unrealBook for iPad (Sheet Music Reader)

Posted by on 03 May 2010 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

For the guys that use sheet music onstage, check out my iPad app! Over the years I have created my charts in Sibelius and saved them as PDF. I’ve always wanted a device that I could carry with me to replace the multiple binders that I use for all of my gigs. I would have one binder per band and sometimes they would be rather large (3″ binders).

When the iPad came out, I knew that I wanted to write an app that would help me recall my charts onstage and allow me to create set lists.

Here is unrealBook. It allows you can easily find and load your PDF files and does a few things more. Since I have been using unrealBook, I have left my binders in a pile unused. I’m using unrealBook on my gigs and it’s great!!!!!!

Check out unrealBook!

Things I have learned this year

Posted by on 01 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

I decided to post a few things that I have learned this year.

All wire is definitely directional. What I did was rewire my amp again, but not with expensive teflon wire or solid silver etc… All I did was reverse the direction! The clarity was amazing. All this time that’s all it was. It took me a while to get the power amp section correct, I reversed the plate lead wires and this made a huge difference.

In addition, I realized that carbon comp resistors sounded twice as good if you use half the resistor value and double them up in series. GREAT SOUND! I can only imagine what it would sound like if you used 3 or 4 in series.

For pedals, it will usually sound better if you use thicker wire. It’s really hard to use the thickest wire possible, but the sound is amazing. Now you wish you never threw away that Weller Soldering GUN!

New items just came in

Posted by on 24 Feb 2010 | Tagged as: STORE

PT2399, LM386, Metal Can 2N2222 transistors. Just a few fun silicon pieces for you to have fun with.
All in the store.

The PT2399 can be used for the Rebote Delay, Echo Base delay and other delay-based applications.
The LM386 can be used for any number of tiny amps and the Smash Drive.
The 2N2222 is good as an alternate transistor for the beginner kit as well as many other projects that use an NPN transistor.

Want to learn how to build your own circuit?

Posted by on 24 Feb 2010 | Tagged as: Effects

Purchase the beginner kit and hit the beginner forum! After building this circuit, you will be able to build many more and will have an understanding of how to build and mod your own pedals.

Buy the beginner kit
Hit the forum and follow the numbered threads.

SPICE forum created

Posted by on 19 Feb 2010 | Tagged as: Effects

I just created a SPICE forum in DIYstompboxes.com. You need to be logged in to see it. Right now most of the files are for LTSpice but I hope others will post files for different spice applications.

Site for electronic demonstrations

Posted by on 19 Feb 2010 | Tagged as: Effects

Gil from the forum pointed out this great site which shows how components work visually.
Check it out


Posted by on 12 Feb 2010 | Tagged as: Effects

Neat site with some stompbox applications!
Check it out!

Dan Armstrong website

Posted by on 11 Feb 2010 | Tagged as: Effects

Fascinating web site that details the man that created the great Orange Squeezer and other circuits. I still have my Orange Squeezer, Purple Peaker and Green Ringer. All great pedals!

Check out the website.

DIYstompboxes for iPhone has been released!

Posted by on 09 Feb 2010 | Tagged as: Effects

DIYstompboxes for iPhone has been released. It’s on iTunes right now. Get it, it’s free! :-)
This free app will allow you to check out this page, the forum, order parts and reference the Wiki and Gallery from your iPhone.

Here’s a link to more info….

There’s even a donate button :-)

Morley JD-10 Upgrade Kit in Store

Posted by on 27 Jan 2010 | Tagged as: Effects

I just put a Morley JD-10 upgrade kit online. 3PDT switch and 470pf capacitor. All you do is orient the 3PDT the same way as the old X-style switch and solder each wire to the new switch (Tip: you can use tape to mark down the order of the wires). After that, you solder the 470pf capacitor to the two inner lugs to reduce RF (radio noise). The JD-10 is a great pedal. It can be made better by this low cost kit.

Click here to purchase kit in STORE.

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