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by Stephen Daveloose
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video demo's

 

 

Toolbox
04-2016

A selection of usefull tools to do treatments

Lilian
03-2016

Custom amp-like overdrive for Anton.
Turned out extremely well! Planning to do a limited run of these...

More about that later...
(contact me if you're interested)

DestrucToll
08-2013

Custom drone synthesizer for Sabina Toll

It also has an intense distortion & filter
which can be used separately...

Sample: sabina's first test of the device

 

TollSwitch
06-2013

A simple true bypass looper
made for my dear friend Sabina Toll

The send & return jacks have a 1M resistor from signal to ground to avoid popping sounds...
(the unnecessary large enclosure-size was chosen for esthetic reasons, ahum...)

ALTHEA
08-2012

Multi-timbral fuzz-machine...

 

Samples:

-timbre IV > juicy
-timbre II > bassy gated
-timbre V > suboctave
-timbre I > treble break up

SHUTTLEDRONE
11-2011

Semi-modular oscillating noise-machine...

more info, samples & video

Samples:

-Drone in C#
-Sequence+filter: manually sweeping the filter while a sequence is played on oscillator III

 

LFO MODULATOR
02-2011

3 LFO's housed in a 19" rack enclosure. They can be used seperately or combined together.
Each LFO has it's own character...
Samples:

-guitar1: complex modulation with some moogerfoogers
-oscillator: running all 3 LFO's together into the pitch of a sine-wave oscillator

 

 

OLGA
11-2010

The idea for this one was to create a versatile drive/fuzz for bass. 
Sounds great on guitar & organ aswell...

 

The knob in the middle sets the filter, the other 2 are voltage & volume.
The switches are for feedback-diodes, filter-ceiling & focus.  

Samples:

-bass1: dark bass-drive
-bass2: fuzzbass
-filter: arpeggiator synth through Olga, sweeping the filter-knob
-guitar: stoner-riff

 

 

TRIPLE EYED EXPRESSOR
06-2010

A simple concept:
3 photocells, each with a different range & seperate output. These can be used to manipulate up to 3 effects with light & shadow. 

Not exactly practical for precise expression, but perfect to add a random element....

Samples:

-spear: modulating wah frequency & delay time (proel filter & line 6 DL4)
-chords: screwing with the decay of a chord (wah - uni-vibe - delay)

 

 

(((O)))
05-2010

For this one I started with Tim Escobedo's briliant "jawari" circuit & ended up with some sorth of guitar-synth.

The big knob sets the decay-time. The switch selects between octave-up & chaos. The little knob tunes the chaos or serves as a filter or "madness-attenuator" depending on tone/volume settings on the guitar (wich are really the key to dealing with this pedal).

Samples:

-lo-fi: lofi fuzz
-Pandit Ravi Shankar: sitar-like octave-up fuzz
-Stylophone: a VERY convincing stylophone simulation
-DanoSynth: danelectro guitar with out of phase pick-ups
-Duck: baritone guitar > "(((O)))" > modular filter

 

VUTRONIC OVERDRIVER
05-2010

The third incarnation of my VUTRON-circuit.
It's actually a VOOTRON with a dedicated clipping-section. This affects only the lower frequencies & makes the pedal less boomy. 

Controls are "dirt", "volume", "saturation", "symmetry" & a switch to deactivate the clipping-section.

 

Samples:

-asymmetric clipping

 

PROEL-FILTER
04-2010

This is a rehoused & reinterpreted version of my old & broken Proel wah. It has a switchable buffer, a dry/wet knob & the filter-frequency can be set by either a knob or an external expression-pedal.

 

VOLTAGE-RESISTOR
09-2009

This thing adds resistance to operating voltage, making most devices act freaky. The "sag" can be controlled by a knob or an expression-pedal.

 

MESCALITO
08-2009

This little fuzz-thing is based on a story by Hunter S. Thompson. 
Allthough it does not have all that much gain, it's a very dirty sounding fuzz. Dark, overblown & muffled.
Samples:

-Whool: whooly & dark muff-sorth-of sound, somewhere in between drive & fuzz
-Chords: surprisingly good note-definition considering the filth
-Bass-organ: a good choice for organ bass-lines aswell (first off then on)

 

EARWIG
08-2009

Two cascading fuzz-circuits that create a very nice & splatty fuzz-sound.

The bigger knob mixes between the output of the first & the output of both circuits & can be controlled by foot. The other 3 knobs are "beef", "splatter" & "volume". there's also a "hi/lo" switch (changes capacitor-values at the output-stage).

Samples:

-Splat: splatty sputter sound
-Thick: This is the sorth of guitar-sound that gives me an erection

 

RECORDING-LIGHT
07-2009

Essential if you don't like people bursting through the door while you're recording...
Samples:

-light > first off - then on

 

 

BLENDER
07-2009

True-bypass-looper with a knob that blends the input with the return-path.

 

VOOTRON
06-2009

This is a custom version of the VUTRON I did for Monofloot-guitarist Kenny Van Wassenhove.
He liked the sound of the original, but felt it was too loud for his class-A amp. As he didn't find any use for the filters, I replaced them with a volume-knob.....

(has been modified)

 

JUGGERBABE
06-2009

This is a jfet based fuzz.
I love it, but I probably wouldn't be able to make a secund one. The jfet in the pedal is the only one of the batch that sounded like this. We're not talkin subtle, audiophile differences here, really day & night. Later I bought a secund batch, tried them all & as far as I can tell it's still the only one out there. Is it broken? magic? I don't know...

There's a strength-knob with a range switch & another switch for texture.

 

SPUTTERBUG
05-2009

For this one I started with a fuzzface circuit (npn version, BC108C's).


Insted of a volume & a gain control it has no volume & 3 controls that alter gain/texture (X,Y & Z). These interact in such a way that it becomes a pain in the ass to tweak this pedal to taste. 
It also has a swithable lowcut-filter with an amount-knob. This helps to bring out the sizzle & makes the sputtery settings more musical.
There's 2 modes: harsh & smooth. Harsh being in-your-face-fuzz & smooth being more responsive to picking-dynamics & guitar-volume changes.
 

Samples:

-smooth > dynamic setting in smooth-mode
-sputter > fun maestro fuzz tone-type of sound
-enough gain? > X, Y & Z maxed
-fuzzzz > nice frequency range...
-spunk > nice texture...

 

VUTRON
02-2009

Thick, nasty drive. Very loud & full, lots of lows.

The knob is a bias control, but it responds much like a drive or gain knob would.
The switches add additional filters. One is an input filter wich makes it sound more sharp & aggressive (also adds wierd harmonic content).
The other is a lowpass on the output, making it sound very dull & bassy.

 

Samples:

-full > no filters
-filter1 > with input-filter
-filter2 > with output-filter
-drumloop > drum machine going through the vutron (with input-filter)

 

FIZZCUT
02-2009

The idea for this was to make something that would cut through anything. 
All bass-frequencies are cut at the input. The remaining frequencies are boosted & distorted in such a way that a rich palet of upper harmonics is being created. Then more lows are cut at the output, so in the end the guitar-signal is more or less shifted to a higher frequency-range.

 

The purple knobs are "voltage" (to set the right compromise between harmonics & hiss) & "volume". 
The cream knob is "tune" & goes from a lofi broken amp-simulator to full-on fizzcut.

 

SEDATIVE
02-2009

Passive attenuation.
Weakens signals in various ways. Not something you would add to a live- or jam-rig, but a very usefull soundshaping-tool to have around the recording studio.

The big knob is volume with high-pass (making quiet settings sound brighter).
The toggleswitch adds passive low & high-pass filters.

 

Samples:

-pling > tweaking the knobs while doodling
-70shape > shaping a "fulltone '70" pedal with the sedative

 

 

SPLIT-THING
2009

Splitter with attenuators. Usefull tool to split control voltages or audio-signals.

(jacks & pots are stereo)

 

LOOPER
01-2009

True bypass looper with feedback function. 
I made this for my noisy moog MF101 filter.

 

BENDER
09-2008

Sola Sound Tone Bender MKII clone with a couple of mods. This was made out of a B.Y.O.C. kit.
Thick & warm sounding fuzz (It has OC75's).
Samples:

-burn > more gain than you would expect from germanium transistors

 

 

VOOTRON - MODS

12-2010

As Kenny felt his vootron was a little too boomy, I added an extra mod-board. There's 2 modifications, both are switchable & tweakable.

mod1 > a simple passive high pass filter 

mod2 > a diode-clipping circuit that saturates the low frequencies, making them less dominant (simular to the clipping section in the vutronic overdriver).

Samples:

- mod1 > first off, then on (trimpot somlewhere in the middle)
- mod2 > first off, then on (trimpot somlewhere in the middle)

 

 

MXR PHASE 90 - MOD
06-2010

Added a switch that takes away the feedback resistor. I won't claim this turns it into a script version, cause it doesn't. But it makes the sweep less extreme. A highly recommended mod.

 

I also swapped the LED for a yellow one. Don't know what they were thinking putting a red one on an orange pedal...

 

ELECTRO HARMONIX DELUXE MEMORY MAN - MOD
2009

This is an original 70's memory man. I changed the switching to true bypass. Not because I'm a tone-freak, but cause I liked the idea of being able to set it up louder than the bypassed signal.
I also changed the wiring of the status LED. In this version it only indicates if the power-switch in the back is turned on & does not go off when you bypass the effect. Obviously a lot more usefull if it does...  

 

CATALINBREAD SUPER CHARCHED OVERDRIVE - MOD
2009

Added a switch that takes away a little bit of the top-end, making it fit my taste a little better...

 

 

MXR BLUE BOX - C11 MOD
2009

By taking out the filtercap at the output, there's less volume-drop & a brighter, more synthy sound.

Here's some info on how to do this:
http://www.noisefx.com/article/mxr_blue_box_mod

 

Samples:

-blueboxC11mod - I flick the switch on & off, you will notice the difference, it's obvious...

 

DOD250 "mod"
2008

Added an LED to this otherwise perfect effect.

 

BF-2 Oscillator
2005


 I boosted the resonance of this  BOSS Flanger-pedal to make it capable of self-oscillation. The pitch can be altered by changing the initial delay-time (manual knob). The LFO (speed & depth)  can be used to add modulation. This thing can produce very painfull frequencies.

 

Check out the video of this evil toy on the video demo's page

If you would like to mod your BF-2, contact Li Yulong.

Samples:

BF-2_1 > This is some sorth of 50's horror-soundtrack-theremin-application of the BF-2 (more info)

BF-2_2 > BF-2-mod through a ring modulator (more info)

BF-2_3 > Here I play guitar using the BF-2 to create a sweeping carrier frequency for a ring modulator (more info)

BF-2_4 > Some stereo octave-fuzz-noise (more info)

 

TRANCECOCOPHONE
2002

This instrument can produce a lot of different sounds. The most obvious way to use it is to create berimbau-like rhythmic patterns. Once you plug it into an effects-chain, you can achieve all sorts of wierdness. I use it mainly to animate soundscapes & such. 

It was build around 2002. It was used for the first time on the "Always On Something..."-record (AudioC0ke).
It's been used on many a Submarine-track sinths.

Samples: 

TCP_1 > Berimbau-like rythm through a uni-vbe & sweep-echo (more info)

TCP_2 > This is an example of the various sounds the trance-cocophone can produce. It's a set-up with two amps and a lot of reverb & delay (more info)

 

 

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