Author Topic: Simple ON/OFF switch  (Read 148 times)

decal1028

Simple ON/OFF switch
« on: March 26, 2020, 12:30:56 PM »
Hi All,

I just want to build a simple stompbox that's just an ON/OFF, and I don't know what kind of switch I need.

It will just have one 1/4 jack, I will use a standard instrument cable to run to my PA to turn the internal effects ON and OFF.

Is that a SPST? DPDT? I have no idea! Just a simple switch (latching) with a decent "click".

Thanks

Ice-9

Re: Simple ON/OFF switch
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2020, 12:39:49 PM »
You would really need to tell us what the PA/mixer is that you want the switch to turn on or off is. There is likely a user manual that tells you the type of switching need and with that information we can help you.
www.stanleyfx.co.uk

It's fairly straight forward, if you want to start it , press start. You can work out the rest of the controls for yourself !

decal1028

Re: Simple ON/OFF switch
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2020, 12:51:19 PM »
Thanks Ice -

It's a Mackie ProFX12, here's the text from the manual about the "FOOTSWITCH" input, and I'll post a pic as well. Just a standard 1/4 input.

16. FX FOOTSWITCH
This 1/4" TRS connector is where you can connect
your favorite footswitch. This will allow you to easily
mute or un-mute the internal effects.





Nitefly182

Re: Simple ON/OFF switch
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2020, 12:52:12 PM »
If there is a footswitch jack on the mixer to turn the effects on and off its almost surely just a switch that makes or breaks a connection between the tip and sleeve. If that's the case you just need any latching switch and a jack. Solder one set of poles on the switch to the tip and sleeve of the jack.

Edit - a little strange that its calling for a TRS configuration there. The switching may be more complex than I suggest above but it still seems unlikely. Try plugging a guitar cable into that jack and using a paper clip or other piece of metal to short across the tip and sleeve to see if that turns the effects on and off.
« Last Edit: March 26, 2020, 12:53:56 PM by Nitefly182 »

decal1028

Re: Simple ON/OFF switch
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2020, 01:04:25 PM »
Nitefly,

Yes, it is indeed that simple, I plugged in a guitar cable and I can Mute/Unmute the effects by shorting across the tip and sleeve.

So...what kind of switch do I buy? SPST? Any heavy duty switch with 2 or 3 terminals (Can't imagine it would have more than that) and then just experiment?

About the only thing I'm sure of is I want latching, like a standard stompbox.

Thanks all, sorry I'm such a noob.

Ice-9

Re: Simple ON/OFF switch
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2020, 01:13:40 PM »

 2 options here, if you have to hold the connection to bypass and release connection for effect then a SPDT latching switch
If each touch switches between effect and bypass then momentary switch is good
« Last Edit: March 26, 2020, 01:18:02 PM by Ice-9 »
www.stanleyfx.co.uk

It's fairly straight forward, if you want to start it , press start. You can work out the rest of the controls for yourself !

ElectricDruid

Re: Simple ON/OFF switch
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2020, 01:16:40 PM »
So...what kind of switch do I buy? SPST? Any heavy duty switch with 2 or 3 terminals (Can't imagine it would have more than that) and then just experiment?

About the only thing I'm sure of is I want latching, like a standard stompbox.

You've pretty much answered your own question there - a latching SPST would do nicely. Connect it up between the tip and the sleeve and off you go.

PRR

Re: Simple ON/OFF switch
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2020, 04:00:24 PM »
> a little strange that its calling for a TRS configuration there.

Yes; but it says the jack is TRS. It does not say the R is wired. Looking at the back of that box, 9/10 of the holes support balanced audio, so must be TRS. Considering cost and factory confusion, they may have just used TRS everywhere. They didn't have to tell the user that it is a TRS, but that cat is out of the bag.

« Last Edit: March 26, 2020, 04:07:09 PM by PRR »