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Re: Adding fx loop to tiny amp?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:06 pm

gingertimmins wrote:On the subject of power soaks, can anyone point me in the direction of a good diy project for one?

There's a DIY project here which you can use as a basis, but I suggest you take on board Dave's comments above and modify accordingly. Personally, I'd also keep those electrolytic capacitors well away from potentially hot resistors!

https://guitar.com/guides/diy-workshop/diy-workshop-build-your-own-attenuator/

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Re: Adding fx loop to tiny amp?

Postby gingertimmins » Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:13 pm

Nice one gents, thank you.
That should be a little project to keep me busy over the festive period!
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Re: Adding fx loop to tiny amp?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:18 pm

ef37a wrote:Sort of thing SOS magazine should be offering IMHO but they don't seem keen on DIY projects?

I grew up with all those electronics mags of the 60s, 70s and 80s, too, and I learned a lot from building (and modifying) countless DIY projects... But that's not what SOS is about, and
It's not what the vast majority of the readership are interested in. The world is a different place...

Added to which, there would be costs involved in developing DIY projects and overheads in producing PCBs etc which would be impractical in the current publishing climate. And then there's the potential litigation aspect to put further dampeners on the whole idea!

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Re: Adding fx loop to tiny amp?

Postby ef37a » Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:23 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:
ef37a wrote:Sort of thing SOS magazine should be offering IMHO but they don't seem keen on DIY projects?

I grew up with all those electronics mags of the 60s, 70s and 80s, too, and I learned a lot from building (and modifying) countless DIY projects... But that's not what SOS is about, and
It's not what the vast majority of the readership are interested in. The world is a different place...

Added to which, there would be costs involved in developing DIY projects and overheads in producing PCBs etc which would be impractical in the current publishing climate. And then there's the potential litigation aspect to put further dampeners on the whole idea!

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Re: Adding fx loop to tiny amp?

Postby gingertimmins » Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:33 pm

It would be a cool feature to occasionally write up a cool diy project, whether it be a pedal board, some sort of mini synth or even just instructables on making cables.
I’m sure many people don’t even realise that diy is an option. I never until a few years ago when I decided to rewire a guitar. Now I diy everything I can...I’ve even just built a false ceiling and plastered it- something I never in a million years would have thought I’d be doing!

So yeah, it would be nice to have cool but simple diy projects brought to our attention.
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Re: Adding fx loop to tiny amp?

Postby Sam Spoons » Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:57 pm

ef37a wrote:
Hugh Robjohns wrote:
ef37a wrote:Sort of thing SOS magazine should be offering IMHO but they don't seem keen on DIY projects?

I grew up with all those electronics mags of the 60s, 70s and 80s, too, and I learned a lot from building (and modifying) countless DIY projects... But that's not what SOS is about, and
It's not what the vast majority of the readership are interested in. The world is a different place...

Added to which, there would be costs involved in developing DIY projects and overheads in producing PCBs etc which would be impractical in the current publishing climate. And then there's the potential litigation aspect to put further dampeners on the whole idea!

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Yes, I quite understand Hugh. Shame innit?

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It is a shame but present 'Elf & Safety' (it is nearly Christmas after all) do make it difficult.

I too grew up with those mags and the occasional DIY project and, now I'm retired, I hope to do some more. Next, I think, might be one of those Rakit Drum Synths (having recently built the Baby 8 Sequencer) but with a remote socket for the trigger pad so I can fire it from a DIY Stomp Box.
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Re: Adding fx loop to tiny amp?

Postby ef37a » Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:57 am

gingertimmins wrote:It would be a cool feature to occasionally write up a cool diy project, whether it be a pedal board, some sort of mini synth or even just instructables on making cables.
I’m sure many people don’t even realise that diy is an option. I never until a few years ago when I decided to rewire a guitar. Now I diy everything I can...I’ve even just built a false ceiling and plastered it- something I never in a million years would have thought I’d be doing!

So yeah, it would be nice to have cool but simple diy projects brought to our attention.

Cables, yes! I cannot see any great problem with an article showing the correct way to construct servicable cables?

I don't know about others here but I was educated (Oh! Yes! i was!) by text and diagrams. The internet abounds with videos but I always search for a written explanation. Take sorting out a computer problem. How do you WATCH a screen and hack the buttons? Much better to print out a set of instructions.

I do get the resistance* to something like a power soak. Not only could the newb constructor bugger their amp but some amps (100W 16 Ohm tap) produce potentially lethal voltages at the speaker jacks and badly done a PS could be a fire hazard.

*Boom! Boom! Oh"! BTW OP. Before you start on that box, buy a digital multimeter and get to know it!

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Re: Adding fx loop to tiny amp?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:51 am

ef37a wrote:Cables, yes! I cannot see any great problem with an article showing the correct way to construct servicable cables?

Sure... and it's been done:

https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/studio-installation-workshop

And we did one on drum triggers too:

https://www.soundonsound.com/sound-advice/making-your-own-drum-triggers

So I'm not saying there's a blanket ban on DIY projects, but there are practical and editorial limitations...

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Re: Adding fx loop to tiny amp?

Postby Wonks » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:56 am

So there's still scope for a Blue Peter-style "How to make a Behringer DI box" using only a cereal box, a washing up liquid bottle and some sticky-backed plastic?
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Re: Adding fx loop to tiny amp?

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:29 am

And a bucket of spare white noise :D
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Re: Adding fx loop to tiny amp?

Postby Wonks » Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:31 am

In the true Blue Peter tradition, the method would be to fill the box with Rice Crispies and then add milk.
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Re: Adding fx loop to tiny amp?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:48 am

:bouncy: Now you've used the B word in print, how long will it be before a company representative comes on the thread to tell us how keen they are to help and how to contact the support centre? :lol:
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Re: Adding fx loop to tiny amp?

Postby blinddrew » Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:40 pm

I dunno, even they seem to steer clear of the DI threads! ;)
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Re: Adding fx loop to tiny amp?

Postby DC-Choppah » Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:58 am

To the OP, I had found an amp that I liked and needed to add an EFX loop. After some trial and error I ended up with a preamp that has its own EFX loop. I use the ART PowerPlant but there are many preamps out there with an EFX loop.

I am not sure you want to cut into this amp you have, or if the sound would be any better by doing so.

A preamp with EFX loop will give you what you want I think.
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Re: Adding fx loop to tiny amp?

Postby Dr R » Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:28 am

Hugh Robjohns wrote::bouncy: Now you've used the B word in print, how long will it be before a company representative comes on the thread to tell us how keen they are to help and how to contact the support centre? :lol:

Read this and thought the B word referred to Blue Peter! :lol:

An occasional Readers' DIY would definitely be interesting. Alas I have nothing I could contribute, but get exclusive rights to Folderol's diaries and you have years and years of articles...


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