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Title: Lectric-FX Flintlock Flanger (A/DA Flanger)
Post by: benny_profane on November 11, 2021, 02:51:42 PM
This thing is incredible. It's an extremely versatile modulation circuit capable of delivering hollow pipe and jet engine flanger sounds as well as subtler flanger movement. Beyond flanger, lush chorus, vibrato, percussive tremolo, and a pseudo-phaser can be dialed in. Removing the LFO allows the pedal to be used as a really interesting notch filter. In short, a knob turner's dream. Highly recommend this build for anyone considering it.

The circuit board is densely packed, but well-designed and easy to populate. The Lectric crew did a great job here! There's no wasted space on the board (or within the 1590BB enclosure). The calibration process rather involved (even by BBD standards), and range parameters are a bit too sensitive for the single turn resolution trimmersóa multi-turn trimmer would make calibration easieróbut it's doable with the 3362p trimmers with patience.

The interaction between the MANUAL / RANGE / SPEED controls is extremely interesting. The THRESHOLD control helps deal with some of the noise inherent to the circuit while adding dynamics to the response.

When I was picking out the color palette, this combination reminded me of some of Bio77's builds. I took a cue from some of his builds and used a similar typeface. Thewintersoldier provided guidance with the board mounting. (Thanks again for the help guys!) I'm not sure if I'm set on the knobs.

Check it.

(https://i.imgur.com/BDLBBwt.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/KcLHLCv.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/HX6n4KT.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/B5eJeDI.jpg)
Title: Re: Lectric-FX Flintlock Flanger (A/DA Flanger)
Post by: Thewintersoldier on November 11, 2021, 03:34:04 PM
Killer build! So clean inside and that color enclosure and faceplate is to die for. I think the knobs look good. You knocked it out the park and your write up us 100% accurate.
Title: Re: Lectric-FX Flintlock Flanger (A/DA Flanger)
Post by: Haberdasher on November 11, 2021, 03:45:33 PM
Wow, that is a very nice build. Makes mine look a bit poorly!
Also, nice photography.
Title: Re: Lectric-FX Flintlock Flanger (A/DA Flanger)
Post by: jjjimi84 on November 11, 2021, 06:22:12 PM
Looking very nice! I still have to calibrate mine, thanks for the write up its pushing me in the right direction.
Title: Re: Lectric-FX Flintlock Flanger (A/DA Flanger)
Post by: madbean on November 11, 2021, 07:06:15 PM
Man that is so sweet! Great work. I really need to finish mine. It's only been like 3 years, haha.
Title: Re: Lectric-FX Flintlock Flanger (A/DA Flanger)
Post by: gordo on November 11, 2021, 07:15:43 PM
Wow, that is just crazy nice.  I agree, this circuit is pretty slick.  The A/DA phaser is equally as cool with a built in mild overdrive to make the swoosh a bit more dramatic.
Title: Re: Lectric-FX Flintlock Flanger (A/DA Flanger)
Post by: Bret608 on November 12, 2021, 08:43:35 AM
Wow, that is awesome! Your description did nail it. I feel like I'm still figuring out what my Flintlock can do a year after building it. Just happened upon a great chorus sound this week, for example.
Title: Re: Lectric-FX Flintlock Flanger (A/DA Flanger)
Post by: benny_profane on November 12, 2021, 09:59:40 AM
Thanks everyone! This was a really fun build. Anyone interested in modulation circuits should really consider this.

Killer build! So clean inside and that color enclosure and faceplate is to die for. I think the knobs look good. You knocked it out the park and your write up us 100% accurate.

Thanks! Yeah I was trying to capture what this circuit is capable of...it's really an all in one mod box. I kinda knew that going into the project, but it's still surprising when you sit down and start working with it.

That's actually not a faceplate (although I do use them often). I masked off the green area and sprayed it on top of the purple. The labelling is just a waterslide decal.

Wow, that is a very nice build. Makes mine look a bit poorly!
Also, nice photography.

Thanks! You guys did a great job with this project. The compliments mean a lot coming from you!

Looking very nice! I still have to calibrate mine, thanks for the write up its pushing me in the right direction.

Do it!!!! It can be a bit fiddly and take a bit to calibrate. Once it's dialed in it's great though. Stoked to see your demo of this monster.

Man that is so sweet! Great work. I really need to finish mine. It's only been like 3 years, haha.

Thanks, Brian! Yeah I sat on this for well over a year (not sure why though—I've read/heard nothing but praise for this circuit). Kinda glad that I did because I didn't have that purple with glitter effect in my arsenal until this year.

Wow, that is just crazy nice.  I agree, this circuit is pretty slick.  The A/DA phaser is equally as cool with a built in mild overdrive to make the swoosh a bit more dramatic.

That phaser sounds really interesting. I like to use phasers to add a little movement but not take over the sound. That can be a bit difficult with a clean signal. That integrated overdrive might be the ticket to making the effect more prominent while still keeping the depth at lower settings. I'll have to look into that.

Wow, that is awesome! Your description did nail it. I feel like I'm still figuring out what my Flintlock can do a year after building it. Just happened upon a great chorus sound this week, for example.

I was surprised at how good the chorus effect is! I was not expecting that. The MANUAL / RANGE / SPEED knobs have so many combinations of awesome sounds. I'm really digging the dynamism the THRESHOLD knob can bring and the notch filter effect is really cool.
Title: Re: Lectric-FX Flintlock Flanger (A/DA Flanger)
Post by: Thewintersoldier on November 12, 2021, 12:15:41 PM
When I want extreme over the top this is what I would go for. My favorite is still the mistress, just because I feel it's the most musical and warmest of the flangers. It's not as extreme and for my playing that's what I dig, but for the extreme and pushing the boundaries of what a flanger or any bbd modulation can do it's hard to beat the flintlock.

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Title: Re: Lectric-FX Flintlock Flanger (A/DA Flanger)
Post by: benny_profane on November 12, 2021, 12:23:29 PM
When I want extreme over the top this is what I would go for. My favorite is still the mistress, just because I feel it's the most musical and warmest of the flangers. It's not as extreme and for my playing that's what I dig, but for the extreme and pushing the boundaries of what a flanger or any bbd modulation can do it's hard to beat the flintlock.

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Thatís my next mod build I think. I picked up a current lover PCB on my last order. Iíve always thought chorus was my preferred modulation, but building a few flangers might change that.
Title: Re: Lectric-FX Flintlock Flanger (A/DA Flanger)
Post by: gordo on November 12, 2021, 05:36:36 PM

That phaser sounds really interesting. I like to use phasers to add a little movement but not take over the sound. That can be a bit difficult with a clean signal. That integrated overdrive might be the ticket to making the effect more prominent while still keeping the depth at lower settings. I'll have to look into that.


That's EXACTLY how I use it.  Mostly clean sounds but I add a bit of compression and dial in a bit of grit on the pedal and set it to be very slow and subtle.  There's something happening but it doesn't sound swooshy.  It takes on a bit of the "evil" sound of Univibe but without the warble.
Title: Re: Lectric-FX Flintlock Flanger (A/DA Flanger)
Post by: Bio77 on November 12, 2021, 06:31:37 PM
When I want extreme over the top this is what I would go for. My favorite is still the mistress, just because I feel it's the most musical and warmest of the flangers. It's not as extreme and for my playing that's what I dig, but for the extreme and pushing the boundaries of what a flanger or any bbd modulation can do it's hard to beat the flintlock.

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Thatís my next mod build I think. I picked up a current lover PCB on my last order. Iíve always thought chorus was my preferred modulation, but building a few flangers might change that.
Current Lover is a must, it's got it's own flavor, much like the A/DA.  If you're on a flanger tear, I'd recommend DeadendFX's Flange-a-rama, too.   
Title: Re: Lectric-FX Flintlock Flanger (A/DA Flanger)
Post by: Invertiguy on November 13, 2021, 04:00:10 AM
Great work, that thing looks incredible! I really need to build myself one of these, no flanger collection is complete without one! I particularly love the enclosure color, is that powder coat or did you paint it?
Title: Re: Lectric-FX Flintlock Flanger (A/DA Flanger)
Post by: benny_profane on November 17, 2021, 10:18:05 PM

That phaser sounds really interesting. I like to use phasers to add a little movement but not take over the sound. That can be a bit difficult with a clean signal. That integrated overdrive might be the ticket to making the effect more prominent while still keeping the depth at lower settings. I'll have to look into that.


That's EXACTLY how I use it.  Mostly clean sounds but I add a bit of compression and dial in a bit of grit on the pedal and set it to be very slow and subtle.  There's something happening but it doesn't sound swooshy.  It takes on a bit of the "evil" sound of Univibe but without the warble.

Oh that sounds great! Definitely going to look into that.

When I want extreme over the top this is what I would go for. My favorite is still the mistress, just because I feel it's the most musical and warmest of the flangers. It's not as extreme and for my playing that's what I dig, but for the extreme and pushing the boundaries of what a flanger or any bbd modulation can do it's hard to beat the flintlock.

Sent from my Pixel 5 using Tapatalk

Thatís my next mod build I think. I picked up a current lover PCB on my last order. Iíve always thought chorus was my preferred modulation, but building a few flangers might change that.
Current Lover is a must, it's got it's own flavor, much like the A/DA.  If you're on a flanger tear, I'd recommend DeadendFX's Flange-a-rama, too.   

Excited for the current lover. I have been compiling a list of DEFX boards I want to pick up. Good call on the recommendation.

Great work, that thing looks incredible! I really need to build myself one of these, no flanger collection is complete without one! I particularly love the enclosure color, is that powder coat or did you paint it?

Thanks! The enclosure is all spray paint: primer, dark purple, glitter effect clear coat, masked off green section, and topped with gloss clear coat.
Title: Re: Lectric-FX Flintlock Flanger (A/DA Flanger)
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on November 18, 2021, 06:01:08 AM
If you're on a flanger tear, I'd recommend DeadendFX's Flange-a-rama, too.
I have been compiling a list of DEFX boards I want to pick up. Good call on the recommendation.

Make sure you can find those MN3204 chips first! They are very, very scarce right now  :(
Title: Re: Lectric-FX Flintlock Flanger (A/DA Flanger)
Post by: benny_profane on November 18, 2021, 08:51:33 AM

Make sure you can find those MN3204 chips first! They are very, very scarce right now  :(

Good call. Yeah that might be a prohibitive one. Do you have any sources you can vouch for?
Title: Re: Lectric-FX Flintlock Flanger (A/DA Flanger)
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on November 18, 2021, 10:00:04 AM
Do you have any sources you can vouch for?
Unfortunately no. Everywhere I have gone before seems to have supplies dried up  :(
Title: Re: Lectric-FX Flintlock Flanger (A/DA Flanger)
Post by: benny_profane on November 18, 2021, 10:32:47 AM
Do you have any sources you can vouch for?
Unfortunately no. Everywhere I have gone before seems to have supplies dried up  :(
Ah, that's a drag. I'll have to do some research before embarking on that one in that case.
Title: Re: Lectric-FX Flintlock Flanger (A/DA Flanger)
Post by: harryklippton on November 23, 2021, 10:58:20 AM
This build report has convinced me I need to build this pedal
Title: Re: Lectric-FX Flintlock Flanger (A/DA Flanger)
Post by: benny_profane on November 23, 2021, 01:52:46 PM
This build report has convinced me I need to build this pedal
You won't regret it!
Title: Re: Lectric-FX Flintlock Flanger (A/DA Flanger)
Post by: danfrank on November 24, 2021, 11:42:24 AM
Nice!
This project also works really well with the MN3004 BBD. Clock needs to be adjusted and the clock cap needs to be upped to 27-30pf to get the frequencies correct. 20-800kHz clock range, 40 to 1! You can go down to 17kHz for a slightly wider sweep but watch for noise on the low end of the sweep.
Oh yeah, the MN3004 is 14 pin and MN3007 is 8 pin, just chop the extra legs off the MN3004...