Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

Postby sinner » 20 Apr 2012, 23:42

Fixed, thanks again.

I'll do the versions with your modifications as soon as I get chance :hug:

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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

Postby monkeyxx » 21 Apr 2012, 00:59

oops one more thing (sorry for the late notice) lugs 1 and 3 of the bass pots are backwards in all these layouts too. thanks for all your great layout work I'm looking hard at the Fuzz Sounds right now
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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

Postby sinner » 22 Apr 2012, 07:44

Ok, I'm on it.

Monkeyxx - are those modes yours? can I use them on my website?
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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

Postby monkeyxx » 22 Apr 2012, 18:58

I just copied those mods from the Colorsound reissues that you can currently buy from Macaris Music

the master volume lets you get overdrive at much lower volumes (and sounds great I might add), and the gain/vol pot taper allows a better sweep for that kind of use... I think they are useful modifications, you can always leave the master on full up if you want to use it in the old fashioned way

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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

Postby sinner » 22 Apr 2012, 21:04

:popcorn:

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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

Postby monkeyxx » 22 Apr 2012, 23:19

haha! I'm very flattered, thank you. PS this is a wonderful circuit, not at all like a tube screamer, pretty unique booster/drive compared to anything I can think of. I always seem to like the Colorsound vibe
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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

Postby monkeyxx » 22 Apr 2012, 23:23

hey sinner I believe the Overdriver should run at 9V with a single battery, if I'm not mistaken
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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

Postby mictester » 22 Apr 2012, 23:31

monkeyxx wrote:hey sinner I believe the Overdriver should run at 9V with a single battery, if I'm not mistaken


There were several versions - some ran at 9V and others at 18V. The higher voltage types provided much more headroom, and much less distortion. It's quite easy to make a Vero version and make the components that you want to tweak easily accessible - experiment, and see the range of sounds you can get, and try the differing supplies. Here's a hint - look at the frequency-determining components in the Baxandall Tone Control, and see what useful changes you can make to work better with the frequency response of a guitar or bass. There's a wide range of modifications that can be done to this circuit, and most of them will be useful in some way!
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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

Postby sinner » 22 Apr 2012, 23:33

mictester wrote:There's a wide range of modifications that can be done to this circuit, and most of them will be useful in some way!



Bring it on! :thumbsup
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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

Postby Electric Warrior » 23 Apr 2012, 00:09

mictester wrote:
monkeyxx wrote:hey sinner I believe the Overdriver should run at 9V with a single battery, if I'm not mistaken


There were several versions - some ran at 9V and others at 18V. The higher voltage types provided much more headroom, and much less distortion. It's quite easy to make a Vero version and make the components that you want to tweak easily accessible - experiment, and see the range of sounds you can get, and try the differing supplies. Here's a hint - look at the frequency-determining components in the Baxandall Tone Control, and see what useful changes you can make to work better with the frequency response of a guitar or bass. There's a wide range of modifications that can be done to this circuit, and most of them will be useful in some way!



But he wrote 18V under the 9V version of the circuit.
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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

Postby sinner » 23 Apr 2012, 00:21

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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

Postby registracii » 24 May 2012, 17:26

that is a great thread - thanks to all that contributed in it.
I will be attempting to build the 18v one. already ordered the parts (or at least what I think are the parts - absolute beginner so not even sure I got the correct ones)
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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

Postby guitarmongot » 24 May 2012, 20:02

It´s a great pedal : but I recommend that you use the Master Volume version:
this pedal is really LOUD in front of a tube amp if you
dial in that nice fuzziness after 3óclock on Gain knob... :D .
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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

Postby Huub2O » 28 Jun 2012, 18:19

Hi guys,

I've read this whole thread 'cause I was planning to build a Power Boost too. I've done quite some research and I think I'm gonna do monkeyxx's layout, because that one seems most similar to the real old one, except for that it's not on a vboard, but that doesn't matter in tone, right? My goal is to make a clone, and then start modifying it for me. Also, if I'm going to do it, is this the right kind of board, 'cause I'm not familiar with vboards: http://www.newtone-online.nl/catalog/pr ... ts_id=1138 (I'm Dutch).

Thanks for helping!

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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

Postby Huub2O » 28 Jun 2012, 20:35

Huub2O wrote:Hi guys,

I've read this whole thread 'cause I was planning to build a Power Boost too. I've done quite some research and I think I'm gonna do monkeyxx's layout, because that one seems most similar to the real old one, except for that it's not on a vboard, but that doesn't matter in tone, right? My goal is to make a clone, and then start modifying it for me. Also, if I'm going to do it, is this the right kind of board, 'cause I'm not familiar with vboards: http://www.newtone-online.nl/catalog/pr ... ts_id=1138 (I'm Dutch).

Thanks for helping!

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oops sorry, I changed my mind, I am gonna go with electricwarrior's schematic because I'm more familiar with a normal board, and it's more similar to the old one so I can modify it easier! has anyone a pcb layout because I can't draw one :)
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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

Postby Electric Warrior » 29 Jun 2012, 13:49

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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

Postby skumberg » 02 Jul 2012, 19:55

Sinner: That last vero seems to short out q2 collector on full drive.

I have never liked the distortion produced by my overdriver clone. Yes the clean tone is nice with a lot of boost, and there is the fuzzy tones at max gain but the in between tones sound crappy in my build like something is biased wrong. But the voltages are ok. I'm going to fiddle with the collector resistor and see what happens.
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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

Postby sinner » 02 Jul 2012, 20:05

According to schemo on page 6 it's fine
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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

Postby Electric Warrior » 03 Jul 2012, 15:36

No. The dots are connections. Lines crossing aren't.
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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

Postby beedotman » 09 Jul 2012, 12:05

does anybody have pcb copper trace shots of original units?
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