So basically I DIY a lot of things outside of pro audio.
I build my own guitars, i build my own pedals, going to build my own amps soon too, i'm just not confident to modify PCB based amps though, wayyy too much voltage and things that could destroy everything.THE BACKSTORY
But just recently i have nearly "finalised" my pedal board for my live rig. So i was looking at it, getting frustrated when power connectors fell out, how, no matter how hard i try, they never quite sit properly, patch cables never bend in the right way, and then i noticed my trusty old multi fx pedal that the bassist in my band uses.
It was a bit of a eureka moment. It was sleek, contained, neat, and simple. So i got to thinking... well.. most of my pedals are basically just 3pdt's, a couple of pots, an LED, and the PCBs. The enclosure is just a nice fancy box.
So i started designing a box that could fit in my existing box. Unfortunately, i don't have a cad program, so i just have bmp's of roughly my design. But thats not that important. Input on the front, outputs on the back, and i'll probably use an IEC to get power as i have a 9/18v PSU but also one 12v adapter, so i guess an IEC would be the best way to do that, but maybe just a long cable out the back.THE DESIGN
So it will be on a two lid system, with a tray, and then the lid.
This is roughly how the "face panel" ;D Will be.
So basically, aside from having the normal basic footswitch. I think i'll probably use one of those punched letter label makers for the labels and leave it all just natural metal (aluminium or steel i guess). But if i can spruce it up with cool LED's or anything else that anyone can suggest that would be awesome!
Anything thats a solid shape is a cutout, so for things like the wah and delay pedal have controls that can't just be cannibalized and put on a face plate
But even just jazzing up the switches would be awesome.
Maybe something like this?
So yeah, any suggestions on how i could make this look awesome that'd be great!The Gear
535q CryBaby Wah
Korg Pitch Black Tuner
ISP Decimator gate
MXR 10 band EQ
TC Electronics Nova Delay
Tubescreamer clone with all the fun mods
Xotic EP Booster.
The EQ and Delay will be in the fx loop and possibly the gate as well, but as the nova delay isn't true bypass and actually sucks a bit of tone, thats what the switch is for.Ideas So Far
As one of my pedals runs off 12v, i know there are red/green colour changing LED's that run off 12v that i could use for the channel switcher. So i'd probably use that and a couple of 100uf 25v lytic caps just to filter and make sure the LED isn't introducing noise into the pedal. That'd be quite easy to implement.
A green LED to indicate when reverb is on and off now that i have a power supply to run it off. Reverb always makes me think of green for some reason.
Blue LED's for on/off indication on pedals, this would differentiate between pedals and channels. Maybe a white one for the delay bypass switch?