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Open Stomp Coyote-1 open source pedal

Open Stomp Coyote-1 open source pedalI’m sure some of you have felt sometimes feeling that something was missing when playing through a stompbox and though “I’d love it had…” add anything you want here, and now we have a solution the first open source pedal, the Open Stomp Coyote-1 pedal. Open source is a methodology which makes all the internal stuff used to make a product available to download (you can see it usually on software applications but also on devices like the Monome), a dream for DIY fans.

The specifications of the Open Stomp Coyote-1 open source pedal are Parallax Propeller microprocessor (includes 8 different microprocessors at 80 MHz), 2 input and 2 output channels, 20-bit audio resolution and 44kHz sampling rates, 4 knobs, 2 on/of switches (with LEDs), 1/4″ input, output and bi-direction jacks, NTSC video and headphones outputs, micro USB and expansion RJ11 ports. The device comes with some included patchs like tremolo, chorus, distortion, delay, tunstuff (layered repeat loop), test tone and pong (source included also) effects.

If you want to design your own effect pedal you will really need the Open Stomp Workbench included software that creates stompbox designs wiring virtually knobs, buttons, LEDs, inputs, outputs… (only available for Windows users by now). The Open Stomp Coyote-1 open source pedal is now available and its price is $349.

Sound Skulptor Mic Preamp Kits

Sound Skulptor Mic Preamp Kits

Here we have a new release that is 50% a new product and 50% DIY, the Sound Skulptor Mic Preamp Kits is a combination of a rack-mountable chassis and preamp modules. The basis is the lightweight 19″ rack enclosure that features 4 spaces for preamp modules, 9 XLR sockets and 1 cable for the power supply where the modules are mounted.

There are 3 different class A mic preamps, the MP73 a module with a vintage British console sound, the MP12, that provides a “LA” sound, and the MP32 with a crystal clear but warm sound. There are also 2 power supplies PSL1, for one mic preamp, and PSL2, for three mic preamps at the same time, a dual DI02 Instrument input, a high input impedance FET active stage, and 3 different discrete op amps.

To mount the modules you will have to know some things about soldering practice and electronics and have some tools like a soldering iron or a screwdriver. The Sound Skulptor Mic Preamp Kits are now available and their prices are $285 for the rack chassis, $380 for each preamp module, $58 for the dual direct instrument input, $345 for the PSL1 Power supply and $405 for the PSL2 Power supply.

DIY again: credit card picks

Credit-pickLooking at the MakeZine we were surprised, again, of that kind of people that can imagine everything with the daily stuff. In instructables.com you will find a tutorial for making picks with old and useless credit cards.

That’s not really a gadget but these are made for playing. We don’t know if they are comfortable but it seems that there are more possibilities, waste cards from a plastic id printer for example (seen in the comments on the article at instructables.com).

The DIY way

Tired of spending lots of money in guitars, amps, effects, etc? Tired to be 6 or more months saving to pay that gadget you wanted for your guitar and, when it is in your hands, you see a new and more spectacular one and have to start again the process?

Well, you can play lottery or you can emulate Brian May and many others making your own gear (DIY, do it yourself). We will give you some indications of how you can start.

If you’re interested in guitar/bass DIY:

  • Project Guitar.com is a website full of tutorials on creation and maintenance of your own guitars. Every month a DIY guitar contest winner is picked from all participants and his guitar is shown in the main page. Contains a list of suppliers to almost everything you would need in guitar DIY.

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Thegarehanman’s – Tang Top (Winner of April)

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Monome: Open source extremely simple device

Monome

Monome is an open source USB device that can be reconfigured to trigger the actions you may need.

People at monome have developed a 64 buttons device (in a 8 x 8 grid) that can be used for any purpose. They suggest DIY enthusiasts, crafters, educators, etc. But let’s recall on musicians.

This device can be configured to be used with any audio recording, mixer or synth software. The open source license allows people to use it the way they need and, imagine building your own “my-way-button-distribution” mixer to use with ProTools, Cakewalk Sonar, Logic Audio, etc.

The price, $500, may throw back newbies but monome assures high-quality components and environment sustainability.

Not only the software is opensource, but also the routers and the embedded code, so you can even build your own at home.

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