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MAX9744 Amp Incorporates NeoPixel Ring, Plexi Rod Knob, Soft Mute, Other ‘Gimmicks’

Kudos to Marcell from TransistorLove Industries for this MAX9744-based tube amp build. The NeoPixel diffused through the plexiglass rod is a nice effect, as are the plexi feet for keeping the amp stationary. Follow his progress over at Hackaday.io. I’m curious to see the full back-panel I/Os myself.

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So here it is: a support board for the breakout board with a rotary encoder for volume (of course hardware debounced), neopixel ring for volume in % and color effects, LCD display for showing volume in dB attenuation and an atmega328 as ucontroller. I tubed the whole unit, but I guarantee: No valves in the signal path!

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