Third Time’s a Charm

A project log for Zero Budget Pedalboard

Adventures in the quest to make the most noise with the least money

FiveseveNFiveseveN 02/11/2021 at 15:114 Comments

Last version, I promise! This one’s called 3.2 on account of the three stereo lines that get mixed together and provide the nexus for routing:

New in this version:

    • Zoom G1X Four: the venerable RP80 has been replaced by a startlingly modern unit that completes the trio of entry-level multieffect brands. In keeping with the zero-budget theme, it was not bought but traded for services (not yet) rendered.
    • The big expression pedal was not particularly useful connected to the RP155, so it was switched to an input to the ESP32, providing MIDI control of the V-amps’ various CC parameters.
    • The display was updated to better suit the new setup, now reading


B = Bank name
N = Preset name
R = RP155 preset
M = * mode
P = pedal mode

     • Filthy Frank is what the old MOFO prototype ended up as. For the nasty fuzz spot I went back to an old favorite based on Doug Deeper's Random Number Generator.

But most of all, after a year of tinkering I was finally able to record a couple of sounds coming out of this thing and put together a quick demo. Unfortunately my guitar playing is even worse than my programming.


Craig Hissett wrote 02/12/2021 at 14:02 point

F'ing love this, awesome work man!

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FiveseveN wrote 02/12/2021 at 15:24 point

Thank you very much! 😊

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Craig Hissett wrote 02/12/2021 at 15:33 point

I love the idea of your midi cintrol across the board. I've fleshed out a plan to build a tiny little Pi powered rig on a Pedaltrain nano+, consisting of a Pi running Reaper for recording, a Pi running MODEP for effects, and a little DIY control box with some switches to control patch switching on the effects Pi and channel switching/arming/recording toggles on the Reaper Pi.

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Craig Hissett wrote 02/12/2021 at 16:08 point

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