Author Topic: Mission Control: Looper/Switcher, clever stuff, if I say so myself!  (Read 2086 times)

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I got this enclosure from a forum member (Ian, you know who you are, thanks!) and wanted to make a Mission Control type of thing, master switch for the entire pedalboard.... What is in there? 5 loops, a built-in Bloviator, and some clever switching!

Here's the signal path:
Loop 1: Tuner, this will be in the signal path most of the time, as the tuner I use (Korg DT-10) has a pretty good buffer. Can be taken out for some buffer-shy fuzzes...
Loop 2: Wahwah, needs no further explanation
Loop 3: Boost/Overdrive/Distortion/Fuzz effects
Loop 4: Tremolo/Chorus/Flanger/Phaser/Delay effects
Loop 5: Always on booster/EQ
Bloviator: a lot of you guys know and love it, special sauce for your tone!

And these are the switching options:
Bloviator can be switched on or off
The order of loop 2 and loop 3 can be reversed, Wah into Fuzz, or Fuzz into Wah
Loop 5 can be at the end of the signal path (just before the Bloviator) or at the beginning (making it a loop 1.5, technically...)

Some pictures:
Outside



And inside:




When integrated into my setup, loops will be hard-wired to their respective switches, with the cables running through the ugly holes you see in the 2nd picture.
This was a royal bitch to wire up, 7 3PDT's (4 stomps, 3 toggle's), 5 LED's, Bloviator... I started out with some AWG22 stranded, but realized I could not get 2 of those into one pole of the 3PDT's, so I redid the whole thing with the solid core wire I love so much... Really, the photo's I posted don't do the wiring job justice. I'll try to get some better ones tomorrow.....

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Re: Mission Control: Looper/Switcher, clever stuff, if I say so myself!
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2013, 12:33:25 PM »
That's a very nice build.  I've got a looper here that I haven't gotten around to tinkering with.  The bloviator was a good idea.
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Re: Re: Mission Control: Looper/Switcher, clever stuff, if I say so myself!
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2013, 02:40:56 PM »
Well that's just bad ass, I have a bloviator question. I have a bbe sonic stomp I love, but i find it to be noisy, how does the bloviator compare?
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Re: Mission Control: Looper/Switcher, clever stuff, if I say so myself!
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2013, 02:46:44 PM »
Killer build, Paul!  The Bloviator is a nice addition as well.
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Re: Mission Control: Looper/Switcher, clever stuff, if I say so myself!
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2013, 03:14:40 PM »
Very nice. And so tidy!
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Re: Re: Mission Control: Looper/Switcher, clever stuff, if I say so myself!
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2013, 03:44:03 PM »
Well that's just bad ass, I have a bloviator question. I have a bbe sonic stomp I love, but i find it to be noisy, how does the bloviator compare?
The Bloviator is not without noise but when you're running into a high gain amp (Marshall TSL60 in my case) , it's silent, if you know what I mean!  ;) seriously, it's the same as your other home made FX, build clean and lessen noise. It's cool!

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Re: Mission Control: Looper/Switcher, clever stuff, if I say so myself!
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2013, 04:40:22 PM »
That is awesome man! And those LED bezels make me tear up missing my Wizard MC  ;)

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Re: Mission Control: Looper/Switcher, clever stuff, if I say so myself!
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2013, 04:43:14 PM »
Yeah. The is badass,what is the enclosure, and where can I get one? I need something like this in my life!

Good work, as always!

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Re: Mission Control: Looper/Switcher, clever stuff, if I say so myself!
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2013, 04:57:50 PM »
You can get an enclosure like that at Mammoth... Got mine powder coated from one of the forum members, thanks again!!! If you need any help on the switching, drop me a PM, I've got some diagrams to clarify things...

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Well that's just bad ass, I have a bloviator question. I have a bbe sonic stomp I love, but i find it to be noisy, how does the bloviator compare?
The Bloviator is not without noise but when you're running into a high gain amp (Marshall TSL60 in my case) , it's silent, if you know what I mean!  ;) seriously, it's the same as your other home made FX, build clean and lessen noise. It's cool!

Paul
Well that's cool enough. My bass amp isn't real high gain but it's loud for sure. The bbe is so punchy, I'm definitely interested in the bloviator.
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Re: Mission Control: Looper/Switcher, clever stuff, if I say so myself!
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2013, 06:55:42 PM »
Love this build! Can't wait to make my own looper :)