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What can I do with this random medical equipment cable?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:09 pm    Post subject: What can I do with this random medical equipment cable?
Subject description: momentary pushbutton with 1/4" phono jack cord
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I couldn't pass this up for $4 at a junk shop. I've got a bunch of old Tama Techstar drum synths and a Syndrum, but I don't think this cable is going to magically shoot 5 volts into the machine to trigger them. Has anyone experimented with cables like these? The emergency phones in elevators use 1/4" jacks, for example.

https://www.advancedwireless.com/default.cfm?pid=1.9.7.2&productID=208

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

i'd put a meter across the plug and see what happens, it may require a custom socket, im guessing that the plug shorts when you press the button, kinda a switch extenstion lead Smile you could easily make a drum trigger if this is the case.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Yeah,
By the looks of it, it has to be low voltage, most likely switch extender. It's probably just line level lead. One conductor with a shield. Perfect piezo pickup lead to get a gate off a snare.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I wonder if they had to break granny's fingers to get it out of her hand after she died,.. Cool

but yeah it's probably just a switch on a lead, which I probably would have bought too if I saw it .
what can you do with it ?,. whatever you come up with Wink

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

how about a remote gate switch for an enveliope generator?

connect it to a flip flop / latch and use it for a start stop for a sequencer.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

PHOBoS wrote:
I wonder if they had to break granny's fingers to get it out of her hand after she died,.. Cool

but yeah it's probably just a switch on a lead, which I probably would have bought too if I saw it .
what can you do with it ?,. whatever you come up with Wink


hahahahahaa The weird thing is, I knew what it was for when I saw it inn the store. It's creepy how much medical equipment ends up in junk shops here in Tucson. Shocked

Thanks for the replies, everyone! I'll let you know what I come up with.

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