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Make a killer tone/WahWah filter effect on the cheap! Project uses a 'Remix' iPod module, made for 'scratching' effects with iPods. The audio quality is actually decent.

The Remix units have hit the discount stores (and ebay.) This one cost only $5 USD! With a 3V power supply, they are easily converted to AA batteries (or keep the AAA supply.)

Unlike many guitar projects, this one requires only minimal soldering and only a few extra parts. And no fabricating circuit boards, etc.

Build one like this for on-guitar use, or encase the guts in a stomp box! (use a volume petal to control the effect...)

And OK--I did have all the adapters and cables (and the textured paint) so the total cost will vary....


Keeping with the 'Ghetto' theme, I've installed one on a cheapo 70's guitar (my Les Paul looks on jealously in the video.) (Oh, and be nice about the playing--this was the first and only 'take'...)

 
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Step 1: Parts and Supplies

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You will need:


Soldering iron and Solder
Small screwdrivers (for electonics or jewelers)
Textured paint (optional)

Cords and adapters (I had these on hand)

With a host of adapters, custom cables don't need to be made (and the remix unit doesn't need any retrofitted jacks, etc.) Ultimately, it DOES make sense to add new jacks, etc. and NOT to depend on adapters.

But this is a quick-n-dirty hack, after all....;-)

Step 2: Disassemble the Remix module

Remix units are well built, and there is a sequence to disassembly.

1) The iPod holder is snap-on but pretty hard to remove without breaking. Just cut it at that thin section, and it will pry off easily. The board is still fully enclosed, however.

2) Now remove the screws holding the inner side of the case. There are several. Once removed, the board is still screwed to the outer case side.

3) Remove the retaining screws, also.

4) One step remains--two screws for mounting the control wheel. Remove these through the access slot on the board. After removal, the wheel drops off and the Remix board lifts out.

Step 3: Connections

The images detail all the relevant connections.
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Nithrate5 months ago

Put her to rest. She is suffering.

Is this the one?
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-MIXTOOLS-REMIX-iPOD-DJ-MIXER-SCRATCH-YOUR-TUNES-PIN-/190337789874?pt=Other_MP3_Player_Accessories&hash=item2c51042fb2
smithman993 years ago
is there any way to keep this at a one cable maximum?
gmoon (author)  smithman993 years ago
I dunno, probably not. This is a goofy, rigged effect and I wouldn't spend too much time replicating it... It was just a cheap mash-up...
pickboy2mm4 years ago

you can get any of those sounds out of the way you hold your pick and pluck and finger your guitar as long as you have a decent amplifier.  you couldnt record that guitar because of all the noise and you couldnt play it live because the sound guy would probably kill you.  not being rude.  just want to know the purpose if you already have a les paul?

It would be rather hard to get a wah sound with your pick and fingers. ;-)
gmoon (author)  pickboy2mm4 years ago
The purpose? To have FUN.

WTF does my LP have to do with this?
so you don't need the actual Remix case to make the final product? I was thinking of using the case as a iPod holder in a car thats why I ask. also I remember seeing this nearly a year ago and thinking it would be so fun to do but thought I'd never find a Remix, yesterday I walk into Big Lots and they had one and I instantly remembered this and bought it ha!
citixen124 years ago
 i can't find the ipod attachment anywhere! any ideas? i also want to take your design, flip in 90 degrees, and add a whammy bar.
oweng40004 years ago
could i put this in a wah pedal casing?
gmoon (author)  oweng40004 years ago
Sure.

I don't recall what the POT value was, though.
Check out my sites modboard page @ http://mxdguitars.yolasite.com/modboards.php
brytank016 years ago
Is it possible to put it inside the guitar?
sminc brytank015 years ago
put mine inside one soon, Maybe ill upload photos along the way? Definitely give credit to gmoon if I do. Will this work on a bass guitar, perchance?
gmoon (author)  brytank016 years ago
Sure, why not? Require some modifications, of course.
jacobguitar5 years ago
random question, how does that vibrato unit work?
fatboy1065 years ago
guitar -> Remix ->amp instead
gmoon (author)  fatboy1065 years ago
Sure. Whether or not a Wah sounds good without distortion depends a lot on the amp...
fatboy1065 years ago
could the distortion be missed out?
gmoon (author)  fatboy1065 years ago
Not quite understanding your question...
fatboy1065 years ago
gmoon (author)  fatboy1065 years ago
It looks like a digital recorder. I don't think the playback and record can happen simultaneously. Might possibly be moddable for a different type of effect...
Koil_15 years ago
Yet another awesome project man. Keep up the good work!
Calligraphy5 years ago
Yeah experimental would be a good tag for this one! I can't help but be reminded of the guitar solo from Triad ( Tool ). I know the guitarist did a weird setup that had his guitar going into the keyboard, somehow resulting with instant feedback if he so much as let go of the strings. I wouldn't be surprised if you could do a close imitation with this gadget.
anyone got one of these they can ship to australia on the cheap?
gmoon (author)  sasuke_kun126 years ago
You can find 'em on Ebay, cheap. Search for "remix ipod"....
mubot6 years ago
killer use for it .... i saw these at BIG LOTS for like $5 and grabbed a few ... also grabbed the drum machine thing they had ... i used 1 of the filters ones in my DIY synth ... cool and simple!
gmoon (author)  mubot6 years ago
Yeah--I've picked up a couple volume pedals from old organs recently...maybe it's time to do this up right. Make a wah pedal and add all the cable jacks, attenuation (for the feedback), etc., that this quick-n-dirty hack lacks....
Metal4God7 years ago
i wouldn't want to mod my guitar any i'm always afraid ill ruin it! Since i's my ONLY guitar but i might get this for christmas
gmoon (author)  Metal4God7 years ago
Good luck at Xmas! This guitar was a $20 special, so I can mod without destroying a valuable axe...
Metal4God gmoon7 years ago
ty and btw i think xmas is bad
gmoon (author)  Metal4God7 years ago
Xmas is bad? Care to explain that?

Or are you one of those "don't give gifts because it commercializes the birth of Christ" kinda people?
Metal4God gmoon7 years ago
I was raised that way. Im Christian! AND Im Proud
gmoon (author)  Metal4God7 years ago
Relax, it's just a abbreviation, like xing (crossing) or xtal (crystal.)
JuCo gmoon6 years ago
actually, it's jesus' initial... the "X", i mean. (think back on one of those jesus fish thingies that has his name written in it) "X" has been a symbol for christ for about as long as people have been talking about the man. but, churches like to get all riled up about this sorta thing.
gmoon (author)  JuCo6 years ago
Good point...
Metal4God gmoon7 years ago
well i was tought that Xmas was actual another version of Christmas of santa clause
whoa! can you say 'off-topic'? haha... ok, my turn: 9-11 was an inside job!
Metal4God gmoon7 years ago
BTW I meant The saying X mas not Christmas it self
DIY Dave6 years ago
Where did you get the remix ipod thing in the intro and adapter 2 in step 10?
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