College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Computer Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Computer Engineering



Primary Advisor

Bridget Benson, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department


The Dual Peaks distortion pedal is an analog effects pedal for electric guitar that distorts and boosts the guitar signal in order to achieve tonal characteristics often heard in music genres such as blues, rock, hard rock, and metal. Dual Peaks aims to remedy the current distortion pedal design, and provide a new spin not often provided in the majority of pedals. Dual Peaks contains two separate distortion channels which provide the player with a vast array of distortion and overdrive tones at the press of a switch. Also, Dual Peaks has a "noise gate" and 3-band equalizer circuits built directly into the pedal; these modifications eliminate the need to purchase additional noise gate or equalizer pedals, saving the player money and floor space. This pedal will require little to no setup time; after dialing in the desired settings, the user will be able to "plug in and play". This pedal design is intended to be handed off to Cal Poly's Audio Engineering Society club as a kit for members to recreate. This kit will not only allow members to learn more about analog hardware in audio applications, but also to attract new potential members with project ideas and involvement, as well as raise club funds.