Conference Add-on: Building Your Own FX Pedal Workshop (Beat Drop)


We are excited to announce our very first conference add-on: The DIY Effects Pedal Workshop. This workshop is an optional add-on to your conference experience and will teach you how to build your very own effect pedal from scratch. You'll learn:

  • how to read basic circuit diagrams and where to get them
  • how to select and purchase electronic components
  • how to solder components and wires to a PCB 
  • how to select an enclosure and finish your project

Where: Beat Drop, 1120 17 Ave SW, Calgary,

When: Sunday, November 19, 11am - 1pm

Cost:  $50 for parts and equipment. AEMCON Pass-holders ONLY

Capacity: 20

The Pedal You'll be Building

What the pedal looks like inside

You will be building the "Bloviator", a filter/sonic maximizer. 

The Bloviator is based on the legendary BBE Sonic Maximizer technology. The circuit is based on the concept of a “state variable” filter and provides controls for both low and high end processing.  The Bloviator will add clarity, headroom and dynamics to your signal and can be used in almost any spot in your signal chain.

It presents you with the following controls to shape and enhance your signal.

  • CTR – The “Contour” control adds up to +12db of signal filtering centered on 50Hz. 
  • PCS – The “Process” control adds up to +12db of signal filtering centered on 10kHz. 
  • VOL – Output volume.

We chose this project for its simplicity and also for its wide range of usefulness for electronic Musicians.  This is an effect you can use to beef up and enhance any signal source, drum machines, synthesizers, guitars, or even run audio out from your DAW in order impart some analog goodness.

About Your Instructor: Chris Morris

Chris Morris FX Pedal Workshop Instructor

Chris Morris is an audio engineer, studio technician and DIY electronics enthusiast who is passionate about crafting inspiring ideas into reality. His creative work doesn't always start on the screen or end in your hands. His tools can vary from pixels to pliers, sounds to solder, analog to digital. He simply likes to create beautiful, functional things.

At an early age, Chris was more interested in taking his toys apart than playing with them. His curiosity about what makes things tick quickly escalated to disassembling his fathers’ stereo equipment. This obsession followed him into his teenage years where he would modify guitars and amplifiers for himself and friends.

Chris was introduced to building custom FX units and other analog based audio electronics in University. What started as a personal endeavor to expand his sound palate for performance and studio based work ballooned into a small workshop churning out guitar pedals, sequencers, and other audio oddities. Chris’s work gained notoriety with local musicians and abroad resulting in commissions from high profile touring artists.

Since 2009 Chris has managed the technical operations for the Department of Music at the University of Lethbridge where he was instrumental in the technical design of their audio research facilities, recording studios, and labs.  He is responsible for providing technical training to staff, students and faculty as well as maintaining modern and vintage hardware.