[sdiy] Panels: early results

Neil Johnson nej22 at hermes.cam.ac.uk
Thu Jun 13 00:11:01 CEST 2002


Some early results from the survey:



5 people have used small (3U) sized panels, of which two found them too
small and fiddly to use.


This is certainly the more popular, with 9 people going this way.  The
general height seems to be either 5U (8.72") or 9", in various widths
between 2-3".


Jim Patchell likes his panels REALLY BIG!


Larger panels can accomodate larger knobs (titter ye not!) and connectors
without getting all squashed up, so ideal for live performance on a dark
stage, or for those of us with large fingers.

But, smaller panels offer a higher density of function, which may or may
not be as desirable, and only really practical for a studio-based synth.

Jim's out there on his own :)


1/4", 6.35mm

6 people prefer these to their smaller cousins, and they are mechanically
robust too.

1/8", 3.5mm

Not quite as popular, with 4 people using them, as they are compatible
with the Aries, Paia and Analogue Systems modules.  Also tend to be a bit
less robust than the larger jacks.


Bit of an oddity.  Used by at least one person, and also favoured by
Buchla, Serge, Fenix, ModCan, and Tony Clark's synth.  Quite a few people
expressed a preference for them, while not currently using them.  The
stackable feature seems to be the main benefit, together with
colour-coding.  And electrically they are possibly the most robust.


Most people seem to want to go bananas, with their colour-coding and
stackability, but stick with jacks for compatibility with other systems
(MOTM, Moog, Oakley, Digisound, Paia, etc...)

Probably best summed up by Ken Stone:
  3.5mm  - compact, normalized
  6.5mm  - robust, normalized
  banana - stackable, colorful (for color coding).


Many thanks to all those who have contributed so far.  And if you haven't
yet done so, please do.

As for me, I'm kinda tempted towards the 3U+banana combination at the


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