourish just released a stunning review of the Unit67!
“Unit67 In fact is probably one of my favourite pedals, which is a huge kudos I guess as it’s been out for only a couple of months. It’s really one of those pedals you just want to leave on all the time and as much as I’ve said that before about other pedals, this is really one you want to leave on all the time!”
Grandguitars published a stellar Unit67 review!
“It is amazing that such a great sounding clean booster, together with effective tone control and such an easy-to-use studio-quality compressor, fits into such a compact pedal.“
Find out who we are and what are we up to in “The Drawing Board” by Distortion LTD
Find out how we started, what we did to make it work and why is the creative synergy important to make DryBell stand out in the vast sea of guitar pedals in today’s world!
Distortion LTD’s In Focus with the Unit67 ✨
“DryBell’s Unit67 isn’t just another pedal, it’s several pedals working with one another to provide you with the slickest tone on planet Earth! Under the hood, the Unit67 serves up three separate circuits—a
tunable boost, a clever EQ section and a 1176-style compression circuit. Each circuit cascades into one another for maximum efficiency, with expert voicings for each.”
It’s probably the most versatile of all the Uni-Vibe type pedals out there!
“Whatever you play you’ll be getting quality liquid phasing with a twist – shimmery at the top but with a distinctive low end throb, especially at higher Depth settings, and with a speed range from a slow psychedelic swirl to a warble”
“Physically-it’s just right, tonally-it’s a Beast!” A smashing review by EffectsBay!
“One of the coolest pedals I have had the pleasure of trying out is the analog DryBell Vibe Machine V-2, an awesome quality Uni-Vibe® pedal handmade in Croatia. The Vibe Machine packs a huge punch for its relatively small size, making it a no-brainer for anyone trying to get that illustrious “vibe” tone.”
“It’s small but mighty!” – Steve Stevens talks about the Vibe Machine!
Steve Stevens, the guitar hero – best known for playing alongside Billy Idol since the early ’80s have been using our Vibe Machine for quite some time and he created several cool demos about his gear..
The Vibe Machine just got a “Vintage Guitar Approved Gear” badge in the latest issue of Vintage Guitar magazine!
“The V-2 is an easy choice if you like flexibility without losing authenticity. This, along with its compact size and clear, prominent tone, make it one of the best vibe pedals out there.”
Grandguitars reviewed both of our Vibe Machines!
“Which one of the top league photocell-based Univibe is the best – that’s is a matter of taste, but both DryBell Vibe Machines deliver that typical pulsating Vibe sound and the classic vibrato in spades.”
Vibe Machine V-2 received “Gilmourish Pick” 10/10 award!
“This unit is packed with features, the smaller footprint is definitely a plus which in my opinion makes it the most versatile, lush and sweetest sounding UniVibes on the market.”
Five Star review for the Vibe Machine V-2 by BestGuitarEffects.com!
“The DryBell Vibe Machine V-2 took the world’s most versatile compact vibe and made it better thanks to the inclusion of Tap Tempo via the F-1L foot-switch and the Custom input setting for matching the V-2 to your favourite guitar.”
There’s no shortage of great vibe units to choose from, but for our money, the DryBell Vibe Machine is the top of the heap!
“If you want to nail that Hendrix-at-Woodstock tone, adding this little beauty in your arsenal certainly can’t hurt. What it can’t help? Your nerves playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of a few hundred-thousand fans.”
DryBell nailed this tone and if you’re looking for a killer vibe tone, look no further!
“The Vibe Machine delivers a classic tone of the best Univibe but keeps the footprint small and gives you tones of tweakable options.”
Quick Hit: DryBell Vibe Machine received Premier Guitar Premier Gear badge!
“The V-1 doesn’t just serve up delightfully warm and swirly chorus and subtle-to-disorienting vibrato with the granular dimensionality vintage snobs crave, it comes incredibly close to matching the supernatural magic of an old organ’s mechanical vibrato sound. A true home run.”
The DryBell Vibe Machine V-1 most definitely belongs to the crème de la crème of Uni-Vibe inspired pedals and replicas!
“It’s exquisite both in appearance as well as sound quality, and most importantly, it absolutely nails the classic Uni-Vibe sound. In short, the original has been greatly improved upon and the competition outsmarted, all without compromising the sound.”
The Vibe Machine sounds convincingly rich and throbby in all the right ways, putting this pedal at the top of the compact vibe heap!
“Despite being very conveniently sized, the Vibe Machine has all the functionality of the original, and then some, with knobs for depth and speed, and little switches on the front for switching between vibrato and chorus modes, and original and bright voicing.”
I have the impression that if Jimi Hendrix was alive today and played a little with this pedal, a big smile would be on his face!
“DryBell’s Croatian builders, Zvonch and Kruno, after four years of intense work have developed the Vibe Machine V-1 that really allows you to recall the classic sounds of the original Uni-Vibe and to capture all its magic.”
The tone of the Vibe Machine is almost sensual!
“Despite all this control in a small package, what I liked most was its tone. It just sounds right. I could easily dial in just the right amount of throb which sets a great univibe apart from lesser univibes.”
Whether you want Gilmour, Hendrix or just a great sounding vibe pedal, the Vibe Machine will deliver!
“The DryBell Vibe Machine promise to capture all the magic and lure of the classic tones with a few extras under the hood. All in a neat little box suitable for any pedal board.”
DryBell – Brand new guitar pedal company just released a first product – the smallest Vibe pedal in the world!
“This is the DryBell Vibe Machine, from Croatia. It’s one of the best sounding and the smallest vibe pedals that I have ever come across.” – Brett Kingman