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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

PostPosted: 20 Apr 2012, 23:42
by sinner
Fixed, thanks again.

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

Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

PostPosted: 21 Apr 2012, 00:59
by monkeyxx
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

Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

PostPosted: 22 Apr 2012, 07:44
by sinner
Ok, I'm on it.

Monkeyxx - are those modes yours? can I use them on my website?

Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

PostPosted: 22 Apr 2012, 18:58
by monkeyxx
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

Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

PostPosted: 22 Apr 2012, 21:04
by sinner
:popcorn:

Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

PostPosted: 22 Apr 2012, 23:19
by monkeyxx
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

Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

PostPosted: 22 Apr 2012, 23:23
by monkeyxx
hey sinner I believe the Overdriver should run at 9V with a single battery, if I'm not mistaken

Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

PostPosted: 22 Apr 2012, 23:31
by mictester
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!

Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

PostPosted: 22 Apr 2012, 23:33
by sinner
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

Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

PostPosted: 23 Apr 2012, 00:09
by Electric Warrior
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.

Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

PostPosted: 23 Apr 2012, 00:21
by sinner
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Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

PostPosted: 24 May 2012, 17:26
by registracii
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)

Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

PostPosted: 24 May 2012, 20:02
by guitarmongot
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 .
/cheers M

Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

PostPosted: 28 Jun 2012, 18:19
by Huub2O
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!

Huub.

Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

PostPosted: 28 Jun 2012, 20:35
by Huub2O
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!

Huub.
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 :)

Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

PostPosted: 29 Jun 2012, 13:49
by Electric Warrior

Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

PostPosted: 02 Jul 2012, 19:55
by skumberg
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.

Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

PostPosted: 02 Jul 2012, 20:05
by sinner
According to schemo on page 6 it's fine
Cheers

Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

PostPosted: 03 Jul 2012, 15:36
by Electric Warrior
No. The dots are connections. Lines crossing aren't.

Re: Colorsound - Power Boost / Overdriver

PostPosted: 09 Jul 2012, 12:05
by beedotman
does anybody have pcb copper trace shots of original units?