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post Dec 26 2008, 01:00 AM
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Howdy everyone. I wrote up an article for the GMC Journal detailing my experience with a Build Your Own Clone Kit, the Optical Compressor. I have included general information for those thinking of trying to build a kit.

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It may get moved to the gear section. I've never done one of these before.

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post Dec 26 2008, 01:19 AM
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QUOTE (jdriver @ Dec 26 2008, 02:00 AM) *
Howdy everyone. I wrote up an article for the GMC Journal detailing my experience with a Build Your Own Clone Kit, the Optical Compressor. I have included general information for those thinking of trying to build a kit.

GMC Journal Link


It may get moved to the gear section. I've never done one of these before.



Great review mate biggrin.gif


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post Dec 26 2008, 12:27 PM
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WOw, that's awesome jdriver mate! smile.gif I would love to know how to make these pedals, thanks for sharing your build! smile.gif


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post Dec 26 2008, 05:56 PM
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Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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post Dec 27 2008, 01:46 AM
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Awesome article Jdriver, that's exactly the kind of stuff that makes our wiki so great smile.gif


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post Dec 31 2008, 02:22 PM
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Thanks for the article man!! Its really interesting and well written! smile.gif


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post Dec 31 2008, 04:00 PM
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Very cool - and what a great topic for the gmc wiki! biggrin.gif Thanks Jdriver!


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post Jan 2 2009, 08:45 PM
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Cool Jdriver! I've been busy with a pedal myself, but no luck here... I'm going to get all of the components out of the board and start all over...

EDIT: the seller was a nice guy btw, he mailed to say that I could come to his place for a second time to sit and debug my pedal! I'm going to try for myself first wink.gif

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post Jan 3 2009, 06:07 AM
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QUOTE (kaznie_NL @ Jan 2 2009, 01:45 PM) *
Cool Jdriver! I've been busy with a pedal myself, but no luck here... I'm going to get all of the components out of the board and start all over...

EDIT: the seller was a nice guy btw, he mailed to say that I could come to his place for a second time to sit and debug my pedal! I'm going to try for myself first wink.gif


Well don't give up. Once you get the hang of it, you'll enjoy building the kits.


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post Jan 4 2009, 09:01 PM
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Nice. smile.gif I might try one of those. Does it work out cheaper to make a pedal with one of those than to buy the original pedal?
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post Jan 14 2009, 04:46 AM
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QUOTE (Matt23 @ Jan 4 2009, 02:01 PM) *
Nice. smile.gif I might try one of those. Does it work out cheaper to make a pedal with one of those than to buy the original pedal?


Usually it's not cheaper, sometimes more to build it. However, the parts quality in your kit will be much better than in the Chinese factory model. For example, the Rat clone costs about the same to build as to buy made, but the current production models are so bad in terms of quality, people like Keeley Pedals is refusing to mod them! On the other hand the BYOC Mouse uses the original LM308 chip, PLUS, features 5 additional tone modes. And it really is satisfying to have made it yourself.


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post Jan 17 2009, 12:55 PM
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QUOTE (jdriver @ Jan 14 2009, 03:46 AM) *
Usually it's not cheaper, sometimes more to build it. However, the parts quality in your kit will be much better than in the Chinese factory model. For example, the Rat clone costs about the same to build as to buy made, but the current production models are so bad in terms of quality, people like Keeley Pedals is refusing to mod them! On the other hand the BYOC Mouse uses the original LM308 chip, PLUS, features 5 additional tone modes. And it really is satisfying to have made it yourself.


Thanks, I'm quite tempted to buy an Overdrive 2 (tubescreamer) when it comes out now. smile.gif
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post Jan 30 2009, 01:16 AM
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Great article man smile.gif


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post Feb 6 2009, 12:30 PM
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maybe you want to add my pedal to the article as well???


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