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Afterlife Build, 1st Madbean
« on: November 20, 2013, 11:56:53 PM »
So, I've been involved with electronics for quite a while, recently turned my attention to pedals. First ever was a BYOC Classic Delay, I recently decided I needed a compressor, liked the idea of something compact, so I sent off for an Afterlife board. Everything is stock, works great, wiring is standard although I added a case ground because I was getting buzz when touching the bare metal. It's unpainted, acid etched, did some blotch masking to go for a sort of relic look to it. Thank you kindly for your time.

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Re: Afterlife Build, 1st Madbean
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2013, 12:37:34 PM »
That's a cool finish, kind of looks like a stone cut from a quarry.

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Re: Afterlife Build, 1st Madbean
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2013, 07:18:34 PM »
Yeah, dig the relic'd Ankh.  Really nice finish on that.
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Re: Afterlife Build, 1st Madbean
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2013, 08:49:44 PM »
Yeah, dig the relic'd Ankh.  Really nice finish on that.
Ahhh I didn't even notice it was an Ankh, thats great. How do you like the compressor. I have built about 5 and this one is next.
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Re: Afterlife Build, 1st Madbean
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2013, 08:56:01 PM »
It's The Avatar's afterlife!
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Re: Afterlife Build, 1st Madbean
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2013, 02:06:07 AM »
The Afterlife is one of my favorite comps actually - good choice! That etch reminds me of playing Ultima back in the day.
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Re: Afterlife Build, 1st Madbean
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2013, 03:07:34 AM »
Thank you all kindly! Didn't think of the quarry cut stone, I might have to experiment with tinting this type of finish to try and enhance that.

Yeah, dig the relic'd Ankh.  Really nice finish on that.
Ahhh I didn't even notice it was an Ankh, thats great. How do you like the compressor. I have built about 5 and this one is next.

This is the first hardware compressor I've ever owned, I've fiddled with software based ones before, but that was mostly for sidechaining a bassline or limiting transients coming off of a synth. For those purposes, had them set a bit squashy. This is extremely transparent, attack is preserved very very nicely up until about 4:00 on the knob, at which point it quickly becomes very percussive. I couldn't be more pleased with it, it's a very subtle beast. I might add a trim-pot in place of the threshold adjustment resistor, but I'm in no hurry because by default I'm finding it to be in a very nice place.

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Re: Afterlife Build, 1st Madbean
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2013, 09:19:31 PM »
I agree, it's one of my goto pedals these days.  I set it to nudge the front of a clean amp a bit and the comp responds well to guitar knob changes (or at least as well as ANY compressor can).  It's definitely transparent.
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Re: Afterlife Build, 1st Madbean
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2013, 04:52:34 PM »
I already have the components and the PCB is on the way. Nice job!