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Breadboarding Overdrive

Tube Screamer Like Pedals

Now, let’s talk about Tube Screamer like pedals. Maybe not in the sound but more in the circuit topology. In this one I’ll be covering Boss Super Overdrive – SD-1. This post continues building on previous posts: breadboarding the pedal, how it shapes the tone and I even did an alternative version. To be honest, […]

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Breadboarding Overdrive

Minimal and Scaled Tube Screamer Version

Let’s continue covering arguably the most famous overdrive pedal out there – Tube Screamer. This post continues building on previous posts: breadboarding the pedal and how it shapes the tone. In this post I’ll try getting Tube Screamer sound with completely different set of components. Well, different values of the components – it is still […]

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Breadboarding Overdrive

What is a Tube Screamer?

I did a nice breadboarding exercise in one of the previous posts. I breadboarded TS808 – Tube Screamer. Pretty famous pedal, and this, sorts of continues my “Screamers” series of posts. I’ll go totally techno-philosophical with question – “What is a Tube Screamer anyway”? What differentiates a TS from the other pedals? I’ll approach it […]

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DIY Pedal Basics

Wiring up Switches – 3PDT

This is the third post about switches. I already covered some basics about switches and what true bypass is. In this post I’m covering how to wire-up 3PDT switch – the most common stomp switch used in DIY effects. As always – video first, if you want to have a closer look at the diagrams […]

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DIY Pedal Basics

Wiring up Switches – True Bypass

In my previous post I covered some basics about switches, in the follow-up post, I’ll cover wiring up 3PDT switches. In this installment, I cover what does a true bypass means. Actually, what options do we have to wire-up our DIY effects? I cover “always on” effect … ha! Then I cover “hardwire bypass“, to […]

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DIY Pedal Basics

Wiring up Switches – Intro

This is a slightly overexplained series of posts about wiring up switches. Feel free to skip this if this is too basic for you. I’m just going through how to wire up some basic switches, namely SPDT, DPDT and 3PDT. In this post I’m going to cover basics and demonstrate how to wire-up switches on […]

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Hybrid Pedal Projects Raspberry Pi Pico

Choosing Display Option for Hybrid Pedal

As part of my Hybrid Pedal project in this step I’ll try out a few different display options. I got an application development board from Pimoroni crowd, and couple of LED matrices and LCD display breakout boards. If you want to keep an eye on the progress I’m making, be sure to subscribe to the […]

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Breadboarding Overdrive

Tube Screamer on a Breadboard

I think there is no need for a long introduction for Tube Screamer pedal. It’s been around since 70’s and featured on many-many-many guitar player pedalboards. While maybe identified a lot with blues, it is used in all possible music genres – blues, rock, grunge, heavy metal, trash metal, metal core … I mean, all […]

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Hybrid Pedal Projects Raspberry Pi Pico

Getting Started with Raspberry Pi Pico and MicroPython

I started my Hybrid Pedal project. This is the very first step in the process: preparing my machine to do Raspberry Pi Pico programming in MicroPython. The original guides use mostly Linux and IDEs that I’m not familiar with. Since I am using Windows, I decided to prepare a short video on how to set […]

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Builds Distortion

Building Maze Runner – a RAT clone with mods

Another pedal that has been out there since ’70s (well, late ’70s) is RAT. A legendary pedal used by likes of Jeff Beck, Dave Gilmour, Joe Perry, James Hetfield and Cobain just to name a few (Stylistically, a surprisingly diverse bunch). While similar in design to MXR Distortion+, a bit more complex, more versatile and […]