Author Topic: Any suggestions for beginner-level IC based overdrives/boosts?  (Read 157 times)

Moosewala

Any suggestions for beginner-level IC based overdrives/boosts?
« on: September 08, 2020, 04:31:26 PM »
Hello guys,,,
So far I have built 3 functional, single knob gain/fuzz pedals from scratch. They each use either transistors alone or transistors and diodes.

I am looking to start working with IC chips but can't find any simple diagrams. I'm mainly Looking for an easy one-knob diagram that I can build on perfboard. Does anyone know where I can find one? Currently have a JRC4558 and some TL072's handy but can always order some other IC's if there is one that is particularly simple to work with.

marcelomd

Re: Any suggestions for beginner-level IC based overdrives/boosts?
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2020, 05:17:23 PM »
Hi,
The classics are all pretty simple (You can omit the switching and maybe input/output buffers for most of them): Proco RAT, Boss DS1, Tubescreamer and Guv'nor
They all sound great.

I like the Red Llama (You can use CD4040 or CD4069, just make sure it's the UNbuffered version):


EDIT: Welcome!!!
« Last Edit: September 08, 2020, 05:22:33 PM by marcelomd »

antonis

Re: Any suggestions for beginner-level IC based overdrives/boosts?
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2020, 05:30:31 PM »
Hi and Welcome.. :icon_wink:

A brute modification of MXR Dist-something...

"I'm getting older while being taught all the time" Solon the Athenian..
"I don't mind  being taught all the time but I do mind a lot getting old" Antonis the Thessalonian..

bluebunny

Re: Any suggestions for beginner-level IC based overdrives/boosts?
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2020, 05:36:46 PM »
Hmmm... verbatim copy of a reddit post from a year back...

Colour me cynical.
Ohm's Law - much like Coles Law, but with less cabbage...