Introduction: The FXaphone

Easy effects for any instrument that you can plug into your computer. The software (Pure Data) is completely free and the effects are exactly the same as the ones on pedals that are hundreds of dollars

Step 1: Download Pure Data

Pure Data is a completely free music software program that allows you to create almost any effect or sound that you want. It can be downloaded at this website:

Step 2: Download My Effects Patch

The link is attached to the instructable, its called dylanguitar.pd.

Step 3: The Delay

There are two number boxes to manipulate the delay, the feedback, which basically affects how long the delay will last, and the delay time, which is the time between each repetition of the sound. You can control how loud the delay is among the rest of the sound using the volume slider.

Step 4: The Phaser

The phaser is super simple. To manipulate how fast the phaser is, use the number box that is attached to it. To control how prominent the phaser is along with the other effects, use the volume slider that is attached.

Step 5: The Wah (personal Favorite)

The wah is found on the left-hand side. It's a bit more complicated than the other two, but it's by far one of the most fun effects. The two boxes on the left that have constantly changing numbers just show the range of the wah, and can generally be ignored. The volume slider is a bit larger than the other two, going up to 5 instead of 1, because the wah is a bit quieter and needs to be able to go louder to be heard above the other sounds. The other number box is the wah quality. The higher this number is, the more sharp sounding the wah is, but the as the number goes higher, the wah becomes quieter. There is a fine middle line, but it is up to you to decide where you like it.

Step 6: Plug in Instrument

The next step is to plug in your instrument (guitar, keyboard, etc.). If you experience a delay between tplaying the instrument and hearing the sound, click on Pd, scroll down to preferences, and in the box in the upper right-hand corner, lower the umber that is labeled delay.

Step 7: Rock On

Now that you have the effects you need and have not spent your life's savings getting these effects, it is time for you to rock out

Step 8: Feedback and Questions

If you have any questions or feedback, e-mail me at Any feedback would be much appreciated.


oliver simon (author)2010-03-16

how do you get the fxaphone to work thank you

alexismex (author)2009-09-30

PURE DATA is very cool and powwwwwwwwwerful ...i need to learn it well ...did you know a video class i have already see the videos is you tube Thank you very much for your pd design