[sdiy] Buchla 257 is an extremely strange circuit

Derek Holzer derek at umatic.nl
Wed Dec 16 22:46:43 CET 2009

Hi Alan,

actually, using three LEDs + one phototransistor is quite a good idea! 
If you look at the old Buchla quad spatializer joystick, you'll see it's 
made with optoelectronics under the hood. A bit more mechanical problems 
to solve than electronic, but it's a bit Neanderthal and therefore I 
like it.


Needham, Alan wrote:
> That makes "joystick-centre" silent!
> I follow the three sliders, just make them "centre = 33%"
> I wonder if light beams would be better, given that there will be some
> side-loading as you move the joystick at 90 degrees to the slider's
> travel?

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