The Engine is a highly versatile and fully analog foundation preamp pedal with distinct voicing inspired by 60’s British classic amps and sounds. It covers all the classic overdriven tones on a variety of amps and can be pushed even more with our take on the classic Range(master) and a powerful EQ/Boost section.
Imagine having a quality, compact go-to pedal to cover all the classic overdriven tones on any type of amp with inspiring results. With that idea in mind, we have created The Engine – a highly versatile and fully analog foundation preamp with distinct voicing inspired by 60’s British classic amps and sounds.
It features two very strong & independent sections, designed to work perfectly with a variety of music gear, regardless of your playing style.
This unique synergy of dynamic overdriven foundation tone combined with a sparkling Range boost will give you a huge sonic world to explore.
Side A will give you that British flavored tube-like distortion which can be pushed even more with the powerful Range(master) control and versatile EQ/Boost section of Side B.
Before we explain The Engine’s functionalities in more depth, here’s a little amp history that we had in mind during the conception of this pedal:
Since the early 60’s, guitar players have been exploring all kinds of tube guitar amps. Most of them sounded nice and clean unless cranked and often they were still not loud enough for live performances. Many players liked that cranked amp distortion, but they also wanted more power.
The amps therefore became much bigger and much louder. It was a time when everyone played LOUD and if you wanted your amp to distort, you simply turned it up. Eventually guitarists added some kind of Boost pedal to hit the front end of an amp to get even more distortion. Those early amps are the sound of Rock’n’Roll and you can hear it on countless recordings. The only problem with them is that they don’t naturally distort on their own, unless you turn them up really LOUD!
This is where The Engine enters the game.
With mostly British, non-master-volume amps in mind, we have created a foundation preamp which allows you to get that cranked Tube-like distortion sound on almost any amp, but without the need to play at ear-shattering levels. It doesn’t matter whether you’re playing in your bedroom or a stadium arena, you’ll have that classic Rock sound ready to go at any volume!
The Engine consists of two fully analog sections.
Side A is very carefully tuned to capture the sound, feel and dynamic response of a real 60’s British NMV amp. It’s open sounding and very touch sensitive so the amount of dirt on tap is easily controlled by your pick attack. Besides familiar controls such as Level, Gain and Tone, we have added a special feature called Shape. It is a unique control which helps you adjust the overall character and level of the mid frequencies. It’s a key feature for adjusting the voice of your foundation tone and it can really help you fine tune the tonal details in your sound on any amp that you’re playing.
Side B‘s most powerful feature, Range(master) is our take on the Treble Booster from the 60’s. Range controls specific mid-frequencies whose complex overtones are great for pushing through the mix, whilst also adding some of the nicest sounding sparkle to your tone. Besides that, high headroom and distortion-free Clean Boost (thanks to the high internal power supply voltage) and versatile Low & High EQ will help you even further in tailoring your tone. For those of you who are familiar with our Unit67, think of this section as a Unit67, but without the compressor.
Both The Engine’s sections share a high headroom ultra-low noise buffer, designed to have no signal loss. Given that we use only long-life highly reliable components, your Engine will be running for years and years to come.
We wanted to give you that Tube-amp saturation which cleans up nicely with your guitar’s volume knob. Special attention has been given to the note separation and clarity at every stage of The Engine, even at its Hi-Gain settings. You will find that the signal-to-noise ratio is excellent for such high-gain tones.
Although The Engine has these two completely separate sections, it really shines when they are working together!
Stacking these two sides can yield some incredibly rich sounds. To help you answer the million dollar question: “Boost in front or after OD/Distortion?”, we created what we see as an essential feature called Order.
With the Order switch, you can choose the stacking order of the A&B sections. If you choose the right side B to go into left side A, the result will be much more distortion and complex overtones, depending on your settings. If you choose the left side A to go into B, the final result will be much more volume (if your amp has enough clean headroom) and much more sparkle and detail in your tone. It’s a really fun way to explore your tone with different settings and really helps in terms of pedalboard position.
Besides that, The Engine is an amazing platform for stacking with different types of effects, so let your imagination run wild!
As always, we’re giving and doing our absolute best to move things forward and create something unique in today’s gear world. The Engine is here for you and ready to shine!
A gift for you!
Within each The Engine box purchased directly from DryBell, you will find a nice gift for you – a handmade leather DryBell keychain pick-holder!
Try The Engine!
If you purchase The Engine pedal from the DryBell website or from the DryBell’s shop on Reverb.com, your pedal will be shipped directly from our workshop in Krapina, Croatia. Overseas delivery time is approx. 2-3 working days with insured expedited shipping options – DHL, UPS or FedEx.
Depending on the time of purchase your package will be shipped the same or the next working day. We accept payments via PayPal and wire transfer.
Also, you can shop with confidence at any of our authorized dealers listed HERE.
So, order your The Engine now, you won’t be disappointed! ?
Your DryBell Team
P.S. If for any reason you are not fully satisfied with your pedal, don’t forget you can always return it for a full refund within 14 days of receipt. You can keep your DryBell pick-holder.
DryBell The Engine official demo
DryBell The Engine, demo by Andy Martin
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Good or bad, we love them all, so if you’re tried The Engine, please give us your honest feedback. Thank you!
JOHAN KRIIG AAVITSLAND,
Norway, Guitar player
“One word: AMAZING!!!!!!! ?
I’m done with 3 hours of pretty loud guitar here.
Going through a Victory V100 and a Cornford MK50.
It sound so insanely close to Hendrix with my Pinehome strat with Wizz pickups, that i had to take a break to rethink my life ?
Both the Vibe and Engine is doing these tones better than anything i’ve tried before. And i have played since 1987. I have had multiple Marshalls, Mesa, Vox, Fender, Bogner, CAA, Peavey, Brunetti, Carvin, rack stuff, digital amps, modeling (Axe-Fx II) and played a lot of other amps. The Engine is closer to that early british tones that i want, than any of them.
Bright and punchy in the right way. (No ice pick)
The Vibe Machine V-3 is instant Woodstock and kills every vibe i have had and tried.
So thanks to the one who has tuned these pedals.
And a big thanks to you Martina, for the fantastic service. I wish you all the best.”
Sunnyvale, CA, USA, Guitar player
Heinersreuth, Germany, Guitar player
“The Engine is the best “Marshall Plexi” type of pedal that I‘ve ever played! The boost function is also great. You have created a very good pedal. Very dynamic. It clears off when you roll down the volume pot of your guitar and it is amazing when you have the full power of the Plexi. It’s a wall of sound.”
Melbourne , Australia, Guitar player
“I have been a blues/rock guitarist for 40 years and have played through more overdrive pedals than you’ve had hot dinners! It takes something truly exceptional to get me excited about yet another OD…and the talented creative geniuses at DryBell have done just that!
I first became aware of The Engine via some excellent YouTube videos from Andy Martin and Pete Thorn, both of whom I’d had the pleasure of meeting at GuitCon 2018, a YouTuber convention in Bavaria, Germany. These guys know great tone…and watching their videos, they clearly enjoyed the rich, touch-responsive and downright savage Marshall-esque tones of The Engine. I placed my order straight away…and only 10 days later the pedal arrived safely all the way from Croatia to Melbourne, Australia!
My rig includes a Gibson Custom Shop R8, PRS 594, Framus Phil X XG, Fender CS ’51 Nocaster. The effects chain includes a Fulltone Clyde wah, UME effects OverUnity dual stage overdrive, DryBell ‘The Engine”, Strymon El Capistan. Amps include a Milkman Creamer (fitted with 6L6 power tubes), Two Rock Crystal 22 watt combo (6V6 tubes), Dr Z EZG-50 combo (6L6 tubes).
The Engine is loaded with authentic touch-sensitive vintage Marshall tones with plenty of tonal sculpting options via the “tone” and “shape” controls on Side “A”. There’s ample midrange content to cut through a loud band mix. The overdrive cleans up beautifully with just a twist of the guitar’s volume knob. It’s the ultimate “set ‘n forget” OD…dirt simple but devastatingly effective!
Side ”B” is the secret weapon…it features a super-powerful treble booster modelled on the legendary “Rangemaster”, used by such guitar luminaries like Eric Clapton, Rory Gallagher and Brian May. Used on its own, or run into the “A” side, this powerful boost yields a thrusting compelling lead tone that drives my guitars into effortless sustain and musical feedback. The active “high” and “low” eq controls on Side “B” allow fine-tuning of the treble booster effect.
We’ve been in lockdown for the past 3 months…but that hasn’t stopped me making some serious noise with my guitars & amps. I cannot wait to use my DryBell The Engine as the foundation of my live guitar tone once it’s safe to return to gigging. My guitars have never sounded better! Thanks so much to all of the wonderful folks at DryBell for creating a truly unique, professional quality dual OD/treble booster!”
Mönichwald, Austria, Guitar player
“The Engine is an excellent pedal! A side, a British type tone, cuts through the mix really well without the need to play on maximum volume. The B side is a booster which adds transparency to the whole sound. Well done and compliments to the whole team!”
Pagosa Springs, CO, USA, Guitar player
“I have had my DryBell “The Engine” for about 3 weeks now and just love the pedal. I keep the RangeMaster side on all night when I play out and the Plexi side for lead work and Marshall flavored riffs. It’s basically a two for one. Two great pedals in one small platform. I play classic rock, blues and country. I used to small Friedman amps in stereo. Over all it’s killer pedal in a killer combination. One a sidenote, this is the quietest range master style pedal ever and does it well.”
Fort Collins, CO, USA, Guitar player
“I am married to Fender Blackface amps and, despite courting other brands over the years, I always come back to my Super Reverb. I’ve sampled and played many overdrive and boost pedals in my pursuit for those legendary Marshall Plexi overdrive tones but it has proven elusive. Lots of great products, but something was always missing to my ears. I picked up a Vibe Machine and was immediately blown away so I knew The Engine was going to be something special. DryBell did not disappoint – The Engine is spectacular. I am new to treble boosters but my eyes..err….ears are now wide open. This side of the Engine is a very flexible boost and, with the Range control cranked, pushes my Super Reverb beautifully. The overdrive channel is great too, covering a wide drive range and the tone / shape controls allows me to keep that spectacular overdrive tone when switching between single coils and humbuckers. The real magic is stacking the two channels. Pure bliss.”
Jyväskylä, Finland, Guitar player
“Well, The Engine makes a good amplifier sound even better, and a bad amplifier sound useful, or even good. With Fender Tweed Deluxe cranked to it’s sweet spot, the Rangemaster side of The Engine works great as a booster; color adjustments allow me to fine-tune the solo/boosted sound just right. At low volumes, when the sound is clean, the pre-amp side of the Engine handles the desired kind of hair very well. They say it’s designed according to a British single-channel amplifier, but I still get my American Tweed Deluxe sound just like Tweed Deluxe, now also at bedroom volumes, without the attenuator. There are very useful tone controls at both sides of The Engine. It really can be a ”foundation” of a pedal board.”
Canada, Guitar player
“The Engine is quite impressive. While other Marshall in a box pedals sound great, they still sound like pedals, and don’t recreate the dirty-mids presency tone of the Plexis to my ears. The Engine really makes the amplifier sound and feel like a Marshall, really dynamic.
And the gain range is wider than expected. It goes from a gentle JTM45 to a modded JCM800, especially with the boost side engaged. I use it with my Mesa Boogie Lonestar clean channel (kind of Blackface-like) whenever I need a British sound. The controls are so powerful that you need to tweak it a lot before getting the sound in your head, but every other sound found along the way will be good and usable! I’m so impressed that the week after receiving it I order the Unit67 with great expectations, I’m already a DryBell’s fan.”
Stevenson Ranch, CA, USA, Guitar player
“The Engine” is a spectacular marriage of tones that is THE perfect compliment to my Tone King Imperial MK II and all my Blackface Fender amps. I love how the RM side integrates so well with my amps (it’s an “always on” side for me)…..and then hitting the Plexi side (I use mine just like Greg Milioto does) for my lead work. But with such versatility, I can use my Tone King’s Lead Channel with the Engines RM side off….then hit the RM side and get an explosion of tone that I hadn’t been able to get without using a “stand alone” Rangemaster type pedal with far less tweakability. With The Engine, I now have the perfect 4 channel club amp!
Look…..I loved what you have been doing ever since I bought your V1 version of the Vibe Machine which seems so long ago (and yes…I have a v2 Vibe Machine now). Then I thought your Unit 67 was just such a beautiful foray into the Compressor/Eq world. But with The Engine, I now have 3 incredibly built, gorgeous sounding pedals that have kicked everything else I was using to the curb (save for my Tape Delay). Thank you for making such an authentic sounding, multi-functioning pedal that a working musician that plays rock, country and blues can afford, appreciate and enjoy so much!”
Canonsburg, PA, US, Guitar player
“I received my The Engine pedal yesterday and it is wonderful. I love the wide variety of tones that are available. The shape and range knobs are especially useful. And combing the boost with the overdrive is just amazing.. I also love the boost by itself. I’ve tried many boost pedals before, but the boost side of this pedal provides so many tonal options and really helps create a tone that cuts through. I can see where this is likely to become one of my favorite pedals Thank you and everyone at DryBell!!!!”
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