Monday, 21 January 2013

Soulsonic Folk Driver


The Folk Driver is the result of a challenge issued to me by Björn Juhl to design an original DIY overdrive project that has much of the character of his popular Honey Bee Overdrive. After some time listening to an original Honey Bee, I came up with the Folk Driver.
Like the Honey Bee, this is best described as a “soft” or “jazz” overdrive, that breaks up more with hard chords than with single notes. The overall voice is warm and musical with a nice harmonic bite.
The Timbre control adjusts both the gain and the tonality simultaneously. At the 12 o’clock position, it is a neutral tone with minimum gain. When turned clockwise, gain increases with the high frequencies emphasized. When turned counterclockwise, gain increases with low frequencies emphasized. This makes it very easy to dial in the sound you want in an intuitive and novel way.


Geiri's demo of his build:

10 comments:

  1. you can tag this one. its verified. you'll need to swap timbre 1 and 3. as it is now, clockwise increases the lows. this is a pretty cool little circuit. i've built the bearfoot honey bee and the mad professor sweet honey, and this one does have that honey feel to it. its pretty lo gain, and has a nice shimmer till you dig in and get some grit. it won't replace my honey bee, but its worth a build.

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    1. Awesome thanks matey. I'm sure the Finnish Mosh Monster will update the layout when he gets up! :o)

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    2. Great! I swapped the pot around and updated it. Thanks!
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    3. Which of the two: honey bee and the mad professor would you recommend more? I am contemplating between the two for a long time now.

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    4. I've built the Sweet Honey and it's really good. This seems like it sounds pretty much like the latter. Both are relatively small and simple boards, so why not build both?
      +m

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  2. Can another diode then 1N5819 be used?

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    1. You're safe to use 1N4001 if you've got one.

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    2. because its coming from +9 I already thought I could use that one but thanks..

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  3. Am I crazy, or should D4 be reversed?

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  4. Also my question. D3 and D4 are both connected anode end to vol 3. It works and sounds great but this can't be correct?

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