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Variable Tapered Pot?

Posted by on 7:41 pm in Maker, SoulPedal | 0 comments

It’s no secret we’re digitally controlling a fully analog Wah (complete with a J201 driven output boost/buffer) from within your shoe, but here’s something really new. A digital pot typically has 2 channels, so why not put the 2nd one in parallel (off the 1st tap) with the one that controls the LDR, right? This allows for a user adjustable taper (curve response of the pedal) so you decide the “feel” with the turn of a knob (along with a second knob for sensitivity related to foot pressure). Come check it out at the Tempe Guitar Show March 7th and take one home for the first time ever.

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Getting it good enough, Engineering is about.

Posted by on 1:23 am in Guitars, Maker, Pedals, SoulPedal, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I can’t recall where I heard this phrase, but it’s golden – especially when it comes from Yoda (our puppy too). There’s no need for perfection, but there’s also a consumer expectation of perceived quality too.

I’m currently (slowed) between a functional product and a really nice product you’d expect to find on the shelf. So this is all about the mfg process now. The design is really good, but try to make several units opens the next door on the Maker path. I had a head start working 23 yrs supporting Intel Mfg, but not in this way, this is new. And when your process is bench-top and hand crafted to some extent, all the more challenging. The new pressure chamber that crushes air bubbles in the mold was worth the $100, it’s looking better than ever.

So 15 could be all that I make by hand. They will all work well, and will be heavily warranted (except for water damage or for space flight). Alpha is done, so Beta here we go!

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Coming Soon – First Ever!

Posted by on 5:24 am in Maker, SoulPedal | 5 comments

SoulPedal® is the world’s first Wireless Foot Controller on the market – it actually Moves With You! We are only building 10 systems for sale at the show and at below cost. All are hand-made in Chandler Arizona and are destined to become collector pieces with some radically new wearable technology. Owners of SoulPedal will be among a tight group that will have the option for a cash rebate and all units will have software upgrade capabilities from your home computer and will be expandable for other pedals as they become available. So come to the show, try one on, and be a part of something really cool. 

Under the Hood

Posted by on 11:13 pm in Maker, SoulPedal | 0 comments

This is our 3rd prototype (underside) used at last years show in Tempe (a bit outdated actually). It slips in your shoe and runs off a CR-2032 battery in a drawer. Since last year’s show, we’ve added more advanced motion technology (a 9250 by Invensense, same as in Drones) to track foot motion. And if you thought that just a Wah-wah pedal was in the works, think again. We’ve successfully tested a 3 pedal simulation that sends 3 Program Changes out the MIDI port, but it’s still being refined. There is so much more possible with gestures, just wait! The receiver (shown in other photos and same size as conventional pedals) uses an internal antenna – so no stupid antennas sticking up, right?

SoulPedal® is currently based on TI’s CC430 – an SoC + Radio in a single chip. The screws are there to allow for access to the port for software updates. We plan to provide a dongle so you can Flash load the latest updates. Range is 50 feet either direction – enough for Rock Concert sized Stages. The original prototype would go over 100 feet in all directions, so it’s only a matter of time…

The entire pedal weighs only 3 oz in your shoe, including fuel.

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Next Gen Guitar Amps

Posted by on 10:06 pm in Amps | 0 comments

Many guitar players are discovering the advantages of the FRFR (Full Range, Flat Response) guitar amp compared to conventional amps. This isn’t to diss the traditional guitar amp; it’s great, and has its uses. But the FRFR option has some compelling advantages.

Read more at Gibson.

Earliest Known Strat For Sale in Nashville

Posted by on 9:51 pm in Guitars | 0 comments

Fender historian Richard Smith, author of Fender: The Sound Heard ‘Round the World, is selling his historic Fender Strat via consignment at Gruhn Guitars in Nashville.

Bearing serial number 0100, this guitar dates back to 1954 and is believed to be the first Strat shipped for retail sale. It features the standard two-tone sunburst finish used on early Fender models, with the serial number stamped on the tremolo cavity plate.

Read more at Fender.

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Rush Plotting 41st Anniversary Tour for 2015

Posted by on 9:56 pm in Music News | 0 comments

Rush wrapped up their worldwide Clockwork Angels tour just seven months ago, but they’re already planning a lengthy “41st anniversary” tour for 2015, according to guitarist Alex Lifeson. “The three of us just had a meeting,” Lifeson tells Rolling Stone. “We said, ‘Let’s not talk about anything band-wise for the next year. Let’s separate ourselves and come back rejuvenated.’ Unfortunately, the other people at that meeting didn’t hear what we were talking about, so there are already plans being made for spring of 2015. It’s going to be a 41st anniversary tour, or whatever they’re going to call it.”

Read more at Rolling Stone.

Power Corrupts, and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

Posted by on 12:32 am in Pedals | 0 comments

What are voltage, current, and power, and why would a guitar player care about them? Because unless you play all acoustic with the lights off, you have to harness their properties.

Let’s start with power. Regardless of how knowledgeable you are about electricity, you probably have some intuitive sense of power. How does the horsepower of a car affect the driving experience? What does it feel like to operate a powerful drill?

Read more at Premier Guitar.

Introducing Soul Pedal Blog

Posted by on 11:17 pm in Amps, Guitars, Music News, Pedals, SoulPedal | 2 comments

We are gearing up to build wireless controllers as a comfortable insole for your shoe. Arduino compatible, includes MIDI and Effects Pedals!

Come meet the team and experience Soul Pedal for yourself at the Tempe Guitar Show on March 22nd.

 

 

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NAMM ’14 – Michael Tobias Design Kingston Rubicon Guitar Demo

Posted by on 11:21 pm in Guitars, SoulPedal | 0 comments

Premier Guitar talks to Michael Tobias about his brand new guitar.