blueshift dim-c clone

Done done done. I made the holes for the switches a bit too big, might need some bigger washers.

Aion Blueshift boxed

Really boring round the back, it’s pretty tight.

Aion Blueshift inside back

Inside! it’s packed out. If I’d’ve designed this board it would’ve ended up about two feet square.

Aion Blueshift inside

If you’re going to build it, use the specified capacitors – the ones I used were too tall, although I’ve just about got away with it.

I’ve recorded some basic demos just to get an idea of what the Blueshift does to a source.

Here’s the Blueshift on DC power (hence the hum, unfortunately) having a simple polyphonic JX3P sequence shoved through it while I flip the switches at random. See if you can tell when I turn the Blueshift on:

And here’s another one on battery power, first section no effect:

It seems like it’s very shy of higher levels – I had to notch the JX3P down to its “M” output level to avoid distortion, and like I say, it seems to hum with the DC adaptors I’ve got, although I don’t necessarily trust any of them.

But I really like the way it sounds, and it can do exactly what I wanted, which is to widen a mono source without sounding too obviously swooshy and chorused.

The pedal format isn’t really ideal in my studio but I just wanted to get it done. I’ll pretend now that I could make it into a half-rack or something, but that won’t ever happen.

It’s so nice I’m tempted to have a look at making a more rack/studio-ish Dimension-D-type thing, maybe J├╝rgen Haible’s Subtle Chorus or something. But this will do for now.

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