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Build Reports / Re: Yet-to-be-named wah pedal
« on: July 16, 2018, 06:34:52 AM »
Must have a 'refreshing' tone then ;)

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Build Reports / Re: Yet-to-be-named wah pedal
« on: July 16, 2018, 02:10:30 AM »
Cool, the PCB design looks very nice and the pedal's color scheme very pleasing. That switch, the right inductor and a smooth icar pot are my go to mods for any vox/dunlop type wah. Great build!

What's the cable you used?

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Use 100n or higher (you can get 10u these days) MLCC caps from any power or Vb point to ground. The cap needs to be as physically close to the IC as possible. For instance directly on the IC pins underneath the board.

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Open Discussion / NVD - or - that's what friends are for
« on: July 12, 2018, 03:51:06 AM »
So Björn, my Dutch-Swedish brother in metal, recorded a record last year with his band Graceless called Shadowlands. It's OSDM, so not too complicated, straight for the kill, zombie themed death metal. They got very favourable reviews from various magazines (average 8 out of 10). Anyway, I've been designing a distortion pedal for him since August (the Saturn V) for which the (for now) final version just got released. We've been tweaking his live rig over the past few months in the rehearsal space and it's a lot of fun seeing his live sound come together. It's the part I've always enjoyed the most: helping people sculpt their sound.

NVD: new vinyl day. Their record just got a vinyl release, see attached picture. Bottom right corner. How flippin' cool is that? Humbled and stoked at the same time. So the least I can do is give him a plug here as well, see above (not a lot of metal people here I believe, but hey).

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Open Discussion / Re: 1w amp schematic
« on: July 09, 2018, 05:19:50 PM »
IC pinout is different, but it looks similar to the Ruby practice amp at RunOffGroove. In your schematic, replace R3 with a pot like you see in the Ruby schematic.

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Build Reports / Re: Lots of issues with madbean projects.
« on: July 07, 2018, 04:20:40 PM »
1) I think this is most suited for another sub forum (Tech Help comes to mind)
2) I'm a 100% convinced that the issue is not with the projects themselves. Something else is going on here. Brian puts a lot of work in these things and only releases them after long prototyping stages.
3) If you want help, post pictures and measure voltages. Show us your work and you'll probably start enjoying the hobby more.

All in all, I feel your vent is a little premature. It's very easy to shift blame away from yourself and onto the projects. However, browsing the forums here proves there's no real big issue with them (where are all the reports about non functioning pedals?) Just saying.

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Build Reports / Re: Liquid Eternity chorus
« on: July 07, 2018, 04:26:41 AM »
I'll try do a demo, but it would be my kid playing, and he only ever uses pedals with all the knobs turned to 11.   ;)
The hallmark of good parenting and education ;)

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Open Discussion / Re: Aion will have 25 new projects in 2018
« on: July 06, 2018, 04:13:03 AM »
The first wave of Swedish death (say, Entombed) coincided with Nirvana, but the second wave (starting with At The Gates) peaked POST Nirvana, so no ;) Also, Nevermind came out in '91, but so did Black Album, Painkiller, Rust in Peace...great metal year.

What the difference between the first and second wave? First wave: HM-2 into a Peavy Bandit (no, not just any cheap amp, that one). Second Wave: HM-2 into a Metalzone into a Bandit...Yes, really...The ultimate tone killing sick 2-in-1 someone need to build: an HM-2 with a MT-2 in one box.

"Left Hand Path" was recorded using a Peavey Studio Pro 40W. It broke sometime between the first and second albums, when they started using the Bandit. (I have no idea if it would honestly make any difference beyond mojo, I'm not Swedish enough to tell)
Glad to see I'm not the only Swedish metal nerd here (not Swedish either, talking about the genre). The Bandit stayed in use though, as I've got the story from At The Gates' Slaughter of the Soul if I'm not mistaken.

In Flames stepped up the game and went with 5150s once their budget allowed.

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Open Discussion / Re: Aion will have 25 new projects in 2018
« on: July 05, 2018, 03:44:24 PM »
Eh, 1990 wasn't REALLY the 90's yet. It was 1989 part-2. And this is Swedish Death Metal we're talking about, Nirvana's wave of destruction couldn't really hurt them, down in the depths of whatever glacier they were hiding under.

If Nirvana could destroy a whole genre and end the reign of shredders, doesn't that mean that its music kicked more ass then all death metal bands combined?  :P ;D
The first wave of Swedish death (say, Entombed) coincided with Nirvana, but the second wave (starting with At The Gates) peaked POST Nirvana, so no ;) Also, Nevermind came out in '91, but so did Black Album, Painkiller, Rust in Peace...great metal year.

What the difference between the first and second wave? First wave: HM-2 into a Peavy Bandit (no, not just any cheap amp, that one). Second Wave: HM-2 into a Metalzone into a Bandit...Yes, really...The ultimate tone killing sick 2-in-1 someone need to build: an HM-2 with a MT-2 in one box.

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Open Discussion / Re: Aion will have 25 new projects in 2018
« on: July 04, 2018, 05:58:55 PM »
I'm really proud of the HM-2

If you want to boost your sales to crazy amounts...just mention David Gilmour using the pedal in the 80s and you can start living of the interest of your profits ;)

(p.s. I send you two PMs a while ago)

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Expect to lose money in the short run (call it an investment) and then maybe in the long run...who knows. I'm not there yet, not by a long shot.

Building pedals takes a lot of time and there's so many other companies with really slick graphics, features and what not. Can you compete with that?

Middle ground would be kits. But, kits take a huge investment. You have to stock a lot of parts (takes a lot of space) and if you want to make any profit of that you'll have to buy stuff in ludicrous amounts. You also have to get it from a reliable source. This takes a lot of time and effort.

Which brings me to the next part: don't under estimate (the cost of) administration, taxes etc. Hiring someone to do this (an accountant) takes a nice chunk out of what you think was profit. Do it yourself? For a small business definitely the way to go, although you are guaranteed to miss some of those small prints that will either save you money or cost you dearly (when someone inspects your books and finds out you've been doing it wrong and you get fined). Do not think lightly of the amount of time administration  and doing taxes will cost. There's no short cuts possible here.

Then there's customer service. See administration basically.

From what you are describing (small run of a few pedals, not too difficult, nothing too time consuming) you can just sell that as a hobby thing (but don't expect to get more than hobby prices most of the time). From the sound of your post, it's not ready to be a business yet. Do the run, see how it goes and keep evaluating every step of the way.

Also +1 on what Stevie said. Building pedals is now a chore for me. I hardly box anything or build anything for myself (also because I'm just a modest fx user) and generally put it off for as long as possible. I like designing, so that's what I focus on. Building and putting together kits...it's a chore man.

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Good question. I think he's less in the spotlight because he 'only' plays guitar, so he's sort of the front man but not? (that's what popped into my mind in comparison to Mayer and Bonamassa).

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Let's set up a group buy for armadillo shaped enclosures. Or pedal boards. You unfold them at the gig.

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Open Discussion / Re: Home Vinyl Cutters for pedal graphics
« on: July 02, 2018, 01:07:12 AM »
However.... As far as easy / quick pedal graphics are concerned, so far my favorite method (aside from professional UV printing) is to have "PCB" faceplates fabricated. 
This allows you to align/size the holes with great accuracy.   They pop right on and the other hardware holds them in place.   

Where did you get those made (if you don't mind sharing the secret ;) )? I've tried setting up similar stuff in the Netherlands but the cost was dazzling.

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Open Discussion / Re: Home Vinyl Cutters for pedal graphics
« on: July 02, 2018, 12:55:25 AM »
Not much use to Paul probably, and I don't know if it's the same stuff, but I've been ordering vinyl stickers for pedals for years from someone who prints name stickers for bikes: frame-stickers.nl . Works great on especially lighter coloured boxes. It sticks out above the pedal surface of course, but I discovered that the the sticker can be cut exactly along a black outline which solves all visual problems for me. The oldest sticker I've put on a box is now about 6 years old. It's a bit worn down near the foot stomping area but otherwise still ok. And this pedal is heavily gigged by it's owner 4 nights a week mind you.

off topic but there's a whole little cottage industry of people doing the same (PCB fab) with eurorack panels

Yeah I realised that the other day as well. Going to be trying that REAL soon :)

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