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.