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Build a Microphone Mute Pedal

Recording an audio alone can be quite challenging as you have to manage everything by yourself, through this article you will be able to build a microphone mute pedal, so that anytime you want your audio to mute, either you have to cough or sneeze, rather than moving the mouse on screen to mute the microphone you can just step on the switch and mute yourself. 

Materials 

Wood 

Aluminium sheet

Wires 

Stomp switch

Step 1

For the first step you will need a piece of wood, then cut the wood into strips that are four and a half inches long and two inches wide. You then with a pencil draw a line at the centre of the wood. With the help of a bandsaw you will have to cut the wood along the line. Once you are done cutting the pieces you can square off the edges. 

You will now have to cut some more wood, you will need 2 identical pieces for the sides and 2 more identical pieces for the front and back. The side pieces should be shorter than the front and back piece. 

Step 2

Since the device will be a pedal that will need you to step on it pretty often, it has to be strong, something that can withstand the weight. For this you will need to make a box joint. Making a box join can be a challenge as you need many test pieces to know that they will fit perfectly. Once you're satisfied with the box joint, you will need to make two end pieces to match the box joint and two side pieces to match the box joint. Make sure that the fingers cut for the box joint are opposite each other so that they can interlock with each other. Once you are done with the box joint you can move on to gluing them together, apply glue on all the finders of the box joint and fix them together. 

You can then smooth out all the faces of the box with the help of a sander. This will sand all the extra fingers that are sticking out and hove it a neat finish. 

Step 3

Once your box is made, you will need to draw a diagonal line on one side of the box, and then cut it along the line. You will then have to trace the outlines of the top and bottom of the box on the aluminium sheet. With the help of a bandsaw you then have to cut out the aluminium sheet. 

Then place the box over the aluminium and trace the inside of the box on the aluminium. Then with a punch you will have to mark the corners of all four sides to be drilled out later. Make sure you do this on both the top and bottom sheet,  You can then start drilling a hole into the sheet, you will then have to counter sync the holes. You then have to place the sheets onto the box and with an ice pick you can mark all the areas, through the sheet onto the wood,  that will be drilled.

Drill holes into the wood and screw the sheet to the box. You will then have to sand all the surface and edges, make sure to round out the edges. 

Step 4

You then have to remove the top aluminium sheet, and at the centre of the sheet you will have to punch a marking. Drill a hole onto the mark that was punched. You will need to make sure that the holes is big enough to fit your stop switch. 

On the back of the box you will need to place your input and output. Trace their outlines onto the wood. With the help of a spade bit, you can drill holes at the centre of the traced lines. Once you have drilled the holes you can place the output and input in and mark the part that will be screwed on, you can then drill holes into the marked out part. 

You now have to solder the wires to the output and input and attach the output and input with some screws. You have to solder the wire to each terminal of each jack. After putting the input and output into the holes, you will need to attach the wires on both the terminals, connect terminal1 to terminal 1, then solder the wires for terminal 2 and the same for terminal 3. Screw the output and input to the box.

Step 5

Once you have the wires soldered you can attach the stomp switch to the wires, solder the 2nd terminal wires to one terminal on the stomp switch and the other terminal is for the 3rd terminal wires. Place the top aluminium sheet over the switch and mount the switch to the sheet. Screw the box close and you have built your very own microphone mute pedal.

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