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Bitsbox.co.uk are pretty good, I'd highly recommend them!

 

Seconding this. They don't have everything you'd ever want but definitely enough to be going on with. I've ordered from them loads of times and the service has always been great, almost always next day delivery even when I've thought it was a bit late in the day to be putting an order in.

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finished mine

 

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pretty useful i guess, considering how much the KP destroys my br00tal tonez

 

Excellent! Great job. I trust that it was as easy as my build. Looks like you were able to get all of the parts.

 

Honestly, I don't have the time, otherwise I might mass produce these guys (with some mods). One would have to buy parts in large quantities to cover (marginalize) the shipping costs. PedalPartsPlus.com offers large quantity discounts as well.

 

I am contemplating adding the LEDs to mine...though, it is not very difficult to figure out if the channel is engaged or not.

 

I am going to try and figure out a way to elevate my KP3 for my next build...perhaps build a speaker stand simlar this one: http://www.amazon.com/Sanus--Inch-Steel-Speaker-Stand/dp/B0006DPPAG/ref=sr_1_11?s=furniture&ie=UTF8&qid=1358214151&sr=1-11

 

...but less expensive by using some sheet metal (maybe diamond plate for that industrial look) and aluminum pipe...maybe I'll get crazy and make the shaft/tubing telescoping to adjust height. As a side not, I have to admit that (as an American) my favorite British pronunciation is for Aluminum. In the US it is uh-loo-mih-num. UK, al-loo-min-ē-um. LOVE IT!

 

Would really like the box/platform for the Kaoss Pad to have a raised edge (lip), with slots/holes for the cables and connections. This way the pad won't slide off.

 

So, here are the basic parts:

- heavy metal base - which is a hollow box (aluminum or steel square tube: 8"x8", with same sized sheet as top):

- bottom for base (aluminum plate for bottom, same dimensions of 8"x8")

- top for base (aluminum sheet to top the base, same dimensions 8"x8", but with square hole cut out of center for shaft)

- shaft (aluminum square tube, 3"x 3" x 42" - 0.25" thick walls to be sturdy)

- KP3 base (aluminum channel, 10" x 2.6")

 

Something like that.

 

Do any of you guys/gals have stands for your Kaoss Pads?

 

I have a Manson MB-1, so I don't need easy access to the touch screen, but I would like to select the programs and samples without having to bend over (I know...lazy).

 

...or maybe I'll just be lazy and mod a pre-built speaker stand.

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would be useful to have a rotary switch as a foot pedal so you can cycle through the effects

 

I wonder how that would work...I'm guessing it involves MIDI, so there's no chance of me figuring out how to do it!

 

 

Excellent! Great job. I trust that it was as easy as my build. Looks like you were able to get all of the parts.

 

Thanks, and yeah, I used the parts from the links you posted

 

 

 

I am going to try and figure out a way to elevate my KP3 for my next build...perhaps build a speaker stand simlar this one: http://www.amazon.com/Sanus--Inch-Steel-Speaker-Stand/dp/B0006DPPAG/ref=sr_1_11?s=furniture&ie=UTF8&qid=1358214151&sr=1-11

 

...but less expensive by using some sheet metal (maybe diamond plate for that industrial look) and aluminum pipe...maybe I'll get crazy and make the shaft/tubing telescoping to adjust height. As a side not, I have to admit that (as an American) my favorite British pronunciation is for Aluminum. In the US it is uh-loo-mih-num. UK, al-loo-min-ē-um. LOVE IT!

 

Would really like the box/platform for the Kaoss Pad to have a raised edge (lip), with slots/holes for the cables and connections. This way the pad won't slide off.

 

So, here are the basic parts:

- heavy metal base - which is a hollow box (aluminum or steel square tube: 8"x8", with same sized sheet as top):

- bottom for base (aluminum plate for bottom, same dimensions of 8"x8")

- top for base (aluminum sheet to top the base, same dimensions 8"x8", but with square hole cut out of center for shaft)

- shaft (aluminum square tube, 3"x 3" x 42" - 0.25" thick walls to be sturdy)

- KP3 base (aluminum channel, 10" x 2.6")

 

Something like that.

 

this is pretty interesting. I know Matt used a stand for his KP2 a while back (he now has it in his rack), but it only slightly elevated it off the pedalboard.

 

kaoss.jpg

 

 

Do any of you guys/gals have stands for your Kaoss Pads?

 

I have a Manson MB-1, so I don't need easy access to the touch screen, but I would like to select the programs and samples without having to bend over (I know...lazy).

 

...or maybe I'll just be lazy and mod a pre-built speaker stand.

 

nah I leave mine on top of my amp most of the time.

 

 

but as far as the bypass box goes, it's pretty useful as the KP does affect the guitar sound when it's in the chain. The one problem I've always had is getting the levels right...my amp doesn't have a level control for the effects loop, so it always comes out at a different volume than the guitar signal

 

I wonder if there's a way to add a volume pot to this bypass box...in other words, it would function like

 

FX loop send > kaoss pad line in > kaoss pad line out > volume pot > fx loop return

 

I imagine if I have it wired correctly, it will only serve as a master volume control for the kaoss, and won't affect everything else in my effects loop...

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I just purchased a ZVEX Wah Probe...very excited to get this plugged into my setup. I am guessing I should put it after my bypass pedal, correct? Meaning, put it between my bypass pedal and amp.

 

The bypass pedal (custom made...see earlier posts) has two loops: fx pedals loop and KP3 loop.

 

So, by putting it outside the effect loop, I can play it by itself (both loops off), or with either or both loops engaged.

 

Please let me know if anyone has other suggestions (e.g., before the bypass pedal).

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i'd put it straight after the guitar

 

Thanks...will do.

 

So:

Manson MB-1 > Tuner > ZVex Wah Probe > Bypass Pedal (2 Channel):

1: > ZVex Fuzz Factory > Mad Professor Golden Cello > Electro-Harmonix Holly Grail >

2: > Kork Kaoss Pad 3 (KP3) >

Fender 1965 Deluxe Reverb Reissue

 

Thanks!

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Hello everyone, I haven't been here for ages!

 

Anyway, tomorrow I'm going to start working on building myself a new pedal board as I just can't find one to buy that is a good size for my pedals.

 

On top of this I have also bought a few more pedals and was wondering what you would all suggest the order should be in regards to my ABY pedal.

 

Ok, so I'm looking to have a Bypass route which would be my clean channel, a distorted route and something for lead at present.. though if you think this could be done better then feel free to say.

 

Currently on my bypass loop is my tuner, wah, volume pedal, nova modulator and a compressor (not in the particular order)

 

I then just have an amp tweaker tight metal on my heavy loop and DL4 and whammy on my final loop.

 

In the next few weeks, my pedals will consist of:

 

Onion Pedals ABY, EB Volume pedal, Crybaby wah, CS3, TU2, Whammy 4 (with molten midi), DL4, Amptweaker Tight Metal, TC Nova modulator, Fuzz probe, Tube screamer clone, TC ditto looper, KP2.

 

So any ideas of how this could be arranged to get a good sound and use of everything?

 

I want to use the DL4 for the nice effects for clean stuff, but would also like it to be a lead thing which makes it a bit harder to arrange for me.

 

And the compressor as well, i'd like it to make solos a bit.. more.. but don't know if it's better suited in the bypass/ clean area.

 

I also have a Boss LS2 and some other single loop onion pedals.

 

Any help will be appreciated and get a hug.

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Right, time to bump this thread.

 

Soon I will have to pick the order of my bass pedlols when my Animated and Восход arrive. Halp?

 

I was thinking the following

 

Bass -> TC Polytune -> LS-2

  • Loop 1: (not sure about the positioning here) Tech 21 Bass VT -> OC-2 -> Animated -> Bass Big Muff -> LS2
  • Loop 2: Восход (Russian Big Muff clone) -> Mammoth Clone -> LS2

-> Sansamp Bass Driver Deluxe

 

Not sure if I should add the Bass Muff to the 'drive' chain, or just ditch it entirely, and whether to put my OC-2 before or after the Animated...

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Hi everyone,

 

I've just upgraded to a bigger pedal board and I'm wondering what order these pedals should be in.

 

Polytune Mini

Blackcat Wee Buzz

Fuzz Factory

Super Duper 2 in 1

RMC Custom Wah

Digitech Whammy

Pro Co Rat 2

MXR Phase 100

Maxon OD808 Overdrive

Boss TR2 Tremolo

Boss DD7 Delay

Boss FRV Reverb

Ibanez Echo Shifter

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Hi everyone,

 

I've just upgraded to a bigger pedal board and I'm wondering what order these pedals should be in.

 

Polytune Mini

Blackcat Wee Buzz

Fuzz Factory

Super Duper 2 in 1

RMC Custom Wah

Digitech Whammy

Pro Co Rat 2

MXR Phase 100

Maxon OD808 Overdrive

Boss TR2 Tremolo

Boss DD7 Delay

Boss FRV Reverb

Ibanez Echo Shifter

 

Fuzz Factory before any Boss pedals as they buffers in them, it'll sound weak if you put them after

 

http://screaminfx.com/tech/why-and-when-to-use-a-guitar-buffer-pedal.htm

 

Whammy's & wah near the start as well

 

Modulation pedals somewhere in the middle

 

then echo's reverbs & delays

 

then distortions (not fuzz factory)

 

:)

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Fuzz Factory before any Boss pedals as they buffers in them, it'll sound weak if you put them after

 

http://screaminfx.com/tech/why-and-when-to-use-a-guitar-buffer-pedal.htm

 

Whammy's & wah near the start as well

 

Modulation pedals somewhere in the middle

 

then echo's reverbs & delays

 

then distortions (not fuzz factory)

 

:)

Distortions after the ambients?

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These are opinions & guidelines, not rules! :LOL:

 

That's what I have found is best for me, although it does sound rather epic if you have distortion after reverbs & delay :D

 

I've tried distortions after ambients, it does sound epic. I was just thinking that having the distortion before all modulation would make a more traditional sound.

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Hi everyone,

 

I've just upgraded to a bigger pedal board and I'm wondering what order these pedals should be in.

 

Polytune Mini

Blackcat Wee Buzz

Fuzz Factory

Super Duper 2 in 1

RMC Custom Wah

Digitech Whammy

Pro Co Rat 2

MXR Phase 100

Maxon OD808 Overdrive

Boss TR2 Tremolo

Boss DD7 Delay

Boss FRV Reverb

Ibanez Echo Shifter

 

Yeah, I have Polytune and Fuzz Factory at the start. I'm not sure if the Wah would work best before or after the Fuzz, might depends on your pedal. Personally I'd have Whammy before the distortions, so you keep the tone from the pedal instead of losing some of it in the Whammy. Then personally I go delay -> phaser -> tremolo -> reverb, but it's up to what you want from it really. Some people like modulation effects before delay and so on. If in doubt, experiment and find what works best for you.

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Right, I'm getting my new amp tomorrow, since it has an FX Loop built into it I'm gonna need to change the order of my pedals and stuff, just need some advice:

 

Am I right in saying this is the correct order they should be in from the guitar?:

 

Guitar > Digitech Whammy IV > Fuzz Factory > MXR BlueBox > DS-1 Distortion > Amp

FX Loop Send > MXR Phase 90 > Line 6 DL4 > FX Loop Receive

 

Edit: I was thinking about putting the Bluebox in the FX Loop too since it's an octaver, but since it's a 'Fuzz' Octaver I thought it'd be best being along side the Fuzz/Distortions

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FF goes before whammy, DS-1 goes in the bin

 

None of your pedals are designed to operate at line level so I've no idea why you'd put them in the effects loop of your amp

 

Line Level? :unsure:

I just thought that all Phasers and Delays were meant to go into the FX Loop?

So I can just stick them all through the front of the amp in this order then?

Guitar > FF > Whammy > MXR BlueBox > MXR Phase 90 > Line 6 DL4 > Amp ?

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FF goes before whammy, DS-1 goes in the bin

 

None of your pedals are designed to operate at line level so I've no idea why you'd put them in the effects loop of your amp

 

m8.

 

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Actually, I've had little luck with the effects loop on amps. Delay should be okay in there but really, put them in front of your amp.

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