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Open Discussion / What amp do you run your pedals though?
« on: May 14, 2014, 02:48:53 PM »
So I'm a pedal junkie, and have been for a long time. I've run them into a few different amps, but I sold most of the amps I have as time went on, and then I quit the band scene for a few years, so I didn't really bother with anything big.

Now I'm looking to get back into it, and I'm finding that I'm a bit stumped on what kind of amp to play through. I'm not stumped because I don't get the amp selection, or how they work, just more that I'm just not wanting to pull the trigger on anything, be it production or something I build myself, without it being perfect. ("perfect" here being amazing cleans, amazing dirty channel, FX loop, no lame reverb, etc and blah blah blah)

I figured I should ask you guys what you're running your pedals though right now, just to get a biased opinion, sure, but biased by a bunch of builders and hobbyists that also want to amplify their cool pedal tones. :)

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Open Discussion / Parallel distortion?
« on: January 02, 2014, 05:43:29 PM »
Hey all,

I've been thinking about running OD/distortion/fuzz circuits in parallel (yes, after looking at the Empress Multidrive). Any one ever try any thing like this? Have you seen any projects for it?

I'm just wondering if I'm going to have to design a board from scratch or find a box big enough to fit a few PCBs into it. I was hoping to keep the size (relatively) small.

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Open Discussion / CircuitScribe: Potential for prototyping bliss
« on: November 25, 2013, 05:07:32 PM »
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/electroninks/circuit-scribe-draw-circuits-instantly

This looks really cool. As with any product at its inception, there could be improvements here, but I really like the idea that you could draw out a schematic for a fuzz pedal, use some Scotch tape (assuming that works alright) and tape down parts to a piece of paper and you could prototype a pedal that way.

Really cool stuff, thought I'd share it.

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Audio/Video Demos / Zero Point Deluxe Delay
« on: May 15, 2013, 11:27:45 PM »
This is a friend of mine rockin' the delay I built for him in my 6 Zero Point run (named Event Point so I can sell a few and not interfere too much with the Bean's branding).

Sounds lovely!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcgCzP9HKFU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcgCzP9HKFU</a>

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Open Discussion / Almost finished building 6 zero points...
« on: May 04, 2013, 11:56:56 PM »
Phew. This has been quite the undertaking. I've boxed two up completely, and four are awaiting the etched enclosure.







I just felt like telling some people who could appreciate how stinkin' long this has taken me. Mad props to Catalinbread and the other fine folks at pedal shops that do this all year round in large volume.

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Build Reports / Voxy Brown Build - Righton Brock
« on: April 10, 2013, 11:33:53 AM »
She's a killer. :)

For anyone else who's built this up, where did you find unity gain to be? Maybe I was just playing through my amp really low on the volume last night, but I felt like I had to have the volume up around 2 o'clock before I started getting unity, even with higher gain settings. Thoughts?

(I'll have to take some gut shots, I miscalculated the drilling/decal/blah blah blah, so I had to do some mid-flight adjustment):




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Build Reports / Zero Point Super Deluxe: A delay for the Wasteland...
« on: March 10, 2013, 09:24:27 AM »
Hey guys. Just (finally) finished my pedal. The etch turned out so much cooler than I anticipated, and I'm going to make more, this is just awesome. :)

I am finding this delay isn't one that I think I'd put tap tempo on. I think I will still play around with it and see if I can't, just because I'm a nerdy engineer guy and want to always stuff more stuff inside boxes, but this is a great example of ambient, moody delay.

I should sit down and do a "features runthrough" kind of video, but this was just some fun little jam I stumbled upon while playing around with the pedal and the looper.

I am finding the "shimmer" setting to be strange in that it only seems to want to repeat a single time regardless of the feedback settings. I'm going to build a few more and compare? Anyone else?

Enjoy!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KKDvEWruC8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KKDvEWruC8</a>


















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Open Discussion / My Zero Point Delay etching mask! :)
« on: January 29, 2013, 12:55:43 AM »
I'm not sure where to put this up, but I wanted to share. :)

I spent most of the afternoon getting my etching mask ready for my build of the MadBean Zero Point SDX. I'm going to build it in a 2" high BB-size box so I can space those stomp switches out a bit from the original project documents.

I'll have to get a digital delay with nice tap tempo (this one isn't really a good candidate for the Taptation option...maybe in the future...), but this is looking to be a big, fun project. I figured it would be a worthwhile project to make a nice, original box for. :)

Anyone want to donate $40 so I can order the box and the rest of the stuff I need? ;)

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Mods / Kingslayer - Separate pots for clean and dirty?
« on: September 21, 2012, 11:41:02 AM »
Would there be any advantage to this in terms of tweakability?

I know it would go beyond the scope of the intended circuit, but I'm wondering if such would be a boon or a curse?

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Build Reports / Runt Build: The Copperhead
« on: May 08, 2012, 01:58:27 AM »
Just having some fun with decals, this was a tighter fit than some because I used standard jacks and didn't have any of the short caps, but it still worked wonderfully. :)


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General Questions / Should I buy this batch of transistors?
« on: April 14, 2012, 01:21:33 PM »
So I've got access to a bunch of 2N1309, RCA made (some might be from TI) for about $3.50 a pop. Worth using in fuzz faces and such?

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Hey guys,

Just got done with my Darkside build, used BAT41 diodes and the "stock" transistors per the project guidelines. I'm loving the sound, especially with my new Agile Les Paul copy, it's really thick but still sounds great and not nearly as gainy (and thus grainy) as the Muff I've been using for years. I dig it.

My problem is this:

I get a huge pop when I switch the pedal on and off. Anyone else run into this? Anything else I could take a look at to see if I missed something that I could switch up to eliminate the pop?

UPDATE:

I'm finding that I get 4.5v DC on the output when the LED is off (the FX is bypassed [buffer only]). This doesn't seem right! I've checked out all resistors and caps for value and polarity. Nothing out of place. Any glaringly obvious points I could have botched? The switch wiring is fine too.

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Build Reports / Cave Dweller! (now with picture link!)
« on: March 17, 2012, 12:34:13 AM »
After more solder bridges than I care to admit and having to bridge a strange nick in the ground plane from a dremel, but here it is. Sounds decent, I need to flip the pots though. Haha.

http://photo.blogpressapp.com/show_photo.php?p=12/03/17/1882.jpg

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Build Reports / Sunking 3.0 build!
« on: October 25, 2010, 01:10:04 AM »
I finished this one over the weekend, but I'm not sure I've got the right mojo going on, it seems to be either a moderately boosted clean boost when the gain is low, but once I crank the gain, it removes a LOT of the highs and there's still not much distortion.

Any quick guesses as to which part I should start checking for/from? I went back over every solder joint in the thing with my iron, so I believe they should be okay...I believe the only pRt substitution was. 370 pF insfeal of the 390 pF cap. :S

The bypass/buffer works fine and sounds pretty transparent from what I can hear.

Help?

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Build Reports / DigDug V2 (UPDATE: Works great!)
« on: August 31, 2010, 05:57:27 PM »
Hi gents and gens, here's my DigDug pedal. It's working...sort of...

I seem to be getting nothing but random. I'm going to pull out the potentiometer board (uhg) and check wiring there, but anyone have any ideas of a quick thing to check before I tear this thing down to the ground?

Here's some pictures:

EDIT: I did use a CD4017BE instead of a CD4017... am I hosed?

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