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David Byrne pedalboard art

Posted on 01 February 2011 by diode

Came across a picture of this artwork … Awesome! The idea is that you would have to walk across the pedals while walking into the gallery, making random pedals turn on and off with a loop playing through them.

David Byrne in front of Boss pedals

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Roger Linn interview

Posted on 24 August 2010 by diode

KVR recently did a great interview with Roger Linn. Very interesting story. Read it here

“it occurred to me I could store digital drum recordings in computer memory instead of tape because the sampling time requirement for all the drums added up to only about a second. I built a prototype and all of a sudden, recording artists who wouldn’t return my calls as a guitarist were calling me asking to buy one for $5,000″

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Brad Paisley’s rig damaged in recent Nashville flood

Posted on 11 May 2010 by diode

Ouch! Not like he can’t afford to replace this stuff but some of it will be hard to come by … like the original Way Huge Aqua Puss. Found via twitter

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Moog MIDI MuRF

Posted on 17 August 2009 by diode

Moog has combined the guitar and bass MuRF pedals and added a full midi implementation in the new MF-105M. At $479 it’s definitely not cheap but it is very cool sounding.

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The new Strymon OB.1 compressor is on my pedal-board!

Posted on 26 July 2009 by surfguitarshredder

The new Strymon OB.1 compressor is quiter, more transparent and better sounding than my old compressor pedals, which have included an old MXR Dynacomp, a Boss compressor, and a couple of BYOC (Build Your Own Clone) compressors.

Here’s the signal path: Strymon OB.1 ;-) > Korg Pitchblack tuner > Fulltone Deja-Vibe > Xotic BB preamp > Xotic AC Booster > Loop-Master > Xotic X-Blender > Fender 65 RI Twin Reverb.

The Loop-Master has a master bypass that eliminates all of the other pedals and wiring attached to it.  Loop one has an Electro-Harmonix micro POG, and loop two has a Boss CE-5 chorus.

The Xotic X-Blender has the Boss DD-20 delay in the loop.  The DD-20 is set to 100% wet, and the echos are added back in to direct signal path with the mix knob.

The whole thing runs off of a single 1-Spot power supply.  The other power supplies are for other pedals (such as a Digitech Talker or a Boss GT-6) that I sometimes add and switch with the Loop-Master.

The OB.1 gets along great with the BB preamp and the AC Booster.  There is less hiss than I had with my old compressor pedals, and the the boost is great.  I can use the flat boost for more gain, or I can use the treble boost for a Brian May kind of tone.  I’m loving this new Strymon OB.1 compressor!

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Pedal Internals thread

Posted on 19 June 2009 by diode

This is always great fun to look at: “pedal guts pics thread”

Beware, you can easily spend hours on this thread!
The pics with big ugly globs of goo are no fun ;)

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SM Pro Audio V-Pedal

Posted on 11 May 2009 by diode

Not yet shipping but this looks interesting from the German company SM Pro Audio. This box acts as an embedded host for VST plug-ins that normally run in a DAW on a PC. A 1.5 GHz CPU and 2 gigs of flash memory are included to host your favorite VST plug-ins on the floor. No word on pricing as of yet.
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Here is a link to their site.

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RollerShifter diy custom Line6 Tonecore module

Posted on 01 May 2009 by diode

The Line6 Tonecore SDK is paying dividends today. PsiKTrOn from Belgium did some really creative work to develop a custom tonecore module using the Tonecore software development kit. It’s quite impressive … check out the video below.

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Custom Echo Park – internal shots

Posted on 24 March 2009 by diode

Internal wiring isn’t quite as neat as it could be but…oh well. All of the guitar signals are made with shielded cable. The cabling for the pots, toggle switch, power supply and tap footswitch are unshielded since they are all DC control voltages or DC supply.

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Mounting the module pcb to the main pcb is the most difficult part of the conversion. It’s hard soldered so if this baby breaks, it’s pretty much game over.

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Custom Line6 Echo Park

Posted on 18 March 2009 by diode

Line6 Echo Park delay pedal in a custom enclosure. The pedal has been modified to include “true bypass” and a carling tap tempo footswitch. The power supply was also modified to accept either 9VAC or 9VDC …and it also has BIG KNOBS!

I’ve been using it this way for a few years with no labeling (I finally memorized the controls after a while) and no switch for the analog and tape emulation modes. It has been permanently set to “digital” for a long time.
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The picture below shows an added toggle for delay mode select (analog/digital/tape). Finished this yesterday.
Echo Park Custom toggle

After I added the toggle, I decided to finish the job and label everything. Done!
Echo Park Custom label 1

Echo Park Custom label 2

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