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Old 05-12-2013, 11:33 AM   #1
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[NGD] DIY Devolt & pedalboard

For starters, i built a Beavis Audio Research "Devolt", A.K.A. Dying Battery Simulator.
I used the schematics on the Beavis website, wired for series resistance.




I didn't want to paint the enclosure, so i made some graphics on Photoshop and then took them to a graphics shop to print on adhesive vinyl.
Since the enclosure is pretty small (51x51mm), i thought a huge knob (45mm diameter) would look cool, and would also allow me to operate it with my foot.

Here's the final product:




It works really well with both my Blakemore Effects Deus Ex Machina (modified IC Big Muff clone) and Electro-Harmonix Small Clone. Makes them glitch like crazy, creating some pretty cool sounds/artifacts/noises.
I plan to get an analog delay pedal in the near future, and i'm thinking that "starving it" with the Devolt will get me some interesting results.



I also decided to get a Mighty Bright Pedal Board Light to add to my custom-built pedalboard. Since i saw Soundgarden using them, i thought it would be useful during gigs.




And it turns out, it's really useful indeed, to adjust pedal knobs, to read the setlist, etc.
I put velcro on the base to stick it to my pedalboard, and got a power supply so i don't have to worry about the batteries running out.



When i first started getting effects pedals, i bought a Boss BCB-30 because all my pedals were Boss pedals.
But since i started getting different pedals and selling the Boss ones, i needed a new pedalboard.
So, i decided to build one myself... With a little help from my dad, to prevent me from losing a finger, or something like that, since i'm not very experienced with cutting wood, sanding, etc.

I opted for an extremely simple layout: a rectangular board, with a small piece along the back to lift.
The smaller piece was glued to the board, and then put on a few nails for added resistance.






I got a can of yellow, glossy spray paint;
Self-adhesive black velcro;
A strip of black rubber shoe sole (bought at a shoe repair shop) for the back bottom border;
5 transparent, self-adhesive rubber feet for the front bottom border.



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Old 05-12-2013, 11:34 AM   #2
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Here's what it looked like when i finished.
I was a bit doubtful about having chosen yellow, but ended up really liking this "bumblebee" look:





And with all the pedals turned on:




But meanwhile, i ordered a transport bag from Thomann, thinking that it had a bit of relief inside so that the pedalboard would fit.
Turns out it didn't, so i had to cut a strip of wood along the top and shorten the width of the board so that it would fit.
I also took the chance to lower the height of the back, it was too high for my taste.

Oh, and the self-adhesive transparent rubber feet were being a PITA, sliding from the positions where i wanted them, so i went to the shoe repair shop to get a bit more of rubber shoe sole.
I cut two small rectangles, one for each front bottom corner, and like the big strip on the back, they were glued with contact glue and then stapled with a high-pressure staple gun (at a friend's furniture and carpentry factory):







Since i didn't have more yellow paint to paint the gap of wood that was noticeable from sawing off the top strip, i painted it black with a permanent ink marker.


The dimensions are: 49,8 cm length x 31,7 cm width x 4,2 cm height on the back.
It was a cheap and easy project, i'm happy with the result. Hope you like it as well!
Here's how the pedalboard now looks like:



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Old 05-12-2013, 11:51 AM   #3
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Very nice!
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Old 05-12-2013, 01:50 PM   #4
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thats really nice!

im totaly digging that huge knob on the tiny pedal
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:54 PM   #5
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Thank you, guys!
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:54 AM   #6
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You have inspired me to finally get off my ass and looking to building my own pedal board. Currently I still just lay my pedals out across the floor. Have for years.

I just want something real simple and cheap which still looks ok...and you nailed it.

Two bits of wood, some velcro and some paint. Done.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:46 AM   #7
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The DBS looks wicked, love the final product. Ive been thinking about adding one for awhile to my rig, the over-sized knob makes total sense.
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:20 PM   #8
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You have inspired me to finally get off my ass and looking to building my own pedal board. Currently I still just lay my pedals out across the floor. Have for years.

I just want something real simple and cheap which still looks ok...and you nailed it.

Two bits of wood, some velcro and some paint. Done.

Thank you, glad you liked it!
And yes, it's an insanely simple and cheap solution.

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The DBS looks wicked, love the final product. Ive been thinking about adding one for awhile to my rig, the over-sized knob makes total sense.

Thanks!
I think it's a nice addition to any pedalboard (with analog pedals, of course; "starving" a digital pedal will simply turn it off), especially if you like to experiment with noise.

The over-sized knob looks cool IMHO, but the best part is that with a bit of practice is possible to control it with the foot.
You probably won't nail the "sweet spot(s)" of voltage draining as you would by hand, but when playing live it comes in handy.
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:41 PM   #9
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Good stuff!!! Props for awesome quality pics too!!!
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