Maxon DS-830 Distortion Master

Maxon DS-830 Distortion Master

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DS-830 Distortion Master, Distortion from Maxon in the Vintage series.

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Maxon DS-830 Distortion Master tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Maxon
  • Model: DS-830 Distortion Master
  • Series: Vintage
  • Category: Distortions
  • Added in our database on: 04/18/2004

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Maxon DS-830 Distortion Master user reviews

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 3 reviews )
 2 reviews67 %
 1 user review33 %
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cky95's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" My best distortion pedal!"

Maxon DS-830 Distortion Master
Distortion pedal Maxon, blah blah, I think we know, four knobs: Gain, Treble, Bass, Volume.
Simple and effective.
Pedal a big poile good but it's solid.


Simple to learn, we quickly found a good sound, it sounds quasiement on all settings, just think readjusting the volume after touching the equation.


Here we are! Huge, monstrous, any distortion pedals I've had or tried: the best! Well then, I have not tested everything either, it is probably some one who is better or the same but it's very very good stuff.
- A gain range from slight crunch to big very heavy distortion
- Of équallo knobs very effective once you can load in medium or dug for a more "metal".
- A pedal that does not blow! finally! so distortion breath as asthma bison when you push the gain here is not the case, the pedal is silent when you do not touch anything, it's more qu'apréciable!
- And finally, finally, a reserve of phe-no-me-nal volume (59dB it seems), honestly we can multiply by 2 the volume of the amp.
Generally, the sound is alive, very natural, a marshall amp channel you'd think!

- Hard to find, no a priori, except for the lack of a quibble knob medium more but it's really to quibble!


Very expensive new (around 200 €), but worth in occas (sometimes less than 100 €).
This pedal too little known, is worth far more, more publicized.
Maxon is a really good company that knows how to pedal.
Recommend priority to people looking for a quiet pedal for rock or hard rock (not heavy metal stain, whatever ...), and who are tired of the triffouier switch or knobs for hours.

Greg77's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Maxon DS-830 Distortion Master
Description Manufacturer

Powerful analog distortion even at low volume and can boost the signal up to 59 dB.
The DS-830 is designed to act as a versatile distortion with high sound pressure powerful bass at any volume. With the DS-830, even the smallest transistor amplifiers can have the presence of a full stack, and a stack will complete a formidable weapon.
There is no real secret to massive grain of the DS-830, just gain a lot of gain. It can provide a boost of 59dB that will work as much as to saturate an amplifier to mute the first 5 rows of a crowd.
Settings will give a serious od fat and fat-specific 6L6 attacks.
With so much power, the sound of your guitar could easily end up buried under the sound of the effect. The DS-830 prevents this from happening thanks to its specially tuned tone circuit. While most distortion pedals adopt induction coils and capacitors in their ordinary channels, the DS-830 uses a transistor (2SC1815 Toshiba #) as a simulated inductor in place of the standard coil. This ingenious component substitution helps make the circuit of the DS-830 smaller and quieter than other pedals. It also helps to fine tune the bass punch and whether they are tight.


Use child.

59 db of boost with the volume, gain rises gradually.

The EQ corrects sharply acute low + sound.

The switch is true bypass.


Disto disto vintage but still, not overdrive.

Big sound, full, a typical grain, dense, powerful. Marshalien but rather more accurate.

If you want great bass, treble pests and never garish.

Whistling harmonics come out very easily.


I have 3 years.

It is very well but I decided to sell it to devote myself to the sounds of overdrive, it does not serve me more.

I Esay lot of models with distos maxon tube that sound hot but more messy.
Here the grain is clear and sharp.

The price / quality ratio is good.

Krogy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Maxon DS-830 Distortion Master
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Manuel is not bad: it contains some examples of settings to try their hand at the beginning.
The knobs really affect the sound, which allows users to search its setting fairly thin.
Although ultimately, it ends quickly with a few knobs thoroughly.


Then the sound: I bought this pedal several years ago to boost my Fender Hotrod Deluxe. With my Fender Telecaster Highway 1, it sounded bof ... I bought a Gibson Flying V Faded, and it sounded bof still quite rough.
So, I ignored for a long time ... And recently, I replaced the HP's Hotrod by a V30, and Retube all ...
There, it was a vamp: OD2 canal, above the gain of the amplifier, we get a fairly clean sound, not bad for the lead. But where it truly monstrous is the clean channel. With the Flying V, max gain, bass almost at max, treble to 2 / 3 and the volume to half, you get a super tight grain, very clean. Marshall typed enough (it approximates a JCM2000 I find her, but much cleaner). It's really a super nice distortion, ranging far enough (but not High gain). In addition, the clean channel, not a fart breath when you touch anything!

Basically to summarize: If the HP of the amp is musty, like mine on the Hotrod, it will give poor results. on the other hand, with the V30 (I tested with that), it gets really phenomenal! I hesitated to sell it and buy a marshall head like, now it's past! I'll buy a 2x12 extension cabinet with V30 in (closed-back), history of winning still low.


Bought it 3 or 4 years ago, I use it really for 1 month.

Really good pedal, fairly quiet even gain in depth. The distortion has a very close texture, harmonics come easily, and the pedal may well boost the sound volume with the volume pot really works.

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