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Subject: Re: Multiple Pesonalities

From: JWBarlow@...
Date: 2000-01-28

Joysticks? Alternative controllers? You guys are so yesternow! We've beat
that to death! Go look it up in the Archives!

Seriously folks, there is a lot of interest in these areas -- just be patient
and it will be brought up again soon I'm sure. If you are looking for
joysticks, I know several surplus electronics places that carry old ones
(like you used to see with the old Apple II) -- I've stumbled on to several
that seem to have 150K pots inside which is close to perfect. Of course
inertia has kept me from doing anything with them so far.

In a message dated 1/27/2000 2:36:29 PM, nate@... writes:

>OK, so we're torn between normaling and switches and 3 or 4 multiples.
>starting to come over to the normaling side. I've attached a pdf of all
>options we could go with. On the 3 multiples idea I suggest we put a bank
>of 6 in the middle simply because 3 sets of 4 looks to empty and who
>couldn't use more multiples. -Nate

Thanks for all this work Nate! I have to admit this thread has completely
overwhelmed me, and I'm kind of lost in the details -- but I can still add to
the mess!

Like Larry, if Paul makes it, I'll buy at least one! Without really
considering the ramifications for too long, my choice right now would be for
toggle switches over normalization (the Magic Bus idea is much better suited
as a normalized multiple if you think about it -- or if Larry brainwashes you
enough). I agree with Larry's point that the switch wouldn't be blocked by
the jacks, since you wouldn't typically be using the switch during
"performance" (though like a reversing attenuator module, a module with
switches for performance would be a good addition for a series of
"housekeeping" modules -- when the list settles down we might want to discuss
useful housekeeping functions, eh?).

I would also like to note that while I often need five or six multiples from
one output (maybe 20% of the time) I NEVER need 15 multiples of one output.
So let me now suggest that if I had to choose right now one of the 1U panels t
hat Nate has offered, I'd choose #1 with only 2 switches -- one which gangs
one and two, the other would gang three and four. This would give the minimum
of 2 groups of 8.

Finally let me suggest to Paul the following module: modify an old color
organ circuit to operate a flock of different colored LEDs. Have audio
inputs, and audio outputs (which are directly connected to the inputs --
i.e., no effect on the sound). Put some knobs which filter the blinking much
like bass and treble controls on a radio. Have a switch on the back so that
in one position it causes the LEDs to glow and dim directly with the
amplitude, and in the other position the LEDs would blink on at the presence
of a signal in a given frequency range. Pot the circuit board so that no one
can tell it doesn't do anything to the sound. Call the module the sonic
maximizer (or something) with the former referred to as the Barlowlator, and
the latter called the Bradlizer -- Hendry? He'll buy one of each!