High Fidelity

Posts about music and sound production.

Tube Screamer clone kit from BYOC

Posted November 16, 2010 @ 5:24 pm | Filed under: High Fidelity,The Workbench

I recently built a clone of Ibanez’s Tube Screamer overdrive pedal, from a kit made by Build Your Own Clone. I also did a tremolo pedal kit, but I didn’t take any pictures of the building process.

There’s not really much to tell, because I was just following their directions– yeah, I’m a hacker-wannabe. It turned out to be a really enjoyable project though, and it only took me two evenings to do. The tremolo only took one evening, I assume because I knew what to expect and it’s a simpler kit. Hopefully these will open the door to more “personalized” DIY guitar projects in the future.

Oh, and how do they sound? Amazing, I must say. I’d post a sound clip but then you’d have one less reason to come to a YLS show. :)

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Posted October 31, 2010 @ 10:36 pm | Filed under: High Fidelity

A few years ago, I purchased a Muse Receptor for use with my band. I’d consider myself somewhat of an early atopter.. I was fortunate enough to have an idea for the band’s live setup (namely, a hardware box that ran software synths) that someone had already implemented. I enjoyed using it for a couple years, though it tended to be not the most reliable piece of equiment ever.

Recently, the plugins I had purchased stopped working on the Receptor… I suspect because the Pace iLok copy-protection USB-stick no longer functioned correctly. So today I finally signed onto the iLok web site to see if I could get my authorizations transferred to a new iLok. All perfectly within legal parameters — We open-source advocates typically try to play by the rules, and contrary to popular belief, we’re not trying to get something for nothing :). However, to my dismay, I was presented a message that stated iLok.com was only supported on Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

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Posted August 2, 2010 @ 10:13 am | Filed under: High Fidelity,The Workbench

Si, Jon, and Andrew of Amplifiers have ‘released’ the 3-song EP I recorded for them this past winter/spring, which you can check out below. Be sure to also check out their recently revamped MySpace page. Brian Schultz, Bill Smith, and I also made appearances on the recording.

  • Error (Nothing’s Perfect)
    Audio MP3
  • Formations
    Audio MP3
  • Redemption Song
    Audio MP3

They have some more songs in the works too, hopefully they (and I) will be ready to record again sometime in the near future.

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Blacktown Photos

Posted June 10, 2010 @ 8:50 am | Filed under: High Fidelity,The Workbench

Since the old Blacktown Sound Labs web site featured pictures of the studio prominently, I never posted a blog with those pictures.  But now they don’t have a home on this site, so I figured I’d post them so there’s still a photographic record of the Blacktown setup.  Plus I threw in the Blacktown Sound Labs logo for good measure.

R.I.P., Studio computer — 2003-2009.

Posted January 12, 2010 @ 7:09 pm | Filed under: High Fidelity,The Workbench


The recording computer is officially dead. It seems I took her home too late — the string of devastatingly cold nights in early December caused the liquid cooling system to rupture, which fried the motherboard the last time we tried to start her up. I’m assuming, however, that her important parts are still fine; namely, the audio interface (Layla 3G) and the hard drives containing my customized OS and many hundreds of hours of recording work. So, the search (and saving) begins for her successor, who will most certainly NOT be liquid cooled.

She served us well, may she rest in peace.

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