I’ve been taking my Altoids piezo DI box to open mic nights and have had some interest and feedback. People seem to like the concept but are not impressed with the balanced output and phantom power – which is fair enough given that the mixer is invariably on the stage and […]
Update: Adding an output transistor – see below.
So you’d kind of like to know when the battery in your stompbox is getting a bit flat but you’re not sure how to proceed.
The first problem is that you don’t want your low-battery monitoring circuit to make a significant contribution to battery drain […]
There is an update to this article here.
As I mentioned in my post on the vagaries of phantom power, I have been looking at designs for a compact self-contained box to connect an upright bass to the PA. The bass pick-up […]
I’ve been looking at the design of direct injection (DI) boxes with a view to making a phantom-powered piezo preamp for a friend who has acquired an acoustic bass with a passive piezo pickup but doesn’t have a preamp for it. He’s tried plugging it straight into the mixer – but has experienced major tone-suckage […]
Update: Matching JFETs – Revisited here.
Update: Kits available in the shop here.
Update: Matched sets of JFETs available for sale here.
We’re talking here about N-channel depletion-mode junction field-effect transistors.
“Field effect” because the current flowing between source and drain is controlled by […]