BRENDAN M. WEST

I am a multidisciplinary creative with a passion for technology, music and interactive design.

Rockmelon

This tidy little pedal is based on the ‘Box of Rock’ by Zvex. My friend and fellow musician Dave Western asked me to build him a Box of Rock clone which I was happy to try my hand at. I hunted down a schematic online and eventually stumbled across the ‘Krankosaurus’ project file which is madbean‘s version of Box of Rock. I etched out the traces on the board using the dry film technique. This is a technique which I have been gradually perfecting over the last few months and am now starting to get great results. It did take me a while to source all of the components, particularly the 5k anti-log potentiometers used for the gain and boost controls. I eventually tracked them down in Germany and shipping took so long I thought they must have gotten lost in the post but alas they eventually arrived and I was finally able to populate the board. I wanted to add my own flare so I set about designing a graphic for the enclosure and renamed it the ‘Rockmelon,’ with the footswitches labeled ‘boost’ and ‘juice.’ I was lucky to have dazatronyx help me out and do and incredible job with the UV enclosure printing and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! I thought the Marshall style knobs were a nice touch since the pedal is designed to sound like you are plugging into a Marshall amp. For the audio demo check out the video below.

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