Cease.Transmission Prototype 2

Here’s another Cease.transmission prototype this time without an LED to prolong battery life. Same internal circuitry as the original model just with the addition of a volume knob.

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Deluxe Cease.transmission update

The latest addition to the deluxe prototype is the volume knob. There are two more prototypes planned until the actual retail model is released in a few months.

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Channel Selector Rehousing

Here’s a recent project to put a Kustom ’72 Coupe footswitch into a (much) smaller casing. I like the utilitarian look and the recessed LEDs should provide years of carefree service.

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Deluxe Cease.Transmission Prototype

The cease.transmission was originally developed to be a quirky noise maker for studio and DJ use. Eventually guitar players started snatching them up but quickly found that since the original model doesn’t have an input jack that it is difficult to add to their pedalboards. This prototype was designed to fix that problem. The input and output jacks are setup in the same location as most standard guitar effects. They are wired in parallel yet will not load down your guitar signal. The LED is on when the effect is switched on and pulses with the lower frequencies generated. The toggle switch was chosen over a stompswitch because the device requires your hands to “play” the touchpad. The unit is still battery only, but draws no power when off and about 11mA when on (about the same as a Boss Chorus Pedal). As of this posting, the one pictured is available for $90 on the specials page. More may be available in the near future and may lead to a deluxe model.

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New Pedalboard

Here’s an update from last year’s post regarding my setup. I finally picked up “The Pedalhead” from NYC Pedalboards so here’s the new layout.

This is the final layout although I plan on changing a few things. The plan is:
Modded Vox wah (standard overhaul/ true bypass)
Dual Scalpel & Temporary Mute for TU-12 tuner
    (Artwork borrowed from the incredible Daniel Danger)
FXdoctor Overdrive
Big Muff styled Heart Fuzz
Bass Bit Fuzz (added gain control)
8-Bit Fuzz
DM-2 based analog delay (casing used as a place holder)
DD-5 (with high cut and reverse kill)
Ernie Ball Volume pedal
Boss RC-20XL

I’ll substitute in a Metatron for the Heart Fuzz or RC-20XL depending on what band I’m playing with. I’ll build a mini patchbay and use it as a riser for the TU-12 at some point. All powered using a daisy chain and a Visual Sounds power adapter. I’ve used a Dunlop DC Brick in the past but wasn’t impressed so switched back to a daisy chain.

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Danelectro Danecho Buffer Mod

This post is for you serious pedal geeks. A common mod for the Danecho is to use a better input buffer to prevent signal loading and retain the clarity. In an attempt to show visually what is actually happening I ran a white noise generator into a frequency analyzer. The image below shows the graphs of first what the white noise looks like, and second what it looks like when run through the Danecho while in bypass. You must click on the image below for it to enlarge then it cycles between two images every 5 seconds so be patient. You’ll notice a large drop off across the entire spectrum and the treble region (right side of the graph) is exceptionally weak with the Danecho in the signal path. Simply plugging the pedal into your signal chain with decrease your signal strength and clarity. The modification as well as other mods are offered on the “Modifications” page at fxdoctor.com.

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Manual Flanger

Here’s an old Cutec flanger which was modified to add a bypass switch for the LFO. This means instead of the swooshing sound the toggle switch allows you to stop the sweep wherever you’d like. It gives all sorts of filtered and metallic tones. The Depth, Manual, and Color switch function in both modes while the Speed control only works in the stock mode. This modification is available for all effects with a rate control (chorus, phaser, flanger, etc.).

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Small Stone modifications

So I’m sure most of my readers are off preparing for a show since it’s a Friday evening, but I’m going to start offering free mod giveaways through this blog. I like to test my new modifications on as many people as possible, and what better way than to offer them for free to my readers. You send your pedal, I mod it and send it back, you tell me your favorite settings.

So here we go, the update for the Small Stone is going to be a redesign of the “Color” circuit. The “Color” switch is going to be changed to Depth which gives you two settings. Then you get a Resonance switch which gives you three settings of resonance. You get a total of 6 combinations, 2 of which are identical to the stock settings.

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Mini-Monster Face Organ

This is a hand held noise maker which is a smaller version of the Monster Face Organ posted a few months back. Same sound but with only 5 user selectable frequencies. Limited runs will be available at $80 each.

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Metatron Sample-Hold Filter

So if you saw the previous entry you may be wondering what the pedal looks like and get some more details on it. The one pictured above is the first completed prototype that will be for sale. The final controls (as of now) are Intensity (amplitude), Range, and Rate. A few advantages over some vintage Sample-Hold Filters:
1. Low noise and updated ICs.
2. Runs on a single 9V source thanks to a voltage inverting circuit.
3. True bypass.
4. The LFO is muted in bypass to prevent any ticking bleeding through when off.
5. The addition of a Range and Intensity control.

The prototype above can only be powered by a 9V adapter. The silver circuit on the right is just a hole plug.

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