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steve.crippen at mustang.com
Wed Oct 23 21:46:49 CEST 1996
-> If a cheap cool-looking panel were available I'd like to be in on the
-> design (if I may) and I'd also want a bunch for myself.
Count me in as well. I'd only want one or two units, so the price isn't
a huge issue for me. Springing for a well done front panel would be
more cost (and time) effective than mail-ordering a dozen types of
chemicals and sheets of Unobtainium (tm) for many of us.
-> These are my synthesizer thoughts:
-> 1. Big panel, all fully patchable, semi-modular design (a
-> "semi-modular" has separate sections on the panel for independent
-> modules but you can't move them around like on a Moog). No corners
-> cut, all possible jacks and pots, banana or 1/4" jacks.
-> 2. Small panel, normalled connections, for "expander module" type
-> synthsizers, like the OB SEM.
-> 3. Medium panel, normalled connection, one set of controls for a group
-> of ASM-1's plus some minor individual controls (like individual VCO
-> fine tune tweaks, etc.). Of course now the cabinet behind would have
-> to be bigger to hold all those PCB's....
I'd go with either above, with my preference probably being some where
in the middle.
-> As far as panel layout goes - I have a design done in Microsoft
-> Paintbrush (I know - yuk, so I did it at work okay?) for
-> laser-printing that has what I think is a good compromise between
-> simplicity and completeness. It's like #1 above, fully patchable, and
-> fits on a plate 16.5" X 12.75", which would rack-mount easily across
-> the 16.5" dimension.
Sounds perfect to me. I kinda like the idea of dark anodized-like
finish with bright lettering and lines but I could live with a different
Has anybody considered contacting the fine folks at Paia (howdy John!)
and see if they have any leads on getting a batch of custom panels done?
I was very impressed with the Fatman panel and they only charge $20 for
that - and we're talking anodized, drilled, lettering and everything.
If they could get enough advance orders perhaps they'd consider having a
batch of panels done and make a few $$$ on it as well, quantity is the
Just a thought.
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