Switches for signal chains on table top?

Discussion in 'Burnt Fingers DIY Effects' started by thesamhill, Oct 28, 2020.

  1. thesamhill

    thesamhill Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Dec 20, 2010
    Harrisburg, PA area
    I'm thinking about creating a console for a tabletop to do some audio signal routing- A/B, on/off, effect loops, etc. That would allow me to tuck some pedals away, keep the floor clear, and avoid some wire clutter.

    I vaguely remember reading up on some issues with signal routing- "break before make" switches for A/Bs and effect loops, buffers popping (or preventing popping?), etc. But in the end I just picked up stomp switches that were recommended by other builders and forgot about it.

    Are there finger-friendly toggle switches that work best for audio signal? Can I just use whatever type I need (DPDT, etc) and/or repurpose other switches I have? Will plain ole light switches work if the switch type is correct for the purpose?

    Any input appreciated.
  2. LightningPhil

    LightningPhil Tele-Meister

    Dec 1, 2018
    Nottingham, UK
    Most switches are break before make. Give it a go but knock up a prototype first. Should help identify issues.

    Probably best to keep all earths tied together but put effort into avoiding loops.
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