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Global Annoucements / Re: New VFE pushed back a bit.
« on: July 23, 2018, 08:44:09 PM »
Sweet! Canít wait! This good news, sounds like you are back in action with good health I hope.

I was wondering when / how / and if tariffs would affect the pedal industry and community.

I just got an email from Mammoth that their Pro 3pdt switches are on sale for 2.50 each. The email said that they are going to have increase their prices on a few of their items including these switches because of the tariffs. Nothing saying how much they will go up, but 2.50 is a good deal, might not want to pass that up.

Their website is acting really wonky and itís hard to actually get an order through. I just kept trying and it eventually worked.

General Questions / Re: Kingslayer Diode Gating Issues
« on: July 23, 2018, 03:21:40 PM »
Hey there. Iím a little confused what you mean by hard vs soft clipping because the current version of the Kingslayer only has hard clipping.  Soft clipping would be in the feedback loop of the opamp. Are you using an older board?

Check this out

According to the discussion it seems that as your note decays there are some high frequency spikes that occur, which goes through the clippers and you hear them as that sort of fizzy sputter as the note trails out. The suggestion is to add a low pass filter right before the clipping diodes.  So you could probably put a cap (try 1n) in parallel with the clipping diodes and see if that solves the problem for you.

Open Discussion / Re: Including Schematics?
« on: June 22, 2018, 11:12:05 AM »
Schematics are super important to me because I want to understand what I am building and learn from it.  The whole reason I got into this hobby was because most of the pedals I bought were always missing something and just didnít feel like my voice.  Iím really not interested in projects without schematics.

If itís the maker I am thinking, they are really responsive if you message them.

Open Discussion / Re: Hilarious Pedal Names
« on: June 18, 2018, 04:37:45 PM »
That "wolf" looks a lot like a whippet or greyhound.

I think thatís why it ďwas a wolf in the forestĒ. The dog imagined he was a wolf in the Forest Distortion.  Itís a magical place where the only limits are your imagination.

General Questions / Re: Aion Stratus no OD
« on: June 13, 2018, 10:46:42 PM »
Thanks going to order the right capacitor and a new ton pot because I accidentally cracked the one i have now. One last question tho. When I use the clip switch the center position is loudest with a volume drop on the other two. is that normal? or is there something else I should look for.

That is normal.  When you are in the center position (off) you are omitting the clipping diodes which clip the signal and make it sound distorted and not as loud.  The different types of clipping diodes will have a different effect on the how the sound is clipped, which will give it a different character.  When you don't use clipping diodes you will probably get op amp clipping at high gain.  Different op amps clip at different levels and sound different when clipped, and some sound (IMHO) horrible while others sound awesome.     

General Questions / Re: Aion Stratus no OD
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:20:39 PM »
My guess is that you were cutting out so many highs that there was nothing left  :)

Glad you got it working!

Build Reports / Re: Violet Ram's Head
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:03:10 PM »
Amazing work. So clean, Iíd eat off it. What ribbon cable do you use and where do you get it from?

General Questions / Re: Aion Stratus no OD
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:01:46 PM »
Hmm... center cutting out seems weird. I assume itís an on-off-on switch, so Center is no diode clipping which would lead to op amp clipping but if it cuts out it makes me wonder if your op amp is not working properly. Are you saying it is currently 53n? The schematic says 51p. C3 cuts highs and has a great effect with higher gain settings. If yours is 53n or anything huge like that I would assume you would be cutting a whole bunch of highs I would think it would sound really dark, and maybe there is the problem?

General Questions / Re: Aion Stratus no OD
« on: June 11, 2018, 10:53:19 PM »
So your volume control and tone control are working. When you use gain on does it act like a volume control? Or just does nothing?  Check your C4 and R5 and reflow those. Also try to reflow your clipping diodes.  It looks like you got the bright mod set up right. Maybe reflow your clip switch? Nothing is really standing out from the pictures.. Good luck man, hope you figure it out.

Open Discussion / Re: Help me with my PRS
« on: June 09, 2018, 11:14:18 AM »
I have a similar problem with an old MIM strat my dad got me way back as my first guitar.  I love that guitar, it plays amazing, but recently I've noticed its pretty dark when compared to my crappy frankin strat I put together from an old guitar my friend gave me.  I spray painted it white, added a Mighty Might neck, the body was a weird thick squire style so I plugged the bridge holes and put a Gotoh vintage style bridge on it.  Both have the same pickups and the white strat is way brighter. 

Could be the wood, but could also be the wiring.  The MIM strat has a tbx tone control, which I don't like (just not for me) and I was planning removing that to see if that is a reason for tone suck, because it really does feel like there is some sort of tone suck going on.  But also people say, don't know how true, is that the trem block has a lot to do with the brightness.  I think that PRS SE Santana has a trem, check the block cause why not?  The Gotoh is a really solid block whereas the MIM strat has this somewhat soft, possibly zinc type block.  It does make me wonder if that has something to do with it... like the highs are getting lost because the block is not transferring the resonance.  Haven't tried switching that out yet.

Also I as I understand it the value of the pots makes a difference in the brightness of the guitar.  Check the pot values, with humbuckers traditionally you have 500ks, you could up that to 1 meg for more brightness. 

But yeah, might need new pickups.  The muddiness might be nice for that Santana overdrive sound, but it might not translate well to your needs.         

Build Reports / Re: EQD Dirt Transmitter - A De-build Report
« on: June 08, 2018, 01:43:03 PM »
Nice! I was curious about what was going on inside this pedal, now I know thanks to you!

Global Annoucements / Re: Health update and also a sale
« on: June 05, 2018, 05:15:15 PM »
BTW, for all those non-Americans who are curious: my ER visit which included a CT scan, EKG, blood test, zero medication and BP monitoring all done in about 2.5 hours (and probably less than 7 minutes with an actual doctor) came to over $2500 WITH insurance. Without: over $10k. That's how fucked up the USA is.

Yeah man I was worried, I assumed you are self employed, how bad it would be. Itís stories like these that make me realize how lucky I am that my company provides really good health insurance. Though it could be a ploy to keep people from leaving.

Global Annoucements / Re: Health update and also a sale
« on: June 04, 2018, 12:12:38 PM »
 ;D looks exciting!

Glad to hear you are doing better.

Global Annoucements / Re: health vs. mbp
« on: May 21, 2018, 12:15:41 PM »
Get healthy man. Hope they figure it out and I wish you a speedy recovery.

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