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Open Discussion / Pedal Board innovations? Ideas?
« on: March 25, 2015, 07:50:57 AM »
I'm having a small bass pedalboard put together for me at Talked about it in another thread: would do it myself if I didn't live in an apartment and could do woodworking yadda yadda yadda  :)

That said, I can trick it out if it's useful. What are your most useful pedal board mods/innovations? This is going to be a smallish 13.5x12 slanted board made of wood with handles. I'm going to add a diy power brick underneath. It's got in/out jacks and I was thinking of adding a buffer/blend to the in/outs since this is for bass.

Anything else useful that people have done?

Open Discussion / Good pedalboards? This one?
« on: March 22, 2015, 02:28:02 PM »
Starting to get tired of having "loose" pedals. Anyone have a pedalboard they like? Was thinking of getting one of these:

Open Discussion / compressor volume level?
« on: March 20, 2015, 01:44:16 PM »
IS there a "right" way to set the volume on a compressor? I have a jmk mini-engineer's thumb with a trimpot for volume. Should I try to set it so that it's not that much of a "boost" when clicked on? Or is it all really just to your preference and there's not rec'd way to do it?

Open Discussion / Eliminating hum from new pedal? Suggestions?
« on: March 19, 2015, 06:56:20 AM »
This is probably an easy one for most of you. Any suggestions on how to cut hum from this guy?:

Finally tested it out at band practice last night and I get a pretty audible hum when everything is off. What should I do? I think that the culprit might be the power cable runs. The power jack is on the back and does a long run to the mini-compressor, and then there's another long run back to the back of the bass klon. Can I just connect everything to the jack? Or do I have to chain it like that? Here's a pic of the insides. Thanks in advance for any suggestions:

Build Reports / Bass Behemoth + JMK mini Engineer's Thumb
« on: March 17, 2015, 07:24:56 AM »

Been wanting to try out a bass klon for a while now and when Rej made an offer in a thread for a populated version of his Bass Behemoth, I jumped on it. Around that time I had also collected a PPP orange sparkle enclosure and a pop'd JMK mini Engineer's thumb board from BYOC (missed getting one from JMK over the holidays). I just came off a bad time of trying to build a circuit of Midway Fair's that he designed for me that is in my fail box. Before hitting that one again, I thought I'd do an "easy" assembly pedal. Well, nothing is every easy!  :) I did get this one working, though.

I'm a bass player and have wanted a really basic, functional, utility pedal for a while now. Something that can do light grit, but can get fuzzy if need be AND incorporates a comp. Kind of a grab and go bass pedal. The circuit that Jon developed (that I couldn't get working from above) is the same idea as this pedal, but kind of a Bearhug/Green Russian Muff mashup put through the innovative approach that he uses for all of his projects. This is a different flavor of that and I'll be interested to see how they compare. This is a quad opamp take on the Klon with germanium diodes and a jfet boost that "only" works when the OD is engaged, which caused some complications in troubleshooting.

I have only been able to try this one out on my crappy bench amp, so I'll have to see how it sounds out loud on the stack. But so far, the engineer's thumb is really nice. Very smooth and full range with amazing sustain if you need it. It does color the sound a little bit, but I like it so far. The klon clone side is great so far as well. Allows for some nice boosted tone without losing low end-- kind of does what a klon should. I like the added grit, but will need some real speakers to test out what it sounds boosted. I like it so far. When the boost is engaged, the OD can get a little harsh (not as smooth and warm as I would like), but again, this needs some dialing in. Also, with these kinds of pedals and bass (as most of you know): when played at home, a nice warm fuzz generally seems to get lost in the mix with a band. Something that is slightly harsher sounding seems to actually sound better in a band mix, so I think it's going to be great.

One thing: When I max out the pot for the engineer's thumb, it abruptly cuts the signal in about the last 1/16th of the rotation. Any ideas on why that might be?

Open Discussion / Best muff/muff variant for bass?
« on: March 16, 2015, 07:48:34 AM »
Oft discussed, I know. Any new thoughts or opinions? Variants that haven't been discussed for bass? Anyone try the ultrastoner? Musket?

I like my pharaoh a lot... but I'm always looking.

Open Discussion / Looper Uses?
« on: February 23, 2015, 09:16:35 AM »
I have a ditto on the way. Looking forward to it! I plan to use it more for practice and writing than for performance. This is my first looper, though. Any tips or suggestions on uses that I might not have thought of?

Open Discussion / Muff/mudbunny diode switch mod wiring?
« on: February 01, 2015, 08:23:28 PM »
I can't seem to find the answer to this-- must not be searching properly! I want to put some diode options on a switch from the first and/ or second stage. I know how to do the  switch, but not exactly how to wire it to the PCB. Is one wire to one part of the first diode and the other to part of the second?

How did it do?

Open Discussion / Dark orange sparkle enclosure labeling?
« on: January 14, 2015, 08:40:51 AM »
I've got a PPP dark orange sparkle enclosure that I'm going to drill as soon as I can. Any thoughts on how to label it? I'm thinking white will show up best and was going to give a shot at ZVEX/Jon Patton style painting. Anyone else have examples of good labeling on orange sparkle? Seems just a little dark for a black label and not sure I can print white.

Open Discussion / Mini-Muff: mids control vs Presence/Shift control?
« on: January 08, 2015, 10:45:49 AM »
I'm working on a pickdropper mini-muff and have been wondering whether to use the built-in mids pot or go for a pharoah/hoof version of the AMZ Presence knob, which seems to be a 25K pot on R19.

Any thoughts on this? Of course, I'll give both a try. But does anyone feel that one is better than the other? Background: I'm "not" going for a scooped mids classic muff sound.

Open Discussion / Any coders or developers out there?
« on: January 06, 2015, 08:09:50 AM »
Is anyone out there a coder? I'm seriously thinking of doing some kind of coding boot camp to get more of a coding background. Would love to connect with any madbeaners who do that kind of work to find out more about getting involved as a... cough... 41 year old!

Open Discussion / 2011 mudbunny layout?
« on: January 04, 2015, 06:05:30 PM »
Were the pdf's taken offline? I need a layout for a 2011 board that I'm building up. Thanks in advance for any help!

Open Discussion / Simple flanger build?
« on: January 01, 2015, 06:45:20 PM »
Any recs for a simple diy flanger build?

Open Discussion / Boost that is also a light OD?
« on: December 22, 2014, 10:31:13 PM »
Any suggestions on a full range boost to build (that I can use to drive a muff) but also works to add some light OD? Mainly for use with bass.

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