Brian's Blog

A Few Words About Presets December 15 2015

There are two types of people (I'm generalizing, but please indulge me): those who plan ahead, and those who "play it by ear." Most gear with presets are designed for those who plan ahead—thus the name "preset", because you are setting it ahead of time. With this gear, you can dial in your settings just so, without risk of changing anything that you have already saved. Then, some explicit action must...

Another Perpetuated Myth: Analog Delay/Echo October 29 2015

Maybe you've seen my other blog post about so-called "analog" chorus. For all the same reasons, many delay/echo pedals being marketed as "analog" are not. Unless there's a miniature magnetic tape in there (there isn't), then it's not analog. These pedals are more accurately described as "analog emulations," and there's nothing wrong with that. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way the use of bucket-brigade devices to emulate a tape echo started being...

We Are Not a Boutique Builder July 16 2015

"Boutique" has become a fashionable marketing term, especially in the music instrument industry. I was never fond of this label. Sure, we are a small company—smaller than many companies who market themselves as boutique. And, we adopt many boutique practices, such as personalized attention to customers and local manufacturing. However, we also adopt many practices used by larger companies, such as automation. Our product designs and production processes are designed to scale up as customer demand...

We're Growing February 19 2015

It wasn't that long ago that Neunaber Audio Effects was just one guy (me) working part time out of a spare bedroom. I think you would be surprised by just how long I operated this way. It was never my goal to grow for growth's sake. My only goals were to design the products I wanted, keep my customers happy, and make enough money to support my family. At some...

Fair Warning: We Update Our Products. October 25 2014

We are continually designing new products and updating previous products. Why not just "take the time to get it right the first time"? I have heard variations of this statement countless times over the years, and I have seen many companies attempt it (at their own peril). If you don't already know why this is impossible, I direct you here. Nothing is ever perfect; so we learn and iterate. In business,...

Expanse Series ExP Interface October 20 2014

Whether you're a hobbyist or professional pedal builder, we want to make it easy to make custom controllers for our Expanse Series (v2 Stereo) Pedals. Here is the documentation for the ExP interface: Expanse Pedal ExP Interface

Custom Expression Controller (v1 Stereo Pedals Only) April 22 2014

With some basic soldering skills, building a custom controller that works with the expression inputs on Neunaber Stereo Pedals is fairly easy. This can be accomplished using a traditional treadle or simply a small box with a knob and optionally a knob cover. The expression inputs accept a 3.5mm TRS (tip-ring-sleeve) plug, where: Sleeve (shield) is common (ground) Ring is a 3.3V output (top of pot) Tip is control...

Cheap Rechargeable Pedal Power Supply April 22 2014

Power your entire pedalboard from one rechargeable battery for about $22! The only caveat is that it will be a 12V supply, not 9V. So, make sure your pedals can handle 12V before you try this (most should be able to). Disclaimer: while I believe this is safe and often use this myself, I do not endorse any of these products or guarantee their performance. I cannot be held liable...

Pedal Power Basics April 22 2014

Seems like life was a lot easier when all your effect pedals could be powered by batteries—except when one goes dead in the middle of a gig and finding out your spare is also dead. With modern, power-hungry pedals, you often have no choice but to use a power supply. Fortunately, plugging in can go smoothly if you understand a few of the basics of powering your pedals with a...

The Analog Myth—Chorus April 21 2014

What does it really mean to be "analog"? In audio electronics, it means that the electrical signal is an analog of the acoustic pressure. In other words, the electrical signal is continuous in both time and amplitude, just as the acoustic pressure is. (update, 11/11/2015) For everyone that insists I'm wrong about this, I direct you to review the definition of an analog signal. "Analog" means analogous to another continuous...

When Is True Bypass Appropriate? April 21 2014

There has been a lot of buzz about "true bypass"—what it means, why it's supposedly great, etc. Some of what you read from various sources may lead you to believe that true bypass is the only good bypassing scheme. The truth is that true bypass—while sometimes appropriate—is not the best bypassing scheme in many cases. If you don't know what true bypass is, it is simply a hard-wire bypass around...