Building first pedal board

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  1. Dalton

    Dalton Member

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    I've read people saying building these things become an addiction..

    No shiz! That my only concern about getting that big board I posted.. I'm gonna feel like I have to fill it all in!!
     
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    The board is finished (for now): http://www.marshallforum.com/threads/npbd-rockboard-tres-3-2.111887/

    I have tried it with a single daisy chain from one 1700 mA PSU, and semi-isolated with 3 PSUs.
    I cannot hear any difference in noise levels so far.
    The best option will eventually be to get an onboard power supply, but for now it's fine.
     
  3. Dalton

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    Where did you get that board?
     
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    Hey folks, already back wanting some opinions...

    1- Boss DD3 vs DD7 delay.. I've done my research, I've watched Youtube. Which one do y'all prefer
    2- Boss PH3 vs MXR Phase 90... I'd prefer to stay all Boss, but I know that Phase 90 is a realllyy sought after pedal. What do y'all think?

    (By the way, I decided to go ahead and build the board myself. Went and got all the supplies today, going to start building it tomorrow.)
     
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    I can't comment on the digital delays as I like analog delays, but get a script MXR phase 90 over the block one. I've had both and the block logo one is a very harsh phase that adds distortion and the script one sounds nice and smooth.
     
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    DD7 all day..
    MXR Phase 90 but make sure you clip or desolder the R28 resistor if it already has not been done...thank me later
     
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  8. Dalton

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    Well folks, the board is BUILT! Did it for about $35. Basically just a bunch of 1/2"/6" boards cut to fit with the sides and everything. Also put some added support underneath with 1x1's. Got it all finished up and stained it mahogony.

    It's really light weight too with the wood I used.

    Only part that sucks is now I'm gonna feel like I have to fill it all in!! lol

    When I went to buy patch cables I was going to buy a DD3 or DD7 delay, but guitar center told me no one has them in stock, not even the warehouse. I guess they are being discontinued?

    Anyway, it was fun
     

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    Here's some before pics
     

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  10. Dalton

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    Couldn't help myself but to go ahead and add another pedal. Got the DD-3T delay.

    As a follow up with my above post, Boss is discontinuing the DD-3 because the DD-3T is the new version of it.

    The only reason I was going to get the DD-7 like said above was because of tap tempo, but the new DD-3 has that so I'm happy!

    What do y'all say next? Noise gate?
     

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    Great job ! And congrats on the DD-3T.
    Only change I'd make is putting the DD-3T in the DSL's FX loop, it'll sound better that way. And also, adding a patch box so as to making cabling easier and faster (reduces strain on pedals as well). Something like this (first one I found on a quick search, there might be more off-the-shelf options):
    https://www.americanloopers.com/col...ducts/4-way-junction-pedalboard-box-patch-bay
    Or build it yourself (which I did for my boards):
    http://stinkfoot.se/archives/1184

    Edit: these ones are cool, lots of choices and not crazy expensive:
    https://www.loop-master.com/patchers-patch-bays-c-28.html
     
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    Nice job!

    Depending on how you use your SD-1 it could go in the loop.

    If you use it to goose your channels for extra gain/compression then having it as your last pedal going in to the front end of your DSL is fine. If, however, you use at as a clean boost for solos put it as the first pedal in your FX loop.
     
  13. Dalton

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    I've watched videos on the fx loop in the amp and it confuses the hell out of me.. lol.

    So you're saying... Have the other pedals daisy chained together like normal, but ONLY the DD3 to run BY ITSELF into the FX loop?
     
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    The idea is to delay the distorted signal, not distort the delayed signal.
    There is no hard and fast rule, but mostly people choose to place compression, tuners and OD/distortion before the preamp, and time based effects and modulations after the preamp.
    There are many who go against this philosophy.
    Try it both ways and decide for yourself.
     
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    This exactly.
    I'd put the tuner first, then the SD-1, both going into the front of the amp. And the DD-3 in the FX loop.
    Analog delays (be it tape or BBD) can be cool in front of the amp, digital delays into distortion are too mushy for me. YMMV of course.
     

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