Creating a Sound Effect Pedal.......Possible????
Hey hey. In school, I have (note: HAVE) to do something for the school science fair. But that's not the point. The point is, in about 4 months, is it POSSIBLE, even remotely plausible, to make a sound effect pedal? Just out of curiousity, cause quite frankly I don't want to have to study molecules and whatever.......
Depends on what you mean by "make". If you just want to replicate an existing circuit, sure no problem. Learn to read schematics, then go to General Guitar Gadgets, download the schematic for a fuzz face, TS-808, or what have you and then hit up Small Bear Electronics or Mouser for the parts. Honestly though I don't know that just following a well-known schematic would be such a great idea for a science fair project. Now maybe if you learn enough about circuits to tweak it a bit and show how different component values affect the sound... might fly as a decent project, but it'll certainly take you longer. A lifetime even. ;) Tip: buy twice (or three times) the parts you need, get one working on a breadboard first, then solder one up on a permanent board and when the permanent one doesn't work right you at least have something to compare it to.
PS - I have no affiliation with any of the sites I linked, but I've built the TS-808 and BluesBreaker pedals from GGG's circuits, and got most of the parts from Small Bear. Occasionally use Mouser, but prefer Small Bear since he's a pretty up on the guitar stuff. He's got what you need, and not much else, whereas mouser or jameco or whatever has freaking everything under the sun, which can make it hard to find what you want sometimes. Easier to fill your basket up at Small Bear is all I'm saying. And decent prices. Note that this is still an expensive hobby, even if you build your own stuff. ;) (Wait till you decide to build your own tube amp, heheh...)
Here is another site for ya:
I havn't found my tone yet, and I have no mojo....but I'm working on it :)
this may be too simple. I have seen a guy use a wood block as a foot beat pedal. apparently he put a pickup inside a plank of wood and plugged it into an amp.
it then amplifies his foot tapping when playing his guitar.
there is a name for this but it escapes me.
I stomp my foot to add texture to my playing sometimes. image one amplified through an effects loop.
I'll search around and repost with exampes.
over at acoustic guitar forum someone posted this link.
look for the wood stomp box . they sell them; pricey.
one could make a similar board easy.
hope the link works for you.
Thanks, but my idea got rejected. Still, I may take this up as a hobby, so really, I apprieciate it.
You guys got me interested now, but that can be a bad thing when you only have $20 in your bank account.
So...That stomp box looks cool, but a bit pricey at $199. I have an old single coil pickup around here somewhere. How would a guitar pick up work here, I mean how does it pick up the sound of the wood?
A piezo pickup would be more likely as it picks up the vibration directly.
I can't see how a standard pickup would be able to, but it's the kind of thing I'd probably try just to see if could be done :) Maybe it could be mounted on a slightly flexible piece of board so that it shakes a little when tapped, with a piece of metal close to it that doesn't vibrate for it to interact with? Or for a sharper clicky sound, the tapping could bring a piece of metal into direct contact with the pole pieces?
I thibnk the whole thing works on microphonics.
single coils have that , but piezos are the answer.
I thinking of making one and running it through a delay.
How complex of a circuit do you want to make. There are some that are pretty easy.