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Steven Seeley
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Dueling 808’s

Project: Stratus (Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer)
Variant: Stock 808's with juicy clipping switch

Build description

Built two stock 808’s both with 1N914’s and the LED clipping.

In the orange one, I went with symmetrical 1N914 + 1N4001 to try and get a little fuzziness (with the bass switch and the tone all the way down). It barely touches fuzz region and has a ton of versatility. This one I built for my buddy’s daughter.

In the blue one, I went asymmetrical 1N914 + 1N4001 (1.028) on one side and 1N914 + 1N270 (.839) on the other side. When turning the dials, I just happened upon a tone where the harmonics are slapping you in the face. So excited to use this. This one is for me, and I put my daughter’s (nick)name on it because the pedal is her favorite color.

Great job Kevin! The versatility you provide in your circuits is incredible. So many flavors in one enclosure. You’d think after building 14 of your pedals I would be satisfied… not so! There are so many variants and how you provide the ability to tweak things is awesome!

Modifications or part substitutions

Orange one is 1N914 + 1N4001 (1.023) symmetrical in the 3rd clipping option.
Blue one is 1N914 + 1N4001 (1.028) & 1N914 + 1N270 (.839) asymmetrical in the 3rd clipping option.

Mr. H
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2

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Refractor Klone

Project: Refractor (Klon Centaur / KTR)
Variant: Silver Pony specs

Build description

This is my first Aion project and my second DIY pedal. Build is very straight forward, and the docs are great! Pedal sounds really good! I bought the stock IC’s and the 2 suggested in the doc. Have only tried the stock ones, so far. The pedal is loud 🙂

Whiiiskey
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Graviton Kit Build

Project: Graviton

Build description

First kit build was a success! The pedal sounds great. Just it sounds just like how I remembered my original 1985 HM-2. To me this will always be the sound of 80’s thrash metal. The instructions were clear and easy to follow and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Score:
5

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COVID-19

Project: Corona (Boss OD-1 OverDrive)
Variant: Boss OD-1 Overdrive

Build description

With the Aion Project name “Corona”, and nowadays I can not use another name for my Pedal other then COVID-19

Around 16 Years ago I was used to build Guitar Pedals but PCB was the big challenge… Now it was my first Aion Project. I have bought the PBC from Musikding.de. The components was bought in USA and Brazil.

The PCB is very organized and with high quality, that is what I expected.
Now I am excited to build the next…

Modifications or part substitutions

Clipping:
I have cutted 2 8-PIN IC Socket and in place of D2-D9. Now I have the possibility to change and test different Clipping to align with my Gear.
Standard clipping (Asym. 1x 1N914 + 2x 1N914): Sounds very cool, better then the Original 1981.
Real Zendrive clipping: I have used the Mosfet transistor, Schottky and Germanium diodes. For me, that is the best option overall. Sounds perfect…
EQ:
The EQ Mod brings too much Bass to my Gear, I would try to reduce the CX1 and RX1 a bit…

Bio77
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1

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Boss DS-1 1978 Version with TA7136P

Project: Comet (Boss DS-1 Distortion)
Variant: Vintage

Build description

Stock Vintage build with a TA7136P. This thing sounds great to me, I’m really pleased.

Modifications or part substitutions

Moved the tone pot off-board to try and give the control layout the same look as the original.

Joe Lorigo
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-1

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Refractor

Project: Refractor (Klon Centaur / KTR)

Build description

My first Aion project.

Modifications or part substitutions

Used the D9E for the diodes, a 6n8 for C14, and hard wired for buffered bypass.

mearsgeno
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2

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Atydum

Project: Andromeda (Nobels ODR-1)

Build description

Excellent sounding OD, the bass cut makes this circuit workable for any amp or guitar. Highly recommended. High parts count, but still not exceedingly complex build. Everyone needs an ODR 1.

Enclosure graphics are waterslide – “Atydum” is latin for “innermost sanctuary”.

Modifications or part substitutions

Relocated Footswitch / LED closer to the bottom of the enclosure.

mearsgeno
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“Atydum” Andromeda Build

Project: Andromeda (Nobels ODR-1)

Build description

I’ve build TWO of these. One for me and one for a friend who tried mine. OUTSTANDING version of the ODR1. Bass cut full-up for Strats and Teles… backed off a bit with Humbucker guitars. LOTS of parts, several with “oddball” values, but it definitely makes this circuit sing. Highly recommended if you’re into great overdrives. High Parts count, but not overly difficult. Just make sure you enlarge the Drill Template to match the size of the pedal before drilling. The image, as-printed, is not to scale. I also moved my footswitch and LED closer to the bottom, as I do not use batteries in my builds.

Modifications or part substitutions

just the graphics – waterslide decal – and the footswitch/LED relocation.

JoeR
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1

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Tempest with I/O Kit

Project: Tempest (BE-OD/Dirty Shirley)

Build description

Here’s my build of the Tempest project, using Kevin’s I/O kit. I love the I/O PCB idea, and how neat all the wiring is with this approach. Still exploring all the different ways to dial in this pedal.

Bernd P.
Score:
7

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Boss FA-1 Clone

Project: Prism (Boss FA-1 FET Amp)

Build description

Resistors: Dale CMF-55 & Vishay Metal Film Resistors
Capacitors: Panasonic SMF / WIMA FKP2 / ELNA Silmic II / Nichicon FM
Transistor: 2SK246GR
Opamp: 2x HA1457W