Archive for February, 2012

Solar Lifeforce Revision

Posted: February 28, 2012 in FX, Solar Lifeforce
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Here’s the revised version of the Solar Lifeforce. I may produce a very small number of these (maybe 2 or 3) if there is a demand, £50 delivered in the UK. If you’re interested in buying one email me at ben@0xdfx.com

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Solar Lifeforce Order Update

Posted: February 24, 2012 in FX, Solar Lifeforce
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After a week or so of playing with the Solar Lifeforce I have decided that if I make any to order then they won’t have CV mode. Removing it allows me to simplify the design, reducing the costs and removing a semi-useful feature that most will never use anyway. So, if it does see the light of day (no pun intended!) it will be with a minor redesign to remove that feature. I will probably use different hardware to make it more user-friendly with the space removing the CV mode will give me. I will probably increase the amount of gain on tap as well, maybe x7 or x8 rather than x5, just incase.

If there is any interest for this please email me at ben@0xdfx.com and I will see what I can do. Price would be around £50, but remember you do get a high quality 072 buffer.

Solar Lifeforce Demo

Posted: February 21, 2012 in FX, Solar Lifeforce
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Here’s a quick demo of the Solar Lifeforce in some pretty awful conditions. The lights were so low that I had to use YouTube’s light enhancement +4 to make everything visible. The LED is actually purple. In better light conditions this pedal behaves much better, but obviously good light conditions aren’t something a playing musician can guarantee. Because the pedal is propped up rather than laying flat the LDR is always in partial shade, so again, conditions weren’t optimal. I’ll get that CV mode up and running at some point and demo that with the good old Geiger Counter…

Divide By Zero Blurb

Posted: February 20, 2012 in Divide By Zero, FX
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As I’ve decided the Divide By Zero is just a one off, here’s some blub about it…

Divide By Zero is a feedback looper capable of all degrees of nastiness, thanks to the fact that is completely blendable with the original guitar signal. By putting a pedal or 2 in between the send and return jacks you are creating a direct path from the loops output to the loops input which creates what is known as a feedback loop.

Feedback loops can be pretty nasty things, and the kind of feedback you get depends on which pedals you have in your loop. Distortions, overdrives and fuzzes tend to squeal and wail. Modulation effects are where the real magic tends to happen, with drones, buzzes and oscillating shrieks all emerging from the loop. And unlike most feedback loopers on the market this is completely blendable with your original signal, so you can use this assorted noise as a textured backdrop to whatever you are playing. You have direct control as to how much of the signal gets fed back to the loop via the ‘Entropy’ control. ‘Fusion’ is the blend, all the way anticlockwise leaves you with a completely dry signal, all the way clockwise will leave you with the feedback signal only, and at noon you will have a 50% mix of both.

The ‘Entropy On/Off’ toggle switch on the side can be used to remove the feedback loop, leaving you with a blendable looper, restoring the pedals in its loop to their normal function.

Divide By Zero is made with quality components and is, of course, true bypass, while the input, send, return and output are all fully buffered.

Unlike some passive feedback loopers the Divide By Zero relies on the pedals in the loop to generate their own feedback – none of the guitars signal is fed to the loop while ‘Entropy’ mode is engaged. This means that some pedals such as delays may not behave as you would expect in some other feedback loopers.

In case you’re wondering about the logo… No – I didn’t type it by hand! It is generated with an ASCII art program I wrote that takes a picture and converts it to an ASCII representation, well my interpretation of an ASCII interpretation anyway!

For a more impressive piece of ASCII art, check out my ASCII version of the statue of liberty, if you save it and zoom in you’ll see how it is constructed!

Here’s some demo’s of the Divide By Zero in action:

The Solar Lifeforce LDR volume pedal is kind of finished. The line mode works perfectly, the buffer is great, but I’m having a few issues with the CV mode. Probably something simple, I’ll get that going too when I get a chance. Anyway here she is. It’s funny, it’s the pedal I have taken the most time over the looks and it its the one I like the least…

Divide By Zero finished!

Posted: February 18, 2012 in Divide By Zero, FX
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So here’s the Divide By Zero all done. Been a long running project from the original Endless Cosmos design last November, but here it is!

072 Finished!

Posted: February 15, 2012 in 072, FX
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Here’s the 072 buffer all boxed up and finished! I quite like the black and white look after all my forays into colour…

 

Kudos goes to the first person who notices the mistake on the fascia…