your Vypyr 15
& other models
you'll find informations about how I "upgraded" my Peavey Vypyr 15 to
gain from features like Stompboxes, MIDI in/out, USB rec out
wich are available only in the higher models (Vypyr
75). Sooner or later you'll also find here an information how
build my own and cheap MIDI pedal as an alternative to original Sanpera
I & II pedals.
If you have any comments or questions, feel free to email me
(pre-amplifier effects) are available only from Vypyr 30. The trick
consists in modifying the control panel of the amp. I've added new
stompbox knob between input and amp selector. Choosen per-amp effect is
indicated via effects LEDs in red - see the pictures & videos
If you are interested
in details, you have to do two things:
this purpose I've made two small printed circuit boards (PCB's) - one
is carying LEDs and the second with rotary encoder, so all you need is
- add a new knob (coded rotary switch)
- replace green color effect LEDs for bi-colored
you don't want to drill a hole in the front panel like me due to
waranty, you can also place stompbox knob somewhere outside (in small
box and attach with adhesive tape e.g.). All changes to control panel
board can be reverted if needed..
- solder out original green LEDs and solder new PCB with
- attach 2nd PCB (it has adhesive tape on its
back) and solder its 4 wires into right places
you are interested and have some basic
skills, I can prepare some DIY kit for you (2 assembled PCB's
you can see on the first picture). I still have some PCB's left... just
send me an email. Or if you don't feel like doing it by yourself, you
can send me your control panel and I can do the modification for you...
MIDI interface is the
only way how to foot-control your Vypyr (with Sanpera I
& II foot controllers), access looper function and upgrade
internal firmware. Through MIDI you can fully control all settings,
access all 412 internal banks/presets, use volume/wah/pitch/ gas
pedals. By small modification of board, you can even gain from MIDI out
and get the feedback from the amp.
Unfortunately Peavey Vypyr 15 lacks MIDI interface.
Fortunately you can add it as I did!
I've build my own MIDI board, added MIDI header to the main board and
I can take advantage from all what MIDI can do... see the pics.
I can also build the one for you...
Recently I've finished
board too, which will allow users of Vypyr 15 & 30 recording
USB cable in "studio quality". No drivers are needed. It seems
that there is other potential in USB interface. According to the new
firmware announcement (fw v1.66), it would be possible in the future to
use it for bi-directional USB communication for firmware upgrade,
upload/download presets, etc.
More information about that you can find here: http://forums.peavey.com/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=10249
Speaker On/Off control
If you are using headphones/rec out
or recording via USB rec out, the speaker is muted by default. I didn't
like this feature, because you are not able to hear what you're
playing during recording. So I make this feature to be "switchable".
I've added small circuit and attached it to the Bank switch. Now
everytime I press bank switch for more than 2 seconds, the speaker status is toggled (switched on/off/on/...). I'll add some more info about that soon.
alternative MIDI foot controller
It will have more
features than Sanpera I but for a half price of it... ;)
to be continued...