Learn electronics/mods without breaking all my pedals/pocketbook?
How can I learn how pedals actually work without breaking all of my pedals and constantly having to buy new ones.
I would like to get into all this modding type stuff - i like hobbies, working with my hands, customization - i'm just very standoffish about not having my effects working, and i am supremely low on dough this days.
Start by doing some research online. muzique.com and buildyourownclone.com are good places to start.
I'd suggest you go to school and get a degree in electronics.
What you ask is similar to asking how to become good at surgery without killing anyone.
You could take a class at a vocational school. Take a simple electronics course at a community college too. Can't be more than 3 credit hours I'd think.
But, there are good forums out there. I visit FSB and diystompboxes often. Theres also groupdiy, diyaudio.
Stay away from radio shack for anything. If there's a FRY's by you, you can get a good soldering iron there and good solder too. And you don't have to spend a lot either.
You want to learn
Reading a Schematic
Soldering SMD / SMT --- Maybe..If you think you want to do electronics as a career.
Theres much more. But start simple.
For starting out in learning electronics you could start building some simple and cheap pedals from scratch, something like a simple overdrive pedal would be a nice start and would cost about 20$. If you want something even easier you could build something like a switcher or a simple passive looper. There's plenty of tutorials and information available on the internet.
Then you can get crazy modding your homemade pedals instead of your expensive ones :)
Get a solderless breadboard and build some really simple circuits to get started. For example, there is a good beginner project (single transistor boost) at diystompboxes. Or, search "Bazz Fuss" for a great sounding single transistor fuzz that is equally simple.
The breadboard is one of the most useful things you can get started with, and it only looks a little complicated. But it's really pretty simple. Search online and you'll find lots of info about how they work.
To mod pedals, for starters, you need to have a soldering iron and some solder removal tools (solder braid and/or a solder sucker). But if you don't want to risk breaking anything, the breadboard is really the way to go.
And of course, hit the DIY forums, use the search tool, chime in and keep asking questions. There's more than enough good info online, so you don't need to go to school and take classes.
Correct Switches of Alesis SR-18 External Controls
I hit up Pedal Parts Plus and they are going to drill me an enclosure (I can't drill myself because I don't yet own one, and live in an apartment so it's not really a possibility at this time), and I am just going to buy the switches, wires, and input jacks, and assemble.
Idea came from here: http://www.harmonycentral.com/t5/DIY.../td-p/16029255
My question is whether anyone knows if the SPST switch suggested in that post from Harmony Central is the correct switch to use to control the "start/stop" and "a/b/fill/count" functions on the Alesis SR-18. I don't have to use one of the other types of switches (SPDT, DPST, or DPST) do I?
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