[2743] 30 Days To A Better Novel

Date: January 29th, 2021 | Comments : none | Categories: DIY.

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With “30 Days To A Better Novel”, you can improve your novel writing, your book’s plot, and the character development. This book has one lesson per day for you to use to evaluate the finer points of novel writing, and how to apply them to your book.

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[2731] FV-1 Bank Switching Again

Date: January 11th, 2021 | Comments : [2] | Categories: DIY.

In a previous post, I showed how to use an SPDT switch to select between multiple memory chips on the Spin FV-1 to expand the number of patches available. In this post, I will show how to use a single DPDT switch to allow access to two memory chips plus the internal sounds that are built into the FV-1.

The extra set of poles on the switch allows the internal patches to be enabled when needed or disabled when the external memory chips are active. The switch needs to be a center-off DPDT, which is commonly available.

The middle pin of the left set of switch poles has a pull-down resistor and is connected to pin 13 of the FV-1. There are no other resistors or connections to pin 13. When the switch is in the middle position, the new resistor pulls pin 13 to ground to enable the internal sounds, and the other set of poles has disabled both external memories.

When the DPDT is toggled to either end position, pin 13 is made HIGH and the external memory chips are enabled as in the previous article.

This alternate bank switching method allows access to internal and external sounds with a single switch.


[2728] Booster 2.5 and Tweed Stack

Date: December 24th, 2020 | Comments : none | Categories: DIY.

The Booster 2.5 was one of my early amp-in-a-box designs from about 1999. It has been used on numerous commercial pedal designs and as a starting point for the BSIAB and other similar designs.

The Tweed Stack is my own improvement on the Booster 2.5 and at this time there are a couple of pc boards still available for it.

Here is a demo sound of the Booster 2.5 played by my good friend Aron Nelson, who runs/owns the DIYstompboxes forum:



[2631] Good Free Band Names

Date: November 26th, 2020 | Comments : [1] | Categories: DIY.

Okay, maybe “good” is subjective, but they are FREE!

I have updated the band names page. Check it out!

AMZ Free Band Names Page

I encourage everyone to pronounce the names on the list out loud… especially if you are reading them in a public place!



[2721] AKM factory fire

Date: October 31st, 2020 | Comments : none | Categories: DIY.

The semiconductor maker Asahi Kasei Microsystems (AKM) had a massive fire at its factory that essentially wiped it out.

How does this impact fx pedals? AKM audio codec chips are widely used in high-end digital effects pedals. The AK4556 is one such chip.




[2719] The Underdrive

Date: October 30th, 2020 | Comments : [5] | Categories: DIY.

I never knew this was a thing until I saw a forum post about it this week. Apparently it is the anti-boost, which means that the output can only be attenuated. Sounds easy enough… a potentiometer and switch in a box will do the job but can lead to loading problems and tone loss, so I quickly designed this circuit:



[2716] CMOS Cookbook

Date: October 26th, 2020 | Comments : [1] | Categories: DIY.

I have a paper copy of the 1st edition of the CMOS Cookbook that I used so often that the pages started to come loose from the binding. It is an essential resource for anyone who wants to work with CMOS chips.

The author, Don Lancaster, has made the 4th edition of CMOS Cookbook available for free download from his site. Get it immediately. Thanks Don!


[2713] CA3080 OTA

Date: September 19th, 2020 | Comments : none | Categories: DIY.

Several vintage CA3080 chips that I plan on using for some new projects, including a Ross/Dynacomp clone for testing purposes.


[2711] Premier Guitar article

Date: September 17th, 2020 | Comments : none | Categories: DIY.

I got mentioned a couple of times in an article in the recent issue of Premier Guitar. Read the article here.

Thanks to Aron Nelson and Tzvi Gluckin for their kind words!

AMZ is the oldest continually published pedal site on the Internet.


[2707] 25 Years!

Date: August 18th, 2020 | Comments : [3] | Categories: DIY.

This month marks 25 years of continuous publication of the AMZ web site, though in the first few years it was called DMZ.



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