Yo, suuuup! Imma tell ya'll about mah pedals and how much they cost and stuff. Prices at the bottom of the page.
First off, my baby. The Gnomeratron VTF
. Gnomeratron VTF.
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On one side, there's the fuzz circuit. It's got the typical volume, gain, and tone controls plus a nifty gate control so you don't have to gouge your eyes out every time you turn the gain up. The fuzz has two cascaded clipping stages. The diode switches change the clipping diodes. There's also a switchable octave-up circuit. Yummy, splatty, filtery octave-up. The filter switch switches between scooped and flat tone controls. Did I mention it has a lot of gain? Because it has a lot of gain.
There's also a starve control on the back of the pedal that only affects the fuzz circuit. It can give you fun oscillations and arpeggiation. Google Chrome is telling me that "arpeggiation" isn't a word. Pffft.
Then there's the clean(ish) blend. This is basically a booster circuit running along side the fuzz. The tone control rolls off high end. It's not the lame way-too-clean clean blend you get in a lot of pedals. It actually mixes well with the fuzz. Bassists rejoice! No more "TWACK" coming through your fuzz!
Oh, those knobs and switches on the side? Well chillax, bro. I got this.
The knobs are gain controls. From top to bottom, they're: Clipping stage 1, stage 2, fuzz output, and clean(ish). Yup yup!
The switches, again from top to bottom, are clipping "type" switches for each of the gain controls-- one mode is darker and smoother than the other--, an oscillation switch (interacts with the clipping stage gain controls-- and basically everything related to the clipping stages), and a switch to dirty up the clean blend. Parallel distortions!
The sides of the enclosures are sanded. With a belt sander. It looks brushed and has a neat texture to it.
The graphics are covered in a soy-based resin. It's impossible to eliminate petroleum products completely in something like this-- but I do what I can!
And, finally, 5% of the final price is donated to charity. Don't worry, I wouldn't do any political charities without telling you first-- it's usually disaster relief and stuff.
Oh yeah, there's 8 color options! Check 'em out here:http://www.flickr.com/photos/51572438@N ... 263781265/Gnomeratron MiniGnomeratron Mini!
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The Gnomeratron Mini is a baby version of the Gnomeratron VTF.
They use the same circuit as the VTF-- but for those of you that dig simplicity or just small pedals, most of the controls have been removed. The knobs are on the inside as trimmers, so you can still "tune" it just how you want it.
The Fuzz and Clean(ish) volume controls are on the face of the pedal, along with either a tone or gain control. Then, there's an additional mini toggle and trimmer on the side-- so you can control whatever you want! The switch can turn the octave on or off, switch the tone stack, toggle oscillation, make that MILF that works at the grocery store notice you, etc. The knob can control the gate, starve, or... just whatever.
The Minis are great for stacking, too. Instead of having a VTF that does everything, you could have two minis that, together, do most things-- but can also stack! And they're cheaper, so there's that. And Aardvarks!Minis!
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Apparently I don't have a picture of a completed And Aardvarks!...
The actual name of the pedal is "And Aardvarks!" Etsy won't let me add the exclamation point, but trust me-- it's important. You're intended to read the name enthusiastically-- almost shouting. Like this:
What? Oh, you can't hear text? Bummer for you, because that sounded -awesome- over here.
Anywho, the And Aarvarks is an overdrive. Well, booster at heart. Does anyone else think it's sorta weird that all these overdrive pedals claim to sound like tubes? I mean, most people that want that have, you know, a tube amp. Why not just push it a bit more with a booster? In that respect, the And Aardvarks is the PERFECT tube-like overdrive-- assuming you have a tube amp. Lots of boost. Oodles of boost, if you will. Boost boost boost. Boost.
But wait, there's more!
Know how sometimes when you just use a booster to get more distortion, it can get muddy? Well, here's the solution! Distortion from the pedal! The output is lower, sure, but there's already distortion, so it evens out if you're using it as an overdrive in the tradition "make it sound like I turned up the gain without having to go turn it up" sense. The distortion is asymmetrical, too, which is neat. The distortion clips off your signal before it won't over-saturate and lose note clarity.
Of course, you don't -have- to be pushing your amp. It also loves fuzz pedals. The distortion stacks -great- with a good fuzz. Or use it to punch the front end of a fuzz pedal in the face. IN THE FACE. Or the balls, I guess. Depends on your fighting style. I won't judge.
Oh oh oh! Know how distortion can sometimes rob the low end from bass guitars? See, it compresses all the frequencies, so when you want bass to be prevalent-- TOO BAD BECAUSE ITS COMPRESSED NOW. If only there was some way to... Oh yeah! The And Aardvarks! has a 3rd option that blocks your bass from getting to the clipping diodes! So your low end stays nice and clear.
These modes are accessed with that fancy little 3 way switch on the side. In the middle it's just a booster. Though, the booster does distort with the gain all the way up. Flip it up, and it's in distortion mode. Flip it down, and it's in bass distortion mode. Pretty simple.
All wiring is point to point. On a turret board. It's pretty sweet.
And, of course, choose your graphics! http://www.flickr.com/photos/51572438@N ... 301520577/
Please note: Is not a Tubescreamer.
Of course, the And Aardvarks! uses the same soy-based resin and sanded finish as the Gnomeratron pedals. Plus, is tiny and has top-mounted jacks. Saves space on your pedal board!
It also has the same 5% charity donation. Yay for helping people! Team Tesla!
5-output isolated power supply. Now available for pre-order!Team Tesla!
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Sometimes, you just get sick of the daisy chain. There's always the extra ends shorting out when they touch your pedals. They always ruin the look of your new pedalboard. It's just a mess, sometimes. Then, there's the potential grossness of powering all of your pedals on the same supply. Sometimes you can get ground loops. Sometimes one pedal will just leak noise into the power and ruin the party for everyone! But, alas, you keep it around, because it -does- have its moments. Not unlike that douchebag that always shows up at parties that nobody can stand, but when he falls off the balcony it was -so- worth it. ... wait, what was I talking about?
Right! The Team Tesla. Its named after my most favouritest guy in the history of forever. It has 5 -completely- isolated 100mA 9V outputs, and two input jacks so that you can plug power into one, and use the other jack to run said power to a second unit. You know, in case you need more outputs. Also, it's TINY. It fits in the palm of your hand, and hardly takes up any space on your pedalboard. Or bedroom floor.
There's a DIP switch on the back to turn off up to 4 of the outputs. Any output you're not running should be switched off, since the chips tend to run hot with no load. You'll know if an output is on because there's a fancy white LED above each jack.
One more fun feature-- since it uses a 5V DC supply, you can use the Team Tesla to power a few pedals with your laptop for wireless power! You'll want to limit it to two outputs, probably, but it's a pretty neat thing when you're out and about!
Cables! It can use the same cables as other power supplies, so if you already have some of those, you're all set! If you don't, you can buy some from me! They'll be hand made, with a fancy nylon braided sleeve. Available initially in black and purple-- if you want other colours of wire, hit me up.
It uses a fairly common 5V DC power supply-- you'll need one that can do about 1500mA if you plan on running all the outputs at 100mA. Again, you can get it from me. And the one I'll supply is 4000mA-- so it'll handle a second unit too!
Pricing! The Team Tesla! is $100 on its own. For $120, you'll get a set of cables, and the 5V power supply.
As always, you can choose between a few graphics: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjwaVuobAll graphics by the oh-so wonderful Jrmy
Gnomeratron VTF: $250
Gnomeratron Mini: $150
And Aardvarks!: $100
To buy one, head over to my etsy page here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/McSpunckle
For Gnomeratron Minis, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ask questions here in this thread in case other people are wondering the same thing!
Peace, love, and fuzz