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Open Discussion / Monitors
« on: September 25, 2022, 04:28:21 PM »
I'm getting back into recording and want to upgrade from my old presonus 3.5" monitors to something better and bigger. I've always heard KRK rokit 5s. the newer G4 series has a lot of nice features and the rokits have always had a reputation for good sound and bang for the buck. Any suggestions, or anyone use rokits? My budget will be between 150 and 200 per monitor.

Build Reports / Cardinal Tremolo
« on: September 18, 2022, 12:25:24 PM »
Wish this was available again so others could build it. This is THE diy tremolo pedal IMO. Just so many great sounds. Perfectly match the jfets and LEDs. The harmonic is fantastic but I usually just use it in standard mode.
   The enclosure is a red UV printed tayda. I tried to do a stylized minimalist design that was different from my normal designs, and I think it turned out ok. If you ever see a board pop up used or it gets reissued jump on it.

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Build Reports / Return of the King
« on: September 01, 2022, 06:53:35 AM »
No this is not a LOTR themed pedal, although as a massive Tolkien fan since I was about 10 years old, middle earth themed pedals was my back up to Marvel. After a conversation with @benny_profane this became a necessity and headed to my board.
We all know what the DMM is and what it does. THE analog delay, the king of BBD. No mods, 24v center positive, all killer no filler. I measured 8 different 100kb pots to get a 100.8k resistance for the maximum delay time with minimal noise. Got it dialed in and it's sounding lush and super quiet on long repeats. It's a tight build with not a lot of room to work with. I went with true bypass wiring instead of the stock wiring because I didn't want the preamp active at all times.
I managed to fit it in a tayda 1590BB2 by adjusting the drill template for the jacks. UV print on matte black with my boi Loki the wielder of the mind stone. I have one more build in the queue so hopefully soon I can get to that as well.

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Build Reports / The fist of khonshu
« on: August 26, 2022, 07:16:36 AM »
Around a year ago I asked Dan Schumacher to make me. Board with the 3 drive pedals that live on my board. I play mainly fender single coil guitars into a blackface amp on the edge of breakup so these are my favorites for getting the best drive sounds with lush cleans. The Kline is the boost, the rat is the distortion and the TS (based on the dunes with just the mid hump setting fixed) to push the rat.
I finally got around to boxing it up and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. It sounds like you would imagine, everything from to face melting liquid sex lol. I originally titled it the big three as I had plans of using Iron Man, Thor and Cap as the graphics but could never settle on something. I tossed around lots of ideas and came up with the idea of Moon knight, because having three personalities I could assigning each circuit to the personality with the matching aggression. The Rat also has a Russian military equivalent of the LM308 I got from my buddy Drew at Daddy daughter pedal works. A very clean and minimalist UV print on a matte white enclosure.

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Build Reports / A gift for two forum members
« on: July 28, 2022, 07:35:48 AM »
 Two good people who are both really cool people that are supportive, generous and genuine dudes as well as great builders had holes in their pedal collection. I'm the type of person who likes to make people pedals just because. @Paradox916 has never played an OTA phaser, so made him my favorite one. @blackhatboojum doesn't have a big muff so I had to make him the best version of one. I hope they enjoy them and see lots of use because no one is more deserving of it than these two fine individuals. No mods, stock circuits, UV prints from tayda and lots of love

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Build Reports / Bunch of builds... reimagined
« on: July 06, 2022, 09:48:46 AM »
I'm not one to rest on my laurels. Ever have builds you loved to play but you felt you could do better, you didn't want to settle for less, settle for mediocrity and strip them down, rewire, reimagine and fall in love with them all over again? I'm that guy. Here is a fresh new set of rebuilds.

Build Reports / 3 new builds-more EHX content
« on: July 04, 2022, 12:57:22 PM »
No demos again. Lot of stuff going on, it's not really conducive with everything going on. So I have 3 builds here. First up is a V1 small stone phaser. I've now built all 3 versions from lectric-fx. Version 2 and 3 are closer in tone to each other imo. V1 has a different LFO and the shape of the phasing is much different sounding to me. Ben Grimm on matte orange enclosure.

Next is the Bassballs dual filter. This is a wild sounding filter. Some cool sounds if you want to experiment with a different type of filter. Although billed as a bass effect it also sounds cool on guitar. Mashup of original graphics with cannonball symbol on yellow tayda enclosure.

Last up is the Doctor Q envelope filter. A bare bones filter with just a sensitivity knob. The bass switch is kinda pointless except on low sens. settings on bass. Internal range trimmer for set and forget. I decided to bypass the input buffer and diode mods and go straight vintage spec, hence the missing components. Board is called doctor quack so I had to do Howard the duck on matte dark grey enclosure.

Build Reports / GOTA Power Boost-EHX LPB-1
« on: June 30, 2022, 11:57:16 AM »
Don't like 1590a builds? Me neither. Like simple boosts? Yeah, I do too. The power boost is a simple lpb-1 based on the Madbean donut. I wanted to build one but I had a really hard time finding an lpb-1 in a 125b format and I didn't want to do Vero, and I was chatting with my guy David of effectslayouts and he said say no more fam. He made this layout for me to fab boards. It was a nice surprise and a lovely gesture, one of many reasons I love the diy community. I based my design on a lesser seen version of the original unit. The colors came out great on this tayda UV print. Power Man aka Luke Cage is the power booster lol. No demo because it's a boost people, it makes things louder or more compressed. Also Im getting over covid so loud noise makes my head hurt worse. The members of the illuminati and a select group of others will be getting one of these boards to build.

Build Reports / Tour Bus PGE
« on: June 18, 2022, 12:27:11 PM »
First off, let me say this is a fantastic project. Kudos to Brian for a fantastic layout and build doc and Benny profane for his help in the calibration write up. Top notch all the way. This went together fast and without a hitch...well just one. I opted to use the optional speed pot instead of the switch. I had an LFO tick and it turns out the wires to the speed pot were too long and amplifying the signal elsewhere, I made them as short as possible and problem solved. Calibration was fast and pretty much down the middle  for each trimmer. The sound...classic DMM in a 125b. What's not to love here. For the enclosure I tried the new metallic silver that tayda is offering and I really like it, it's got a nice semi-gloss sheen that's not too reflective. Kang the conqueror is a man of space and time and perfect for this build. Obligatory glamour shots and video clip showing one of my favorite ways to use the memory man. I plan on doing the negative ground edition as well and running them side by side for a shorter and longer setting. Jump on this people, it's legit and it f*cks.

Build Reports / New Lectric-FX old Chap-Deluxe Electric Mistress
« on: June 11, 2022, 12:40:11 PM »
This is the upcoming Old Chap from Keefe and Scruffie. It will be out very soon so keep your eyes peeled for the drop. This is based on the big box Deluxe version of the electric mistress. It has a different tone and feel than the non deluxe mistress and current lover. The 18v operation gives it a brighter more airy sound. The sweep is a little more dramatic sounding and has a more metallic feel to my ears. Great range across the dials and sounds fantastic on both clean and distorted tones. This is so fun and inspiring to play. The chorus tones are fantastic and the higher feedback settings are still musical and unlike a lot of other flangers. If you're looking for a chewy flanger with tone in spades and a great layout this is the one. @diablochris6 mentioned that a good idea for an electric mistress design would be Jocasta  and I've been saving this for this very project. I went with the V3 DEM color scheme on this one. I found a text that was close and modified it to be closer and made the dial indicators from scratch to give the OG vibe. UV print from tayda on matte black. Jump on this project guys, It slaps, its a banger, tight grapes and it definitely F*CKS!

Build Reports / EHX Violet Rams Head Big Muff Pi
« on: June 04, 2022, 12:33:02 PM »
Nothing too special here, everyone knows what a big muff is all about. I'm not a big Gilmour fan so I'm not doing that boring stuff. Imagine 1991, the pinnacle of my youth musically. For me a big muff is all about one destruction. I ended up trying a bunch of transistors before I settled on BC547s. During all my research on transistors it seems like most vintage examples had lower gain trannies and the vast majority of people prefer lower gains over higher for better articulation and less booming low end mudd. I agree. Built with basic run of the mill Rams head values. Graphics are about as traditional as you can get with a violet Hawkeye head. Really happy with this one as all the other Rams heads I've made I didn't bond with. Sound clip shows what I think it does best.

Build Reports / Lectric-fx Downtown-EHX deluxe octave multiplexer
« on: May 21, 2022, 09:38:57 AM »
I've had this one done for a while but not boxed up due to various reasons and experimenting with values for the passive blend of the fuzz pot. This is based on the big box late 70s/early 80s version and not the newer 3 knob version. This is a monophonic pedal so chords and lower notes do not track perfectly. This can also be used in a really cool way in the right context. Also like most octave devices, the tracking and sound is best on the neck pickup but the bridge will also sound really cool on this.
The fuzz is pretty much a muff fuzz I believe, passively blended with the octave section for some really cool synth type tones. This is how I use the pedal most of the time. I adjusted values of the fuzz mixer to get the octave and fuzz at equal values when the fuzz is maxed. I didn't like how the fuzz was always lower and gave a perceived volume drop. The tone is a basic bmp tone stack, and the bass switch cuts highs for really deep bass. The sub harmonic knob pans between 1 octave down ccw, 2 oct down cw and a 50/50 blend in the middle making it easy to get what your after octave wise.
In the video I looped what I thought of while playing the pedal to show the range of each control clean and with the fuzz. I apologize for the dog bumping the camera during the end as Marshall wanted my attention. Another fantastic edition to my vintage EHX collection from Scruffie and Keefe at Lectric-fx.

Build Reports / Jmk test rig V2
« on: May 14, 2022, 06:30:09 PM »
While I have been busy with work/home/and other aspects of guitar I found time the past couple days to put this together. While a test rig may not have the sex appeal of a fuzz or delay, a solid test rig is a necessity and a mainstay on my bench and my most used pedal. This is my test rig V2 as V1 was cramped and the layout has not worked perfectly for me the last 4 years so I wanted to make improvements on this one. In a 1590XX I have room for the bypass to be a stomp switch for testing on my amp. Everything you could ever want: oscillator, headphone jack, audio probe, voltage selector and added side DC jack for powering my looper pedal off one power supply when I'm calibrating something like an analog delay or other BBD pedals. Ready for the next build, make sure you rock it before you box it.

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Build Reports / Madbean Sludgehammer
« on: May 02, 2022, 07:48:57 AM »
I'm not a real bass player, I'm a guitar player faking it lol. Ive been waiting for this project to drop for a simple great sounding bass preamp that can cover a lot of ground for going into the interface and not using plugins.
       I straight forward build that is like a ducks butt, water tight. The top leaves little room for error in drilling. The sound is fantastic and can cover so much ground but I think I already found my preferred setting as in the video. Can do punchy or saturated, has a great EQ and the balanced out sounds great.
       Went with the trs balanced out as my two notes cabm+ only has trs in, and I plan on using that for bass cab IRs and power amp simulation. Went with a UV print on tayda matte dark grey enclosure. Obvious graphics choice for me. Brian really outdid himself on this one. Video has my preferred setting with my typical 90s style of simple basic bitch playing. Build this, it does not disappoint.

General Questions / Sludgehammer hookup to test rig
« on: April 30, 2022, 12:16:59 PM »
I'm having a total brain fart, how would I hook up the sludgehammer to my test rig to rock before boxing?

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