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Subject: RE: [motm] Controller Module Brainstorming

From: improv@...
Date: 2000-03-28

>From: "Tkacs, Ken" <ken.tkacs@...>
>I agree. It's kinda silly to mount performance controllers on a vertical
>panel at arm's reach, which is probably how most people do have their
>I thought the idea of using stock PC joysticks that could plug into standard
>connectors on the module faceplates was a clever one. That might be a good
>pattern to follow---the control devices and key performance controls could
>"float" and plug into the module, which would have the jacks that connect it
>to the rest of the system and perhaps LEDs or controls that don't need to
>be tweaked during a performance.
Did anybody else pick up on the Electronics Goldmine deal on PC Jr.
joysticks? I think someone on this list turned me on to this. I got 6 of
them for $1.79 each, had to get 6 to meet the $10.00 minimum order. The
reason I'm asking is that I'd like to know how other people are planning on
using these joysticks. My original plan was to make a controller surface in
a slope-top box, with a bunch of joysticks, trigger buttons and maybe a
ribbon. Unfortunately, these PC Jr joysticks don't seem like they'd migrate
to another box easily, there's a plastic inverted pyramid built into the
plastic case that seems like it'd be pretty hard, at least with my limited
wood- and metal-working skills, to duplicate. So now, I'm thinking about
doing the panel mount interface route: Build a MOTM panel that has the
input and output CV jacks, and connect the joystick to that. Anybody else
got any ideas?

Dave Trenkel : improv@...
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