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Re: Pretty Years

Postby Eric! » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:09 pm

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I did it myself. Just a normally-open switch to each side of the FM toggle. Not the most elegant solution but it definitely works. Gonna put some Barefoot Buttons on the two softies.

I sent Brian mine to fix a ringing problem and add 2 switches :
- left : activate clipping
- right : activate filter section


That is a bit more involved than mine. And modding is kindof a huge headache from a manufacturer's standpoint. It's amazing Bri does all he does and is all about modding stuff.

Barefoot Buttons or rubber caps are what I'm going to try to get around the ringing.
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby resincum » Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:24 am

how are you guys dealing with the hum? it tends to go away when you play, but some settings it's just there. I typically leave it without the feedback options engaged to avoid it as much as possible, but at our last show it was insanely loud. I've had 2 now and they've both been like this. I have it on an isolated port on a pp2+ fwiw. sounds fucking AMAZING but the hum is driving me nuts.. actually considering a noise gate :facepalm:


no one seems to mention this either so maybe the power is fucked everywhere around here ??? :?: :?: :?: :?:
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby Inconuucl » Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:31 pm

resincum wrote:how are you guys dealing with the hum? it tends to go away when you play, but some settings it's just there. I typically leave it without the feedback options engaged to avoid it as much as possible, but at our last show it was insanely loud. I've had 2 now and they've both been like this. I have it on an isolated port on a pp2+ fwiw. sounds fucking AMAZING but the hum is driving me nuts.. actually considering a noise gate :facepalm:


no one seems to mention this either so maybe the power is fucked everywhere around here ??? :?: :?: :?: :?:

I sometimes have post liftoff hum and never managed to find the source, I guess it's the pedal's own whim combined with what stuff you place before it. It's a bummer too since it interfers a lot with how I play. :cry:
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby rustywire » Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:21 pm

I haven't experienced any such hum...exclusively using Cioks AC10 200mA iso tap or a Dunlop 200mA wall wart as psu.
Also I am ocd-tier conscientious of keeping PY away from wall warts, amps and other pedals with transformers or inductors inside... :idk:

Edit: When you have the hum, try to eliminate variables/recreate it [obv not in the middle of a set heh]
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby resincum » Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:37 pm

the hum is basically -always- there. sometimes more pronounced, depending on settings. I usually have to dial back either the gain/treble/bass. first in my chain as well. I'm going to try powering it with a 1 spot by itself. guess I'll send it to brian if I can't get rid of it since it doesn't seem to be a feature of this pedal :P humless pretty years gets me all kinds of gooey :drool:
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby cantremember » Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:58 pm

I had a similar issue with my PY humming with a voodoo labs pp2 but I have switched over to a strymon power supply and I haven't really noticed it since. It does however have a faint ringing the first time it's powered on but that goes away after turning it off and on again a few times.
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby yeatsvisitslincoln » Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:00 am

I typically run off of a Cioks DC5 (and split the power with a Tonal Recall) and have no hum. On the other hand, my unit seems to have a lot of ringing anytime I flip one of the switches. It typically goes away in a few seconds, though.
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby resincum » Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:53 am

thanks buddies, awesome to know. I'm going to experiment with some different supplies at practice today. mine rings when I stomp the switch as well, but I kind of like it ;)
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby smallsnd/bigsnd » Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:39 am

mathias wrote:I know the subminiature tubes are part of the radness here, but I'm kind of wondering if JFETs could do the same job. A "Mini Years" perhaps that would be easier to build? I know SS/BS already has plenty of JFET drive options but thought about it a bit today. The multiple gain stages and the ability to place the filter inbetween / in multiple is really cool and unique. Just wish I could try one.


soooooo yeah ok i guess i'll bite here. i *am* planning on revisiting this circuit for a production build but there will be some changes and you're on the money - one is that i will be replacing some of the tube stages with FETs for a more compact and less complicated build. besides that, there is the ringing which varies a bit from unit to unit and i would like to do what i can to reign it in a little more. time hasn't been on my side for development but it will happen.
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby smallsnd/bigsnd » Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:42 am

resincum wrote:the hum is basically -always- there. sometimes more pronounced, depending on settings. I usually have to dial back either the gain/treble/bass. first in my chain as well. I'm going to try powering it with a 1 spot by itself. guess I'll send it to brian if I can't get rid of it since it doesn't seem to be a feature of this pedal :P humless pretty years gets me all kinds of gooey :drool:


not sure about the hum as i haven't experienced that at all in any units but maybe there is a power issue where you are (???) or something is just going on with yours. shit happens obviously
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby mathias » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:27 am

smallsnd/bigsnd wrote:soooooo yeah ok i guess i'll bite here. i *am* planning on revisiting this circuit for a production build but there will be some changes and you're on the money - one is that i will be replacing some of the tube stages with FETs for a more compact and less complicated build. besides that, there is the ringing which varies a bit from unit to unit and i would like to do what i can to reign it in a little more. time hasn't been on my side for development but it will happen.


:thumb: that all sounds great! Thanks for biting, heh.
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby Eric! » Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:15 am

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Re: Pretty Years

Postby resincum » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:26 am

ran it off a one spot solo and it was amazingly quiet :rock: I love this thing :love:
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby MrNovember » Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:27 pm

Damn, since I traded my original PY, I'd be super down for a new run with some reduced hum issues. Mine had a lot of hum with certain settings.
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby vidret » Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:30 pm

no hum here, ringing when switching settings but it quickly goes away :idk:

new run sounds ace.
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