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Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by 254 stringer, Jan 25, 2018.
Size is often a matter of clever circuit board design. Glad to see Way Huge is getting into the “small is beautiful” mindset.
Smaller boards and boxes are also less expensive to use. So it’s a win for Way Huge too.
So what is scraficed generally when companies make pedals smaller? Does anybody know? Or can certain pedals be made smaller without sacrificing sound? Personally anything smaller than a small MXR enclosure size doesn’t have extra appeal for me for size. Will these way huge pedals sound as good or the same as their larger counterparts? I’m not generally crazy about EHX stuff but I do love the green Russian muff reissue that’s in a mini enclosure for an EHX muff. Honestly it’s probably the best fuzz I’ve bought yet and before I liked my Zvex. Third on the list EHX deluxe bass muff that’s more than twice the size of my preferred fuzz pedals. In general most iconic and undeniably great pedals aren’t in micro enclosures. But maybe they just need some time. Ditto looper is the only micro pedal I’ve ever loved personally. So I guess I’m just asking that same old cliche question so many have asked before. Does size matter? Or is it more about the frequency of your wave than it’s length? Jokes aside anybody with knowledge of this subject please enlighten me.
From my perspective, this gives them a much larger chance of selling me something.
If I worked for the company, my reaction to the Marketing guy asking me to design smaller pedals would be "DUH!!!"
Nothing really. A smaller circuit board is less expensive to use once the initial design is completed and tested. They can make hand assembly more difficult. But that’s about it. Truth is, virtually any circuit can be reduced to a single chip if need be. So it’s not so much a question of how small can we make something. It’s more a question of how small it makes sense for us to make something.
For example, the actual integrated circuit doing the work inside a chip is tiny. They’re wafer thin. And most measure a quarter inch square or less.
The little epoxy bug case with pins that houses it is mainly there to provide protection and make it big enough so that we can do something with it without resorting to magnifying goggles and micro tools. Although in some cases (like a CPU chip) it’s also there to help dissipate heat.
So how small can we make a circuit? Basically as small as we want to make it.
Interested to see if they revised the Blue Hippo. The reissue had some problems but it sounds great in the right setting.
They should be called Biggie Smalls.
Here’s another picture sorry it’s blurry I had to zoom in. These things appear to be slightly smaller than a standard MXR pedal.
I always had a soft spot for big pedals...
Me too! I actually like these less than the originals due to size.
What problems did the reissue have? Mine sounds great, I haven’t had any problems or noticed any shortcomings with similar simple choruses.
If they have downsized versions of the Pork Loin and Green Rhino I'll grab them for sure.
Got the hippo small today. Ok the obvious it’s small, I added pics next to the MkII and a MXR and Boss pedal. Ok it sounds very similar to the MkII, I really like the MkII, but I think the small may sound a little better. The small sounds a little brighter and less compressed. They are not so much different that they sound like different pedals but there is some improvement IMO.
I was going to get the Aqua puss at the same time but they have been back ordered.
Anyone know why the Smalls Russian Pickle is labeled mkIII? Where was mkII?
Most likely II ended up as an unreleased prototype like the green rhino mk III.
Very good news!
Ah, ok. That makes sense. thanks.
Could be counting the swollen pickle revisions as well, with the russian being third.