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Build Reports / Re: #VFEFRIDAY Triumvirate
« on: February 26, 2021, 09:26:05 PM »
Ah gee, that portly electrolytic cap' is a master contortionist- really nice assembly & awesome painting.  I always like your little details like the paint on the LED here.
The effect itself, however, is fairly terrifying to me.

Build Reports / Re: IMPv2 done, almost.
« on: February 26, 2021, 08:56:20 PM »
Nice temporary box.
The LED taped to the side is perfect- I laughed at its' greatness.

Ever tried printing with carbon fiber PLA?
It's super rigid and strong but more importantly it prints flat every time without needing luck or sorcery like ABS.
The only downside is it doesn't come in purple..

Open Discussion / Re: Let's make suggestions on the next Giveaway
« on: February 23, 2021, 02:39:09 PM »
How about a single-channel Mysterioso?

I really like how "Setting 1" works and sounds but rarely have any use for "Setting 2."  Personally, the buffer doesn't get much use from me and I don't ever turn the tone control off, so I wouldn't miss those 2 toggle switches either.

Build Reports / Re: Harmonic Percolator
« on: February 15, 2021, 05:06:33 PM »
I like how that twisted "spine" of wires looks in there.

Build Reports / Re: Edgelord Bass Filter
« on: February 14, 2021, 06:37:49 PM »
It can get so wet it snaps like a bully's towel.

Based on youtube demos of the original I wasn't going to build this one but I think you just talked me into it.

Build Reports / Re: A Friend for my Sagan Delay (Kezuroukai Phaser)
« on: January 27, 2021, 10:13:16 AM »
That looks really, really awesome and I'm sure they look great together on the floor.

I'm a fan of that oversized LED- the amber looks great with the green and it's even bigger than the 8mm ones I use!

Great build- glad you're stoked!

Build Reports / Re: Stargate Fuzz (BAT Pharaoh)
« on: January 25, 2021, 05:13:35 PM »
Regardless of your expectations I think it looks VERY classy..  I mean gold leaf?  Hell yeah- fit for a Goa'uld of the highest status.

Build Reports / Re: Quackin' Kraken
« on: January 23, 2021, 04:35:51 PM »
Man, that looks great!  Is that a solar panel in the middle of your expression pedal?  ;D  Also, where did you get that flat toggle switch?  I've been looking for some of those.

Solar panel? HA!
Nope, believe it or not it's a tuner/volume pedal:

It's a really useful combo since I don't want to build either of those things and I need both of them- just one piece of store-bought gear and I get to build everything else.

Flat switches were on eBay from China.  They look so good that they actually make you sound better.

Very cool.  Iíve always been curious about that circuit, Iíll have to give it a try.

I'd say if you're at all into envelope filters, absolutely build a Kraken.  The parts aren't a crazy investment and MADBEAN's new 2020 layout is really great.

Everyone else- it really means a lot to get feedback from such accomplished builders, thanks for taking the time to look and comment!
I'll be posting reports on more of these builds soon but a lot of these circuits are new to me so I'm still getting to know them as individuals as well as learning how they interact with others.

Build Reports / Quackin' Kraken
« on: January 23, 2021, 02:32:48 PM »

This is my MADBEAN Kraken: an envelope filter similar to a Mu-Tron Micro V, but with added controls and a smaller footprint.  This is one of my favorite envelope filters out of the handful I've built mainly because of its' reliability- I prefer certain sounds I can get out of my SWAH, but only after a lot of fine-tuning.  The Kraken sounds just fine with all knobs at "noon" then can be improved from there with extra tweakery.

Some really solid and useable lead tones can be had when following the Kraken with some sort of Tube Screamer, but the most fun I've had is running the low octave of a Parasit 0415 into the Kraken with the frequency switch set to "Lo.." what a wild relationship- melodies get huge and plucking the muted strings sounds like a robot popping bubbles.

It's built onto a 125B back-plate to work with my modularish stuff- here it is in my wooden box with some neighbors:

Now alone in a "dummy" box:


Thanks for looking!

Build Reports / Re: #VFEFRIDAY Dark Horse
« on: January 22, 2021, 04:47:27 PM »
Another great painting!
Looks really nice on the bare enclosure- by far the best-looking DS-1 I've seen.

Reminds me of a show I went to years ago: there was a very bad band called "Dark Horse" and even though the venue unplugged their power and shut off the stage lights, they still played 2-3 more songs to finish their set..
I've since forgotten the band I actually went there to see, but I'll never forget the front man of "Dark Horse" slamming drop-D bar-chords into a powerless Crate half-stack and yelling into the dead mic while the drummer went absolutely ape.

Global Annoucements / Re: Bass Series is out
« on: January 16, 2021, 03:30:19 PM »
A fine spread indeed!

The Junk Trunk and Gas Tank will be forced upon a fellow band-member bass player, although he may have to wait for me to finish a set for myself first..
Huge thanks for making these circuits available.

Build Reports / Re: Modular Multi Mega
« on: January 10, 2021, 11:56:17 PM »
You finished it!  Nice work!

Build Reports / Re: Minimalist Tube Screamer
« on: January 06, 2021, 07:49:00 PM »
Super idea!
Thanks a lot for sharing your schematic and vero layout- this is going on my "to build" list.

Build Reports / Re: Nope Smoker
« on: January 05, 2021, 11:22:30 AM »
Holy hell, this is cool!
I can tell a lot of planning went into this in order to get the guts AND the layout/graphics to fit nicely.
..I'm off to listen to that band

Build Reports / Re: Smallest doppelganger ever?
« on: January 05, 2021, 11:16:50 AM »
I've been saving an extra-flowery portion of my vocabulary for builds of this caliber:
Gorgeous work!

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