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Lucas
Score:
9

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High Noon

Project: Stratus (Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer)
Variant: Stratus with bright switch and clipping mod

Build description

This was my first pedal build, so I thought this would be a good place to start. Sprayed the enclosure and did the artwork myself. I really enjoyed this build.

Modifications or part substitutions

Used the bright mod and a clipping switch to toggle between LED clipping and the standard diodes. I also replaced the current limiting resistor for the LED with a 330 ohm one after these pictures were taken because I didn’t feel like the LED was bright enough.

Zico
Score:
4

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Zico Tube Screamer

Project: Stratus (Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer)
Variant: Stock with Bright Mod and clipping

Build description

Built the stock TS 9 and I am super happy with the results.
It’s very versatile and fitted perfectly into the enclosure, the supplied drilling template made life very easy
I will try a couple of other OP Amps but the stock version is awesome

Modifications or part substitutions

OPA2134

Tim Screamer – Tube Screamer for Chaedrist – Munich Germany

Project: Stratus (Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer)
Variant: Stock version with LED clipping, FET clipping en Brightness mod.

Build description

This build was the first experience with the quality and design of AION Electronics and I am very satisfied with the result. I have never seen such versatile TubeScreamer design as the Stratus does.

The custom request fits perfectly into this PCB design.

A lot of testing has been done for selecting the right OpAmp and the right clipping diodes. The NE5532 has been choosen for the best tone.

Modifications or part substitutions

– NE5532
– Old LEDs for the clipping from a vintage analog modem
– J201 FETS for clipping

Score:
2

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808/Heartbreak

Project: Stratus (Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer)
Variant: Robin Trower Overdrive

Build description

This took me about 4 times as long to debug as it did to build. For some reason I was a fungus and included both bass and mids mods so the drive circuit was bypassed. After much discussion on the forums, I finally figured it out: I had to keep only one of the two. I kept the bass mod and removed all the stuff from the mids mod and man this thing sounds killer! In Diode lift it’s really loud and crisp, but when I engage the Mosfet Clipping it turns into a roaring beast. This pedal is my go-to OD now, even more than the king of tone I built previously from Aion. Great job Kevin!

Modifications or part substitutions

Using the MOSFET Clipping, Bass/Fat mod. No part substitions, only had to stack some resistors to get the exact values.

Bobby Edwards
Score:
2

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Stratus TS-9

Project: Stratus (Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer)
Variant: RTO W/Buffered Bypass

Build description

This was my 3rd pedal to ever build all 3 have been AION projects. It was a straight forward build, the first 2 helped prep me for this build. I thought the documentation was good. This is the Stratus TS-9, RTO version with the “Buffered Bypass and Bright Mod”. Used the 1590B enclosure. Painted it with Model Paint and Printed on a clear waterslide decal for the graphics. I think it sounds pretty good.

Chris
Score:
2

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Stratus

Project: Stratus (Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer)
Variant: Landgraff Dynamic Overdrive

Build description

Easy, straight forward, amazing sounding.
Yes I know there is enough wire in there to build two more of these. Simply helped me test things before mounting it.

Modifications or part substitutions

Used the bright switch option that isn’t on the LDO. Also I used symmetrical germanium diodes opposed to LEDs (Photo shows LEDs as I was testing them out)

Robert Haas
Score:
2

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Tube Screamer Build with Minor Mods

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

Build description

I’ve always wanted a Tube Screamer with a brighter and less-compressed tone, and with some flexibility to bump up the low end without losing the tightness that’s the key to the TS sound. I stayed pretty close to the stock schematic but borrowed some ideas from various TS derivatives.

Modifications or part substitutions

C1: 47nF
C3: 47pF MLCC
C5: 150nF (always-on semi-bright mod)
C10: 100µF
C11: 47µF

R2, R12: 470k
R6: 47k

CX2: 22nF
CX3: 47nF (In combination with C4, this yields 94nF. I wouldn’t want any more bass than I get in this setting, as things start to get just a little woofy with humbuckers at this point.)

D2,4,6,8: 1N914
D6,D8: Red LED

Derryck
Score:
2

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Fulldrive2/TS combo

Project: Stratus (Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer)
Variant: Fulldrive2 and TS808

Build description

What’s better than a Tube Screamer?…easy…2 Tube Screamers, so to save some space on my board I pulled a TS808 and Fulldrive2 both from the Stratus projects and put them in a 1590BBT which saved over 1/2 inch in width and height and it looks cool 🙂 I really wanted to be able to switch the order but putting a 4pdt in between the 2 stomps would have made it difficult to stomp, so this will do for now! Had to use open jacks to keep the 3pdt’s spaced apart. I like it! It’s a bit of a mess since I pulled these boards from other pedals and I over-did the grounding but it works and no one will see the inside, except for ya’all

Modifications or part substitutions

pretty much stock circuits

Steve
Score:
18

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Scream Theory

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

Build description

I love that Kevin’s Stratus board offers no fewer than three mod options – as well as switchable clipping diodes, but I couldn’t choose between them… So I decided to include them all to create a super-tweakable TS clone. Like most of my builds, I put this one in a BB enclosure to accommodate a battery and all of the mod switches. Chip and clipping diodes are all socketed for experimentation. For the second set of clipping diodes I settled on a Zendrive-style symmetrical arrangement of MOSFETs and Germanium diodes.

Modifications or part substitutions

Burr-Brown OPA2134 chip, which has pretty much the same tone as a JRC4558 but is much quieter at higher drive settings.

Score:
15

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Custom Tubescreamer for Mike Weiss of mewithoutYou

Project: Stratus (Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer)
Variant: Landgraff Dynamic Overdrive

Build description

When I got in touch with Mike about building a custom pedal, his Fulldrive 2 had just broken down and he was in the market for a new drive pedal. I suddenly found myself with the opportunity for my pedal to be a big part of my favorite guitar tone by my favorite guitarist. Pretty surreal.

I didn’t want to mess with perfection—a Tube Screamer flavor into an AC-30—so I sent him two TS-based pedals to try out. The first was a single-channel Fulldrive clone and the second was a Landgraff Dynamic Overdrive. After playing with them for awhile, he preferred the LDO, so that was the variant I ended up building. You can see how it turned out in the photos to the left.

Modifications or part substitutions

The switch on the left (PCB left, outside right) controls the clipping diodes, which is directly from the LDO. The switch on the right is set up as the “Flat Mids” control from the Fulldrive 2, which reduces the gain and changes the EQ a little. I also included the input and output buffers from the standard Tubescreamer.

Zico
Score:
12

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Tube Screamer Me

Project: Stratus (Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer)
Variant: Stratus with bright switch and clipping mod

Build description

Loved this build, it was straight forward and shows what a high standard the project is. I enjoyed putting this together and I have since built several other Aion projects (Aurora x 2, Corvus and just stating a Refractor)
I went for the brightness and clipping mods

The sound of this pedal is amazing and I have lost this pedal to a mate and am building myself another.

Modifications or part substitutions

Playing around with op-amps currently using a JRC4558D but will try NE5532 and OPA2134

Mrav
Score:
11

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MFX-808

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

Build description

I am very satisfied with this versatile and high quality board.
Parts values for the stock Tube Screamer with all included mods.
Black 1590 enclosure with graphics printed on white water decal.
Compared with original Maxon TS-808, sounds almost identical.

Modifications or part substitutions

Bright mod by switch, bass and mids by jumpers. For second clipping I choose MOSFET + Germanium diodes.

Banjerpickin
Score:
10

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Double Tube Screamer

Project: Stratus (Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer)
Variant: Stock/SD-1/LED/MOSFET

Build description

Right side has the option of TS9 stock (symmetrical) diode clipping and asymmetrical clipping like the Boss SD-1. Left side has option of LED clipping or MOSFET clipping, a la the Landgraff Dynamic Overdrive and Fulldrive 2. Both also have a diode lift option, and independent bright switch mods for each side that adjusts cap values in the tone stack to decrease treble bleed. The sound great separately, and really great stacked! Stacked you can get some crazy long sustain with pretty light distortion.

Modifications or part substitutions

Everything followed to a T.

C Hertlein
Score:
0

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Stratus – Stock TS-808 with some conservative flexibility.

Project: Stratus (Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer)
Variant: Stock with JFET clipping and Bright Mods.

Build description

This is my first finished Aion board and it’s a doozy. I haven’t seen such attention to detail and good organization on a board that’s as packed with mods as it is. It’s arranged for easy soldering and as I love to tinker, I put sockets on just about everything except the caps and the resistors.

I’ll be the first to say that my part orientation is a bit sloppy (bent over resistors and caps) but I really like the board quality. I don’t feel as though I’m going to rip up the pads or traces as I solder.

I also really like the refinement and control you have with the TS, you can dial in just what you want very easily.

I did not perform any extraneous testing with the transistors or the op amp, I just slapped in what I had from my parts bin and I think it sounds great as is. If I feel like it later, I’ll test out the sounds between different versions of the Op Amp.

-The JFET clipping is per the instructions, two 2N5457’s. I am unsure if I can tell a big difference in them through my amp, so I’m checking to see if I accidentally have too much solder on one of the switch pads. I can definitely tell that the center “off” switch has a much higher gain than either of the “on” positions, so it might be more subtle than I realize. I might swap out the JFETs for LEDs in the future.

Modifications or part substitutions

-C3, didn’t have any 51 pF MLCCs lying about, so I made a 50.5 pF from two 101 pFs I had lying about. Not really a mod, but in case you were curious what that ended up being.

Wes
Score:
-1

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Fulldrive 2

Project: Stratus (Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer)
Variant: Fulldrive 2

Build description

I was so glad to stumble upon this PCB that allowed me to build the Fulldrive 2 pedal as I had been looking to buy one several months back. I’m no expert at pedal building, as this was my 7th pedal. This was my 2nd Aion pcb and I was really happy with the instructions and how this pedal turned out. I built the Fulldrive 2 exactly as the specs called out. One issue I ran into was the capacitor CX1 was in the parts list but I couldn’t find it on the pcb. I think it must have been on an older version of the pcb, just the list of materials wasn’t updated. I’m not noticing any issues by not having it installed. I did the Fulldrive 2 clipping as illustrated on page 4 of the instructions. I did the Flat Mids Mod for the other switch as I wanted to get as close to a Fulldrive 2 as possible. I liked that the board has several mod options as I’ll probably buy another board to try something different, maybe the Fulldrive 2 again but with different mods. The other issue I ran into was that I didn’t originally install the 4.7k resistor (LEDR) as I didn’t realize it was part of this build. At first I left it blank but wasn’t getting any sound from the pedal. I’m not sure if I could have just jumpered that or what to get it to work. Luckily I had a 3.3k resistor lying around so I had to install that at the end after everything else was done. That truly tested my soldering skills! It wasn’t great but I got some solder there to hold it in place.

Modifications or part substitutions

The only part substitution I used was the 3.3k for the LEDR resistor. I didn’t install anything for the RPD resistor and am not noticing any issues so maybe it’s fine to not have it. I did the Fulldrive 2 clipping option and the Flat Mids mod. I did install CX6 since it was recommended in the instructions. I used center off switches for both my switches and a 20kW for the tone potentiometer.