Archive for October, 2012

No Tomorrow Update 6

Posted: October 18, 2012 in FX, No Tomorrow
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So, it has been a long while since I have posted anything about the No Tomorrow, way too long.

It has changed a huge amount again since its last iteration, but I think I’m finally getting somewhere with it. I’ve made the circuit a whole heap better, and to be honest it is closer to a whole new pedal than the designs you have seen before. I just understand a lot more about electronics in general than I did when I first started working on this. There are now 2 controls, fuzz and volume (imaginative huh?!). The volume simply controls the output, but the fuzz is a little more complex. Rather than a traditional fuzz face/muff design I have gone for an initial silicon transistor based boost into an opamp. The fuzz control adjusts both the voltage that the opamp runs on (but does not affect its reference voltage), and also the gain of the opamp, which at the same time pushes it harder and starves it of voltage. As the fuzz is increased the difference between the reference voltage and the supply voltage narrows which creates a gated velco-y type effect. It is very different to a typical misbiased splattery transistor fuzz but will sound pretty nasty. It’s certainly not going to be for everyone but I want it to just be one of those pedals that makes me smile every time you hit it on.

Still needs a huge amount of work on the breadboard, but I should have some rough sound samples up soon.

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Monkey FX pedal guides

Posted: October 18, 2012 in FX, General
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If anyone fancies an entertaining read then check out the Monkey FX guide section of their site. I may be a bit late on this one, but it certainly kept me entertained for a few minutes! Genius descriptions:

http://www.monkeyfx.co.uk/fxguide.html

Although I haven’t been building many pedals lately I have been pretty busy with other music related stuff!

I recorded a 10 track demo with my band ‘This Fire’ on Sunday at Bulrush Studios in Minehead. It is a very rough demo, a lot of the songs were done in one take, but it was done to give us an idea of what needs changing before we record a 3 or 4 track EP either later this year or early 2013.  There are a fair few mistakes on some of the songs by all of us, but it serves it’s purpose very well. Which songs we will include on the EP is anyones guess, I would have thought both ‘Early Morning Rain’ and ‘Love And Poison’ will be included though.

You can check it out here: http://www.reverbnation.com/thisfireuk, or download it directly from: https://rapidshare.com/files/2025802602/This_Fire_Bulrush_Demos_14_10_12.zip

Guitars used were a Dean acoustic through a Trace Elliot keyboard amp, PRS Custom 22 through a Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 36, the phaser on ‘Freak Of Nature’ is an EHX Small Stone Nano although you can’t hear it very well on this recording. Most the clean electic parts have a Malekko 616 on them, and I used a cheapo Joyo Dynamic Compressor which was always on. Jon is playing a pearl drum kit he’s had since he was 18 but recently painted luminous green! Most of the kit was miked up individually but overhead mics to capture the cymbals. Matt is playing an Epiphone Thunderbird Pro IV  bass directly into the desk via a DI box – he had a bass amp in the studio with us but I can’t remember what it was. Shure SM58’s were used for both vocals and for miking both guitar amps, slightly off-center.

Devi Ever Ruby Clone

Posted: October 6, 2012 in FX
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Here’s a clone I built of the Devi Ever Ruby with a starve control (big knob in the center).The second LED shows the strength of the starved 9v by dimming as the power to the circuit is reduced. It’s pretty much the only thing I have built for a few months, but I’m trying to look at a few new ideas for the coming months!