Couple of exciting things happening here at LSW. Firstly, to elaborate on a previous post, we are bouncing around the idea of making and selling effects pedals. We are currently building a couple Mad Bean pedals (Zero Point SDX & LowRider) and if all goes well, we will build a couple for sale. The idea is to hand paint the graphics on the metal case. Keep each one unique. If demand is high enough, we may have 2 versions. One with custom graphics and one with a standard silk screen graphic. Depending on the interest, we may look into other PCB's from other manufacturers as well. We figure Mad Bean has a good assortment to choose from and looks to be a good starting point.
Besides building pre-designed pedals, We have a couple pedal ideas of our own. Not to go into too much detail yet, but the first design is looking to be a reverb pedal of sorts with some interesting bells & whistles. This is still in the brainstorming phase, but as we begin designing the circuit, we will be sure to update on the status.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Alex, from Sumo Elevator, did an awesome video showcasing the Mutable Instruments Shruthi-1 4-Pole Mission I built for him on youtube! Please check the video and his music out. His/their projects are very talented and highly recommended! More here and here.
So far this has been a pretty busy year. Along with Laurentide SynthWorks, I have a day job that can require a lot of my time. Some weeks I work fairly close to home and am able to jump on requests pretty timely. Other weeks I need to hop on a plane and go out of state which keeps me from LSW stuff. This can really back up the work bench. Currently, that is the situation. I have a bunch of stuff in for repairs (1 is a build I did, 6 are not), plus a 4PM that I'm just waiting on the boards to start building.
Of course, I am not complaining. Not in the least. I just want to emphasize that LSW is not an "offical" business. This all started as a hobby. Just some tinkering in a basement with a soldering iron and a DIY "kit". I first started building Shruthi's and selling them on eBay. Then, Mutable Instruments began the "Trusted Builders" list, which I quickly signed up on. This opened the door and brought in requests rather than me taking a risk and hoping a build would sell on eBay. Thankfully, I don't have to use eBay (evilBay) anymore. I get enough requests coming in.
I guess I really don't have a point to this post, other than just getting a post up, as I haven't written one in a while.
Anyway, I recently completed a MidiSizer MidiALF (Automated Latching Frequencer - not the official title, but if works). It's a really awesome Sequencer. Lot's of bells & whistles. Fairly inexpensive for what it does, as far as sequencers go. You can find more info here. There is also a CV OUT board being finalized.
I just picked up a couple of boards from Mad Bean Pedals. The "Zero Point SDX" Dual Delay and the "Low Rider" Octaver PCB's. I'm starting with the delay. I ordered a case from Mammoth and had them paint it. I'm probably going to paint on the legends ala Z.Vex. If it turns out good and not too time consuming, I may offer their line for sale with custom painted enclosures. I'll keep y'all posted.