Visiting Zippy-X in GBG

Posted on March 28th, 2011

I went on a trip to Gothenburg last week to hold a lecture with Olle from Talon-FC. While up there i decided to stay for a while to visit some friends that live there, one of them being simon. (or zippy-x as he called himself during the 90s when he was making awesome metal-XMs.) We sat down with our common intererest, guitar effect pedals! The plan was to build a delaypedal that simon has designed but all the components hadnt arrived.

I had the phase 45 and decided to finish it that evening. wich i did but it didnt work as planned, fixed that yesterday though. It was a bad solderjoint. as it is in 99% of all cases. =) it works fine now.

Simon worked on his specially designed envelope follow filter, you can see on his face how good it sounds! He tried out some different caps for the filter and some of them gave pretty funny results. I can add that this was the first time i met his girlfriend and im afraid she thought we were reallyreally boring when we just sat there soldering all evening. =)

Good times!!

Anyway, ill have some samples from the effects that are finished for the bag sooooon!

I also got my christmas-present from my cousin Andreas when i visited. A digital thermometer that shows the temperature in binary. I think he wants me to learn binary. =) Can anyone figure out how warm it is on the picture in the slideshow? =)

And the last thing: Im building a BoomBox! Its a must have for the summer! I got the amp today and i bought some speakers at a flee market this weekend. The plan is to have those two small speakers and a big one to give the bass. Im probably gonna spend this afternoon building a temporary box for it.  Anyone have any experience in building these kind of machines?

Well, thats all for now!

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Bag of effects – Part 2

Posted on March 19th, 2011

Started experimenting with the front panel today. Iv only got two effects done but its much nicer to have them behind corrugated fiberboard than dangling around in strings all over the place. You can see the structure i intend to use with all the patching to the right and the knobs to the left. The next effect in the pipe is the phaser. Im exited to hear how it sounds. wellwell..pix:

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Bend that shit – Friday Summary

Posted on February 26th, 2011

The evening went well. Eight people showed up and crowded my livingroom. =) There were prayer-boxes being bent, a shruthi synthesizer got its cv-inputs made, a box for magazines were decorated, a LCD-display were slaughtered to in an attempt to build a small projector, i almost got the filter running that i started building last week.  And last but not least the kiwidrive-robot learend to play notes with the stepping-motors. Thus: we had lots of fun!


Kiwirobot playing Doom E1M1 with it’s stepping motors (Bambuser)

Little blue Prayerbox doing its thing, with about a ton of effects:

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Cutest Amp – It has sound!

Posted on January 16th, 2011

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Ill let Sebastian do the talking:

This is a recording of my DIY guitar amp played with my Sigma Les Paul.

It is recorded with volume settings 8 o’clock, 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock and at maximum volume. The microphone used is a Røde Procaster and it is placed straight on axis but a little bit off center. The amp where recorded into Pro Tools and I’ve added slight reverberation, EQ and compression.

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Cutest tube amp – it has speaker!

Posted on January 15th, 2011

It looks pretty and its finished. Still wondering how it sounds though.

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Cutest tube amp – Progress!

Posted on January 11th, 2011

Progress on Sebastians diy tube amp: Box is ready, tube is glowing. Needs speaker.

I suspect recordings will follow closely after the speaker is in!

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The simplest synth that could possibly rock!

Posted on December 17th, 2010

Shruthi-1 – Mutable Instruments

I promised some diy-stuf so why not start off with the shruthi-1? Its a synth kit you can buy from Oliver at Mutable Instruments. It is a wavetable synth with a real analog filter and lots of fancy features like arpeggiator, analog style sequencer, a wide range of modulation destinations.  As you can guess i have built one of these and i have used it in pretty much every song iv made since it was finished.

People have been building some really pretty custom cases, every week there is a nice design surprise at the forum!

Its a really friendly forum, the synth is easy to build,  sounds great and is dirt cheap!

Enjoy some pitcures:

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