Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Pain Braiser

I think I've spent longer on this pedal than I have any of my other ones. I figured a phaser, like most, would be easy as hell to bend. I knew I'd be able to find a run that would make the cycle of the phase shifting feedback like crazy. I was wrong. This was a two day project just experimenting and searching. In fact, I think I fried a chip so I had to do extra searching and combinations of runs to give you control of the mods I did. There are nearly 8 bends in this pedal and I am positive I got every possible one worthwhile. It's a pretty dynamic pedal. The pot gives you a lot of quiet to loud sounds. It has a real sweet spot and search for it. The red button kills the signal no matter if the other mods are engaged or not. If you tap it quick enough, the power will run back into the pedal and the way the cycle of the shifting comes back up slowly is pretty radical. Clicks and rumbles, unique oscillations, and a few settings give you silence. This is cool when you run the pedal into lots of distortion because the hiss of the silence will be amplified tenfold so you will get a nice wall of static. Or, use it without distortion and enjoy it's touchiness. Works well outside of a feedback loop as well as in. Obviously outside a feedback loop is where it will behave more dynamically.

The sound sample was recorded in a feedback loop with a delay pedal, and then run into a ton of distortion. The delay was not engaged the whole time. 


Bit Swash

This thing is freaking insane. I had no idea I was going to be able to do what I did with this. This thing sounds like a bit crusher running into a noise swash at times. Shrieks real high but comes crashing down into a bit-garbled mess. There are some nice dynamic functions about this pedal outside of a feedback loop, which is how it works best, I think.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Highly Seasoned Smoked Beef

Reasons why this one is awesome:
  • All of the switches are momentary buttons. 
  • All of the bends are active UNLESS the buttons are pressed.
  • All bends are on the top circuit board. I didn't even touch the bottom one to get the sounds achieved here.
  • This one actually works outside of a feedback loop to get some tame sounds, but depending on the feedback loop it's in, all sorts of crazy sounds can be acheived.
Sample. (in a no-input mixer feedback loop )
Sample. (in a feedback loop with an ibanez de-7 delay)


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Three Track Mind

This one is quite interesting as well as minimal. It took me forever to find adequate bends. I ended up doing two internal runs that you can't switch one and off just to get something going inside the pedal without it having to have a sound source. Two of the momentary buttons come off the same contact, and the third one comes off the Oct 2 knob. These momentary buttons all do very distinct things. One will generate a loud tone, another will emit a strange and fast beeping, and another will generate a quiet, low-pitch rumble. Combining the buttons is the fun part, and doing that while working with the knobs. You won't get a variety out of this, but a few very distinct sounds that don't seem to relate to each other at all. Definitely a unique unit. I haven't tried this with a sound source plugged into the input nor have I tried it in a feedback loop, but my guess is that it can get extremely nuts when done considering it does such unique things without an input at all.

The sound sample plays once, and then again with a heavy distortion. 


Peacock II

This pedal was originally bent by a friend of mine. I broke two of the toggles, so I took it completely apart, wired in 4 new toggles to completely different contacts. However, the pot he added is still wired the same. It was a reverb unit, so there is a lot of delay and looping capabilities, but also some drony tones and all sorts of wacky noise swash-esque sounds. Two of the toggles are 3-ways and the other two are 2-ways. The unit does not need a source signal but it can use one. Works well in a feedback loop as well, but it's not as dynamic that way.


Mini Mouse

This thing is a squeaking MACHINE. Two additional toggles, two additional potentiometers, and one momentary button. The button sends the pedal into high pitch heaven. The left pot is sort of like a starve knob. All the way down, the pedal shuts off. The other pot and the toggles alter the sound in ways I can't exactly explain. The sound demo should give you a good idea of what you can get out of it. I haven't tried running an instrument or sound through the pedal, but the input is wired to the output to create a feedback loop. There is a busted-off input jack plugged into the unit that can stay there so you can use it alone. However, try running something through it with an extremely hot signal. Might produce cool results. Better yet, put it in a feedback loop and I guarantee it'll go nuts. Especially in a mixer feedback loop where you can alter the EQ.

This is one of my favorite bends I've ever done. It's a very specific sounding pedal whereas a lot of my other stuff has been pretty diverse. This is to be used to create dynamic yet insane screeching and squeaks. Used to be an old DOD Chorus.


Chorus Of Vomit

Here is my latest creation. It's been a while. I won't explain anything in this description because it's all in the video. Sorry for the sound quality. After I'm done talking, crank the volume. My camera mic doesn't compress.

Here is an additional sound sample that is much less boring and sounds better.


Monday, June 13, 2011

Hot Chihuahua

Here we have somewhat of a tame little beast. I didn't anticipate finding bends in this thing that would get too crazy considering it was merely an octave pedal. When using in a headphone mixer feedback loop, I found a lot of rumbly clicks which is a nice change from the usual wacky shit I come up with. However, when EQ-ing the mixer channel to have a lot of treble and not so many lows, it can get pretty glitchy and nuts. However, this thing is really good with steady tones, and rhythmic clicking and rumbling. A nice tool for those who want intermittent noise-making rather than constant, chaotic madness.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Halle Berry's Skin

Originally this was a Dan Electro Black Coffee. In a mixer feedback loop, which is what the sample was recorded in, the pedal is fairly versatile. Taking the bass down on the pedal can generate some really screeching textures. Using only bass will give you some nasty rumbles. EQs on pedals when in feedback loops are always very effective things. There is a momentary button and a toggle that has been added to this pedal. The toggle makes the power act kind of funny. Sometimes it will make the pedal shut off, but the pedal can still heavily manipulate sound when off, so it can work to your advantage. Using this in a regular signal chain (a guitar, microphone, etc.) rather than in a feedback loop will give you less than desirable results because of that power issue. The pedal needs the extremely hot feedback signal to really work. The on/off button on the pedal, when held down, acts as another momentary button as well.


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Noisy Coconut

Here is another shaker box. This one is bigger than my last one which gives it a different tone and ring. The top is completely removable so that you can use it against other objects as if the whole top of the unit was one big contact mic. This one is being sold empty so that you can fill it with whatever you want, if anything at all. The first part of the sound clip is the unit being shaken filled with nuts and bolts with a ton of distortion. If the unit is filled up a lot more, there will be less ringing and feedback. The rest of the clip is the unit being shaken, scraped or turned in different directions with several objects inside it. So many possibilities!

Sound sample.


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bubble Trouble

My first "shaker box!" This little tin bubble gum lunch box is equipped with a super sturdy contact mic permanently attached to the top of it. It is filled with random nuts, bolts, screws, nails and other things. I made it so that you can open it any time and fill it with whatever you please. It is good for creating harsh noise walls when shaking rapidly, but putting anything inside of it, such as marbles or oddly shaped things will give you awesome sounds if you shake and move it in different ways. I've also attached a small chain to the outside of it to play with. Also, because of the drilling of the screws, the top of the unit is a tad bit warped. Pushing it in and out will create a little popping sound, which is just one of the other many things that contribute to the sounds you can get from this thing.

The cord is super long, over 15 feet. This way you can run around like a maniac with the unit. Another reason for the long cord is that, with a lot of gain, this unit will feedback like crazy, so moving around the room you are performing or recording in (if you are amplified through a PA or an amp), will change the feedback tones along with the sound of the things moving around inside the unit. There are so many possibilities with these little things. I plan on building a lot more in the future.

The sound clip is just the unit run through some light overdrive. Most of the incredibly distorted sounds are coming from the fact that I am overdriving the mixer so heavily.

Sound clip.


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mady Adams

Here is a circuit bent Boss Overdrive/Distortion. This is a weird one. It reacts independently of an input if the first toggle is all the way down. If it is up, it still makes some subtle weird tones and rumbles, but sending a signal through it, especially when in a feedback loop, get's interesting. The color and level knobs do some hard-to-explain things. There is a momentary button on the back of the unit that seems to octave-up whatever the tone the pedal is creating at the time. 


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Diaper Buzz

This is a bent Boss FZ-2. It sounds semi-close to stock when the toggle is in the middle position (and the sound is basically cut off when in the up or down position). The knobs don't work quite correctly. The gain boost is heavily distorted because I have increased the gain on that setting quite a bit. The Fuzz 2 setting is a very mid-scooped sound. Fuzz 1 is like a less bright, less distorted version of the gain boost channel. So, not that interesting when running a guitar through it.
However, in a feedback loop, which is what the sound clip is of, this thing get's quite crazy. Lots of pulses, squeals and clicks. The up and down position of the three-way toggle are very similar in sound, but flipping it quickly from up to down gives a cool glitching effect. I was going to make the third position engage completely different sound, but I decided not to considering most circuit-bent devices I've seen aren't wired to do that. All of the knobs work and alter the sound except for the level knob which is always up. In a loop, the pedal works on and off, but doesn't do much when off. 


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sputtering Spicket

Finally, a pedal that isn't meant for feedback loops. Basically, all this pedal does is some distortion like it's meant to, and then as the distortion knob is increased, it starts to intermittently gate the sound completely. It sort of sounds like a tremolo with an inconsistent rate. What you hear in the sound clip is just a wall of noise (with the pedal engaged) made from some other equipment. Then you will start to hear me increase the distortion knob very slowly, and then turn the pedal off. You will notice that the more I turn it up, the more the sound sputters and gates. This doesn't work with extremely hot signals because they will not allow the gating to work. So feedback loops probably won't be a good home for this pedal. A friend of mine sold me this thing for $20, bent. I reversed the bend, used it for a while, then added this new bend to it and am flipping it for the same amount.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Although this is the same original pedal as the Spazzstromi (the Dan Electro Pastrami), this one is pretty different. There is a toggle instead of a momentary button, making three toggles. Both the drive and volume knobs react very well with the pedal. This pedal is a bit more rhythmic than it is squeally. Once again, the sound sample is in a feedback loop and the EQ on the mixer channel is also altered.



This is a bent Boss DS-1 distortion. There is a toggle on either side of the unit, an on/off button on the top to the right and a potentiometer on the left. The pot clicks on and off but when it's off, it's sounds the same as it does all the way down. The toggle on the left sometimes kills the signal but it's fairly unpredictable. You can obviously engage it again by flipping the toggle back. I got rid of the stopper on the distortion knob that prevents it from being turned 360 degrees. This is so you can quickly jump from full distortion to minimal distortion without having to flip the knob all the way back around. It makes for quick changes and more cut-up sounds. The bends I did were pretty crazy so there is definitely an element of unpredictability with it's functionality. The pedal works and sounds different when off. The LED no longer works. I am robbing it of it's power with one of the bends I did. This pedal works it's best in a hot feedback loop, such as a headphone loop in a mixer, and it's not something you would run a low signal through (such as a guitar or voice). Tip: pressing the red button on the back rapidly makes some bad-ass chaotic shit happen.
Sound sample. (Updated!)


Wednesday, April 6, 2011


I just finished this one about ten minutes ago. A Dan Electro Pastromi overdrive. Two toggles and one momentary button (that clicks). It's a pretty minimal pedal but in a feedback loop, you can get some crazy sounds. The sound sample begins with me messing with the knobs and switches on the unit only, and then later I get into changing the EQ of the mixer channel which affects the sound. This can also easily be used outside of a feedback loop with a guitar or other device. The battery connector is outside of the unit because of the space that the new switches take up. It can be powered with a regular 9v adapter, though.

Sound sample.


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Daphne Spasm

This is a circuit-bent Daphon E10AD Delay. Three toggles, one momentary button and one potentiometer. This unit barely delays at all. There are times you can hear a repeating click, but it definitely does not function anything like a delay pedal. The unit is active when engaged off or on. It works well in feedback loops but is very functional outside of one. The potentiometer has a definite sweet spot where it will change the sound heavily (the pot's improper voltage makes it like this). The small toggle muffles and quiets the sound into a subtle rumble. Good for harsh walls of sound if fed into a distortion pedal. There is a lot of hiss and cracking in this pedal, especially when the momentary button is pressed. When the top toggle is up, the knob on the left of the pedal itself greatly affects the sound. The external controls are enclosed in a hard plastic enclosure originally used for some piece of A/V equipment. The wires are fed into the enclosure from the PCB in the pedal through a slit in the enclosures. The pedal itself is zip-tied to a clear plastic box. This is so the pedal can be elevated due to the connections made on the circuit board taking up too much room to attach the original bottom of the pedal.


Sweet Dog

Here is a circuit-bent Boss Metal Zone MT-2 enclosed in a hard plastic mic box. Seven toggles, two potentiometers and one momentary button. The pedal works when off and on. It sounds different in each mode. The momentary button only works when the unit is off. It engages the sound when pressed if the unit is not in a feedback loop. The potentiometer on the left, when toggle is up, shuts off the unit when it reaches about 3 o' clock. Both potentiometers on the right have a sweet spot around 4 to 6 o' clock which alter the sounds greatly. They are very touchy in their sweet spots due to improper voltage. The pots on the pedal itself (EQ, volume and distortion) also affect the sound. The pedal works best in a feedback loop but it's not necessary. It works with a 9-volt battery or a standard 9v power adapter.