Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My tryst with the VOX tone lab ST

My pedal board was becoming too big to handle (see pic) 

and hence I was toying with this idea of using a processor (I know, some of you are making faces, nevertheless). While in Japan, I got to try the VOX Tone lab ST and I immediately loved it for its tone and simplicity. Needless to say, I picked it up. I used it at church and felt it could use some basic tweaks to make it even more simpler and effective.
Now this is what I wanted (above and beyond the existing processor)

·         To carry it to church and setting it up, I needed to carry the processor in the box along with the power supply (wall wart) and the necessary cables.
·         I love delay pedals and delay pedals that have a “tap tempo” switch at that, but to my dismay VOX has a tiny little fraction of a switch as a tap tempo.
·         To make my tweak more fun, a good friend in church plugged the 100V (yes 100V in Japan and 110V like in the US) adapter into a 220V Indian power socket to make the adapter smoke.

This is what I got to do…
  • Narrowed down an old laptop bag that makes perfect sense to house this processor.

  •  Made a small pedal board out of plywood. Cut the board to size, glued a carpet and used a scotch tape to cover the back of the board.
  •  Modded the VOX tone lab ST to fit an external tap tempo switch.
  • Found the transformer in the wall wart busted. Got it rewound, but this time not 100V to 12V but to 220V to 15V. Put in a 12V regulator. Removed the connector that plugs in the socket at the wall and added a wire.
  • Mounted the processor, tap tempo switch and the power supply.

Voila….. there you go… all working and neat pedal board.

1 comment:

jibu mathew said...

You're a Wizard Bro!! God Bless !!