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DIY pedals (kits) that are unique to the craft

Post by Lovekraft » Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:18 pm

Bonjourno

I just started building my own Eurorack modules (and guitars)

with the requisite skills ive been learning it just dawned on me that there is probably an interesting world of pedals that i may previously not had access too

I'm pretty into my pedals as it is, primarily a studio tool my board tends to be more about creative experimentation, like the Count to Five and Polymoon to name a couple

I basically watch the youtube channel knobs with my breakfast

wondering if anyone in here might have some tour guide tips of the world of DIY pedals for a beginner looking in, a brief stroll confronted me with endless fuzz pedals and I want to find what the noodlers are building

take it easy

J

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Post by Revok » Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:32 pm

They're kind of pricey but they look really good and beginner friendly: https://aionelectronics.com/kits/

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Post by Bodo1967 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:48 am

The pedals from Parasit Studio in Sweden are really cool, at least the ones I know. I built and have the Raygun Youth and the Into The Unknown.

https://www.parasitstudio.se/original-effects.html
... why buy it for $100 when you can build it yourself for $150?

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Post by Lovekraft » Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:41 pm

Ah yeah both of those look pretty cool

All seems to be the same kinda effects though, is there anyone that makes oddball stuff? Like the make noise of pedals

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Post by smetak » Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:47 pm

Bodo1967 wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:48 am
The pedals from Parasit Studio in Sweden are really cool, at least the ones I know. I built and have the Raygun Youth and the Into The Unknown.

https://www.parasitstudio.se/original-effects.html
I second Parasit! Their stuff is tops!

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Post by stoiker » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:12 pm

+1 for Parasit - love my Into The Unknown!
Lovekraft wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:41 pm
All seems to be the same kinda effects though, is there anyone that makes oddball stuff? Like the make noise of pedals
What's odd about Make Noise? The Make Noise of pedals for me would be EarthQuaker.

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Post by wuff_miggler » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:21 pm

there are 100's of pedals here. Zvex clones, Lovetone, EHX, goes on):

http://tagboardeffects.blogspot.com/

i am just getting into breadboarding and veroboarding.

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Post by Lovekraft » Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:10 pm

stoiker wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:12 pm

What's odd about Make Noise? The Make Noise of pedals for me would be EarthQuaker.
yeah, odd is not really the right word for what i mean, I really like stuff that feels like its an exploration in what is possible with electronics

some synths do what could now be regarded as basic really well, like moog (in my opinion), same with guitar pedals

whereas make noise modules always have something that i have never even really thought about before.

earthquaker is a good shout for sure, they dont really seem to have much going on in the DIY department of their more interesting bits

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Post by wuff_miggler » Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:24 pm

Lovekraft wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:10 pm
stoiker wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:12 pm
earthquaker is a good shout for sure, they dont really seem to have much going on in the DIY department of their more interesting bits
there are a few earthquaker veroboard layouts on the site i linked :)

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Post by JimY » Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:16 am

Parasit is one of the few that produce odd designs. The demos are of them behaving "nicely". If they have a flaw, it is that the PCBs' are too good to hack if you want to experiment.
Most kits are going to be offering clones of long-standing guitar favourites such as the range available here...
https://www.bitsbox.co.uk/index.php?mai ... 20a&page=1

There are some oddballs...
https://shop.pedalparts.co.uk/Harmonic_ ... 50994.aspx

In DIY, there are designs that take a common chip and abuse it. Most are too unruly to be commercial products, even as kits. Popular victims are the PT2399 delay, CD4046 phase-locked loop, LM567/LMC567 tone decoders and the good old 555 timers. A search comes up with forum posts containing dead links to schematics etc, so you might need some detective work. By unruly, I mean you can't freely use them like most pedals. It may have to be the only one in use, it might only like passive guitars, it might only like a neck pickup with the tone rolled off, it might only like a hot humbucker or a normal single-coil (often depending on what the designer had to play through it). It may not work on chords. It might only sound it's best played through a proper guitar amplifier/speaker.

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