Members

John D’Amours is Owner/Founder of CleanStage LLC, and Inventor of SoulPedal®. He has a wide range of Engineering and Leadership experience. He’s a real hands-on person, and loves to play Guitar and Drums with friends in “the music lab.” With a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology from NAU, John went on to become a Sr. Technical Training Engineer in Manufacturing at Intel (23 years), first developing and delivering new equipment training globally, then creating new Learning Methodologies and tools. He then founded Visual Training Solutions LLC developing 3D animated instructions for consumers part-time, while creating the world’s first SoulPedal® working prototype. In 2012, he pulled together a team of seasoned Engineers for both funding and design for manufacturability.
Maria Murillo-D’Amours is a founding member of CleanStage LLC and one of the first investors. She has ample experience in manufacturing of consumer goods and electronics, technology transfer, program management, team leadership and capacity planning. Maria started her career as a part-time inventory controller while going to college in her native Costa Rica. After graduating with a BS in Industrial Engineering from University of Costa Rica, her professional career has taken her through diverse roles from Junior Engineer to Manufacturing Supervisor to Continuous Improvement Team lead, to Training Supervisor to Capacity Analyst for 21+ years.
Vince Huerta is one of the original investors to Cleanstage, LLC. He has ample experience in technical training, systems engineering, program management, team leadership and enterprise solutions. Vince started his career as a technician and worked his way up to a Test Engineer where he developed High-speed design simulations for large-scale digital boards and turned them into test programs. Vince also has Systems Engineering experience where he implemented several enterprise scale solutions across the globe. Vince has a total of 36 years in his field.

Controlling a Boss DD-7 Delay Pedal

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Controlling a Boss DD-7 Delay Pedal

I don’t know why we didn’t think of this sooner… Here’s a hack that emulates an EV-5 Roland Expression Pedal. Just needs a stereo jack output that connects right up to any Boss Expression Input (or Roland product of course). Not only that, but our controller already has a minimum level adjustment like the EV-5. We might want to figure out a simple way to set and hold the pedal, and have previously tested using a quick twist of the foot (using the Z-gyro sensor in the pedal)… add that to the code To-Do list. Shown is a close up of the wire I soldered to a tiny BROKEN lead off the Digital Pot… as in no lead, just a stub! Obviously it would be a clean connection off the second channel of the chip, but I can’t believe it stayed long enough to test this (why all the tape to hold it). The first channel of course controls the Wah effect. And I might either put in some jumpers to let this be a volume swell, or just create a separate box to simply patch through the audio as a volume...

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New Response is Awesome!

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New Response is Awesome!

I’m done tweaking the code for now because I really, really like it! Now it’s on to the Audio PCB revisions (getting rid of all the hacks in the photo, and there are a bunch). Same circuit below as my prior post, just stuffed inside for demo purposes. What’s new is I’ve added an adjustable taper to the response that goes from its native slightly negative curve, through flat response, and all the way to a nice taper that eases in. Control has never felt this good.   Based on User Testing at Guitar Center recently, a smooth taper is important because most people who are unfamiliar with pedal “control” tend to press Full-On at first; so this is like a junior setting until they feel more daring and want a quicker feel. However, if you want to lean into your pedal on stage for a better show out there in the crowd, smooth/heavy is exactly what you’ll want. The goal is more clear now. It’s a Wah/MIDI controller (and a basic MIDI Controller at that). Sorry, no Arduino, no data out. Expansion  is possible (after this gets going) because control is on an addressable bus via a simple stereo jack – so three more effects are possible using this same technology… as is. Stay tuned if you want one of just 10 units being built this summer. I’ll let you know when the boards are on order, then back to code. Target is $200-$300 to be a Beta Tester, then you keep the pedal for free....

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Fast, Smooth, and Quiet – SoulPedal

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Fast, Smooth, and Quiet – SoulPedal

Is it possible to fall in love with a circuit? I did! Smoother: Opto-Isolator LED is now controlled by Current not Voltage (duh). Naturally responsive now. Quicker: No LED turn-on time (biased on both ends to exactly match LED useful range). Force Sensor in the pedal was selected – Easily replaceable, and High Z for even better battery life. Eliminated Digital Noise feeding back into the DC supply (was OK before but needed isolated supplies). Take a close look at that Wah board. That’s the one I’ve been tweaking the past month and planning to replace very soon. (The controller is still good with 15 built to 75%, and the Pedal PCB is OK but the insole design in your shoe will change.) The analog components are nostalgic using Panasonic Caps and a Red Fasel coil from Italy for that original sound. Right in the center is your automated DPDT switch. That’s what kicks in/out the effect (so to speak) for True Bypass. I used a COTO Reed Relay and I’ve never ever had one wear or degrade on me (sealed switch in an inert gas). Upper left corner are all the caps for the overall tone range. Thanks to Anderton articles on DIYstompBoxes.com, A. G. Keen, and Geofex.com for getting me up to speed over the years. I have no idea who you are, but thanks! I’m sure some of your parts are in these first units. Truth is, I’m finishing 15 units that were on hold for 2 yrs. If you saw Silicon Valley this week, well… I’m Richard. I’m targeting some Beta Testers this summer, 2018. I may never build any more of this design and it will be a while before the Bluetooth version would be even started, but that’s the plan. My partner is still waiting for cash-flow. That’s not the goal anymore (taken from the Musk playbook). I’m not advertising, but you might see me soon at a Guitar Center. I’ll try to get that on video. Oh, and besides MIDI out and Data Out (for Arduino), if all goes well I’ll add Expression Out. That’s a tricky one so I might just give you 3 wires and a guide. It’ll be a 10K pot controlled in parallel with the Wah, used to control your own Wah circuit or your best Stage Show thingy. I’ve always imagined Slash controlling his Wah AND a giant puppet of himself grooving in unison. I’ll get there, watch. I’ve had the vision ever since I saw Fergie and Slash stuck in one spot on stage (Superbowl halftime years ago). Everyone was dancing all around him, but he was stuck to his pedal – couldn’t run out and connect with the crown or nothin! Poor guy. Call if interested – John at 480-229-5940....

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Look, No Cables!

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Look, No Cables!

Since not everyone lives in Sandals like myself, I thought I’d pick up a pair a Chuck Taylor All Stars for a SoulPedal(R) test drive. Look, no Cables! (Referring to the experiment at Converse a few years back with a Wah.) I went for Size 11 US as I’m about a 10.5 US and I wanted some room in case (truth is, they were on sale at Ross for $29). At first, I didn’t like being able to feel the edge of my pedal under the toes so I pulled off the neoprene cover and cut out a full size for replacement. Way better, and my brother also found it comfy. There’s a lot to resolve here still, but getting there. During the fun, careful inspection of the pressure sensor showed no visible signs of wear, but I’m not tracking the ohms Ω/gram data over time… shear is a killer there. Good news is that the flex portion of the pressure sensor isn’t failing like before. I lowered the path more toward Center-line of the bend action. (Maybe...

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Can you believe I’m going to try again?

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Can you believe I’m going to try again?

Hope to dust off the old pedal and demo at the STEM http://www.southwestmakerfest.com in a couple weeks. Got some new flex cables today, so was able to load new code again. Gotta get the basic Wah working for now. Gyro calibration is tricky… they gyrate no matter what. Stay tuned...

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Variable Tapered Pot?

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Variable Tapered Pot?

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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Under the Hood

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Under the Hood

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...

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Introducing Soul Pedal Blog

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

Introducing Soul Pedal Blog

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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Demo at Tempe Guitar Show

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Demo at Tempe Guitar Show

SoulPedal is such a paradigm shift that most just stared in awe… asking “Where’s the Wah?” Next question was “When and how much?” More info on Facebook/SoulPedal Read more about Tempe Guitar Show where 2,500 people saw the demo, and many tried...

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SoulPedal Response

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SoulPedal Response

This video shows foot pressure through the Data Out (a standard product feature). Accelerometer data is also available for the Hackers out there. Uses basic Arduino (interface) and Processing (visual display).

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