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Audio/Video Demos / How to embed youTube in 2020
« on: January 10, 2020, 06:53:35 PM »
Upgrading the site to https has broken the old youTube plugin so I have installed a different one. It works nearly the same except for the following:
You need to specify a display width otherwise it will show up native which is like 1200px or wider.

To embed youTube do the following:

1) Click on the first icon in the highlighted area shown in the image below. This will produce the following code:
it'll be in hard brackets but I've changed it to show what the test is.

2) Paste the unique identifier of the video. For example, *** is a popular video. dQw4w9WgXcQ is the unique identifier. So, our code would be:

3) Last, you need to specify the width of display. I recommend 640.
(youtube width=640)dQw4w9WgXcQ(/youtube)

Here's what that would look like as an embed:

PS If you rick roll I will instaban you for 5 minutes.

If you select the far right icon in the image below, you can display all the videos in a users channel. Example:

The new icons:

Open Discussion / Cheap DPDT
« on: January 10, 2020, 05:34:52 PM »
Got these from Amazon. Seem okay although I haven't used one yet. I prefer short toggles but these are good for prototypes, etc. $.60 each is quite right.

Here are some SPDT. Haven't bought these:

Global Annoucements / Upcoming January releases and sale
« on: January 05, 2020, 09:32:41 PM »
The January releases are already listed on the Projects page and the boards will be here soon. I'll have a lot of verification builds to do as well as documentation so those will be released within the next two weeks.

With the January releases I will also be doing a "liquidation" sale
. A bunch of projects are going to be discontinued to make room for all this new stuff (no joke, there will be probably 30 releases this year). I don't know what all of them will be but for sure it will include the Collosalus, Dirtbaby, Honey Dripper and Kraken. The sale will be 50% off so I'm letting you guys know now because I don't want anyone to miss out on getting cheap PCBs :)

February releases are about 90% complete and should follow early in the month. That will be all the phaser projects plus a few other things I've been able to wrap up. More on those later.

March releases will be new FV-1 projects and the first few from the "pro" series. And, I'll also do the next giveaway (TBD).

IOW, I'm running on all cylinders right now and a LOT of stuff is coming together very fast. Really happy with this progress!

Lastly, I've finally done SSL certification for the site and everything should be re-directing to https now. If anyone is having troubles please let me know. This is an important first step to getting the new shopping cart system up later this year.

Open Discussion / I need three international volunteers
« on: January 04, 2020, 10:48:50 AM »
I need three volunteers to help me check something with shipping methods. I will send you a package and all I need you to do is tell me what date it arrives and send me a pic of the package envelope that shows the customs form. The contents will be worth your while :)

I need one volunteer each for the following:
European country
Asian country

Only one for each and first come first served, please! Just affirm in the thread.

Global Annoucements / Store Open - VFE available
« on: December 27, 2019, 03:29:15 PM »
The Store has re-opened. I will be getting a huge shipment of MCU on Monday so all VFE is back in stock. There are still a few Flunkee giveaway boards available so they are still shipping. However, the "one per customer" still applies (in case you already got one).


I hope everyone had a pleasant Christmas (or your holiday of choice :) ). My whole family was together for Christmas for the first time in almost 10 years. We had a great time and my liver hurts, haha.

This weekend I will be starting on the next batch of releases which will be coming out in probably 2-3 weeks.

Global Annoucements / Store closes on 12.21
« on: December 20, 2019, 07:18:18 PM »
The store will close tomorrow afternoon for a week. It will re-open on Dec. 27th.

Open Discussion / 2020 Giveaway boards
« on: December 18, 2019, 07:08:52 PM »
I will continue to do the giveaway boards for 2020 and I'm going to try to put out one per quarter. I'd like your suggestions on what free projects you'd like to have. Here are the caveats:
- They need to be fit in a 1590A.
- I'd like to keep them "N00B" or "Cowboy" level (that pretty much goes hand in had with the first restriction anyway).

I have a Slow Gear one already done so that's a possibility. But I'm not married to it. Throw out your ideas!

Global Annoucements / PIF Party, BOTY Contests and 2019 Wrap-Up
« on: December 18, 2019, 06:24:22 PM »
PIF Party:
BOTY Contests:


2019 Wrap-Up:
I'll be really brief this year. I had a 2-3 month lull over the summer but finished strong. I thought I might even have two releases this month but that was unrealistic. In any case, expect another sizeable release in January as I already have more projects ready to go.

Coming in 2020:
The "pro" series of projects will finally launch. Expect a lot of older projects to get discontinued as they get replaced with this new series. It's definitely time for house cleaning.
I hope to launch a few of the non-pedal table-top synth projects I started working on last year.
There will be 2-4 FV-1 projects, including a tube-based one and a stereo one.
VFE will be back in stock soon after Christmas. I may release a couple new VFE projects in 2020.
I really, really want to get my Microsynth proto done, too. It's been half working for half a year.

Finally, I hoped to announce this in November, but the scarcity of FV-1 really put the damper on. In 2020 I plan to do some limited run full pedals for sale on the site. These will be small batches of pedals I think are cool that I can build out in a reasonable time. The first one will be a larger version of the Dreamtime delay. I'll have some prototype pictures up soon. I don't expect DIY guys to be interested in these too much so I expect I'll do some low-key marketing to the pedal community to see if I can get any interest going.

That's all! I hope all of you are ready to start your holidays up proper!

Global Annoucements / December Releases Are Here!
« on: December 16, 2019, 06:49:43 PM »

I did include a $5 min for the Flunkee, but I don't think most people will mind. BOTY/PIF threads coming up soon.
Also...never again with 13 projects at once. Oh boy, haha.

Open Discussion / A true story about fluorescent lighting
« on: December 09, 2019, 05:27:19 PM »
I have one of those circular fluorescent bulbs in my magnifier. Everybody knows these can make things noisy so often when I am working on something on the breadboard/prototype I will turn it off when playing. The other day I was working on something fuzzy and something new happened. The bulb did not cause any noise in this case but it actually reduced the amount of fuzz and made it darker sounding. So, just a word of warning - without shielding things can get gnarly and always suspect everything!

Open Discussion / Giving thanks.
« on: November 27, 2019, 07:54:13 PM »
Well, maybe it is cliched but nonetheless.

This thread is not about seeking praise. It's about giving it to those who deserve it - the ones that have helped you be who you are. It's an opportunity for you to give thanks to people that are special in your life. I will start.

Thanks to you. For being here, participating and making this community what it is. My job is to provide the framework, but you are the ones that make the community and make it special. I get so much inspiration from you guys it's kind of ridiculous. It makes me tear up a bit, even. Keep doing you, always.

Thanks to two of my mentors:
Terry Mattem: my guitar techer from 15-17 y.o. He taught me to play and even wrote a recommendation letter that helped me get into Berklee. I will always be indebted to him for his patience, inspiration and just being an awesome guy.
Faye Moskowitz: My middle school English teacher and counselor. She taught me that I needed to accept my own sense of self-worth but that did not entitle me to be an asshole. IOW, she taught me humility. It's been 35 years and I am still living that lesson.

My own family: whom always supported me even when I did not want to do so for myself.

Please contribute your own thanks if you feel the need. Trust me - it feels good to do it.

VFE Projects / SwitchingBoard v3 coming
« on: November 21, 2019, 10:00:24 PM »
I've got a new version of the VFE switch board which will be available next month. This one is (of course) the same circuitry but set up the way I prefer to build: no board mounted jacks and no battery option. It will fit snugly at the very bottom of a 1590B. I still have quite a few of the v2 boards so I should be able to offer a choice between v2 and v3 for a bit. After that, I expect I will just be offering the v3.

Open Discussion / I'll say this for 2019...
« on: November 13, 2019, 07:40:27 PM »
...I cannot say I didn't put forth the effort, even if I don't finish all this before 2020!

So, Phaser Month, which was supposed to be Oct., then Nov. is now Dec. This damn Polytrog project is cursed. My original proto runs smoothly. My botched production board has encountered multiple issues and is down to one I have not been able to solve. I can't wait any longer on getting it fixed so it's got to go to next month. Sorry guys. Hopefully I'll have several phasers in December including the P-Trog. Several new overdrive projects will also come in December.

All the current planned November releases are on the Projects page and includes a bunch of new 1590A projects, 4 of the overdrive re-designs, the re-designed ABDX and there may be one more release in that batch. The Flunkee giveaway will start when these boards are released (should be the last week of the month).

In the meantime, I've reduced the remaining stock of the Slow Loris and Mudbunny boards by 50%. So, if you want to get some cheap PCBs, there are a few of those left :)

Errata, Corrections, Revisions / Man O War DX modulation fix
« on: November 05, 2019, 07:31:22 PM »
Problem: When the modulation switch is set to the center position to turn modulation off, the rate LED continues to blink for a while before fading out. This also means the LED/LDR combo is active until the LED goes dark.

Cause: The IC pin attached to the center lug of the On/Off/On switch was left floating in the off position. This means any current sitting on that switch continues to drive the LEDs attached to it. Because there is a path to ground through the resistors that current will drain off but can takes several seconds.

Solution: Put a 2M2 resistor from IC7 pin3 to ground. When the switch is in the off position, this has the effect of nearly instantaneously draining that pin and making the LEDs go dark equally as fast.

Why the mistake happened: Most likely because when I originally prototyped the MoW I used an AQB MOD PCB for the modulation and no switch (rather I used a resistor in line with the LDR so the modulation essentially turned off when the depth was turned all the way down). Even though I went further and built both the MoW and MoWDX production boards in addition to my prototype I did not catch the design mistake. Most likely because those pesky LEDs stay lit in sync with the peaks of modulation. IOW, if the LED is fully lit and you put the switch to center, you have the staying lit problem. If the switch is put to off when the LED is in the fully dark part of its swing, it stays dark.

So, my apologies for the mistake. It was pretty noobish on my part and once someone reported the problem I pretty much knew right away why it was happening. Finding the easiest solution actually came from forum member Cybercow. Thank you so much for figuring this out, Mark!

Two images below:
Put a 2M2 between the pin in the orange box and one of the two ground points in the purple boxes. The lower one is a ground via and even though it is very small it is possible to solder to it if you are careful.
Second image is the fix on my build.

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