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Open Discussion / Re: Klons and Diodes
« on: November 20, 2023, 01:34:45 PM »
Just socket the diodes and use your ears for the ones you like. Screw accuracy.
This. Sometimes you find oddball components with no markings, you put them in a circuit, and the clouds part with a ray of beautiful noise.
I agree and clouds part differently for every ones ears

It's mostly steam that escapes when my ears part.

Open Discussion / Re: Klons and Diodes
« on: November 19, 2023, 04:41:47 PM »
Was it Midwayfair who did a subjective diode listening test with various diodes in the Klon.  I can't find the page unfortunately.

Yeah, and then people bought out the ones that I said I liked, and claimed that they were the most accurate, even though they demonstrably weren't even remotely accurate to the Fv of a typical germanium diode, in a pedal that most people never use as a distortion. Goddamn I hate every fucking thing about this stupid pedal. There's got to be some way of finding that post on the forum, unless I removed it out of spite.

Knowing the Fv of a diode is completely useless unless you know you're using the the same meter as the person who measured it. Just socket the diodes and use your ears for the ones you like. Screw accuracy.

General Questions / Re: Cardinal Tremolo V2 PCB
« on: November 05, 2023, 05:33:28 PM »
When I disconected power to the circuit Vac 2 read 543 ohms.

That's definitely not normal, but to be really sure you'd want to desolder it from the circuit to measure. Be really careful and actually use a desolder pump or a solder wick, because you don't want to bend the legs any more than you absolutely must. After you do that, re-check the area around where the vactrol was soldered in. If you socketed the transistors, take out Q1 and make sure no sound passes in any switch position. If you get sound, then there's got to be a solder bridge most likely. But check the vactrol first.

Post pictures of the board and voltages if you're still stuck and you find out that the vactrol was fine.

Josh isn't around at all any more and I maybe only check the forum once a week so please be patient.

Build Reports / Re: It's my wah and I'll cry if I want to.
« on: October 09, 2023, 03:01:57 PM »
Bite my shiny metal wahs!

My graphics aren't as fancy as some of yours

pft, liar.

Open Discussion / Re: New Trevor Rabin album
« on: September 11, 2023, 12:34:46 PM »
Dude's vocals are on point for being, what, 70?

Did not like the guitar solos though. They felt out of place and not in a prog-y way. Also some weird stuff going on with tonal changes in the last one, it sounds like the shreddy riff was a different take and mixed very differently.

Yikes! I missed this completely. I'm glad to hear that you're recovering. Brains go INSIDE the skull! INSIDE!

Open Discussion / Re: Here's me and my dad
« on: May 29, 2023, 11:46:33 AM »
Sorry for your loss, Brian.

Great work, Jimi!

dang dude. Absolutely worth the necro!

Build Reports / Re: Theramin
« on: May 06, 2023, 01:01:05 PM »
hah, no way. This is a great project! I bet you can use your foot just as well as your hand!

Hey Brian.

If people need to sub the JFET, the import thing is that the drain->source resistance is low (with no voltage applied at the gate) -- you want something between 200-400R ideally, but the J201 is all the way up at 1K, and if you look at the resistor it's in parallel with, you'll see that can only has a 2.7:1 ratio, whereas something around 300 would give you a 9:1. I tend to look for 350, IIRC. I sorted them a long time ago but it's been so long since I built one.

The subs here will all be lower gain things (3819) as well as near-subs like the 5952 and BF245, all accounting for pin orientation of course.

Open Discussion / Re: Finally leveled up.
« on: March 22, 2023, 05:50:11 AM »
Congrats Jimi!

General Questions / Re: Boost question - husky boy adjacent...
« on: February 04, 2023, 01:20:26 PM »
one of my songs doesn't use your standard C chord; it's more whatever this version of C is:


It's a C major 9th (CM9), or C major 7th suspended 2nd (technically more correct, though it's the same note names as CM9), or you could read it as a G/C (G with C in the bass).

Anyway, Fuzz or any heavy amount of distortion is going to be REALLY unhappy with the C and D notes in that chord (the open D string and the C on the 8th fret of the E) -- low frequencies tend to have trouble that close together even on clean sounds, usually the solution is to use the 9th instead of the 2nd, so for a Csus2 versus Cadd9, something like x32030 tends to sound cleaner than x30010. This is an arrangement/physics problem, not necessarily an issue with which distortion pedal you decide to use. The way I'd handle it is to use the interesting 4-note chord in the clean parts and power chords in the distorted part unless you WANT the extra dissonance from the distortion -- people use power chords with distortion for a reason.

Swapping the transistors you're using in the boost isn't going to change it very much. I'd actually highly recommend sticking an EQ pedal after your fuzz and figuring out if any tone shaping will work better. You can then either just use the EQ pedal if it's complicated or make a boost with a tone control in the right spot if it's just a matter of cutting some highs.

Open Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Brian
« on: December 13, 2022, 06:50:16 PM »
Happy birthday, buddy <3

Build Reports / Re: Tape Delay
« on: December 06, 2022, 03:47:18 PM »

how's the warble control work?

There's a voltage on the CCO pin that roughly corresponds with the input signal (I think the CCO pin is connected to OP1). Basically, the resistor and cap feed some of that signal to the VCO pin which changes the voltage at that pin, and thus the delay speed. At least that's my understanding. Smaller capacitors tended to increase the speed of the warble, producing ring modulation type sounds. Larger caps tended to slow the warble down and make it less sensitive to playing dynamics. 220nFĖ2uF worked best for me.

You can get it to do pitch bends (though not as extreme as something like the Clari(not)) at higher "warble" and "delay" settings, but most of the range is more chorus like. It sounds more natural to me than LFO based implementations because you can't make out a regular pulse. It's more like the subtle modulation you get with a good "hall" reverb versus putting a CE-2 in the feedback loop.


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