Podcast #10: Talking Tubes with DW Fearn

DW Fearn knows tubes. Since he rediscovered the sound of tubes in 1991, DW (Doug) has crafted a legendary line of all-tube, all-red-front-paneled recording gear. In April I had the pleasure of visiting Doug at his home and workshop outside Philadelphia. Doug and I sat down on either side of […] read more

Louder Than Liftoff Announces Three New Colour Modules

Way back in January ’14 (five months before Colour kits even shipped!) Brad McGowan announced that his company, Louder Than Liftoff, would be releasing three Colour modules. But Brad has kept us in suspense as to what he’s been working on until now. Earlier this week, Louder Than Liftoff revealed […] read more

Gear Designers Take On the Colour Format

It was the spring of 2012: Facebook was still a private company, Psy was a modestly successful Korean rapper little-known outside his home country, and the project code-named “Colour” was a multi-stage analog saturation device with three built-in distortion stages. Then everything changed. In June we asked for your ideas […] read more

Monitor Cube Kit Design Pt. 1

Since their introduction in the 1960s, the Auratone 5C “Super Sound Cube” monitors have been a must-have studio tool for countless engineers. Since Auratone ceased making them, their sticker price on the vintage market has ballooned accordingly. But despite their fame and resale value, the speakers themselves are exceedingly simple. […] read more

Colour Production Pt. 1: Parts Begin to Arrive

This post is an update on the production of the Colour Modular Analog Saturator. Colour kits can now be purchased from our store: Shop Colour Kits Since our Colour Pre-Order Campaign ended successfully on February 1, we’ve been busy gearing up for production. The first phase was ordering parts–three days […] read more

DIY Project Wiki: If we build it, will you come?

For a while now, we’ve been struggling to keep the DIY Project Directory accurate and up to date. As we’ve become busier and busier with our own projects the DIY community has become more and more prolific. Our “to do” list of projects to document has become embarrassingly long, and […] read more

Colour Design Pt. 6: Pricing and Pre-Order

This post is an update on the production of the Colour Modular Analog Saturator. Colour kits can now be purchased from our store: Shop Colour Kits This post is part 6 in a series dedicated to “live blogging” my development of a totally new design for the DIY community. “Colour” […] read more

Colour Design Pt. 5: Finalizing the Colour Module Format

This post is an update on the production of the Colour Modular Analog Saturator. Colour kits can now be purchased from our store: Shop Colour Kits This post is part 5 in a series dedicated to “live blogging” my development of a totally new design for the DIY community. “Colour” […] read more

Coming Soon: Micro “Circuit Building Block” Kits

Building Block kits are now available from the DIYRE store. While I wait for yet another round of Colour prototypes to arrive from the PCB fab house, I’ve been keeping myself busy laying out little PCBs to perform common “housekeeping” tasks in audio circuits. The idea here is to provide […] read more

Colour Design Pt. 4: Big Time Interface and Circuit Overhaul

This is part 4 in a series dedicated to “live blogging” my development of a totally new design for the DIY community. “Colour” is a modular harmonics generator, conceived with the goal of making real analog coloration an order of magnitude cheaper than current high-end offerings. See the other posts […] read more

“Explain Like I’m 5″: Impedance (Podcast #9)

This podcast belongs to a series, inspired by the popular “Explain Like I’m 5″ subreddit, in which I attempt to explain complex audio subjects so that a 5-year-old could understand them. When I sent out the newsletter announcing the last “Explain Like I’m 5 Podcast,” I asked which audio topics […] read more

“Explain Like I’m 5″: Balanced vs. Unbalanced Connections (Podcast #8)

This podcast marks the first of a new series in which I attempt to explain complex audio subjects so that a 5-year-old could understand them. In this first “Explain Like I’m 5″ podcast, I tackle the important subject of balancing. What is the difference between balanced and unbalanced connections? How […] read more

RM-5 Ribbon Mic Kit Limited Offer

Last spring, microphone designer Artur Fisher and I collaborated to bring you a one-time kit offer for Artur’s flagship RM-5 ribbon mic. Well, I’m glad to say that Artur is back for another run of his kits for the DIY community. Until July 7, 2013, Artur will be offering full […] read more

Introducing the Passive Pickup Emulator (PPE)

Your pedal board and amp collection are a potential playground for manipulating non-guitar signals. Yet, if you’ve spent some time reamping pre-recorded tracks, patching synths into fuzz pedals, or sending samples through amps, you know that the results are often disappointing compared to the magic of a well-paired guitar and […] read more

Building a Vintage-style U87 Mic Is Easier and Cheaper Than You Think (Video)

In the video below, guest vlogger Matthew Jenkins walks us through his build of a vintage-style Neumann U87 clone. What some viewers may find surprising is that at no point during the video does Matthew perform any black magic or mortgage his home. As you’ll see, a soldering iron, some […] read more

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