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.