Optical Ring V2



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Optical Ring V2

Postby dminner » Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:46 pm

I am making small runs of pedals more and more, so it seemed appropriate to start a shark tank.

Below as some pics of the new Optical Ring V2. The original ring in a ring mod that is unique in that uses an optical theremin circuit as a carrier, and a fuzz with clipping leds to control pitch and volume of the oscillator. This creates a ring mod with cool wind down effects and effects that can be controlled by your picking dynamics.

I previously made a run of 10 Optical Rings (V1), and am now making a run of 8 of the new V2 (limited because they are housed in NOS enclosures (he same enclosures that a lot of my old school custom DBA stuff is in!) and have NOS vintage knobs and I could only find enough stuff to make 8 with this look). The new V2 does everything the V1 did and a ton more. Additional features include: expression control of modulation knob, modulator blend (which opens up a lot of cool octave fuzz sounds), optical bypass switching to ditch the super hard to push 4dpt, and my favorite addition, the tone shift toggle: three frequency range modes and lots of new sounds like stutter trem and more :)

Four are already claimed, but the other 4 are up for grabs and will hopefully be finished this weekend if all goes well. They are $285.

Here are some pics from this weekend's progress. Just waiting on the new pcbs to arrive this week.
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Re: Optical Ring V2

Postby dminner » Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:48 pm

And some more pics:
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Re: Optical Ring V2

Postby Chankgeez » Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:49 pm

:love: :snax:
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Re: Optical Ring V2

Postby Dandolin » Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:51 pm

oh frack :drool:
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Re: Optical Ring V2

Postby LaoWiz » Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:42 pm

Super beauty :joy: :omg: :!!!:
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Re: Optical Ring V2

Postby fuzzisokiguess » Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:30 pm

Dayum. Awesome to see ADD in the tank! :joy:
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Re: Optical Ring V2

Postby dminner » Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:18 pm

Thanks dude.

Also, some delays...issues with the new boards (in that the pots are swapped compared to the enclosures). Whoops. New ones have been ordered though and the backwards ones were tested...made this “serial killer” edition one to test.

If anyone wants this more pedalboard friendly one at a much lower price let me know ;)
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Re: Optical Ring V2

Postby Chankgeez » Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:21 pm

:love: That's super hot too! :flame:
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Re: Optical Ring V2

Postby fuzzisokiguess » Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:30 am

Whoa whoa whoa- a mirror layout single run custom plexi panel version should have an upcharge! :thumb:


Hmm...ok here’s another:
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Re: Optical Ring V2

Postby dminner » Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:36 pm

And guts:
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Re: Optical Ring V2

Postby dminner » Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:36 pm

fuzzisokiguess wrote:Whoa whoa whoa- a mirror layout single run custom plexi panel version should have an upcharge! :thumb:

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Whoops. Somehow I managed to edit your post with mine haha. I don’t know what I am doing.
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Re: Optical Ring V2

Postby LaoWiz » Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:07 pm

PCB is super rad. Great idea, homie!
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Re: Optical Ring V2

Postby UglyCasanova » Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:28 pm

Stunning design!
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Re: Optical Ring V2

Postby BetterOffShred » Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:56 pm

:love: Looks sick
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Re: Optical Ring V2

Postby dminner » Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:23 pm

I will make a proper guitar clip soon. I still haven’t and this isn’t it. BUT, here is a short clip of a bonus feature: without a guitar input you can still access the theremin portion of the optical ring. So, let’s ring modulate the ring modulator’s theremin with another ring modulator:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub0a9n8R13Y
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