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Blueshift Chorus (BOSS® DC-2 Dimension C clone) now available

You’ve all been incredibly patient.

Only one short year after it was first announced, today I’m excited to share with you the next entry in the Pro Collection: the Blueshift Chorus! The Blueshift is a clone or work-alike of the BOSS® DC-2 Dimension C, which is to many the most revered of the BOSS pedals. It’s easily one of the most compact pedals ever manufactured, taking most of the circuitry from its rack-mounted older brother the Roland Dimension-D (as well as a large dose of engineering tenacity) and fitting it into the standard BOSS form factor.

Blueshift - Boss DC-2 Dimension C clone

This is the first time a PCB has been released for this circuit to the DIY community, and as you might imagine, it’s also one of the most complex projects out there—just as long as you don’t count those insane synth DIYers. The Blueshift fits in a 125-B enclosure, so it takes up no more pedalboard space than an original DC-2. Despite this, it uses all through-hole components, including flat-mounted 1/4W resistors (even the original used standing 1/8W!). The mono/stereo option is preserved, and there are two options available for switching.

As with the L5 Preamp, there is a Mouser parts spreadsheet available so you can easily order 95% of the parts you’ll need for the build.

I am very excited to be able to resurrect this incredible circuit and give you a challenging and rewarding project to occupy your time this summer. And as a little bonus, the Blueshift is on sale for 20% off through the end of the week, along with all other PCBs in the store!

Coming soon: a demo video and an Instructables photo tutorial on putting this thing together.

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Major announcement: 10% of all sales will be donated to Beza Threads

Back in 2009, a friend of mine took a trip to Ethiopia and visited an organization that rescues children and young adults from textile slavery and gives them an education. At the end of the 1-year training and rehabilitation program, they are given their own equipment and are able to go into business for themselves, typically weaving beautiful scarves out of cotton and silk.

My friend came back from that trip with an idea: he could buy these scarves directly from the boys who make them, sell these scarves to people in the United States at a marked-up cost, and use the proceeds to help rescue other types of slaves (including sex slaves as young as 4 years old) as well as raising awareness within Ethiopia of the problem of slavery.

beza-logoThe result was Beza Threads. For the past eight years, Beza Threads has run entirely off of volunteers: shipping orders, speaking at community events, selling products in booths at festivals. My wife and I have been among these volunteers since day one. 100% of the proceeds from the scarf sales go back to Ethiopia in some form, so our administrative costs have covered by donations only. This has been holding back our growth, and we’ve been prevented from taking several opportunities recently due to lack of resources.

While Aion Electronics has been going for five years now, it’s just in the past two years that it’s grown from being just a self-sustaining hobby into something bigger, very nearly a viable full-time job for me. Right now I still have my day job, but I’ve dropped down to half-time there so I can keep innovating with Aion while still having time for my growing family. This is because of all of you, and so I am excited to announce that going forward, 10% of the purchase price of all PCBs will be donated to Beza Threads.

So here’s the other slightly-less-exciting piece to the announcement: After 5 years, I’m finally going to bump up the price of several PCBs. All of my $8 PCBs will be increasing in price to $10, and the L5 Preamp will be increasing to $25. This is a long time coming, as I haven’t raised prices at all since I started back in 2012, but it’s all part of the plan to be able to support Beza Threads and better cover my rising costs. All other PCBs $10 and up will remain unchanged for the time being.

Coincidentally, there’s also a 20%-off sale for July 4 and the week following, so that should take the sting out of things a bit.

Thank you for being a part of this!

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Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2015: 20% off PCBs!

This weekend only, all PCBs (excluding bypass boards) are 20% off! The discount is automatic, so no need for a coupon code. Sale ends Monday, Nov. 30 at midnight (6:00 GMT December 1).

I have a large restock order expected to arrive on Wednesday, so your order may not ship until December 3 if it contains one of the following projects:

  • Refractor
  • Titan
  • Procyon
  • Azimuth
  • Lumin
  • Aurora
  • Halo

 

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New blog

Here it is. I don’t plan on posting too frequently, but I wanted to have a place to post news about Aion Electronics, pictures of custom pedals I’ve built for others, and interesting DIY modifications and projects that I’m doing.

I’ll also occasionally post things that other people have made with my PCBs. If you’ve got something unique, special or interesting that you want to share, send me an email—the address is my first name at my domain name (or just fill out the contact form).

More soon. I’ve built a couple of really cool one-off pedals in the past few months that I’m itching to share!

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