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5/15/15

Hammond Stomp Box Enclosures

Transporting breadboarded circuits around a studio can be a real pain. So, I would like to share with you my approach to building mobile prototype circuits. These simple to build boxes have really saved me from a lot of headaches over the years. Shown is the box I am presently working on.

Hammond Vacuum Tube Prototype Box

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How Can I Make One?

It's actually fairly easy to make one of these. You just need access to some basic tools like a drill and a soldering iron. The hardest part is deciding what features you want to install.

Steps:

First, choose a Hammond stomp box enclosure or something similar. These are available from a variety of online stores that sell electronic components such as Mouser , Amazon, Ebay, etc.

Second, drill the holes you need for your jacks, switches and pots. Then figure out how you want to bring in power and drill holes for those connectors. I used banana connectors on the back side of this project box to easily connect to my high voltage power supplies.

Top View

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Third, "Double stick" some electronics breadboards to the bottom of the box. Make sure to leave enough clearance to fit your jacks and switches. Things can get pretty tight.

Fourth, mount all of your hardware.

Fifth, solder wires to your hardware and bring those wires into your breadboard.

Done - Now you're ready to start building!

 Front View

Conclusion

These simple prototype boxes can save you a ton of trouble when moving your circuits around the studio. Have fun and build safely. I'll post more images when it's completed!

Update: 5-26-2015

Added a Jensen 115K mic input transformer and a Cinemag 2810 output transformer as well as two 1/4" TRS jacks. It's almost ready.....

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Thanks for reading,
Trenton

5/6/15

The Recording Revolution.com - Video Tutorials For Recording

I would like to introduce you to The Recording Revolution.com. If you have never visited Graham Cochrane's site, that is dedicated to recording and mixing, I highly recommend that you do. Graham has great videos and information that can help you achieve better sounding recordings.

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The Recording Revolution is a great blog resource as well. Although Graham works mainly within Pro Tools, most of the techniques he presents can be applied to almost any DAW that you might already own.

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So, what's in it for you?

You'll get clear advice on better recording and mixing techniques with simple to follow tips.

Who's it for?

1. Musicians looking to save money by recording themselves
2. Home studio owners looking to get better recordings and mixes
3. Recording engineers seeking new techniques

What should you expect?

1. Easy to follow information
2. Great tips for getting a better mix
3. Advice on what gear you really need

But That's Not All

 Graham also has many videos available for sale that go into even greater detail.

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So, if you want to improve the sound of your recordings or mixes then stop by The Recording Revolution and see what Graham has to offer. I think you'll be glad you did.

All images used by permission. All images © 2015 The Recording Revolution.

Thanks for reading,
Trenton