A couple of years ago, I wrote about a Linux multi-effects guitar pedal, and if you are interested in such audio projects, another company called MacroFab, specializing in manufacturing & assembling PCBs & electronic device, has now designed open source FX development board for audio electronics prototyping, that can be used for audio effects “guitar” pedals, and let you design your own tones.
Key features of FX development board:
- 9V battery holder
- ¼” Input and output jacks connected to breadboard
- True bypass 3PDT switch
- User selectable power supply connections
- Dual solderless breadboards with power rails selectable by jumpers
- Adjustable 9 V power supply
- Power supply with 2.1 mm dc input jack for use with AC-to-AC wall wart; +/- 15 volt @ 200 mA power supplies with over-current protection; +1.25 to 9 V @ 150 mA adjustable power supply; Split voltage rail (1/2*9 Volt Rail) @ 15 mA for use as a virtual ground
The board can be used for audio applications by guitar FX designers, electronic audio hobbyists, and music creators, but also for any kind of electronics projects. The company will provide pedal templates and schematics available for download on fxdevboard.com site. The company also encourages makers to design their own PCB after prototyping, and send them the gerber files for manufacturing.
FX Devboard project has now launched on CrowdSupply where the company aims to raise at least $25,000. A $150 pledge should get you the board with a power adapter, but if you want a case and a wire jumper kit, you’ll need to pledge $190. Delivery is planned for April 14, 2017, and while shipping is free to the US, it adds $20 to the rest of the world.