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Hx Stomp DIY journey switch + expression KNOB and more

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Hey guys, new member of the Helix family.  I've tinkered with swing up a pedalboard, recording, and maximizing the dual switch and diy expression pedal. Thought I'd share my work and hopefully help others.  I tried to break it into phases but apologies for the length.

 

Here's my 1-2 week journey since getting the stomp.

 

Pedalboard and power:

I ordered a mini (metal) pedalboard with bag for $30 and a power supply for $20 from Amazon.  i didnt want the guitar cable to pull on the mini pedal i have first so i decided to drill a hole into the side of the pedalboard and install a jack for the guitar to plug into.

 

Dual switch and Trs:

I ordered a mosky dual switch from Amazon (~$20). I bought trs cable but didn't like how rigid it was, So I decided to make my own with trs heads (4 pack on Amazon) and an old unused power cord  3 insulated leads, works perfect)

 

Expression pedal:

Ifollow John cordys channel on YT and bought his presets. He has amazing "freeze" ones, but does require pedal. I decided to take my old vox wah and followed a post on the internet. It was easy and worked.. Technically. But the pot is non linear.

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Passive expression pedal:

I ordered sonicake vexpress passive expression pedal ( sub $40 Amazon). Worked great and it has a cavity that allows you to add a toe switch. I started working on that but then I had the idea to try and take the pot from the express pedal and use it as a knob on my mosley dual switch.  My pedal board is usually on a coffee table which is reachable by hand so that would work better for me than a foot pedal.

 

Adding "expression knob"

I opened up the dual switch took one of the switches out took the moski pot out and solder it into the dual switch. I also couldn't resist and spray painted the black mosquito box to something little colorful to fit my paddle board.

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Final produt (for now):

I have foot switch #4 and expression pedal #2. It works great and I can tune in the freeze settings just by diming in the knob. I think the knob gives you more setting control too than just a switch.. will play with it more in the future.

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I think my next step is to find knobs that double as switches as well so I can have anything from two switches to a switch and an expression knob or two expression knobs.

 

Last, recoding: DAW

im a Noob when it comes to recording but i saw a YT video where a guy used presonus studio one.  i downloaded their free prime version that includes loops and instruments and a bunch more.  i tried cakewalk and protools too but i like studio one best.  BONUS:  i messed around with the app today and made my first track.  funny enough no real guitars were used    soundcloud.com/user-517629544/mixdown-1

 

 

 

Hope this helps!  Let me know if you have any questions. I'll try to help

 

 

 

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