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Maxon OD-820 Clone: Aion Electronics “Nimbus”

Pictured here is my newest completed pedal project.  It’s the Aion Electronics Nimbus Overdrive.  Recently I had built myself a Klon clone and found it useful enough to include in my rig. If you didn’t know, the Klon is kind of known for it’s prominent mid-hump EQ. At first, I wasn’t really too crazy about this, but ultimately I decided that the contrasting nature of the Klon to my other OD tones was a good thing and this secured it a space on my board.

While browsing the Aion Electronics shop, I came across the Nimbus. The one thing I really like about this site is that if a pedal has any interesting history/controversy at all, it will be clearly written about. Well, apparently, the Maxon OD-820 had some, and it had to do with the Klon.  Continue reading Maxon OD-820 Clone: Aion Electronics “Nimbus”

Klon Clone Demo

OK, this video is 75% the Klon clone, but I give Amp 11 and the Fuzz Tool Jr. a fair amount of play, I think.

Well, here are my thoughts on the Klon. First off, I have absolutely no first-hand experience with the real thing. But with this Klon clone being a part-for-part reproduction of the original, I trust that I’ve assembled something that sounds faithful to the genuine article. Continue reading Klon Clone Demo

Klon Centaur Clone: Aion Electronics “Refractor”

Shortly after sharing about my new mini-board (here), I acquired a Pluetoneum Chi-Wah-Wah V2 (careful…oddly nsfw) to complete and maximize the usefulness of my new mini setup. I didn’t really feel like posting about it, although I may do a more lengthy demo in the future. Other than that acquisition, it’s all been Boss mods and new complete builds. This one pictured above is one of my proudest completed projects.

Continue reading Klon Centaur Clone: Aion Electronics “Refractor”

Pedalboard as of 06/17/15

This is the latest version of my pedalboard.  The newest addition, my Sho ‘Nuff boost in the bottom right corner.


Here’s a closer shot of my drive section. Below is the complete signal path. Continue reading Pedalboard as of 06/17/15

Walrus Audio Voyager (Pink Edition)

 

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If you follow my blog…who are you? Anyway, what I was saying is…if you follow my blog, you know that I’ve owned this pedal before in the original mint green. I was really excited to try it out. But long story short, it didn’t really do it for me. I sold it. (I’ll go into some detail about how it sounded to me below) Continue reading Walrus Audio Voyager (Pink Edition)

Walrus Audio Voyager

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This is the Voyager from Walrus Audio, and it is quite the awesome overdrive pedal. If you love the sound of your amp and are trying to find an overdrive pedal that’ll preserve that tone, this transparent overdrive is what you’re looking for.

I think my personal rule of thumb for choosing a good overdrive pedal is that it is transparent. It was actually pretty tough for me to compare the Voyager with other drive boxes that I currently own because I think all of them are actually quite good at doing this (Lovepedal Amp11, Boss OD-3, Maxon ROD 881). I spent a good deal of time A/B-ing them…and honestly, I’d have to say that they’re all pretty good. In the same way you come to appreciate good headphones, I’d have to spend more time with this thing to see what it has that the others don’t. Maybe its got something up its sleeve, maybe it doesn’t. But man, look at it! I know this matters very little, but it definitely gets points for looks.

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i’ll let my first “official” entry be about my effects pedals…

this is new: RC-2
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about this little box: it really packs a whole lot into a small package. it holds 16 minutes of recording time and 11 slots to save those recorded samples to. what you do with it is basically record something you play in real time, let it play back, and then either play on top of it or overdub another line onto it. and what you put in is what it spits out, so there’s no loss in quality (at least not from what i can hear) it’s fun for sure.

this is not new: Rodenberg GAS-828
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but i will be sending it back to germany to have the circuitry updated! YES!
this Rodenberg GAS pedal delivers a very satisfying smooth overdrive. it also looks damn cool!

this pedalboard is sort of new.
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it’s a small size-upgrade from the 1st generation pedaltrain i used to have all my pedals sit on. the old one was a few inches short of 24 inches. this one is a full 24 inches long, which gives me just enough for another column of pedals :) this allowed me to place 2 phasers (EH Small Stone / Ibanez PH-7) in different ends of my effects chain and also allows me to include my new RC-2 loop station.

future upgrades will come in the form of modifications to 2 of my pedals (after the GAS-828 mod).

  • robert keeley’s TR-2 mod
  • analogman’s EH Small Stone mod

that’s it for now, i think.