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Open Discussion / Electron Vibration Alignment Field!
« on: April 19, 2016, 03:09:35 PM »

I'm in the wrong business ...

Open Discussion / RIP George Martin
« on: March 11, 2016, 04:17:34 AM »
another one gone
what's going on this year ... :-(

Open Discussion / Hologram Dream Sequence (GAS alert)
« on: February 11, 2016, 02:40:37 PM »

Open Discussion / Seeking advice for buying a PC
« on: February 03, 2016, 10:35:07 AM »
I have been using the same imac since 2006 and have always been pretty happy with its performance but in the last year or so it has really begun to feel outdated. For one thing bloody apple wont allow upgrading the OS and no further updates are offered anymore, which is a shame, as the machine itself is still doing ok... lots of software is not supporting the OS I'm stuck with any longer (java for example)

So now I am looking into replacing it, after much thought I am set on getting a desktop PC. But not having paid ANY attention to what came and went to the computer market since 2006 ... I guess my knowledge is as outdated as my poor imac .. :-)

I would rather remain under the 400-500 Euro-ish for the budget.
So what would be the best options for a PC that will serve for music production (I don't use too many VST's), occasional video editing and the usual web and office based stuff?

Ideally I would like something that I could upgrade easily as time goes by and not be stuck like I am at the moment with the imac.

I keep reading quite contradictory opinions on various forums (surprise ...) about whether to get an i5 or i7. So I'm not too sure if it's worth getting something more expensive with an i7 or if I will be more prone to need upgrading if I go with an i5. Right now in my head I am sounding like an angry old scotsman shouting "arrhhh me eyes are burning, will you people come to an agreement or I’ll give you a slap on the ear!!!"

I know my requirements are quite vague (and possibly unrealistic?), but I guess I just need some kind of starting point :-)

Open Discussion / Crazy collection of salvaged parts
« on: April 26, 2015, 10:32:03 AM »

When I see something like this I can't but wonder what the person was up to. It's damn impressive

Open Discussion / Bass VI vs Bariton
« on: March 25, 2015, 07:07:42 AM »
I am thinking of converting a Tele I have laying around that has a crappy neck to either a Bass VI or Bariton, with a conversion neck.

I have the feeling that with a Bass VI I will be stuck with something in between a bass and a guitar, where playing chords will yield shoddy results. Might be very cool for some things but not an very flexible instrument.
It would be nice to have it as an extended shortscale bass though ...

Bariton, closer to a regular guitar, but you have to transpose what you are playing which can be annoying but at the same time open up new tonal possibilities ...

Not ever having played either one of those I was just wondering what you guy's experience with such instruments is.

P.S. I know that it all really depends on personal preferences and playing style. Just wondering what you guys play with these instruments.

Open Discussion / Any good Audiobooks?
« on: February 25, 2015, 08:29:55 AM »
 Daily I have about 3 hours of commuting by car (sometimes less when I’m lucky…)
A few months ago I started listening to audiobooks and found that it makes the time spent in the car a lot more enjoyable and prevents me from wanting to kill every second driver and curse them and their whole family for the next ten generations ... ;-)

Among others I have been through these:

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull (the founder of Pixar, very entertaining, despite it being aimed at managers)
The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
The Lord of the Rings (watch out for those long Elf songs if you are driving, had me dosing off more than once …)
The Harry Potter series, narrated by Stephen Fry (really nice actually, Stephen Fry is great to listen to and has probably spoiled me to the point of no longer being able to enjoy lesser narrators …)

Right now I am listening to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which sounds promising.

Any of you guys know some good audiobooks?

Open Discussion / Speaking of mini wah's ...
« on: February 10, 2015, 06:27:31 AM »

Tech Help - Projects Page / Weird oscillation with 2 Overdrives
« on: January 22, 2015, 06:29:50 AM »
So I was building myself a double overdrive combining something like an OD820 and somthing like a BSIAB. The OD820 is first in the chain. Both circuits can be bypassed individually.
I had been testing it and they sounded great either on their own or combined.

Then... I actually plugged my guitar directly into the pedal. Until then I had been playing through a looper that plugged into the peal, but when plugging the guitar directly into it I get a huge high pitched oscillation when both circuits are engaged. The pitch of the squeal varies with almost all the knobs of the 2 pedals. Also the guitar knobs affect the squeal pitch.

As soon as I insert some buffer between the guitar and the pedal all is fine.

This can happen, but what I find the weirdest is that the first thing in my OD820 circuit is a regular textbook opamp buffer (unlike the actual OD820 which is a fet buffer) ... ???

I just don't get this ... maybe someone has an idea of what could be causing this, and why the onboard buffer does not prevent the oscillation like an external one does

Open Discussion / EHX made a new Pulsar, Holy smokes !
« on: January 19, 2015, 02:14:23 PM »

Open Discussion / Ever regretted selling a pedal?
« on: January 08, 2015, 06:28:19 AM »
Surely you have owned and resold more pedals than you would care to remember but have you ever regretted parting with one to the point of buying another one?

I have recently bought a Memory Man with Hazarai again. I had owned one for a few months some years ago and sold it as I could not really get a good use out of it (and also partly because I was convinced I would never want to use a digital delay .. cork sniffing hmm hmm ...) I am having so much fun with it now :-)

The only other pedal I ever regretted is a DOD FX-17 Wah/Volume. I can't even remember why I sold it. Perhaps needed money. It's such a nifty pedal though, small and with a 5v CV output. The Wah circuit was nothing to write home about but definitely usable. I would love to get another one for it's size and to control CV pedals ...
They pop up on ebay regularly but for ridiculously high prices ... I'll keep watching ...

I had bought a breadboard years ago that was great and is just now starting to feel a bit loose on the connections.
Since then I have bought 2 others (Tayda or Banzai ... don't remember) and these are just crap. You never know if a connection is OK and lose more time debugging faulty connections than your actual circuit ...

I can't remember for the life of me where I got the old one from. It was a light brownish color. The new ones are the cheap chinese white stuff you get everywhere and it seems that all the places like Tayda, Banzai, Musikding etc only carry these same ones.

Does anyone know where to find good, sturdy breadboards?

General Questions / Difference between Sunking and Kingslayer Charge Pump ?
« on: December 30, 2014, 08:42:25 AM »

I was wondering what D4, D5, and C24 in the Sunking do compared to the Kingslayer setup.
And does the Sunking run on +18V/-9V? Or is that a typo?

Lots of 2 in 1 topics lately it seems.

I am planning a double overdrive pedal. The first circuit is already done, it's a kind of OD820 with a mids pot. But I am still looking for a nice second overdrive to put after it. Initially I was going for a Plexi Drive, as I find that it is both a mild overdrive and when boosted with something in front of it becomes a huge marshall monster without adding too much noise. Not surprising to see Wampler use it in his Velvet Fuzz.

The thing is that I am always trying to stay away from circuits relying on parts that are hard to get/expensive and inconsistent, needing much sorting.

I have not found any op amp design yet that breaks up like the Plexi Drive. I tried rat/TS/Shredmaster and similar topologies and they all get very loose and flabby in the bass content when boosted with something. Reducing the bass response does not seem to help much.

Any ideas of an op amp overdrive/distortion that stays tight when boosted?

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