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chongmagic
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Nice Screams

Project: Stratus (Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer)
Variant: TS-808

Build description

I wanted to give this clone a try, especially since it has the different clipping methods and bass selection.

I have started working with waterslide paper, and it can be finicky and takes some finesse. I still have a ways to go to master the process but I think it turned out pretty ok on this build.

I used to love the Cheech and Chong movie “Nice Dreams.” So I thought I would name this pedal Nice Screams.

Mike @ Blackoctopuspedalworx
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Aion L5

Project: L5 Preamp
Variant: Stock.

Build description

Build materials: Xicon 1% MFR, Mainly 5% WIMA caps with a few 5%TDK/Epcos scattered in and a lone 5% Kemet. Nichicon Fine Gold electros in the signal path and other Nichicon in the power supply. TDK 5% (C0G) MLCC’s. Gold plated pin/socket IC sockets. Mainly TI IC’s. Mostly Alpha pots and Bourns trims. Kobiconn power jack an switchcraft enclosed guitar jacks.

Had to modify some pots for difficult to find values. Missing the nameplate, I will have to find one of those.

MarkB
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Fandom Tribute Klones

Project: Refractor (Klon Centaur / KTR)

Build description

Built 3 Klons for myself and two friends. First time using Aion and I couldn’t be happier. Great builds that went together flawlessly.

Modifications or part substitutions

I socketed the diodes to audition a few different types. Settled on the the Russian D9B’s (or whatever they’re called) suggested in the manual.

fdsantelices
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Ibanez Tubescreamer

Project: Stratus (Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer)
Variant: Stock TS-808 specs

Build description

This Stratus project sounds good and very quiet. Very tweakable, so many options to try. I
just used the preferred Xicon metal film resistors, WIMA MKS2 capacitors, MLCCs and electrolytic caps from Mouser. Op amp is TA7558 that i pulled out from my TS-9, i will try that first then the OPA2134, JRC4558, NE5532, I used Boss style knobs and KN1360 for the tone knob. I just used a waterslide decal. I need to learn a better way of doing decals and graphics. The PCB was well designed, easy to build just be patient and don’t rush doing it. Thanks Kevin for this excellent project!

Hanzo
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HanzoDrive

Project: Andromeda (Nobels ODR-1)

Build description

I have a reissue ODR-1 and a VSOR and this pedal seems to have slightly lower noise, better articulation, and less compression. The added bass control really makes it special.

Modifications or part substitutions

125B version w/ bass control.
Playing with different op amps but currently liking the standard JRC4558s
Went with 4 signal-to-ground 1N914 diodes after trying w/ just 2.
A few of the bigger caps you’ll see are overkill but it’s what was available.
2N5457 for Q1 and 2N5088 for Q2 as suggested

Coachseeley
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A TITAN of troubleshooting

Project: Titan (Voodoo Lab Overdrive)
Variant: 9V with D2 Jumper

Build description

Originally set out to build the “famous” OCD V2. Elected not to use the Germanium diode because I read it made the pedal sound too fizzy. After emailing with Kevin and talking with a buddy, I decided to build the 18V version.
After a late evening completion, the 18V pedal sounded amazing straight into my EVJ. I couldn’t wait to experiment with stacking this pedal with other ODs I have on tap.
However, woke up the next morning with one thing on my mind, and low and behold… the pedal didn’t work. Had a booger of a time troubleshooting it. Every time I plugged it into my pedal power supply, the LED (on power supply) would go out. Uh oh! Went in and checked all the pads, re-flowed a few of them and nothing… Then, I was toning for continuity and testing LED. After replacing the LED twice (after noticing the LED would work before and after I mounted it on the PCB), my resource told me it had to be something on the power side. Traced the power side through, and realized that I most likely fried the OpAmp doubler – ah crap! It was socketed, and it was originally installed last – but I forgot to remove it when I was tinkering with it. (I still don’t know why it didn’t work when I tried to fire it up this morning).
Because I fried the doubler, I set out to convert the fully wired up 18V version back to 9V. Removed 18V jumper (installed 9V jumper instead). Then, pulled the 1044, C10, and D5 and D6. A huge thanks to “decsnspace” because I remember reading his build report before I started building – and I went back to find his report to learn that if I’m running the 9V version, I needed to swap out the 12V Zener for a good ol’ 1n4001.
After several hours of tinkering, troubleshooting and learning… the pedal is fully functional, and has a great tone.
I will comment that the 9V version is a little more raspy than the 18V version. I “hear” (pun intended) that 18V will generally have a bigger bottom end and less ragged compression on top.
Overall, a fun project – and my original intent is to stack this Titan with another one of my Aion OD clones. I have a super transparent Cerulean (Morning Glory/Zendrive) that I can’t wait to put in front of the Titan.
Thanks again Kevin for making this project possible. Thanks to the other builders for your thorough comments and build reports.

Modifications or part substitutions

10k – RX1
1k – RX2
2m2 – RPD
Tantalum – C7
9V version
Jumper on D2
I wanted to try the 25kB tone pot, but suppliers were out of them.

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Refractor RGK (Really Good Klone)

Project: Refractor (Klon Centaur / KTR)
Variant: KTR / 125B project

Build description

Since the new Refractor project included the KTR buffered/true bypass toggle, I decided to pay homage to the original’s aesthetic as much as possible. Among the clear and obvious differences are the centered footswitch (necessary for daughterboard to fit) and a friendlier message on the face.

I really dig the neatness of the new layout, and of course this sounds AWESOME!

Modifications or part substitutions

NOS 1N34a diodes specifically matched for low forward voltage

Mike
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my first pedal build

Project: Azimuth (Zendrive)

Build description

This was a very easy project to build and also fun.I have a factory made zendrive but this one sounds just as good. Luckily I have 2 lasers and a cnc router, so making the plate covers was very easy. I just used some scrap pcs. I had on hand. I may build more of these and try different colors as there is alot of colors to choose from.

Rick
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What’s our Vector Victor?

Project: Vector (Deep Blue Delay)
Variant: Deep Blue

Build description

Went with the Deep Blue variant, set the trim at 50%, crossed my fingers with a Tayda PT2399. Sounds awesome. It’s quiet and the sweep of the pots is perfect. Just a great delay.

Modifications or part substitutions

I like top mounted jacks. More room on the pedalboard, eh?

Didi
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Yellow pedal

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

Build description

This is my first Aion Project. All parts delivered from Musikding.de. They where sorted, discribed and with first class components. As a newby in the world of effect builders I did the standard. But I had “socket” as much as I could. In this case the transistors, diodes and IC. Meanwhile I had ordered different diodes and IC for further modifications. I will tell later.

The sound is really cool.