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  • in reply to: Several problems. #11758
    brach
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    Of course…
    info “at” zeppelindesignlabs.com
    Thanks.

    in reply to: Several problems. #11754
    brach
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    I’m sorry, I can’t get those photos to load on snapfish….it just has this blue sun that keeps spinning and won’t load anything. I’ve given it all night to load, but no luck. Are you sure that’s the correct link?…or am I even allowed to see your photos on that site without your login info?

    in reply to: Several problems. #11731
    brach
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    Michael,
    I’m sorry to hear about your Quaverato troubles.
    Thanks for trying to upload some photos, but for some reason they didn’t load. Could you please try to upload them again. You’ll have to find an online photo host and then insert the “IMG” link. It would be very helpful if I could see some detailed pictures of both sides of your board.
    You say that your solder joints “aren’t pretty”…that’s a good indication to me that most likely you’re issues are solder joint related. Your solder joints should look very much like the pictures in the manual, otherwise it’s very easy to connect things that shouldn’t be connected or to not get good connections where there should be. This is where it is helpful for me to see some photos of your board.
    On point #1 above, you mentioned that you have to hold the bypass switch down for a few seconds and then the led would flash and the relay would flip on…are you holding it down as you power the pedal on, or is this after it’s already powered on?
    -Brach

    in reply to: Depth Control Unresponsive #11585
    brach
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    German,
    Thank you for that excellent video. It was very informative. If pictures are worth 1000 words, videos are worth at least 1000000 words.
    So it looks like your depth knob is not functioning properly. Please double check your solder joints on the depth pot and on pin 23 of the micro controller…re-flow them even if they look good. Also double check for solder bridges on both sides of the board, especially on the pins on that pot. While you have the board out of the chassis, turn it on and see if you still have this problem. It may be that a component’s lead is poking through the paper and shorting out on the back of one of the pots while it is installed in the chassis. Look carefully and make sure that’s not happening. While it’s out of the chassis try to slightly lift the pots off the board to ensure this isn’t happening.
    Let me know what you find.
    Good luck,
    -Brach

    in reply to: EVERYTHING works but Bypass LED #11584
    brach
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    Oh yea! You’re right about the ground lug ring…I forgot about that! I was thinking you were talking about one of the pins on the depth pot. But you can certainly use that as a ground reference.
    That solder is probably ok, but I’m always a little skeptical of generic Chinese made solder…I’m sure some Chinese solder is great, but I know others are not. I depends what kind of flux they are using and what kind of tin/lead alloy they are actually using…and how many contaminates it has. Those things make a difference in how well the solder will hold and flow, and also in how easily the solder will keep from being oxidized. This is the stuff we use:

    It’s more expensive, but we know what we are getting. Partial rolls are available on Amazon too (it comes in little tubes).
    -Brach

    in reply to: EVERYTHING works but Bypass LED #11548
    brach
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    There is no hold labeled ground that is connected to the depth pot. There is a hole labeled “GND” on one corner of the board, is that what you are talking about?
    You’ll know the relay is working because you’ll hear it click when you press the bypass switch. If it is not working then that may be your problem (or at least one problem). You’ll need to double check your solder joints (especially look for bridges) where the wires solder to the board from the switch and on the switch itself. Also check the solder joints around the relay.
    -Brach

    in reply to: Depth Control Unresponsive #11542
    brach
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    The voltages seem correct.
    Set the harmonic mix and spacing knobs straight up, at the 12:00 position Set the multiplier at the 1:1 position. Set the wave shape to the square wave position. Try it again in this setting.
    You refer to the “rate” of the led in your previous post…the word “rate” indicates speed. When you increase the depth knob, are you sure the led is blinking faster and faster, or is the blinking just getting more pronounced? Are you sure the depth knob is altering the rate of the blinking, instead of just the depth? Does the rate knob do anything?
    After the depth knob has increased to the point of not being able to decrease (i’m assuming this means that the this knob won’t do anything anymore), what is the voltage at pin 23? I’m curious if it’s stuck at around 5V.
    -Brach

    in reply to: EVERYTHING works but Bypass LED #11532
    brach
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    That looks much better. Good job. It will be much easier to track down problems now because we can probably trust that there are no (or very few) issues with assembly…and they will be easier to fix when they do come up.
    Is the tremolo audio functioning yet? I just want to double check that the bypass switch is working properly before we do anything destructive like cut the LED trace. It does/did switch the relay, didn’t it? Also, when you measure the voltages, what point are you using for ground?…a good ground point is pin 1 of the input or output jack, which is the shield tab…it is the one closest to the edge of the board. It might also be good to double check your voltages before you cut the trace.
    To proceed with cutting the trace (which isn’t that big of deal because you can always re-run your jumper to the LED from pin 6)…You can see in the picture were the trace from pin 6 comes from and where it goes. Use your xacto knife and cut a small section out of this trace…cut two lines across the trace 1-3mm apart and then peel up the cut trace in between the lines. Make sure you don’t accidentally cut the wrong trace.
    bypassing the bypass LED

    Good luck!
    -Brach

    in reply to: Depth Control Unresponsive #11523
    brach
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    I’m sorry to hear that. What is the minimum and maximum DC voltage are you getting on pin 23 of the microcontroller as you turn that pot from far left to far right?
    -Brach

    in reply to: Everything works when bypass is engaged. #11161
    brach
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    Ok, Good! It may be confusing, but at least it’s working correctly!
    It would be more accurate to call it an “effect engaged” LED, rather than a “bypass” LED. Sorry for the confusion.
    I’m glad to hear you like your pedal!
    Take care.
    -Brach

    in reply to: EVERYTHING works but Bypass LED #11160
    brach
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    Thanks so much for the photos. That’s very helpful.
    I notice that you do have a lot of rough looking solder joints. Most likely, the messiness of your board is causing these problems you are experiencing. You might want to try to clean up the joints with lots of solder on them…they will have a tendency to become oxidized and crack. There also seem to be a lot of tiny pieces of solder sticking out from many of the pads…these can short to the ground plane or other pads very easily…please clean those up by removing much of the extra solder on most of the pads. The microcontroller has a lot of burnt flux around many of the pins that you have been soldering to a lot (especially around pin 6)…try to remove this with some high percentage rubbing alcohol or acetone on a q-tip. It actually can become somewhat conductive. In general, try to use less solder on each joint…it’s much easier to control if you use solder that is very thin in diameter (I use .8mm wide solder). Also, it’s usually much better to use much thinner wire to run jumpers so it’s easier to control and you don’t accidentally short pins together with the thicker wire.
    There is a large blob of solder on one of the pins of R11 that I am concerned may be shorting to ground…try to fix that.
    There is a via right below the “R” of the word “RED” next to the bypass led. Make sure that nothing is shorted to that via from the midi in header.
    For questions 2, I was asking about what is happening on pin 6 of the microcontroller when you press the bypass switch (not the LED). Make sure the bypass LED pins aren’t shorted before you check this (just in case they are connected).
    The goal is to get the microcontroller cleaned up enough so that we get 5v on pin 6. If you are confident in your jumper running ability, it may help to cut the trace coming from pin 6 to ensure that nothing around the LED is causing this 4V issue.
    -Brach

    in reply to: Everything works when bypass is engaged. #11109
    brach
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    Hi German,
    Just to be clear, you’re saying that when the red LED by the bypass switch is on the tremolo effect is bypassed, and when the red LED is off the tremolo circuit is engaged and you hear the tremolo. Is this correct?
    -Brach

    in reply to: EVERYTHING works but Bypass LED #10962
    brach
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    Pins 13 and 14 usually measure only about .5 ohms to ground because they are across the relay’s coils, so it may seem that they are shorted to ground but they are not actually. I’m pretty sure that is what you are discovering here.
    Because pin 6 is programmed to low when the LED is not on, it should measure a very low resistance to ground. As with the other pins, it may seem like it’s shorted to ground but it’s probably not.

    First answer this: Are you sure that neither side of the LED is making connection to the parts of the circuit it is supposed to connect to? Is either pin of the LED connected to R11 or pin 6 of the IC? You mentioned this in your first post, but it seems unlikely that both pins aren’t connected to anything unless your board has been damaged somehow.

    I’m curious about the socket…sometimes they don’t make good connection to the IC pins. (1) What is the resistance between the the solder joint of pin 6 on the socket and pin 6 of the IC? (2) Also, does the 4V on the IC pin change when you press the bypass switch? (3) Does the voltage on the pin change with the LED out of the circuit? I’m wondering if the LED has been damaged and is only dropping 1 volt, instead of the 2 volts it needs to light up.
    Please answer these 3 questions directly.
    As far as your pedal not working anymore, it sounds like there may be some opens or shorts on your board somewhere. It would be helpful to me if I could see your board. If you could send me some detailed, in focus photos of both sides of your board, that would give me a better understanding of what might be wrong.
    -Brach

    in reply to: EVERYTHING works but Bypass LED #10677
    brach
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    I’m confused…Are you getting 4v (or any voltage drop) across the red LED?
    Are you getting continuity from the solder joint of pin 6 on the microcontroller socket to the LED?
    Did you re-seat the microcontroller in it’s socket?
    Did you test the polarity of the LED, as it’s installed?
    While you are answering these questions please also check (and even re-flow) the solder joints on the microcontroller…specifically looking for tiny bridges around pin 6.
    -Brach

    in reply to: EVERYTHING works but Bypass LED #10604
    brach
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    The good news is everything else is working fine, so this LED should be too hard to fix…in theory.
    First of all, R11 should be hooked up to the LED cathode (the round pad), not anode (the square pad); and the LED anode, not cathode, should be hooked up the the U1 pin 6….please note the schematic. Reverse your hookup wires and see if that fixes the problem.
    If not, re-seat the microcontroller in it’s socket to make sure there’s not something wrong with one of the pin connections.
    There is a chance that the LED could be in backwards. Using your diode tester on your multimeter, with the red lead on the square pad and the black lead on the round pad you should get around 1.7V across the red LED (and around 1.8V on the green LED).
    You can just run a jumper from pin 1 of the microcontroller to it’s pad. Pin 1 is the reset pin so it shouldn’t matter for this LED problem…but you do need to hook it up to keep your pedal from resetting every time pin 1 drifts low.
    Let me know what you find with the LED.
    -Brach

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