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Build Reports / Re: Lectric-fx Fat 32-Boss FT-2
« on: January 03, 2024, 06:55:49 AM »
I was going to make some joke about building progress and Zola's "stalling" line from the film, but I'm glad to hear you're doing better, bud. Didn't catch the 'rona but had my own medical to deal with, so I completely get the struggle. Hope the new year brings you good fortune and health.

Synth-adjacent stuff is intriguing. I think I've been so confident in my "I know what a filter sounds like" (and anything else that appears synth like) mentaitly I've never looked into something like this for guitar.

You're always pushing my effect lexicon to broader definitions.

Great build and report, sir.
Thanks Christian, I think you'd be pleasantly surprised with this one.

Those guts are crazy clean and I'm digging the artwork. Reminds me of Max Headroom ;D
Thanks Lucas, I'm always going for that pickdropper level of clean!

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Build Reports / Lectric-fx Fat 32-Boss FT-2
« on: January 02, 2024, 07:24:12 AM »
I'm still not building and getting thru the back log of builds I've finished but not yet posted. After a rough COVID battle and a stressful work/holiday gauntlet I'm attempting to get back in the groove. Here is a fantastic envelope filter from the late 80s. The Boss FT-2 dynamic filter is a VCA based filter that is the best filter I've used in a long time.

The build uses stacked boards and has an optional expression out for use with an expression pedal in manual mode for a more traditional wah experience. I opted to skip the jack because I would never use it. I was lucky to help do research on this simultaneously with the panacea boards and it was a lot of fun and a good Learning experience, being the boss guy has it's perks  The build is very simple and well thought out. How's it sound?

This is a very nice filter. It gives the smoothest and most consistent vocal like wah sound. Unlike the mutron or other filters, this doesn't have that distorted, synthy sound that feels like the decay wants to give out. It's more polite but that means it's more useable. The range of the knobs is great and means there is no unusable sounds and it's very intuitive to dial in. Also this has the best down envelope, and I hate down lol.

I went with a matte black enclosure with tayda UV print. I went with Armin Zola for the enclosure design. I also used a szukalski relay for the bypass. A very fun build that I will hopefully be able to incorporate into my playing as I traditionally struggle with this type of effect. So go build one.

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Build Reports / Re: Anamorph stereo analog delay
« on: December 18, 2023, 03:30:56 PM »
Looks and sounds great! I didn't think I'd ever want to work with BBDs again...but that demo has me reconsidering.
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Thank you, I think this is without a doubt the best analog delay project available. With numerous filter value options it can be tailored to what your looking for.

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Build Reports / Re: Anamorph stereo analog delay
« on: December 18, 2023, 11:04:21 AM »
Oh man! Somehow I knew you'd pull this off before the end of the year. It does sound amazing. I need to build up that DM-3 first, but this is on the list too once I get ahold of a board. I really want to hear from someone who tries the Ibanez-style filters on their build so I don't tackle that decision point sight unseen (or sound unheard, I guess?).
I think  with the AD values for the filtering it will be a tad brighter. This is already a little brighter than a stock DM-2.

Hot damn those graphics look cool and TOTALLY capture the vibe of this thing.  Nicely done!!!  I'll get a chance to hear the demo once I get home today.

Thanks Gordy, I put some actual thought into this one lol. And just for reference the clock frequency on mine is currently set to 8.7khz

Eternity is indeed the perfect choice for this one. There are days I can't listen to most of their catalog, but The Bends is one I can get down on even when I'm down

Great work!
The bends will always have a special place in my heart ❤️

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Build Reports / Anamorph stereo analog delay
« on: December 18, 2023, 07:26:37 AM »
Hello Darkness my old friend. There is nothing like the warm dark repeats of an analog delay. The way they melt into each other and obscure into the background. This is my final build of the year and it was worth the wait. When Brian teased this I was intrigued and after talking to him about it I knew I had to build it. Brian labored over this build tweaking values in different circuit blocks to make it as close to perfect as possible and this is some of his best work.

The anamorph is a mashup of ideas. To me it's the perfect analog delay and ticks so many boxes. At its core it a DM-2 with the clock and modulation of the DMM, with many refinements along the way. It has stereo outputs, the most lush organic modulation, a modified clock circuit and higher headroom. The changes made to the compander maximize headroom along with the charge pump and 15v internal voltage. So how does it sound?

Glorious.

The best of both the DM-2 and DMM is on display at all times. The higher headroom of the memory man mixed with the darker repeats of the DM-2 make for a delay that is darker but never too dark and articulate without the hiss and noise floor. A better range on the feedback control. The modulation feels organic and doesn't feel like it was tacked on like the optical options. The option for tails or regular bypass is great to have internally since most people will set and forget. The stereo spread on this is nice and full sounding. Such an inspired sound.

The build itself was very straightforward and the clock changes not only made it cheaper but calibration was very simple. Excellent layout. I went with a cream tayda enclosure and UV print. For my graphics I went with Eternity as it truly represented the sound and feel of this pedal. I used the standard Boss font with the echo/chorus/vibrato ehx moniker to portray the beautiful collision of circuits. For the demo I used the pedal in stereo straight into my interface with the outputs panned left and right while using amp sims much to my distaste, but I don't have a stereo amp rig. Build this!





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Global Annoucements / Re: Year End Overstock Sale now running!
« on: December 16, 2023, 08:12:54 PM »
We doing a boty along with a eoty sale?

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Build Reports / Re: Anamorph
« on: December 15, 2023, 10:34:20 AM »
I think in the release doc you listed about 14kHz.  I haven't had a chance to fiddle with it but 100pF gave me enough wiggle room to nail just about anything.
I also went through clock frequency modding as well. I totally agree that this will s the analog delay that all others will be compared to. I plan on doing a sound clip as well this weekend. Can't wait to see what you did with your enclosure Gordy!

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Open Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Brian
« on: December 14, 2023, 01:09:30 PM »
Happy Birthday Brian!!!

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Open Discussion / Re: Anamorph or prognosticator
« on: December 14, 2023, 07:25:30 AM »
anamorph. it has longer delay time. I think overall it's a better sound even though build wise they are very similar.

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Build Reports / Re: Lectric-fx Panacea-Boss PN-2
« on: December 12, 2023, 09:16:01 AM »
Dude, this one is museum quality.  Those guts look like a computer render.   8)
Thanks John, I think I finally figured out this pedal building thing hahaha

The guts do look like that! They're almost trippy with that curve in the wires, which goes well with the sound. The PN-2 was definitely the first tremolo I wanted but they were already out of production by that time.
Now is the perfect time to build one then!

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Build Reports / Re: Lectric-fx Panacea-Boss PN-2
« on: December 12, 2023, 07:43:43 AM »
Bad ass build & demo, dude!
Thanks Keefe, you did all the real work. Thanks for making awesome stuff!

As usual, your graphics, wiring, photography, and even the demo are all top-notch! Stellar work!
Thank you, hopefully it inspires people to wanna build cool pedals like this one and make noise with them.

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Build Reports / Re: Lectric-fx Panacea-Boss PN-2
« on: December 11, 2023, 11:12:29 AM »
Excellent work, Chris!

That demo is super trippy with phones on, and while it messed with my equilibrium for a brief moment, I think that's a good thing ;) that's how you know it works.

I think I need to get one of these on queue.
Yes, this is an awesome project and such a fun pedal.

Stellar work as ever - guts and those pcbs look amazing. One of my favourite pedal demos!
I can't wait to show the revision that's coming to my build!

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Build Reports / Lectric-fx Panacea-Boss PN-2
« on: December 11, 2023, 07:39:15 AM »
Well, I guess it's time to start doing build reports again. This was a fun project and something different. The panacea is a clone of the boss pn-2 tremolo and stereo panner. Props to Keefe at lectric-fx for such a cool project and excellent execution.

The PN-2 was the first dedicated boss tremolo pedal and was released in 1990. It uses the discontinued VCA chip used in the first version of the TR-2. The pedal offers both trem and panning of both triangle and square wave form. The original pedal had stereo in and out but the panacea was simplified to mono in and stereo out, and it is possible to still make it stereo in as well. The tremolo is a standard tremolo that while good is not as refined and versatile as the TR-2, and will be a dual mono sound when using a stereo rig. The panner is where the pedal shines. It's essentially the same thing as tremolo but instead of dual mono it splits the signal between the two outputs panning between them. Going between two amps can be trippy but to fully appreciate the effect you need to experience it panned hard left and right in headphones.

The build itself was very simple and straightforward. The stacked board design.is very well thought out and is very stable thanks to the standoffs used. During testing the 4pdt switch board was not yet available so I improvised and used what I had on hand. For the enclosure I went with brother voodoo since he was perfect to represent the trippy and swampy nature of the effect. For the sound clip there is no video this time, I simply looped something simple and ran it direct to the interface and panned each output hard left and right in my DAW and used a plugin for the amp modeling. I only used the panner modes since everyone knows what trem sounds like. The drive parts use my OD-3 build. Make sure you use headphones when you listen to get the full effect.





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Build Reports / Re: CE-3
« on: December 09, 2023, 09:38:41 PM »
This is so awesome, more stereo fun. Great job Lucas!

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General Questions / Re: Anamorph vs AuqaboyDLX
« on: December 07, 2023, 08:58:38 AM »
Having built both as well as many other delays with and without modulation I will echo everything that Brian has said. The modulation of the DMM is far superior, much more musical and doesn't feel like an after thought like the optical based modulation. The increased headroom and the changes made to the compander make the DM-2 sound much more pleasing. The clock changes are fantastic and makes sourcing parts not only easier but cheaper. also, this has the addition of a stereo out. The anamorph is a superior project in every way and has dethroned my cherished AQBDLX from my pedalboard.

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