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The Pill is a Sidechain Compression Pedal made in Europe. It brings a music production effect to the live stage. Bounce responsibly!
The Pill is a Sidechain Compression Pedal made in Europe. It brings a music production effect to the live stage. Bounce responsibly!
81 backers pledged CHF 20,165 to help bring this project to life.

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The Pill - Analog Ducking Effect Pedal

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The Pill is the first of its kind ducking effect pedal. All it does is ducking. It's its core purpose. Stereo, analog, true bypass and handmade in Europe.

It's made by a musician, for musicians.

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 Release. Depth. Trigger. No need for more.

Controls:

  • Release: Sets the duration of the ducking. From short to long.
  • Depth: Sets the ducking volume level. From subtle to complete silence.
  • Trigger: Sets the sensibility (gain) of the trigger input. Quickly adjusted to fit the input source. 
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There are two instrument inputs and a trigger input. Every time the pedal detects a signal at the trigger input, the audio from the instrument input gets ducked. It's that simple. 


This pedal brings a music production effect to the live stage. It's a unique design and piece of music equipment. Instantly ready on stage. No troublesome calibration. No need for other accessories.

It’s handmade in Europe. Developed by a musician, who understands what musicians wish for and need. No needless functions. Pure Ducking in a robust aluminium enclosure, which just looks dazzling.

100% focused on functionality, musicality and sound quality. No compromises. Proved and tested in Berlin's underground live music scene.

The pedal has been tested in real life environments - on stage, in the studio, on tour.


...The Pill connects the energy of two musicians together. It can make a flat sound more vibrant. Rhythmically always linked to another instrument.

It's moving music, makes it more lively, lets it breathe along with other instruments. It creates an organic sound with more depth. It’s all about groove. It’s bouncing.


Features and specs

  •  True bypass with silent switch (operated by a relay)
  •  Analog. No digits in here!
  • Die-Cast Aluminium Enclosure, made by Hammond 
  • Durable powder coating and lasting UV-Print
  •  Audio Input: 2x Mono ¼ Jack. Accepts all kind of sources: Synths, Guitars, Laptops...
  •  Trigger Input: Mono ¼ Jack. Accepts all kind of sources: Drum computers, contact mics...
  •  Audio Output: 2x Mono ¼ Jack
  •  Power: Standard Boss type 9-12V DC (center negative). No batteries.
  • Designed in Berlin, produced in Switzerland & Germany

For the nerds...

  • optical compression (hello LA-2A!)
  • Musical passive signal ducking
  •  Burr-Brown™ Audio Buffer for best sound quality (also for studio use)
  • All components are High Quality by selected brands.














where everything started...
where everything started...

Back when I lived in Lucerne, Switzerland, I was renting a trailer, that I used as a studio. One night I realized there was no effect pedal to do exactly what I wanted. The same night I started working on a prototype.

When I first tested it I was overwhelmed by the sound. It was even more alive than I could imagine. There was magic in the groove of the ducking volume curve and I knew I had to go forward with this project and make it available for other musicians. It became my passion and I couldn’t stop working on it. 

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 The very first prototype from 2016. Effect ON at 0:18 sec.

The biggest challenge was to keep the vibe of this original prototype and build it into a more solid product. The character and spirit of the ducking curve was pure magic to me and I worked hard to preserve it and made it my first priority. The mojo of that ducking successfully made it to the final product!

Two years ago, in March 2017, I released a 30 pieces limited edition called #berlinbounce. It was the forerunner of The Pill, exclusively made for befriended musicians. It sold out in less then 12 hours and I got overwhelming feedback.


David with his first series PCB in 2017
David with his first series PCB in 2017

Drilled at a friends repair shop.
Drilled at a friends repair shop.
Professionally powder-coated and UV-printed in Switzerland. Durable and environmentally friendly.
Professionally powder-coated and UV-printed in Switzerland. Durable and environmentally friendly.
PCB. Designed in summer 2018 in Berlin between sunsets and sunrises.
PCB. Designed in summer 2018 in Berlin between sunsets and sunrises.

...some technical information about electronics assembly

The PCB is made and SMD parts are populated in Berlin. Through-hole parts as well as all jacks and the footswitch are hand-soldered in Switzerland. The latter two parts are directly mounted to the chassis. No weak points like you might find in mass-produced products.

All units are tested and acoustically audited by David Koch.


The Pill is nearly ready for production. A few last tweaks and it could be reality! Hundreds of hours of development, designing, experimentation and sleepless nights are already past. It's an adventure! The prototype is working perfectly. Suppliers of all components are defined, and the bill of material is costed.


This pedal is the outcome of years of passionated and intensive researching. I really believe in this product, its uniqueness and potential and I am ready to turn it into production reality. I want to make it available for as many musicians as possible. ...but I need your help to do it.

If this Kickstarter campaign is successfull, I have the required capital to start the production process. Pledge now to become a member of this, and get The Pill for a special price!



That's straight forward. If you choose a pledge that contains the pedal, you exactly get one like you see on the pics and in the videos. Pedals are shipped insured and with a tracking number.






To make it easier for you to know what's going on with The Pill, I’ve set up a Newsletter. You can subscribe here to make sure you’re the first to be updated.

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If you have any questions or thoughts, just write me an email: david@thepill.cc

I am looking forward to reading from you!


My name is David, I’m musician, music producer and sound designer. I'm the creator of The Pill. This product is the outcome of years of passionated and intensive researching. Focused on musicality without compromises.

If you are as excited as I am about this, please make sure to share it with your friends, it really makes a difference.

Thank you and huge Love!

<3 David


Risks and challenges

I care about local manufacturing as it allows me to make a better product.

There are always things that can go wrong, especially if critical parts have manufacturing delays. I have many hours behind me working with different suppliers to ensure I can have an alternative if something goes wrong with one of the manufacturers.

I calculated a reasonable timeframe and have already prototyped and built The Pill with these manufacturers, so risks of mistakes are lower.

If for some reason I do experience a challenge along the way that affects the completion date of the project and/or the fulfillment of any of the rewards, I will be open and honest and keep you well informed.

Over the last few years, working on the ducking pedal – I have gone through several iterations of the electronics. The pedal has been tested in real life environments - on stage, in the studio, on tour…

I assemble the pedal in Switzerland and all units will be thoroughly tested in my workspace before shipping out.

The Pill is designed in Berlin and made in Switzerland & Germany.

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Long-lasting design

Durable, robust die-cast aluminium enclosure.
High quality components by selected brands for longevity.

Environmentally friendly factories

The enclosure is powder-coated. Unlike traditional solvent-based wet paint, powder coating doesn’t generate harmful solvents or airborne pollutant and reduces finishing line emissions, as well as produces far less harmful waste by-product.

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