[sdiy] Pot panel scales

Oren Leavitt obl64 at ix.netcom.com
Thu Sep 23 20:02:16 CEST 2010

On 9/23/2010 10:49 AM, Harry Bissell wrote:
> Some folks might want to consider having their panel graphics go from
> 0 - 11 (or -11 to +11) for increased range...
> extra phat anyone ?
> H^) harry (uhhh... it goes to ELEVEN...)

I take it the label underneath all of those knobs reads "More".
- Oren

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: James R. Coplin<james at ticalun.net>
> To: synth-diy at dropmix.xs4all.nl
> Sent: Thu, 23 Sep 2010 11:43:54 -0400 (EDT)
> Subject: Re: [sdiy] Pot panel scales
> I've been thinking the same thing myself lately as the engraving I'm getting
> from Frontpanel Express requires the numbers to be fairly large to make them
> out.  My first modular was a Serge which does not have any labels for the
> scales and instead uses a "sweep" graphic around the pots to show if it is
> unipolar or bipolar.  I never jot down patches anyway and I certainly never
> think "this CV needs to be set at 6.47."  I'm probably going to drop the
> numbers from my graphics from now on as they are more an aesthetic to match
> the rest of my system than anything useful.  If I keep labels it probably
> will only be 0,10 and -,0,+ to show what type of response the knob controls.
> It would also lower my cost per panel to use simplified graphics.
> James R. Coplin
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: synth-diy-bounces at dropmix.xs4all.nl [mailto:synth-diy-
>> bounces at dropmix.xs4all.nl] On Behalf Of Neil Johnson
>> Sent: Thursday, September 23, 2010 10:10 AM
>> To: synth-diy at dropmix.xs4all.nl
>> Subject: [sdiy] Pot panel scales
>> Hi all,
>> Yes, quiet indeed.  Ok, so here's a point to discuss:
>> On a modular synth, many pots have an arbitrary 0 to 10 or -10 to +10
>> scale.  I'm not counting specific scales, such as on a pitch pot that
>> might indicate semitones, for example.
>> The question being: how important are the numbers?  How often do
>> really need to know, for example, that CV1 is set to 5.4?  Is it
>> really that useful for recording patch data, or do you take a photo or
>> simply use your memory and ears to recreate a patch?
>> Looking at the plethora of modules on the market, practically every
>> pot has a numbered scale.  But how many people actually use the
>> numbers on the these pot scales?  Is it simply tradition that dictates
>> that pots MUST have numbered scales?  Do you cling to the numbers for
>> comfort or security?  Or is it all simply a waste of ink?
>> Me: I don't care much for arbitrary scales.  I think by now I can work
>> out how a knob's position relates to its scale position.  I just need
>> to know where the physical endpoints are, and whether its unipolar (0
>> to 10) or bipolar (-ve to 0 to +ve).  But I'd be interested to hear
>> from the wider community :)
>> Cheers,
>> Neil
>> --
>> http://www.njohnson.co.uk
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