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Old 6th February 2009, 09:57 PM   #1
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Default Guitar effects - where to start?

Hello to all DIY people out there! Great forum you've got here.

I wanna get into the making of guitar effect's ( in stomp boxes ), but im not quite sure where to start. I have knowledge og ohms law and schematics.

I would like some digital tools (software) that will allow me to measuere schematics, so i have an idea of the effect, before i start to get parts and solder.

Or maybe you have some great links to websites, that have tutorials on how to get started.

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Old 6th February 2009, 10:40 PM   #2
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Old 6th February 2009, 10:50 PM   #3
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I have frequented these sites and have had good luck, although some of them don't have any forum. There are some really good projects for the DIY'er.

http://www.tonepad.com/projects.asp?projectType=fx
http://www.runoffgroove.com/articles.html
http://www.diystompboxes.com/wpress/
http://www.storm-software.co.yu/diy/...roject=layouts

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Old 6th February 2009, 11:27 PM   #4
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There is no software that will tell you much about the sound that an effects circuit will give.

Google Pspice for a free student edition of the circuit simulator. It can tell you if a circuit does what you think it does electronically, but you have to learn how to work it and you have to learn how to iinterpret the results. It takes time and effort.

Just like learning to play guitar, there are no shortcuts, but you'll feel great every time you make a bit of progress.

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Old 8th February 2009, 12:26 PM   #5
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There is no software that will tell you much about the sound that an effects circuit will give.
Well there is ltspice - which unfortunately doesn't process the waveform sample data in real-time (demands too much from the processor, especially with complex circuits). Iím still pretty happy with what it can do, though. Waveform input and output compatibility, no limitations in numbers of used components or imported models, easy to use... And it's freeware! If you need a SPICE software the best bet (IMO) is to get this one.
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Hello stev.dk.
I don't know your knowledge of electronics but, I would suggest you get a 'breadboard'(matrix,plug-in,experimental type thing!)
Thats what we call them here !
They are white plastic grids,full of holes that you plug components into.
Start with simple one or two transistor designs(people have spent their lives trying to perfect the fuzz-face ,I should know!,I've been trying to perfect them for years !).
Some of the classic cct's are very similar -Electro-Harmonix,DOD,Ibanez,Foxx,Maestro etc..etc..
Fuzz, overdrive/distortion,wha/filter,phaser,octave boxes all use similar layouts and components, I'm still amazed at some of the tones I can get out of a handfull of bits and a 9v battery.
This is my first time in this forum and I'm not sure if I can recomend sites ,but I think TONEPAD and FUZZ CENTAL should be cool (I hope !).
good luck !
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Old 15th February 2009, 12:50 AM   #7
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This here's my favorite source for that kind of stuff:

http://www.generalguitargadgets.com/

They provide any level you want from just a schematic to a circuit board to a whole kit. When they started, the boards were a little homemade but now they look really nice.

They have sound clips, too, which is the best thing in the world.

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Old 15th February 2009, 02:30 AM   #8
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http://www.generalguitargadgets.com/

They provide any level you want from just a schematic to a circuit board to a whole kit. When they started, the boards were a little homemade but now they look really nice.
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Yeah, I think they get their boards from BYOC now? They're good quality. Anyway, I bought and built their OSQ compressor, and it's fantastic. I had no clue what I was doing, and it was simple and painless. I would recommend a project like this if you're not good at soldering, because you get easy practice with pictures of the finished product, wiring diagrams, and a circuit board with the values of the resistors and stuff printed right on it.

But speaking of BYOC, they're good, too. Haven't built anything from them, so I can't vouch for the completeness or simplicity of their instructions.
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Old 16th February 2009, 06:53 PM   #9
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I LOVE the Orange Squeezer, too. I thought I'd have to add all kinds of stuff because the circuit was so simple but the thing sounds great.

I just can't play unless I have a compressor in, and I'm not a real effectsy guy. I play real natural clean style tones.
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Old 16th February 2009, 07:34 PM   #10
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Yeah, right after I built the OSQ, I picked up an MXR Dyna Comp. I liked the MXR better at first, which bummed me out, because my gf painted the OSQ for me, and I put all this time into it. But after using the MXR--which is way more drastic, and way noisier--I tried the OSQ again, and I'd learned from the MXR what exactly the thing was doing, and got a feel for how to adjust it.

And for the record, I'm quite effectsy: OSQ > Maxon OD9 > green big muff > whipple mod t/b Vox V847 wah > Ibanez AD9 > Arion SAD-1 (awesome pedal) > Boss DD-5 > Monte Allum Boss GE-7 Plus. I may pick up an EHX Frequency Analyzer, too, if I can haggle this dude down. But then, I play in a two-piece rock power trio.
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