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Gamechanger has created and released the Light Pedal.  This is a spring reverb pedal that incorporates not only real springs, but also infrared optical coupling to achieve their sonic offering.  This sounds very interesting, but it lists for 289 EUR, about $350 USD.  I've never spent remotely that much on a pedal, but maybe someone will?

https://www.gearnews.com/the-new-gamechanger-audio-light-pedal-is-ready-to-shine/

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Amplifier Discussion / Re: What makes for a good clean channel?
« on: February 17, 2021, 11:17:29 AM »
For me the short of it is yes, sparkly clean but with tone shaping.  Normally a -10db dip in mids, centered around 600hz.  After that it is up to preference if you drop lows or highs.
Hi Joe, Your observation is correct but sadly it is only one piece of a much larger jigsaw puzzle.
If you insert that tone curve into a generic SS amp it won't sound like it's valve equivalent.

He asked for a clean channel, I figured he meant just preamp.  If that is the case, I stand by my argument.  Of course, taste/preference is relative.

I do agree about what you said though.  I've not tried using a transformer for speaker output, but I've thought about it because I constantly hear about it's magical properties.

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Preamps and Effects / Re: The JFET Bender Preamp
« on: February 16, 2021, 11:39:36 AM »
I wish I did, but I'm just not set  up to do it. I could buy some equipment, but I'm not sure what the best way to go is. Got a couple of mics and a few PA mixers. Don't know anything about the digital end of things.

Honestly even a simple phone recording would be great!

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Preamps and Effects / Re: The JFET Bender Preamp
« on: February 16, 2021, 08:57:12 AM »
Bringing this one back from the dead.  Does anyone have any sound clips of this circuit?  Looks interesting - not sure how I missed it back in '17!

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Amplifier Discussion / Re: What makes for a good clean channel?
« on: February 16, 2021, 08:53:42 AM »
For me the short of it is yes, sparkly clean but with tone shaping.  Normally a -10db dip in mids, centered around 600hz.  After that it is up to preference if you drop lows or highs.

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Guitar News / Hughes and Kettner AmpMan - 50w fancy pedalboard amp
« on: February 12, 2021, 11:12:50 AM »
Hughes and Kettner have released the AmpMan Classic pedalboard amps.  50 watts of on-board power, 2 channels, and multiple controls but limited tone.  It has sagging, presence, and resonance, but only a "tone" control for both channels.  While I'm sure it sounds great, it is starting at almost $500 USD.  Full of mojo?  I sure hope so!

https://guitar.com/news/gear-news/hughes-and-kettner-ampman-pedalboard/

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Guitar News / EHX Ripped Speaker - Make your rig sound broken!
« on: February 12, 2021, 11:05:53 AM »
EHX has released the "Ripped Speaker" effects pedal.  It claims to emulate that "torn speaker" sound.  While I can't imagine that is a sound someone would emulate on purpose, for $99 USD it can be on your pedal board!

What do you guys think?

https://www.gearnews.com/dont-slash-your-speakers-get-the-new-electro-harmonix-ripped-speaker-pedal-instead/

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Software / Re: Drawing schematics
« on: February 05, 2021, 08:03:07 AM »
Personally I have settled in on KiCad.  Available on Linux, Mac, and Windows.  Plus you can do PCB design in there, even having a 3d layout view!  And a lot of PCB houses accept KiCad files natively for PCB production.

https://kicad.org/

Woops... forgot that one.  As a 20-year Linux user, I should have remembered, but then I also remember all the time I spent trying to get it to work, giving up, and eventually firing up Eagle, LOL.  Now Eagle got sold to the dark side so KiCad is back on the menu.  It's much better now.

I've also had problems with KiCad on Linux in the past, but always manage to get it to work eventually.  Currently no problems though, and Mac/Windows versions have always been stable from what I've experienced.

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Schematics and Layouts / Re: Schematic for Peavey PV215D, PV2015D
« on: February 02, 2021, 01:25:20 PM »
Thanks for sharing, and good luck with the repair!

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Software / Re: Drawing schematics
« on: February 02, 2021, 11:22:47 AM »
Personally I have settled in on KiCad.  Available on Linux, Mac, and Windows.  Plus you can do PCB design in there, even having a 3d layout view!  And a lot of PCB houses accept KiCad files natively for PCB production.

https://kicad.org/

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We're almost funded, 93% and climbing daily!  :tu:  8)

Fully funded!  We're at 117% now!  Thanks to all who have contributed!  Please be on the lookout for new progress.

In the works:

- SSGuitar.com stickers (as an individual donation reward by themselves, but also will be shipped with every reward)
- Carving out a section of the SSGuitar.com forum just for these kits
- Some other third thing?  Who knows!

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We're almost funded, 93% and climbing daily!  :tu:  8)

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Guitar News / NAMM 2021 release: ProCo Lil Rat - same circuit, tiny box
« on: January 31, 2021, 10:17:41 AM »
ProCo has released the Lil Rat.  It is supposedly identical electrically to the full-size version.  Not much else to say here, looks cool though!  :dbtu:

Pricing TBD.

https://www.gearnews.com/namm-2021-proco-lil-rat-will-let-you-stomp-on-a-mini-rat/

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Guitar News / NAMM 2021 release - Behringer HA practice amps
« on: January 31, 2021, 10:14:48 AM »
Behringer showed off their new line of practice amps during the virtual 2021 NAMM.  These look like a return to the basic workhorse line of practice amps very similar to Fender's now-retired "Frontman" series (technically the 10G is still in production).  These new amps come in 10, 20, and 40 watt ratings with 6", 8", or 10" speakers respectively.  The 20 and 40 model feature reverb.  All amps have two channels and three band EQ.  They also claim to utilize "Virtual Tube Circuit" technology.  Honestly, I think we need to stop calling things "tube this" or "tube that" and just have good-sounding amps regardless of what is inside.

Pricing TBD, but it is Behringer so you know it will be on the lower end of MSRP.

https://www.gearnews.com/namm-2021-behringer-ha-series-practice-amps-with-virtual-tube-circuit/

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Guitar News / ST Modular Workmates - Cool passive gear for your rack
« on: January 31, 2021, 10:09:31 AM »
ST Modular has released it's new line of "Workmates."  They are DIY kits for passive circuits.  They include an Attenuator, EQ, Combiner, Swap, "Clipping Cat," and LPG (low pass gate).  These use SMD componentry and according to ST Modular, they are a very easy circuit to practice your SMD soldering skills.  I think they are really cool, but haven't seen anything on pricing or availability.

https://www.gearnews.com/st-modular-workmates-adorable-passive-0hp-eurorack-tools/

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