Instruments for a New Electric Music

The Driving Notion

DN2013b

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The Driving Notion is voiced to bring unique texture, attack, and clarity to even the most complex chords. Gain and tone are controlled via High and Low, each controlling the frequency response and drive of their respective parallel circuits.

High boosts treble, favors high notes, and lends a sharp attack and grit to your signal. Low goes from a dark boost to a low-flying fuzzy cloud of bass and low-mids. Both circuits respond to volume and tone adjustments on your instrument. Like any self-respecting Infanem device, The Driving Notion can get strange at extreme settings; cranking Low leads to semi-controllable bassfuzz swells and cranking High gets you to (and frequently over) the edge of oscillation.

Run it into a clean amp for its distinct drive character, into a driven amp for extra gain and definition, and after fuzz to find the sounds you've always hoped for.

Controls:

Output-
Volume. It gets loud, use it! Unity gain is typically around 9 o'clock for a standard guitar.

High-
Gain and character of the higher-frequency circuit. Counterclockwise gives a light treble boost and some grit. Clockwise gets sharp, aggressive, and fun.

Low-
Gain and character of the lower-frequency circuit. Counterclockwise is a friendly, dark boost. Middle settings start adding distortion. Far clockwise gets to bassdoomfuzz.

Input (five knob only)-
Input gain to the circuit.

Balance (five knob only)-
Controls the post-signal blend of the High and Low circuits. Counterclockwise yields nearly all Low, clockwise yields nearly all High. Three knob pedals have mix fixed at 50/50.
Connections:

  • Input, output, and power jacks located across the top of the enclosure.
  • Uses standard 9VDC negative tip power.

Tech details:

  • True bypass switching.
  • 1590B Hammond enclosure (4.4" x 2.4"), screen printed in-house.
  • Double sided, through-hole plated PCBs produced in Mulino, OR and assembled in-house. The Driving Notion uses an entirely discrete signal path designed by Infanem.