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Global Annoucements / Restocks and free shipping
« on: July 15, 2020, 06:11:29 PM »
Restocks in! Plus, All USA ship free now through Sunday. For Canada, all orders $15 and up will get 50% discount on shipping.

Global Annoucements / More restocks available
« on: July 02, 2020, 06:33:12 PM »
Back in stock: All VFE, Slow Loris, El Guapo, Freekout, Total Recall, 3PDT#1, 3PDT#2, Harbinger 1.5, and Mysterioso.

Global Annoucements / Summer Sabbatical
« on: June 24, 2020, 07:27:37 PM »
Now that this recent round is released and most of those orders are shipped I'll finally be taking some time off. Actually, an extended period. I've been at it pretty hard for the last 8 months so it seems like the right time.

So, I will not be doing any project development or new releases for the remainder of the summer. I need this time to recharge a bit and work on some other fun stuff. During this time, I'll still be on the forum, still shipping orders and doing re-stocks. I will release the Tappy when it comes in on or around July 5th since that was already promised. I'll also be spending time on getting the new store done which I hope will coincide with the next releases. But, I won't be building any pedals most likely.

The next batch of releases will come in early Sept. and I expect there will be a "Fall Giveaway" that goes with that!

Global Annoucements / Our new moderator - jimilee!
« on: June 23, 2020, 08:30:26 PM »
Please welcome the newest member to the mbp team: jimilee!

Jimi has been a member of the mbp community for close to a decade and has been a constant force in making this forum a welcoming and wonderful place to be. I think he's the perfect addition to the team so please welcome him! Thank you, jimilee.

Global Annoucements / Summer releases are out
« on: June 22, 2020, 07:35:36 PM »
New releases: Glasshole, VFE DarkHorse and VFE MiniMu. 2020 updates: Bumblebee, Kraken, Mangler, NomNom, Runt, Smoothie and Wolfshirt.

The Tappy project is temporarily on hold due to a stupid mistake I made. I'll do my best to get it available with the next round of restocks coming in a couple of weeks.

I'll get a Glasshole demo up tomorrow!

Global Annoucements / International shipments update #2
« on: June 10, 2020, 07:19:36 PM »
This really pains me but I am suspending all international orders for the time being. There are simply too many instances of delayed delivery and possible lost shipments. This is unfair to customers and potentially financially harmful to mbp. This is a temporary measure although I'm not sure how long it will last. Hopefully not more than a few weeks.

USA and Canada orders will still be processed and shipped as usual.

For all international customers: please do not hesitate to PM or email me if you have reached the 60 day threshold (meaning you have not received your package 60 days after it was shipped). I will offer refunds for all orders that have not been delivered. I will not be re-shipping any orders until I know that things have returned to normal.

I'm very sorry that it has come to this. I wish there was more than I could do but protecting your $$ (and mine) is the better choice for all involved.

Errata, Corrections, Revisions / VFE Mini Mu correction
« on: June 10, 2020, 06:43:26 PM »
There were a few transposed labels on the Parts and Traces images in the doc. These have been corrected and uploaded. Thanks, Aentons!

Errata, Corrections, Revisions / Wavelord - Multi pot mod
« on: May 24, 2020, 07:39:35 PM »
Issue: When you turn the Multiplier pot into its last 1/3rd of its rotation the multiplier "resets" to a 1:1 ratio.

Cause: While it's not shown in the application circuit in the TAPLFO3 datasheet, it is explained earlier on in the doc. It's 100% my fault for overlooking this when I worked out the Wavelord! What happens is once the Multiplier wiper voltage reaches a certain point it goes from x4 speed back to x1 speed. This occurs when the wiper exceeds 3.75v.

Fix: To prevent the reset, we have to put an additional limit on the wiper of the pot. Luckily, this is a very easy fix.
- You need to install a 4k7 between lug3 of the Multi pot and PCB. For a PCB pin mounted pot, this means you'll need to cut part of pin3 and solder a 4k7 to connect to the board. Alternatively, you can use a 10kB wired pot and just use the resistor instead of a wire. Please see the pic below.

This also has another advantage in that it spreads out the Multi control so the changeover spots b/w the 1/2, x1, x1.5, x2 and x4 are spread out more.

Who should do this mod: If you are building the Wavelord now you should do the mod. If you've already built and boxed it I'd say weigh out the time it's going to take to unbox, mod and rebox it and whether or not it is worth the time. I do apologize for not realizing this error earlier :( I will probably put this mod in for the next run of boards.

I will update the Wavelord build doc with this info ASAP.

Open Discussion / NPD -Iridium
« on: May 10, 2020, 07:31:21 PM »
One big inconvenience these last two months is I've found it really hard to find a good time to make new demos. My wife has constant video conferencing throughout the day so it never seems a good time to fire up the amp and make a lot of noise. Also, Radiophonic is doing weekly Ninjam sessions to get ready for the next record and a direct to audio option is really advantageous for that. So what better way to solve a problem than throw too much money at it?

Initial reactions: it sounds very good. Not perfect, but pretty excellent. I expected to like the Fender emulation the most but it turns out to be my least favorite of the options. I seem to like the Vox modeler the best. It's crisp, meaty and more than enough gain on tap. Plus, it takes pedals very well. I had synth and delay plugged directly into it this weekend and it sounded great. Also, the thing I like most about it is that it responds awesome to volume changes on the guitar. I could dial in a pretty hairy OD but then dial it back with the guitar and turn up the volume when I needed to.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with it but I would love it more at $299 instead of $399. There are some settings where I can hear just a bit of rattiness (higher gain settings) that you wouldn't have on a real amp but it's not bad. I would have liked a slightly longer tail reverb IR option. The 250ms gets the job done, though. I don't find the different cab models to be that different from one another but I have yet to test a full range of pedals through it.

In any case, this should open up some new possibilities for me getting more demos done. It's light years beyond some of the conventional DIY cab sim options (to be sure I built one before I purchased the Iridium to make sure I actually wanted to spend the money). I'm hoping to do some future demos with backing tracks, too. Probably will make me want to practice once in a while!

There has been a significant uptick in delivery times for international orders. I have been getting complaints about non-delivery after 30 days in countries in Europe and elsewhere. Canada does not yet seem to be affected. This is most likely due to COVID. For perspective I have, at most, a half dozen orders that go missing in a year and I've already had that of that number in the last 6 weeks.

So, I am extending the 30 day non-delivery policy to 60 days for now. This means if you have not received your package within 60 days of shipment I will re-ship one time at no charge. I hate doing this since I think it's ridiculous to wait two months for an order but this is only one small inconvenience in a stream of many that we are all experiencing now.

If I see this trend continue or if things go back to normal I'll review this policy and change it accordingly. I don't want anyone not to get their stuff and I also don't want to take a huge bath on re-shipping since it is so expensive (I'm not worried about replacing PCBs at all - it's just this goddang shipping costs we all have to deal with now).

Global Annoucements / 05.05 - Some restocks are here
« on: May 05, 2020, 05:57:25 PM »
-The IMP giveaway is over. I will be placing it for sale at a later time, if anyone missed out.
-Restocks now available: Dragonbeard, Touchstone, Flunkee, Aquaboy Deluxe, Naughty Fish, Pork Barrel, RustBucket and Retrograde.

The Flunkee was a previous giveaway and is now available for purchase.
The Naughty Fish is a small batch and the last one for a while. I will be releasing the VFE MiniMu within the next week as an alternate project.
There are just a handful of Rustbuckets.

There will be some new projects (not announced) and new layouts for existing projects (already listed on the Projects page) coming within the next week.

Global Annoucements / April 2020 release are out plus a new giveaway!
« on: April 17, 2020, 05:21:45 PM »

Banner says it all. Also, there are some re-stocks. I decided to move the giveaway up to this release instead of the next one because what the hell else is there to do?

Open Discussion / Google hangout signup - next weekend
« on: April 02, 2020, 09:08:28 PM »
This Next weekend I will do two Hangout sessions, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Each session will be for 1 hour and limited to 15 video-enabled participants (I will limit these two sessions to those that have webcams). Each session will take place at 12pm CST to allow for different timezones.

If you want to participate, simply respond in this thread. I will send you an message to your registered forum email with the link for the scheduled hangout. Your slot will be be determined by your post # in this thread.

TOPIC: well, whatever we want. Focus on pedal building but we can share anything and go off on tangents. There's no agenda other than to have fun.

I don't have much experience with Hangout but I'll figure it out in time.

PS I am included in the 15. So it will be 14 forum members per session plus me. If you have a preference on days you can include that in your post and I will do my best to accommodate. If we don't get to 15 people I'll just pick one of the days.

Global Annoucements / March releases....going a bit late
« on: March 31, 2020, 07:58:20 PM »
Still working on documents for the new projects (everything is built and verified) so it will be a couple more days probably. I expect anywhere from 2-4 NEW projects in addition to the three re-designed projects I already posted on the Store page. It's just going slow to get to the finish line so I'll release whatever I have completed within the next couple of days.

There will be a second April release at the end of the month plus a new giveaway (no hints). If I can pull off everything I'm trying for then I will be taking all of May off, haha.

Open Discussion / Hermit Superpower
« on: March 24, 2020, 10:47:36 AM »
Since I've basically been sheltering in place for 10 years (I work from home and so I am home all the time) I've gained a super-power:

I can tell if there is a window or door open anywhere in my house from any place in my house. Why? I dunno. Maybe because I am so used to the ambient sounds in my place that the slightest change registers. I only have a normal hearing range for my age (actually I have a little bit of tinnitus). It's my one super power, apparently.

What new powers will you gain from being at home all the time? Yes, this is a stupid thread.

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