The Workbench

Check out what’s been on the occasionally-proverbial workbench lately.

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. :)

Read the rest of this post »

Antique Radio Computer Build

Posted October 12, 2010 @ 3:46 pm | Filed under: The Workbench

Over the course of the past six months or so, I’ve been working on rebuilding an antique stand-up radio console as a gift for my girlfriend. Here’s a quick rundown of the process:

Hardware setup

  • First, we got a five-ish foot radio console from an antique store. We thought the price was pretty reasonable.
  • Once I got it to her house, I removed all of the internal components. This included a big old tube-driven radio tuner and amplifier.
  • Read the rest of this post »


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.

Read the rest of this post »

Suitcase computer build

Posted June 14, 2010 @ 3:28 pm | Filed under: The Workbench

A few months ago, I built a computer into an old suitcase from a thrift store. My documentation of the process is a bit sketchy, but here is what I could piece together for a description of the project:

  1. First, I ordered some nice components from NewEgg.  Here’s what I got:
    • Intel DG45ID multimedia motherboard.  I wasn’t interested in building a super-duper powerful workstation, and I didn’t want to get a separate video card.  So I went with this mobo because it has a decent on-board Intel video chipset; Even though Intel has had some spotty Linux driver support in the past, the drivers are open-source so they’ll tend to improve with time and with community contributions.  Plus it has an HDMI output, which could have cool potential.  Giant video iPod -slash- portable console emulator anyone?
    • Read the rest of this post »

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.