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Dirtbag deluxe

11.2011madbeanpedals
Revised12.12.11seepage5
PCBDimensions:3.2Wx3.3H

Resistors
R1
2M2
R2
100k
R3
22k
R4
100k
R5
47k
R6
150R
R7
100k
R8
200k
R9
200k
R10
68k
R11
*
R12
*
R13
24k
R14
51k
R15
16k
R16
33k
R17
33k
R18
11k
R19
22k
R20
820R
R21
1k**
R22
82k
R23
6k8
R24
2k4
R25
2k4
R26
100k
R27
100k
R28
39k
R29
6k8
R30
100k
R31
680k

Resistors
R32
100k
R33
16k
R34
16k
R35
33k2
R36
24k3
R37
470R
R38
15k
R39
16k
R40
15k
R41
39k
R42
11k
R43
1M5
R44
100k
R45
240k
R46
180k
R47
330k
R48
1k
R49
15k
R50
3k3
R51
13k
R52
910k
R53
910k
R54
120k
R55
7k5
R56
27k
R57
27k
R58
5k6
R59
100k
R60
100k
R61
100R
R62
7k5

C1
C2
C3
C4
C5
C6
C7
C8
C9
C10
C11
C12
C13
C14
C15
C16
C17
C18
C19
C20
C21
C22
C23
C24
C25
C26
C27
C28
C29
C30
C31

Caps
100n
27pF
1n2
47uF
22n
1uF
220n
10uF
4u7
1uF
2n7
2n7
1uF
33n**
1uF
1uF
10uF
220n
2n7
2n7
4u7
47n
2n7
2n7
4u7
4u7
3n9
1uF
1uF
150pF
120pF

***IC4,IC5:MN3005orv3205
*R11,R12:68kifusingMN3005,47kifusingv3205

C32
C33
C34
C35
C36
C37
C38
C39
C40
C41
C42
C43
C45
C46
C48
C49
C50

Caps
22uF
470n
47n
1uF
470n
2u2
2u2
1n
1n
240pF
100n
100n
100uF
100uF
10uF
10uF
100n

Diodes
D1
LED
D2
1n914
D3,D4
1N4001
D5
8.2vZener
ICs
IC1
TL072
IC2
NE570
IC3
TL072
IC4
***
IC5
***
IC6
TL072
IC7
TL062P
IC8
TL072
IC9
CD4047BCN
Transistors
Q1
2N5087
Switch
CH/VB
SPDT
Trimmers
BAL
5k
BIAS1
100k
BIAS2
100k
GAIN1
100k
GAIN2
100k
Pots
BLEND
10kB
DELAY
100kB
FDBK
10kA
LEVEL
1MA
MOD
100kB

WhatIsIt?
TheDirtBagDeluxe(basedontheEHXDeluxeMemoryMan)allowsyoutobuildwhatisprobablythemostloved
bucketbrigadedelayofalltime.Itoffersaround550msofpureanalogdelaywiththeadditionofchorusorvibrato
modulation.TheDirtbagalsoincorporatesmodernaccoutrementsviatruebypassoperation,centerpinnegative9
15vDCoperationandtheabilitytousedifferentversionofcurrentlyavailableBBDchips.
WARNING:Thisisanincrediblydifficultproject.Thisisnotafirsttimebuildbyanymeans.DonottakeontheDirtBag
unlessyoufeelconfidentinyourabilities,oryoumayendupwastingquiteabitoftimeandmoney!Thatsaid,ifyoutake
yourtimeandfollowtheinstructionscarefully,youshouldbeabletogettheDirtBagworkingwithrelativeease.
Developmentofthisprojecttookplaceoverseveralmonths,andshouldberelativelybugfreedespiteitscomplexity.
SpecialthankstoforummemberScruffieandFSBmemberDirkHendrikwhoprovidedinformationandfeedbackduring
thisprocess.

Controls
LevelThisadjuststheamountofgainattheinputstageofthecircuit.
BlendThiscontrolstheamountofdelaysignalmixedinwiththesignalfromtheinputstage.
DelayTheoveralldelayproducedbythetwoseriesBBDdevices.Counterclockwiseisslapbackandfullclockwise
shouldyieldabout500550msofdelay.
FdbkThisistheamountofdelaysignalfedbacktotheinputofthedelaychain.Itcontrolsthenumberofdelayed
repeats,
ModThissetstheoverallmodulationofthedelaysignal.Counterclockwiseisnomodulation.
CH/VBStandsforChorus/Vibrato.ThisSPDTswitchsetsthetypeofmodulationusedbytheModcontrol.Chorus
producesaverypleasing,spatialspreadtothedelaysignal.Vibratoyieldsshorterpitchshiftingarounddelayednotes.At
lowModsettings,themodulationisbothsubtleandmusical.AthighModsettings,themodulationbecomesveryintense
andwillproducesomewildseasicktypeeffects.

Notes
TheDirtBagDeluxecanbebuiltwiththreedifferenttypesofBBDdevices.ThefirstistheMN3005,whichwereusedin
thevintageDeluxeMemoryMan.SecondistheMN3205,whichhavelowercurrentconsumptionanddifferentpower
requirementsthantheMN3005.Finally,theDirtBagcanbebuiltwiththeCoolaudiopinforpincloneoftheMN3205:the
v3205.Thesearereadilyavailableandusedinanumberofmodernanalogdelaypedals.
ThebadnewsisthattheMN3005andMN3205arescarcemuchmorenowthanjustacoupleofyearsago.Itsagood
betthatifyoudonotalreadyhavesomeoftheseinyourpossession,thenyouwillhaveaverydifficulttimelocating
genuinechips.TherearemanycounterfeitandrelabeledchipsbeingsoldoneBayandelsewherethatpurporttobe
MN3005(or3205).Forthisreason,IrecommendnotbuyingthesefromunknownoroverseasvendorsoneBayunless
youhavegoodreasontobelievetheyaregenuine.YoumaybeabletogetsomethroughmembersoftheDIYcommunity
oraninternationalbrokerlikeUTSource.However,evenUTSourcehassentoutsomefakes(mostlikelyunknowingly)in
thepast.
ThegoodnewsisthatevenintheabsenceoftheMN3005andMN3205youcanstillbuildatotallyrighteousanalogdelay
withthev3205.Theseareeasytoget,andcanbepurchasedfromsmallbearorsimilarvendorsforabout$4.50each.
Whatsthedifference?Dothedifferentchipssounddifferent?
Yes.Theysounddifferentbut,onlyaverylittlebit.Thebiggestdifferenceisntreallyintheactualtechnologybehindthe
chips,butmorelikelyinthevoltagethatrunsthem.TheMN3005canberunoff15vandtheMN3205andv3205mustbe
poweredunder9vtooperateproperly.TheaddedheadroomallowedbyrunningboththeBBDandrestofthedelaycircuit
at15v(liketheDeluxeMemoryMan)canaccountforslightdifferencesintonalityandwarmthproducedbytheeffect.
However,thisdifferenceissubtleandwhateveraddedheadroomonegainsisalwaysmitigatedbythefactthatanalog
delay,atitscore,isasounddegradationdevice.Thepurposeofanalogdelayistodestroythepurityoftheinputsignalin
incrementalbitsovertime.Thatiswherethewarmthoftheeffectiscreated.
HavingbuiltmanyanalogdelayswithdifferentBBDdevicesIcanhonestlysayIlikethemall,andwouldhappilyuseany
versionIhadavailable.Therealmagicinanalogdelayishowyouinteractwithit.Findingtherightdelaytime,repeats,
blendandmodulationandplayingoffthosedynamicallyiswhereitsat:itsnotinthebitsandpiecesinthebox.

IOW:dontsweatit!Buildtheversionwiththepartsyoucangetandforgetaboutit.IfyoulikethewaytheMemoryMan
soundsthenyouwilllovetheDirtBagDeluxe.
IfyouplanonbuildingtheMN3005,youwillneedtoutilizeaRoadRageboard,orsimilarchargepumpdesign,tosupply
theboardwith15vDC(regulated)insteadof9v.PleaserefertotheRoadRagedocumentationontheProjectspageofthe
madbeanpedalswebsiteformoreinfo.YoushoulduseanLT1054chargepumpandanLM7815ACTorsimilarregulator
(theT0220typewhichprovidesupto1Aofcurrent).
REVISION(CRITICAL):Somebuildersofthev3205versionofthisprojecthaverunintodistortedrepeats.There
isasimplesolutiontothisissue.ReplaceR21(1k)with100kandC14(33n)withanother100kresistor.Thisforms
avoltagedividerwhicheliminatesoverloadingthelowerheadroomofthev3205.Theoriginal1k/33nformsalow
passfilterwithacornerfrequencyofabout4825kHz.Eventhoughthisfixeliminatesthisfilter,itseemsthatthe
lowoverheadofthev3205doesnotimpactthedelaytoneinasignificantway.FurthertestsalsofoundthatR10
couldbeomittedfromthecompressorportionoftheNE570,butthisisnotcritical.Asareminder,youwillwant
touse47kforbothR11&R12whenbuildingthev3205version.

LetsBuildIt
TherearethreejumperstosetontheboardunderIC5dependingonwhichBBDyouareusing.Note
thatyoudontwanttomixandmatchBBDs.YouneedtousetwoMN3005,twoMN3205ortwo
v3205devices.
MN3005

v3205(MN3205)

ThesejumpersconnecttheVDD,groundandVGGpinsofbothBBDstotheirpropersourcessimultaneously.The
MN3005takestheVDvoltageonpins1,groundonpin5andVGGisconnectedtogroundonpin8.Forthev3205,pin1
connectstoground,pin5connectstoapproximately8.2v(VD)setbyD5andVGGisabout14/15oftheVDvoltage
throughthevoltagedropoverD2.

NotethatifbuildingtheMN3005,youshouldomitD5fromtheboard.The8.2vZenerisonly
usedforthev3205/MN3205.YoushouldalsoomitD2andC17.
Aftersettingthejumpers,IrecommendpopulatingtheboardwithalltheresistorsINORDER.Thiswilllessenthechance
ofplacingthewrongvalueresistorinaplacethatcouldlatercauseproblems.Soldertheresistorsinplaceonthebottom
oftheboard.

NotethatfortheMN3005,R11&R12needtobe68k.Forthev3205/MN3205theyshouldbe
47k.
Ifyouwanttogotheextramileyoucantopsoldertheresistors,too.Thisisnotnecessaryfortheeffecttofunction
properlyprovidedyouhaveusedgoodtechniqueonthebottomside,butitdoeslenditselftoamoreprofessionallook.

Justbecarefulnottoapplytoomuchsolderorheattothepadsasthiswillresultinlargesolderbulbsorpotential
componentdamage.
Aftertheresistors,placealltheICsocketsandtrimpotsontheboardandsolderinplace.
Takealittlebreaknokidding.
Finally,placetheremainingcomponents,thefilmandelectrolyticcaps,diodesandtransistorsandsoldertheminplace.
Expecttospend23hoursonthisprocess.therearealotofparts

Animportantnoteonsomecomponents:
ExtracareshouldbetakenwithC41,the240pFcapusedtosettheclocksignalonIC9.Youwanttouseascloseto
240pFaspossible.Notethatmanyceramiccapsmeasurewellundertheirstatedvalues.Ifyouhaveamultimeterthat
readscapacitance,measureafewoutandpickthebestone.Youcanalsoadddifferentvalueinparalleltogetcloseto
the240pFvalue(rememberparallelcapsresultinthesumoftheirindividualvalues).Ifyoudonthaveacapacitance
meter,considerusingaSilverMicacaphereinsteadofceramic.YoucanalwayssocketC41andusewhatyouhaveon
hand.AfterbiasingtheBBDs(detailsbelow)youcangobackanddropdifferent240pFcapsintoseeiftheyincreasethe
delaytimeatall.
Similarly,beforesolderingthePCBmountedpotsmeasuretheresistancebetweenlugs3&1ofseveral100kBpotsand
picktheoneclosesttotheactual100kvalue.UsethisoneforyourDelaypot.Again,thiswillgiveyouthewidestrangeof
delaytime.
Nowthatyouhavethatsortedout,loadyourpotsandswitchonthePCBandsolderthemup.NotethatthisPCBallows
for16mmshortpinPCBmountedpotsunderneaththeboard,andasolderlugSPDTswitch(alsomountedunderthe
board).
Onelastthingbeforemovingontobiasing:D1istheoverloadLED.ThisLEDwillgiveyouvisualfeedbackonthe
amountofsignalcomingoffthefirstcoupleofgainstagesoftheeffect.ThehighertheLevelpotisset,thebrighterthe
LEDblinks.Thiscanbesolderedinpace(justaboveC45)oryoucanrunwiresfromtheboardtotheLEDfordifferent
placementlocations.IfyoudonotwishtousetheoverloadLED(itsmainlyavisualeffect)youcanomitR18,
C13,R19,Q1andR20fromthePCBalongwiththeLED.

Biasing
BiasingtheDirtbag foroperationisactuallyprettyeasyandcanbedonewithoutascope.Youwillneedtouseanaudio
probe.Beforeconnectingtheboardup,settheBIAS1,BIAS2andBALtrimmerstotheirmiddlepositions.SettheGAIN1
andGAIN2trimmersfullycounterclockwise.Finally,settheLevelsomewhereinthefirsthaveofitsrotation,Blendabout
up,Delayabouthalfwayup,ModfullycounterclockwiseandFdbktoaboutthemiddle.
Nowconnecttheinputfromyourguitar(orsignalgenerator),theoutputtoyourampandpoweruptheboardwithyour
powersupply(makesureyouhaveacommongroundconnection).Testtoseeifyouaregettingsignalthroughtheeffect.
Youmayormaynothearanydelayatthispoint.Youshouldbeabletohearvolumechangeswhenincreasingor
decreasingtheLevelcontrol.Ifyoudonotgetanysignalthrough,recheckyourconnectionsandmakesurethereareno
errorsinyourbuild.
Onceyouhaveverifiedthepassthroughsignal,disconnecttheoutputtoyourampandconnectyouraudioprobetothe
amp.Nowyouwillbeabletoprobetheaudiosignalontheboardwhereveryouplacetheprobetip.
Probepin3ofIC4whilesendingsomesignalthrough.AdjustBIAS1untilyougetthecleanestdelayedsignalpossible.
Repeatthesameprocesswithpin3ofIC5.AdjustBIAS2untilyougetthecleanestdelayedsignalpossible.Youshould
beabletoleavetheBALtrimmerinitsmiddleposition.
NowreconnecttheoutputfromthePCBtoyouramp.Youaredonewiththeaudioprobe.
Nowwewillsetthegaintrimmers.TurnyourFdbkpotallthewayup.Itmayormaynotselfoscillateatthispoint.Ifit
doesoscillate,youdonotneedtomakeanyadjustments.Ifitdoesnot,turnbothGAIN1andGAIN2incrementally
clockwise.Youwanttomakesmallchangessimultaneouslytothetrimmersuntiltherepeatsstarttoselfoscillate.Once
youreachthispoint,youarefinished.

NotethisisthelaymanswayofbiasingtheDirtBaganditworksquitewell.Ifyouwishtouseascopetoprofessionally
configureitsoperationpleasetakethetimetoGooglethefactorysetupguidefortheDeluxeMemoryMan.Youshouldbe
abletofindinformationonboththeEHXwebsiteandsomeonFSB.

Wiring

ThisisthewiringfortheMN3205/v3205version.IfyouarebuildingtheMN3005version,youneedto
useaRoadRage(orsimilarchargepumpdesign)for15voperation.PleaserefertotheRoadRage
documentationforinformationonbuildingthechargepump.
Thegreencirclesindicategroundpads.Youdonothavetouseallofthem.Theyaretherefor
convenience.

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