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Post  SuperMaximo93 Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:16 pm

I'm not quite sure how, but a couple of days ago I got interested in making effects pedals. So I got myself a bunch of parts from Maplin and made a couple fuzz pedals today Smile Fuzzes are really simple. I'm using a thing called a 'breadboard' which allows me to plug in and out different components without soldering, so I can experiment with different circuits. A few minutes ago I made this: http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/index.php?topic=84195.0
It basically a fuzz that sounds really glitchy and somewhat like a retro game. Sounds sooooo cool (IMO Razz) Here's a pic of what it looks like at the moment:
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Sound clips tomorrow hopefully

So yeah... Discuss DIY effects!
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Post  Some freaky guy Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:30 pm

Shocked

I so want to do this.

Awesuuuum!
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Post  SuperMaximo93 Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:35 pm

You should, it's not too hard Smile Well, fuzzes aren't too hard. Depends on the effect. Delays, for instance, are near impossible to make yourself
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Post  lololiet Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:01 pm

why without soldering?

Every man loves soldering, right?

seems pretty epic though, I don't think I'd be able to figure something like that out, how good I might solder.
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Post  SuperMaximo93 Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:16 pm

lololiet wrote:why without soldering?
So I can make sure the pedal works and make modifications without having to desolder. I'll solder it together and house it when I'm 100% happy though
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Post  willba Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:34 am

lololiet wrote:why without soldering?

Every man loves soldering, right?

Yes....every man loves soldering, the best thing about compulsory DT Razz
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Post  Dmanlamius Thu Jul 29, 2010 12:04 pm

Very cool!

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Post  Pippynip Thu Jul 29, 2010 5:32 pm

I love soldering, but my hands go all shakey when I try and solder with precision Sad

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Post  SuperMaximo93 Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:30 pm

Try desoldering. It's an absolute pain with small circuit boards Neutral My friend gave me one of his Electro Harmonix pedals which was broken, so I salvaged some parts from it (jacks, two potentiometers and battery clip). Took me ages Razz Also no clips today, I think I want to get it *perfect* before I do Smile
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Post  Pippynip Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:41 pm

You should have made loads of sound clips from when it started being recognisable to when it'll be perfect. That would have been cool.

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Post  SuperMaximo93 Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:44 pm

Good idea! The pedal is dismantled atm, I might make a different sort of pedal, but whatever I decide to make I'll put on progressive clips
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Post  Pippynip Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:54 pm

Jolly good show. Smile

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Post  maxf13 Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:03 pm

desoldering is not too hard in my opinion
just heat the solder a little and then pull on the wire

or am i confusing something and is desoldering actually removing the solder from the wire?
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Post  SuperMaximo93 Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:14 pm

It's removing solder. You don't need to do it if the component is only connected to the PCB in one place, you can just pull it out as you said. But when you have input jacks that are soldered in six places it isn't so simple Razz
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Post  SuperMaximo93 Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:38 pm

Found a good site for parts if anyone other than me is bothered to make effects: http://www.bitsbox.co.uk/index.html
Heck of a lot cheaper than Maplin! Rolling Eyes
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Post  DubHertz Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:55 pm

Supermax, have a look for a book called "electronic Projects for Musicians" by Craig Anderton.

Theres a really simple to build bass fuzz circuit in there

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Post  DavidM96 Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:26 am

doesn't look simple to me but im 13 so........yeah lol!
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Post  SuperMaximo93 Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:35 am

DubHertz wrote:Supermax, have a look for a book called "electronic Projects for Musicians" by Craig Anderton.

Theres a really simple to build bass fuzz circuit in there

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Cool, thanks! Smile Does it say what ICs are being used and what fuzz the circuit is based on (if you have the book)?
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Post  DubHertz Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:50 am

You can use any low noise dual opamp such as tl072, tl082 . There is no mention of what it is based on but in the description it does give you pleanty of options for components value changes for dirfferent fuzz sounds.

I have the book in PDF format but its 42MB in size. I can send it to you somehow .. pm me or sometihinng

Project No. 7 PARTS LIST
Resistors (alI ale '4W Oo/G
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R2
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RS
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lak
lak audio taper pot-controls intensity
lak audio taper pot-controls output
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220k
1M
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270pF (polystyrene preferred. disc acceptable)
O.OOlllF (polystyrene preferred. disc acceptable)
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1 OIlF. electrolytic or tantalum
Capacitors (rated a
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C2
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Semicondu ctors
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RC4739 or XR4739 dual
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General-purposree d LED
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ID diode
Mechanical Parts
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Misc.
14" mono phone jack
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:ircuit board. 14-pin socket, wire
Open circuit 11
SPST switch-c
Knobs, case, c
etc.
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Post  DubHertz Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:37 am

you could also try these

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Post  SuperMaximo93 Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:33 pm

Nice Very Happy Definitely interested in the Unusual Fuzz... (I like weird effects Razz)

But first I think I've decided to make an envelope filter with a switchable distortion/fuzz circuit. So you can get classic envelope filter tones and then flick on some distortion on top for some synthy tones Smile

I'll use the Dr Quack schematic (based on the EHX Dr Q):
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Not sure what to use for the distortion, but I'm looking for the smallest thing possible, so I can get all the parts into a nano size EHX pedal enclosure
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Post  DubHertz Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:59 pm

Looks quite straightforward. We all look forward to the sound clips
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Post  Some freaky guy Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:23 am

I've decided to start doing this myself. What kits/books/whatever should I get?
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Post  SuperMaximo93 Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:35 am

Read everything on this website (well, the 'tech' section at least):
http://www.beavisaudio.com/

Then get yourself a breadboard, wires, a 9v battery clip and 9v battery, and jack sockets, as these are essential

Then start with a simple schematic, and get all the parts you need. Fuzzes are simple to make

Here's a forum for any advice, schematics and ideas:
http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/
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Post  Pippynip Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:16 pm

This stuff was what I did best in in GCSE science, I'm quite interested in doing it. Looks a little more complicated than making a couple of lights flicker on and off though Razz

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