• DryBell Unit67 review

    DryBell’s Vibe Machine has been one of my favourite UniVibes since its release a few years back so when they launched the new Unit67 I though “this looks very interesting!”. Here’s my review.

    The Unit67 is surprisingly refreshing offering something new based on old and classic circuits. I’ve never seen anything like it anyway. It’s a compressor, EQ and booster in one pedal and I have to say, it sounds damn good! 

    In fact it’s 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! 

    So, the Unit67 is based on that classic 1176 studio compressor. Super smooth and transparent compression, controlled by a two mode input toggle (Low +4dB gain, lower compression and High +10dB gain, long sustained notes) and a master control for the compression controlling the amount dry/wet.

    The big volume control controls the amount of clean boost, which is quite considerable. This feature alone is capable of driving the front end of your tube amp into smooth overdrive. 

    The third feature is the EQ section. Unlike most EQs or tone controls, this is based on the old Range Master treble boost. 

    Range adds more mids based on the Rangemaster, lows more lows and high adds a bit of sparkle. Unlike your typical EQ, the Unit67 ads more grit and presence, much like those old treble boosters. It’s always hard to describe how an EQ actually sound but the high control in particular, opens up the tone and adds a lot of presence that makes your guitar cut through effortlessly. 

    I’ve pretty much stuck with the first setting I tried. Volume at noon, EQ on with all the controls slightly above noon and the compressor in Low mode, with the sustain slightly above noon. 

    This adds a slight boost to your tone and everything else sounds better, without actually doing much. It’s subtle but you can feel how the sustain is improved and how the guitar seem to pop out of the mix, without sounding overwhelming. 

    Like any other compressor, I’ve placed it first in my chain allowing it to interact with the pickups and  driving both the front end of my dirt pedals and amp. But really, you can place this anywhere depending on what tones you want and where that tone sculpting is needed. 

    For me it’s a leave on all the time pedal although I often use it to boost a solo or a certain part of a song. It adds character and sparkle to a tube amp, adds a bit of boost and presence to an overdrive and tightens up a Big Muff adding a bit of mids and compression. 

    It seems that most of the reviews I’ve seen are pretty unanimous. The Unit67 is a huge surprise and a much welcomed tool or tone enhancer. Definitely one that will be on my board for a very long time! 

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10 Responsesso far.

  1. Edmund Taylor says:

    How does it compare to the Electronic Orange MoonVibe?

  2. KEITH says:

    Been waiting a very long time since I bought my DryBell vibe machine, which I got one of the first that could use just about any expression pedal to change the speed, and included all of the first set of improvements Zvonch added after the first 700 or so. Obviously he takes his time perfecting a pedal before he starts designing another. I can’t wait to get my hands on his newest creation, but I’m torn! Should I get the first run, or wait until he has perfected it, or get one now, and when he figures out all the mods he wants to do, get another one? LOL, What do you think my Jedi Master?
    Peace be with you, your family, and all you Love,
    Keith ? ?

    • Bjorn says:

      I have no idea if he’ll be doing an upgraded version. It took some time before the VM MKII came out. I would rather see him do other pedals but I’m sure he has several projects going. I’m extremely happy with this one and as I said it the review it’s become one of my fav pedals. Really versatile and great sounding :)

  3. Fernando says:

    Hey Bjorn, off toppic:

    what about Christie’s “Spring Sale” of DG’s most iconics guitars (including the Black Strat)?

    https://www.christies.com/features/David-Gilmour-legendary-Black-Strat-comes-to-auction-9637-3.aspx

    I’m really surprised!!

  4. Dusko Isakovic says:

    Geat peadl, great review…

    Cheers

  5. Disko Isakovic says:

    Great pedal, great review…

    Cheers

  6. It’s a good sign when the first settings you try sound great. That means it’s a quality pedal and won’t require constant tweaking.

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