Let's just make sure it doesn't give YOU 240 volts, 360 volts, 6.3 volts and 12 volts.
I've only been sent to the hospital one time because of these projects. I had a high voltage aluminum cap overheat and explode purple aluminum gas directly into my face. The parametic told my wife that my pulse was so irratic that they couldnt measure it. Fun stuff.
If I were Presonus, Focusrite, etc I would certainly be combing through this thread for new engineers. This thread is great.
Makes me miss my friend who used to do all this crazy stuff. He once made a 5watt tube amp out of a Sponge Bob lunch box and would make his own Reverb pedals lol.
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Maybe one of us cats currently IS an engineer for one of those companies...
and @ rvwainscott; I am in awe, sir. Massive street cred, that. Perhaps a face shield might be in order for certain procedures like first time power-ups? For that, my standard procedure is to duck under the bench and flip on the potential firework with a sharpie. Not that I question your methods; as Andy says, total respect.
my standard procedure is to duck under the bench and flip on the potential firework with a sharpie.
I asked my Dad why he didn't have anything to sit on at his workstation one time, and he said it was so nothing hot would end up in his lap. But I never saw him duck under the bench and power anything up with a sharpie.
I needed a guitar cradle to hold my axe while doing some repairs.
A piece of nice round firewood, multitool, sander, foam, leftover paint and tape did the job :-). Works on all my electric guitars and basses, and can be moved all over the neck for good work position as it multilevels :-)
Beer is optional but recommended for coming up with this stuff
These were my first home etched boards (I etched a few psus and little things earlier but mainly easier boards with wide traces) I used no fancy caps, chinesse resistors, 5532 & 34's I had lying around, you know, a weekend build.
But I think it didn't compromise the sound quality, actually, I installed it yesterday in a local studio for trials, the owner liked it, maybe they'll buy it.
I built this a few weeks ago, I recycled an old (and alone) speaker that was lying in my bench installing it a LM386 based crappy amp and a jack for the input.
I use a jack with a multimeter probe and some kind of pincer in the other side of the cable
Soooooo crappy, when volume turned down it gets FM and I can hear the local radio, it's noisy too, but portable (9v. battery, I get TONS of them with mid charge from wireless mics in my dayjob) But it makes the job for fast signal tracing and comparing channels of a stereo unit, not a surgical tool of course, but really useful.
I'll try to get a resizing app for my phone, sorry for the big pics they can be quite annoying. ..
Here is a pic of what had me busy lately. Top to bottom:
Optical compressor based in Urei La-IV, nice in snare and bass, funny with some voices too.
3 band eq based in Studer 169, I showed it here before...
Mic pre based In SSL9K, clean and transparent, nice, but not as amazing as other pres with more character, quite usable anyway, if you run it to the optical comp with the threshold full up (no compression), the signal gets a nice tone I think due to the out rransformer in the comp.
DIY is the worst drug ever, and I know every drug out there :D
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