Tuesday, January 25, 2022


Stepcraft Q.404

This might be a very cool CNC router. Did I remind you that we have to move the Hoboken MakerBar? We do.

Motionleap is a pretty cool app for making some motion graphics out of stills and suchwise. 

Tayda is where a lot of DIY pedal builders like to buy stuff from.

MBR color-corrector is very cool. I haven't actually gotten it to work yet. But it's cool. 

Did you know Farfisa made amplifiers? Ethan told me.

I'm trying to understand what postmodernism is. The McMansion site has the best explanation so far. 

https://38jacksonfire.com/ is the site for the tenants of the building the MakerBar is/was in. 

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Gif Gaffe

 Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness

We need to shoot a movie here. You have no idea how much I want to do this. 

Wanna see every .gif on my desktop? You do not. But here they all are. 

Now I can delete all of them. Except maybe the squirrel from Green Wing because that whole squirrel bit is one of the funniest things I've ever seen. 

Saturday, January 15, 2022

So many tabs, so little time

And also

I finally got this to work. It's the circuit of an EHX Linear Power Booster. 
It's anything but linear with that 5088 chip in it. But fun.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Pedal building?

 Because I am not particularly smart, here are some of my notes.


"Vcc is your +9V power supply

Vref is a voltage reference, R2 and R3 from a voltage divider so that output is roughly at 4.5 volts. This is used in pedals where you have opamps and other components that need to be biased to a voltage above 0V so AC signal can pass through."

(From Seljer.)
That's a thing I need to keep in mind.

Linear Power Boosters from http://www.montagar.com/~patj/gindex.htm

I'm way too dumb to use opamps. I'm still too dumb to understand transistors

Note Performer is a sample library specifically for music scoring apps. It can be used with Dorico. But what can also be used with Dorico is the Spitfire BBC library, which I already have. 

Sunday, January 09, 2022


The Klon does some interesting things power-wise

Making movies about Nazis means I have to look at a lot of Nazi art.

A good comparison of caps and such. This is the takeaway:

And a breadboarding of an EHX LPB. I made one with a PN2222 NPN which isn't what you're supposed to build one with. 

Wednesday, January 05, 2022


Compressor builds.

The Really Cheap Compressor uses a couple LED's and an LDR. 

Hoboken Library gets a new director.

Passive EQ design.

Beavis Audio Research makes pedals and has a lot of groovy pedal designs.

The DIY Layout Creator. Actually, I'm not entirely sure what that's about. 

Most popular IC's for pedals

Wingspan is a game. 

IN: marshall bluesbreaker without diodes
IN parallel: bright and clean boost : compressor

OpAmps for guitar pedals.

An optical compressor circuit in pdf. The vactrols stopped production and then someone started making knockoffs. 

Market share (not factual just a theoretical) from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuTMJoweL7Y

40% Sweetwater
30% Guitar Center/Musicians Friend
30% Sam Ash, CME, Mom&Pops