Modular Effects Pedal
A few years ago I saw a prototype for the Console guitar effect pedal on Kickstarter. I loved the idea of a modular pedal with cartridge-like effects and immediately invested in one on the site. Sadly, despite the success of the Kickstarter campaign and amidst scandalous investment issues, the pedals were never produced. So, in the spirit of DIY with a little tweaking of the original designs for the Console, I decided to create my own fully functional effect pedal (note: I am in no way affiliated with the original designers of the Console pedal).
Similar to the original design, this pedal offers two fully controllable effect pedal inputs with 5 pots per effect, an external expression input for both effects, as well as a serial/parallel switch with blending and polarity reversal. It’s been a very versatile analog effect pedal, with a hint of retro feel every time I plug in a cartridge and crank it up. I’d be happy to share the schematics/build guide if anyone is interested.
I’m also considering mass-producing the effect cartridges, which are currently 3D printed and use perfboard-style boards. The cartridge artwork shown obviously can’t be reproduced for sale, but I’m happy to share my design files if someone wants to print their own for non-commercial purposes.
This fall I decided it was time to invest in a 3D printer / CNC machine to help print plastic cases for the Munchbox and mill aluminum enclosures. I wasn’t satisfied with paying an exhorbitant amount for a standard 3D printer so I decided to build one of my own. The design is based on Vicious Circle’s Mostly Printed CNC with a slightly larger total area (nearly 3 ft. x 3 ft.) and a modular tooling system. I’ve installed the 3D print extruder and heated bed for testing, so far everything works great! Total cost including all materials, electronics and 3D printed parts is less than $300. If you’re interested in building one, send me a message and I’ll help you get started.
10 7 MunchBox version 1 pedals left, and they are available for $50 each (free shipping in the US). There are 6 different designs, so the selection is limited. Orders are on a first paid basis, so let us know if you’re interested first and we’ll send an invoice. Choose from the following 6 designs:
Here’s what the box cover looks like, each kit includes a Munch Lead and instructions on how to use the MunchBox.
The photo is a rendering of the vinyl stickers we used to cover the boxes. Let us know your style preference when ordering, however supplies are limited. Select the style below and click “Buy Now” to be redirected to our paypal site.
Today we tried out the Zoom G2Nu, a multi-effect digital unit that’s pretty decent for the price. Although Zoom pedals use a different type of expression pedal input, we were able to connect the MunchBox to the Zoom using a crossover patch cable (crossing the ring and tip). With full range of motion and quick response, the MunchBox / Zoom pair is a good choice for musicians who want a compact digital effect setup.
Once again, apologies for the vertical video feed. Someone fire that cameraman!
Here’s our resident guitarist Miguel testing the MunchBox with a Boss Digital Delay DD-7. The first few shots are in delay mode, the last two are in a reverse tape mode. Let us know what you think!
(apologies for the vertical video, our cameraman wasn’t thinking clearly)
Hold onto your necks, the MunchBox Kickstarter campaign has finally begun! Check out our campaign throughout December and feel free to leave comments and suggestions.
MunchBox Kickstarter Campaign
Wish us luck!
-The Munch Audio Team