Dr. Robert: Replicates the legendary Vox UL730 used by The Beatles

The Dr. Robert is a guitar overdrive pedal based on the Normal channel of our VOX UL730 S/N: 3042. This amp in a box pedal was designed to be the closest replica of the amp’s soul and character. A meticulous process of tracing the original tag board circuits and measuring each component’s value has resulted in a sonic approach never reached before. 

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The story behind the Dr. Robert effect pedal

Get immersed & discover the creaton process in the story of a vintage enthusiast and a circuitry master, pursuing the tone that has dazzled countless guitarists around the globe. Learn how this could be achieved in this six-episode documentary full of anecdotes, ups and downs, and eventually the accomplishment of what began as a long-time obsession.

 

Pursuit of an Iconic Sound,
the Inception of a Long Journey.

Chapter 1

This video marks the beginning of our short serie about Dr.Robert, Aclam’s latest overdrive pedal. In this chapter Marcel and Marc, the two people at the origin of project, take us back to the 60s to explain us how Revolver and the Vox UL series inspired them to create Dr.Robert.

Vox UL series,
Myth or Big Deal? 

Chapter 2

Our serie about Dr.Robert overdrive pedal continues with our second episode, “Myth or Big Deal”. Marcel and Marc, original creators of our latest overdrive pedal, discuss about the importance of Vox UL series for the Beatles and the music industry in general.

Amp Hunting: Speculation,
Scam, and Tomatoes

Chapter 3

In the 3rd episode of our serie about Dr.Robert overdrive pedal, Marc and Marcel, creators of Dr.Robert, tell us about their quest to find the UL amplifier. A long path, full of pitfalls, scams, and a lot of patience. Was it a happy ending?

 

Restoration and
Tonal Harvesting 

Chapter 4

The creators of Aclam’s Dr.Robert overdrive pedal are back in action in the 4th episode of our serie. Now that they have finally acquired the amplifier they were looking for, Marc and Marcel can start the restoration process.

Contextualizing the Tone

Chapter 5

Discover in the 5th episode of our serie about Dr.Robert overdrive pedal how Aclam came up with the name Dr.Robert, and the branding process featuring Klaus Voormann, the iconic designer from the Revolver album.

Fitting Pieces Together

Chapter 6

After a year working on the project, Dr.Robert overdrive pedal creators tell us about the challenges and experiences met during the creation process. A great journey that started in Barcelona, but that’s taken inspiration from a lot of places. Discover it now in the 6th and last episode of our serie.

 

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Controls

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Dr. Robert tech specs

Dimensions: 13,6 x 8,7 x 5,5cm (5,4” x 3,4” x 2,2”) with knobs
Weigth: 410 gr. (0.9 lbs)
Bypass: Relay True bypass
 Power requirements9V DC Center Negative 100mA minimum or a 9V battery
Current draw: ≈40 mA
 Included: 1 x Anti-sliding rubber pad & 1 x Velcro® pad


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Dr. Robert Features

The most accurate replica of the original UL730 preamp

This pedal is based on the normal channel of the VOX UL730 S/N: 3042. We’ve found some internet and old schematics but major discrepancies between the published schematic and the real thing were detected. We checked every component type and value so we are 100% sure this is the closest you can get to the rarest Vox amp.

Following the preamp there is a custom FET based circuit emulating the saturation produced by the UL730 EL84's tube power amp section.


Additionally, the circuit works with the same voltages the original amp does. Thanks to a charge pump circuit that takes the 9VDC  from the battery or power supply and converts it to 18VDC.


Artwork made by Klaus Voormann

We're so honored to have Mr. Klaus Voormann, designer of The Beatle's Revolver cover album, sign the artwork for the Dr. Robert pedal!


Mach Schau! function

Get an extra saturation function via a footswitch with an independent volume control.

Do you know what "Mach Schau" means? That was the most repeated sentence shouted to The Beatles by one of the venue's manager in Hamburg when the energy fell flat.


Smart Track® Fastening System

All our pedals use a custom enclosure designed to perfectly match our Smart Track® pedalboards.

With the side thumb screws attach and lock the pedal into the pedalboard with no risk to loose it or to get robbed easily.

You will also get a high quality Velcro® pad so you can use it on any other pedalboards in the market.


Circuit tailored for both guitar and bass instruments

Although the Dr. Robert is based on the Vox UL730 preamp, the Vox UL400 share with them almost the same circuitry (and these are designed for bass).

By tuning the FET circuit a bit, we managed to make the Dr. Robert pedal suitable for both guitar and bass. No low-end drops, resulting in a perfect preamp and distrortion tool to plug directly to the desk or into an amp.


Same 3 band equalizer via internal treble and bass trim controls

The original VOX UL730 had a 3 band eq: Middle, Bass and Treble.
Middle control is the one that helps to tailor the tone better, that is why this is one of the main controls. You can access to Bass and Treble controls inside the pedal. Check out the internal controls section to know more about this.


High end components

You will find the finest and closest components to the original amp. Dr. Robert has Carbon comp resistors, Nichicon Fine Gold and Wima caps & Alpha pots to make the Dr. Robert a reliable pedal with a superb tone!


True bypass relay switching

We've designed an intelligent trye bypass relay switching which constantly monitors voltage supply. It switches itself to true bypass when detects a drastic drop in voltage, so you will never get any signal interruption even if you battery or power supply fails.

You will also know when the battery has to be replaced 2-3 hours before it completely drains. Both LED's will blink to let you know something is going on.

 

Dr. Robert - The Beatles audio samples

Paperback Writer

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Gretsch 6120

Gretsch 6120 PepBox

She said she said

Epiphone Casino

Gibson SG

Rain

Epiphone Casino

Dr. Robert

Epiphone Omni

 

Taxman

Strato Omni

Taxman (solo)

Stratocaster

Sgt. Peppers (Rythm)

Epiphone Casino

Sgt. Peppers (Lead)

Epiphone Casino Solo

Fender Stratocaster Solo

 



Setting up on a pedalboard



Take advantage of our custom enclosure to attach the effect pedal to your pedalboard.

We incorporated a proprietary locking system which allows the user to fasten the pedal without the need of using the typical hook and loop method. This custom fastening system follows the same philosophy behind the Smart Track fasteners but integrated in the enclosure reducing the space occupied by each pedal.
That translates into more pedal density for the same space, and who doesn’t want that? We strongly recommend you to take a look at our line of pedalboards, which are the best complement to our pedals!

velcro pedalboard attach effect

Velcro pedalboard

Take the included super strong Velcro® pad and stick it on the base plate. Again, make sure the base is clean of dirt and dust.

how to attach aclam pedal to smart track pedalboard

Smart Track pedalboard®

Add the anti-sliding rubber pad at the bottom of your pedal, specially shaped for this unit. Surface must be clean and dry before applying adhesive pad.

Loosen the 2 thumb screws to unlock the bottom pieces out of the pedal. Place the pedal, inserting the bottom pieces inside the grooves.

Move the pedal to its final position. Tighten the two thumb screws with your hands or with a screwdriver.

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DIY woodboard

You can screw the pedal directly to your pedalboard with wood bolts through the enclosure side holes.

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Demos and reviews of the Dr. Robert pedal

What customers think about our products?

Advanced kit S2 - Top Routing

16 Oct. 2020 HAI PARK

Guitarist

Shipping was super fast. Very reliable shipping service with Fedex. I got it in Georgia after 4 days I placed the order.S2 Pedalboard is very well build and very clean wiring. You will feel very secured. 20%...

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Upper

22 Sept. 2020 Valerio monteforte

perfect

prodotti di qualita', personale serio e affidabile nel consigliare

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Smart Track® S1 - Top Routing

03 Sept. 2020 Pol Cruells

Pràctica, sòlida i compacta

M'encanten les pedaleres d'Aclam perquè són pràctiques, sòlides i compactes. En tinc dues i són indispensables pels meus directes: els pedales sempre són al seu lloc i no pateixen cap desperfecte. A més, passo estones...

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PSU Support - Universal Simple

10 July 2020 Brett Klein

Works well, but not perfect

It works well for a variety of power supplies, but I think the grip part needed to be wider to give more surface area. Also, the bolt could have used a second nut to help prevent it from unwinding over time. Minor...

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Wahpper+

10 July 2020 Brett Klein

Makes the best pedalboard even better!

The added shelf gives me an entire additional row of pedals, with room underneath for ones that don't need changing very much, like my amp modeler pedal. Putting it together was easy, and it is constructed well.

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Smart Track® L2 - Top Routing

10 July 2020 Brett Klein

Absolutely phenomenal!

Completely cleaned up my pedals, allowed me to perfect how to lay them out without the commitments of velcro, and gives me a lot of flexibility. Wonderful pedalboard!

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Smart Track® L2 - Top Routing

04 July 2020 Timothy Broadley

Best gear purchase in 10 years

After reviewing the many options for a pedalboard, I decided to try the new, innovative approach (that avoids making a mess of my pedals with velcro). I could not be happier with the Aclam board. Great communication,...

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Dr. Robert

01 July 2020 Chang Ling Fatt

Must own pedal!

I bought the pedal through online store. Customer service is very responsive and friendly. The delivery via Fedex was faster than expected. I played with the pedal non-stop after receiving. It is a faithful recreation...

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Pedalboard side

02 June 2020 Max Weltz

A straight rod of metal

A bit expensive for a straight rail of metal, also, this is only 1x

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Fasteners 360º

02 June 2020 Max Weltz

Good quality but

I wish those were easier to fix without tools, also 19e for 4 (which in theory will accommodate only 1 pedal, but with some creative thinking you can probably use 3 per pedal and fix 3 pedals with 2x sets of 4) is a...

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Upper

02 June 2020 Max Weltz

Easy installation, does the job

Easy installation, does the job, seems solid

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PSU Support - Universal Simple

19 May 2020 Daniel Furgatch

they work on any power supply

I have an S2 board and am about to receive a second one. Would be nice if these were included with the board, but they allow any power supply to be attached to the underside of the board. Great boards too. My 2 boards...

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Advanced kit S2 - Top Routing

15 May 2020 Todd Baklayan

I love it so far

The fasteners hold all of my pedals securely. The cable routing kit makes it easy to have a really clean looking board. Right now I'm using a TrueTone CS7 mounted on top of the board, but will be switching to a...

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Smart Track® S2 - Top Routing

12 May 2020 Christian Downs

This is the pedal board you are looking for!

Finally, a pedalboard mounting option that does not require destroying pedalcases with Velcro, glue, or zip ties.The Smart Track system provides an easy, clean, solid mounting system for pedals (and anything else...

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Tidy Cables Pack

12 May 2020 Dylan Peters

Essential

Great for the thru board versions of the boards as you can use them on the top and bottom of the board. Expensive but worth getting - I'd recommend getting a couple of boxes as they don't go far.

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Smart Track® XS2 - Free Routing

12 May 2020 Dylan Peters

Very Sturdy and make routing easy.

This is my first pedalboard so don't have anything to compare it with. I went for this free routing model and glad I did as makes cable routing easy and tidy. Its a very sturdy board, its easy to adjust the angle of...

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Smart Track® S1 - Top Routing

06 May 2020 Chris Newlin

Exactly What I Needed

I needed a small/compact board for my studio that I could easily swap out my crazy amount of pedals without dealing with velcro or other proprietary mounting systems that required adhesive or mounting from underneath...

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Wahpper

28 Apr. 2020 Jay Leopold

Brilliant

Does exactly what’s needed - this is really a great system for cleaning up the pedal setup!

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Hybrid Track® S2 - Top Routing

28 Apr. 2020 Jay Leopold

This is a great setup

Love how clean and simple this setup is. Exactly what i was looking for

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Smart Track® L2 - Top Routing

23 Apr. 2020 Ian Ohan

Great Pedal Board

Great quality. Clip system is very clean. Very Happy with this board. Would love to see an Acclam Patch Bay.

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What it's said about the Dr. Robert effect pedal

The Dr. Robert is no one-trick pony. Its overdrive, fuzz, and boost

"The tones within are so close to the Beatles tones I’ve been chasing for decades, and so unique in non-Beatles contexts."

Premier Guitar (Premier Gear)

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The Dr. Robert is a bit of an art piece as well

“The cool-sounding is a worthy and interesting addition to anyone’s stompbox collection.”

Guitar Player

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"Here's your prescription to replicate The Beatles’ Vox UL 730 amp sounds"

"An obscure and largely forgotten amp gets rightly put back on the map in a versatile drive pedal with visceral power and a raw grind that will find a role in many kinds of music."

Guitar World

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Sonically, the Dr. Robert is a joyous experience.

“Pushing up the gain yields a surprising amount of grind and sustain. Kicking in the “Mach Schau” boost takes things into another level entirely.”

Interactive Guitar magazine

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This pedal is just what the doctor ordered.

“Custom FET circuitry provides the sag and sound of tubes, while the middle control increases the sweet saturation effect.”

Maverick magazine

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Not just for Beatles fans, but definitely for Beatles fans.

“The llustration by “Revolver” cover artist Klaus Voorman really brings that spirit and feel of those classic LPs back to life, and the sounds fit perfectly as well”

Pedal of the day

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