Three stages of true analog saturation in a radically affordable 500-series module.
The Palette provides bullet-proof power, sonically transparent i/o, and elegant controls for three Colour modules. The Palette itself is compatible with any 500-series rack and is currently available as a beginner-friendly DIY kit from DIYRE or assembled and tested by us here at BoardWERX. Colours are sold separately from the Palette kit.
Color Your Signal with a Click
The Palette’s most powerful feature is it’s simple and elegant interface. Dial in anywhere from a hint to a heap of color with the Saturation control. Engage and bypass Colours individually with dedicated push-button switches. Know which Colours are engaged at a glance with indicator LEDs that automatically match the Colour installed in each slot. And set the Palette’s output level via the precision Trim control.
Colour was designed with and for the DIY audio community. Every design decision, from the width of the PCB traces to the modular approach, was made in tandem with a community of DIYers and professional gear designers during two years of development. The result is a world-class piece of equipment that delivers exceptional performance at an accessible price.
The Palette’s design files are open source, and DIYRE welcome the community to use them as a platform to develop their own Colours. Community-developed Colours such as the CMOS Steezer are just beginning to arrive in the store, with many more to come.
Priced for Everyone
Colour was designed to make analog saturation an order of magnitude less expensive than current high-end and vintage offerings. DIYRE achieved this remarkable price point by keeping the design simple, selling direct, and crowd-funding the initial production run. The one thing they didn’t do was compromise on design or components. The Palette features best-in-class chips from THAT Corp on input and output, Nichicon caps chosen by ear, Alps switches, Bourns fuses for over-current protection, output protection diodes, and front and side panels fabricated completely in the US.
- Optional upgraded billet aluminum knobs
- Customize your signal chain by swapping Colours’ positions
- Ultra-transparent signal path when Colours are bypassed
- Electronically balanced, professional line-level inputs and outputs
- RGB indicator LEDs automatically light up to the hue of the Colours installed
- Individual bypass controls for each colour stage
- Laser etched front panel legend
- Available in variable or optional Greyhill rotary switches