Here's my build of the Devil's Triangle Drone Synth, designed by paulinthelab. Check out his site, he's got a ton of great circuits he's designed and posted for the general public to build, both audio related and otherwise.
This is a relatively simple drone box, with control over the frequencies of the oscillators, and a kill switch for each one. You can get harmonious sounds out of it, but I think it really excels when you have dissonance between the oscillators, or a bit of phasing. This is great as a base to layer further synth sounds over.
Here's a demo video for a pedal I built a while ago, the legendary Bazz Fuss. Designed by the nebulous and mystical Hemmo, this pedal does one thing, and does it extremely well and with startling efficiency: thick, rich, gargantuan fuzz. If you can't already tell, I have a special relationship to this circuit. This was the first pedal I ever built for myself, after first breadboarding it and being nervous as to whether or not I could actually build a functioning stomp box. This isn't my first bazz fuss (that box has been repurposed), but a more elegant, 1590A encased specimen. Put on a denim vest, grow your hair out long, and listen to the demo below.
Here's a build I did a while ago, the analog bit crusher, designed on the Experimentalists Anonymous message board. I'm mostly happy with this effect, although it isn't perfect for all applications, due to the persistent audible frequency, especially apparent at lower settings. If I were to build this again, I would change the amount of total bit crush available, since everything basically becomes noise past the half way mark on the pot. Definitely a fun build, and awesome to see an analog take on a normally digital effect.
I'm very excited to announce two designs that I've recently completed. I say designs, but what I mean is a synthesis of various segments of circuitry and ideas that I've culled together to make something new and exciting.
Designs is probably a faster way to say this.
The first effect I've been working on is called the Queen of Cups Delay. This circuit has two switches. When the first is engaged, the audio signal is immersed in a watery delay, with a control knob for delay time, as well as one for feedback level and wet/dry mix. I've allowed for a decently long delay time. With longer delay times, the chip I've used begins to break up the signal, adding a grainy (sandy?) quality to the delay.
When the second switch is engaged, the delay acts normally, until you stop playing. The signal then drops rapidly in pitch, and delay time is increased immensely. There is control over the depth of the pitch drop via the leftmost knob. You can get long drops in pitch, or strange flutters if you play with short stops in between notes.
Check out a demo of the effect below.
I've called the second effect I've made the Rosewater Fuzz.
The first switch on this effect engages a dense fuzz, which can then be shaped with the tone knob, accentuating either the treble or bass. There is also a voltage starve knob that alters the character of the fuzz. The rightmost knob controls volume.
The second switch engages a feedback loop, creating anything from splattering fuzz to rhythmic oscillations, depending on where the other knobs are set. There are plenty of sounds and noises that come out of this thing, and I'm sure the following video only touches on a fraction.
Both are available from my Etsy store. Each pedal is hand made to order, built off of a hand etched PCB. Check the link HERE.
More to come soon, including a few builds I've done as personal projects and my experiences with them, as well as some synths I've been toying around with.
Hello, my name is Ren, and I make things that make noise. Thank you for joining me on this journey. As I learn and discover more about the ways to shape sound and noise, I hope to produce a few things that others might find intriguing. I'm interested in circuitry that breaks down sound, or plays with it in an interesting way. My favorite type of effect is delay, so you may be seeing a lot of those soon. Keep an eye here for videos of builds and demos of things that I build. If you like what you see, you can always purchase a pedal or synth, and support me in my obsession. If you don't like what you see, you can always purchase a pedal or synth and set it on fire and take a video of the fire and send it to me and I'll post it here.
To start off, here are a few videos of some effects that I've built from others' schematics. I've also started an Etsy store, check that out at https://www.etsy.com/shop/SonusFluxa.
The first is the Tropicália Fuzz, my take on the fuzz circuit built for Os Mutantes by the brother of the band members.
The second, and one of my favorite builds so far, is the Echo Bender delay/distortion/noise machine. This circuit was designed by Casper Electronics who has done a lot with circuit bending, circuit design, and has also done murals in DIY spaces in NYC (among other things, I'm sure!).