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AW: The Big(ish) Idea
been doing this kind of thing using a multi-FX (think FireworX) plus a
footswitch (also, the Roland V-xxxx series works if you connect a volume control
in the signal chain to e.g. your CTRL pedal).
Adrian, why going active? Is there any reason to
another suggestion: Switch two could be the momentary foot switch that you
describe. Switch one could operate Switch two's polarity switch and change it
from normally off to normally on. (Of course switch two would be latching). So
you could use the pedal to let signal pass when you press switch two ("gate
mode") or to interrupt the signal when you press switch two ("slice mode"). If
you put the device in slice mode and leave switch two alone, the thing is
nice idea! it would be fun to loop that.
build it for u. just let me know how big u want the box. how u want the
buttons aligned and what type/size of buttons u want to use. i assume u want
the standard... in on the right out on the left?
now im not trying to
put u down in anyway. u have a great creative mind. hats off to u for pursuing
this. its a good idea but im afraid, not all that unique and involved to be
awarded a patent. and it could be done in a million and one ways too, so
anyone could run around ur patent anyway. see what im saying?
back on the ranch. what do u envision paying for this to be built? the parts
wont be that expensive at all and my labor cost would reasonable. we could
always figure something out.
the most expensive thing would be the box
itself. i would do it with active electronics. ie with logic and analog chips
that need power. simple 9V adaptor that could chain to ur existing pedals.
also ill have true bypass to eliminate any clicking on and off.
have the schematic in my head and the parts i need. i already have the
components i need in my lab too. lucky u!
i would just need to order the
box and the switches of ur choice. radio shack most likely has the casing u
need but i know they dont have any heavy duty foot switches. i need the double
pole type to keep it true bypass and momentary for the 2nd switch. it should
not click like the 1st on/off switch. just be spring loaded push on/release
off. soft feel.
if all this sounds like gibberish, im sorry. i get
but not to worry. once we have all the parts we need, it
would only take a week (i have a busy schedule)and u could have it in ur hands
a few days after that. u would be responsible for painting and printing any
logo u want though:-)
text back privately.
On Sep 19, 2005, at 11:35 AM, phill
Ok, so I have been hinting at building a pedal for a while now,
for reasons that I won't go into, my Ego kind of wanted to keep the design
some sort of secret,however this has led to nowhere for me so it is time to
Basically I want to make a foot operated device that
allows a signal to pass only when the button is pressed. Kind of a
I envisaged building it as
two buttons button one simply being on / off
position the signal is bypassed directly to the output jack
in the On
position it passes to the next momentary button.
Button Two is the
it is a push to make type switch so initially the
signal is dead, however, when the button is pressed the sound is allowed to
pass to the output.
I can therefore strum a chord while it is off
then tap the button rythmically to let small stabs of sound
I came up with this when playing through a broken amp that
you had to hold the jack in place in the input, i found that tapping the
jack let me do dda-da-da type noises.
anyways basically I know
NOTHING about how to do this, I did what seemed reasonable to me but all I
got was nasty hiss and buzzing. I would appreciate ANY help or comments on
how I may impliment this pedal.
I had once dreamed about making money
off this idea, however, it will never be built if I cant get some
By the way I intend to LOOP with it so its not totally
Phill Wilson (a.k.a. Blackface)
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