Thursday, February 26, 2009

Labelled Shin-Ei FY-2 Companion Fuzz

Experiment with water slide decals on a FY-2 for Mickey.

Toshihiko Tanabes Buzzaround

Toshihiko Tanabe sent me this photo of his Buzzaround that I made for him.  He has added his own great looking graphics!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Germanium Little Bass Muff Pi

This is a birthday present for Neil from Seeland/Windscale.  It's the first time I have used Hammerite and waterslide decals.  Looks good but I made a slight error with the clearcoat which has wrinkled some of the top surface, lessons learned for the next time!  The pedal is a modified Little Muff Pi booster circuit, bigger input/output capacitors and an added gain control, plus I converted the whole circuit to positive ground and used pnp germanium transistors.  It's more of an overdrive than a booster now.  The circuit is done on tag board and using mostly cloth covered wire I recycled from a repair job.

Daves Fuzz Face

I sold Dave a Ge Fuzz Face tag board plus everything else he needed to make a pedal and here is the result of his work.

Ollies Buzzaround

Ollie sent me some pics of his self decorated Buzzaround.  Yes that's a 9V DC input, he persuaded me to add one!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Joes Tube Booster for use with synths

Joe sent me a "c64ised" photo of his Tube Booster in use, here's what he has to say - "My tubebooster has two jobs. The first is in processing my synth drum sounds. I'm layering up lots of component sounds then resampling the result through the tube to give it a bit of unifying crunch. Proper good.  The pedal's second job is as a live effect for my Dave Smith Evolver monosynth, which has lovely analogue oscillators and filters but a very digital all-or-nothing distortion. The tubebooster, used in moderation, gives my bass sounds plenty of compression but with warmth, soul and a bit of welcome unpredictably. That's not to say I don't crank it up from time to time too, and it's more than capable of full-on overdrive which sounds great on leads.  A quick but important technical note: the tubebooster is designed to accept an instrument signal (like a guitar), not a line signal (like a synth) so I needed to reduce my synth's volume to around 10% of normal (-20dB) before inputing it to the pedal. Also, because the pedal's output is an instrument signal, I'm running it through a DI box before it goes into my sampler. Anyone planning to run it straight into a guitar amp will be fine though; just remember to keep your synth at a low volume (around 10%).

Buzzaround and 1 knob fuzz

2 pedals for Juergen in Germany, did the 1knob on tag board and it has a 9v dc input and blue led.

Power Hungry - An Experimental Circuit Bent Compilation

Windscale have a track on the new Tiger Claw compilation, download for FREE at GetLofi.  Also if you go to the Windscale Myspace you can hear 4 newly recorded tracks with drummer Neil Spragg! Windscale Myspace

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Burns Buzzaround for Ollie

Burns Buzzaround clone for Ollie.  1 hour of debugging revealed 1 solitary trace cut I missed on the board, doh!  works great now ; )

Monday, February 16, 2009

Tube Booster

Tube Booster for Joe.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Burns Buzzaround for Toshihiko

Burns Buzzaround clone for Toshihiko in Japan.

Fuzz Factory clone

Been waiting to use this enclosure for ages so I built myself a zvex Fuzz Factory clone using tag board.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Burns Buzzaround for Chris

Buzzaround clone for Chris in the USA, green led, ac126/128 transistors.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Seans fixed fuzz pedal

Sean gave be a pedal to fix a while ago, I won't name the USA based maker but honestly I have not seen such a shoddy piece of work that somebody has paid their hard earned cash for!  Anyway Sean gave me a new case and the guts of the pedal, had to re-solder most of the joints (terminal strip based circuit), most of the capacitors on the 6 way input cap rotary switch, new input and output jacks, new battery clip, pots resoldered.  Basically remaking the whole pedal!  So what does it sound like?  What is the circuit? A harsh sounding pnp Si Fuzz Face with switchable input cap and clipping diodes attatched to the volume control.