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Subject: RE: Dumb Power Supply Question?

From: improv@...)
Date: 1999-10-20

> I do have one question I would like to throw out to the list.
> Has there been any discussion about how you would group modules
> in the racks? For example, is it best to follow a left-to-right,
> VCO-to-VCF-to-VCA arrangement, or are there better ways to do
> this? Any input would be appreciated!

I've put a fair amount of thought into this, and when a recent disaster
made me dismantle my MOTM and ship it back to Paul for repairs, I
re-assembled it like this:

20-space rack containing (from top down):
Doepfer MAQ (4 spaces)
Peavey SPAF Filter (1 space) - this is pretty much just there to fill the
space, I may replace it with either my PAIA Vocoder or a digital delay
First row of MOTM with: 2-space wide homebrew patch panel with mults and
outputs from the MAQ and SPAF, MOTM 100 Noise/S/H, 2 300 VCO's, and 2
spaces open, will probably hold 2 microVCO's when available.
2nd Row of MOTM: 120 Sub8vaMux, 2 420 filters, 410 filter, 2 open spaces
which will probably hold the 310 LFO.
3rd row of MOTM: 700 VC-switch, 2 blank-spaces for 2 more EGs eventually, 2
800 EGs, 2 110 VCA's.

The basic design idea was to put sound sources on top, audio modifiers in
the middle and control sources on the bottom. I'd though about doing a left
to right voice structure on each row, but decided that I didn't want to
limit myself conceptually to standard synth signal paths, and this top down
approach seemed the best way to make me think in non-standard patches. The
only problem with this layout is that it'll be full soon and Paul keeps
building more modules!

Speaking of which, how wide is the DoMoAS going to be? When it comes out,
I'll probably replace the MAQ with it, and if it's less than a full 19"
wide, it'll give me some more space for modules.

I now kind of wish I hadn't gone with a standard 19" rack, my original idea
was that I'd integrate the MOTM with other stuff, but as the MOTM has
grown, it's crowded out the other stuff, and now I wish I'd made the rack
1.5x as wide, more of the Moog-ish design with the sloping bottom, etc.

Dave Trenkel : improv@... :

"...there will come a day when you won't have to use
gasoline. You'd simply take a cassette and put it in
your car, let it run. You'd have to have the proper
type of music. Like you take two sticks, put 'em
together, make fire. You take some notes and rub 'em
together - dum, dum, dum, dum - fire, cosmic fire."
-Sun Ra