Made By Mike : DREAM BOX – Dual IC Muff & DIST II

Mike Livesley is a builder from Bristol, England. Mike’s Youtube demo career preceded my own by some years and he was certainly one of the strongest inspirations and reasons I made demo attempts of my own back in 2008. So I have a lot to thank Mike for and I’m glad and honoured to be able to call him a friend, albeit by proxy as we’ve never met outside of the virtual world.

Mike builds some great pedals. Recently he unleashed this treasure on the world: a dual pedal featuring his take on the MXR Distortion II and late 70’s IC Muff. This combination, according to Mike’s research, was used in the Siamese Dream sessions to get the tones that are the sonic identity of that album and many other albums that followed by other inspired artists. I think Mike has succeeded in making this sound accessible with the Dream Box as it absolutely rips. There’s also a helpful Mids control on the IC Muff side (maybe optional, please check with Mike) and then there’s the case art – wow.

More from Mike himself:

“This is the Dream Box, two of my most popular pedals in one Dual Drive box giving you bags of great guitar sounds at your feet. On the left side is my MadeByMike ’78 IC Muff pedal (click link for details), my favourite Muff variant, capable of big fat rhythm guitars (dead on the Siamese Dream guitar tone, Corgan used an original IC Muff on the record), flutey lead guitar tones, overdrive and distortion sounds, truly a versatile and addictive pedal. On the right we have my modern interpretation of the MXR Distortion II pedal, the MadeByMike Dist2, a fully featured and very unique sounding distortion/overdrive pedal from yesteryear overlooked until recently, when it was revealed that this was the missing component in reproducing those Siamese Dream lead guitar tones by the man himself. Featuring Filter (treble content) and Resonance (bass and lower midrange thump and gain) controls in tandem with your more standard Drive and Volume, the Dist2 is capable of providing you with a wealth of textures including of course the searcing incendiary lead tones from Siamese Dream when combined with the IC Muff side.

Both sides of the Dream Box are wired for true bypass, and can be used independently, or together. It’s been a real labour of love re-engineering the Distortion II circuit to be used on a 9V pedalboard friendly supply, removing the electronic switching and shrinking it down, but I think it’s been worth it. The moment I connected my Dist2 prototype into a pedal chain with one of my IC Muffs, I started grinning and I haven’t stopped yet. Both these pedals just make you want to play Guitar.”


– Alpha pots
– Neutrik jacks
– True bypass via 3PDT switches
– Boss style 2.1mm centre negative barrel type DC jack
– Metal bezled LEDs (LED colours negotiable)
– Dist2 Controls – Volume, Drive, Filter, Resonance
– IC Muff Controls – Volume, Sustain, Tone, Bypass toggle
– 2-year guarantee
– To order send an email to [email protected]

Today’s rig:

Guitar : 2012 Redhouse Guitars S-Style with Klein No.1 pickups
Amp: Laney VH-100R (clean channel) & L412 cabinet (Greenbacks)
Additional Effects : Zoom MS70-CDR Tape Delay (not shown in video)
Cables : Providence
Mic : Violet Design ‘The Amethyst Standard’ (amp) & Samson Airline77 (me)
Camera : Canon 60D (me) and Sony HDR CX150 (pedal)
Soundcard : AVID Mbox Pro 3
Computer : Apple iMac 27″ i7 3.4 GHz 16 GB RAM
Software : Pro Tools 10 LE, Waves CLA Guitars (slight comp over input track), Waves L3-16 Limiter (to keep levels in check at output), Apple Final Cut Pro X (video editing and Youtube compression).

Date: 6th July, 2013 Guitar: 2012 Redhouse Guitars S-Style with Klein No.1 pickups Amp: Laney VH-100R (clean channel) & L412 cabinet (Greenbacks)