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Modular show and tell
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amos_joseph



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 3:52 pm    Post subject: Modular show and tell
Subject description: How I spent my summer vacation
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I’ve been a lurker and occasional poster on here for a while now, so I thought I’d introduce myself and show off my latest project.

I’ve been doing DIY synth stuff for about a year and a half. I started out on guitar pedals, built a sound lab, then a x0xb0x, and this summer I finally started work on building a modular.

I wanted to go as DIY as possible, so I decided I’d buy blank boards from Ray Wilson and CGS to start with and build the case and panels myself. The case isn’t 100% finished, but it’s fully functional so I thought I’d show it off.

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Here are the modules I used:

4 MFOS VCOs
2 MFOS LP Filters
2 MFOS Variable Filters
2 MFOS Dual VCAs
2 MFOS VC LFOs
2 MFOS Sample & Hold
2 MFOS Noise Cornucopia
2 MFOS ADSRs
2 CGS Mixers
1 CGS Psycho LFO
1 Paia MIDI to CV
2 Custom Mult modules
1 Custom Glide module
1 Custom 1/4” to banana module

I used paia frac racks to mount everything and designed all the panel layouts myself. They’re based roughly on Blacet layouts because I think Blacet really knows how to pack a lot of control and I/O into the smaller euro form factor. I used a photo-sensitive aluminum called ID Mark to do all the panel art, which gives it a very “professional” look.

As you’ve probably noticed, I really like Ray Wilson’s designs and I doubt I would have even attempted this beast of a project without his site. His modules sound great, his VCOs track beautifully (all four will stay in tune for at least 5 octaves), and his documentation is just about the best I’ve ever come across….and you can’t beat his prices, either.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 4:52 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

nice!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Very nice work. Thanks for the link for the "ID Mark" also. I have been using "Front Panel Express" for my DIY and for projects at work.

I use the PAIA Frac Rack cages for DIY projects also as they are much less expensive than the Blacet cages and they do the same darn thing. I like the form factor also.

I see you have the jacks color coded. I suppose that delineates the control from audio? Much like Buchla liked to do.

PLease post some sound examples, I am sure the guys, including me, would like to hear those MFOS modules!

Bill
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Very, very nice indeed. Ditto on the samples!

Cheers,
Scott
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

State Machine wrote:
Very nice work. Thanks for the link for the "ID Mark" also. I have been using "Front Panel Express" for my DIY and for projects at work.


If you're interested in ID Mark, here's the link that convinced me to give it a try: http://www.sdiy.org/xyzzy/panels/.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Waaaaaay coooool! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 11:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Modular show and tell
Subject description: How I spent my summer vacation
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(...) a very “professional” look.


indeed! beautiful... it can be seen that you really have had a good time in summer...

BTW it would be good to have some kind of showroom here... i always find it very interesting and inspiring to see others projects...

cheers,
matthias
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Others have said, but I'll say it again -- very nice work indeed.

And thanks for the pointers on the ID Mark system - that looks very interesting & I think I've located the UK suppliers for it.. The 2nd IDMark link suggests it costs about $2 per fracrak panel which is pretty reasonable.

Great!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

This is kinda how Serge panels are made. With Serge, the photosensitive aluminum is wrapped over standardized panels pre-drilled with a grid of holes.

Thanks for the links, amos_joseph!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

NICE!!!!!!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 6:34 pm    Post subject: ID-mark Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Can you tell me specifically where you get the ID-mark supplies? Their website doesn't show any US distributors of this particular line...

Thanks for any info,
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Wow, your modular looks very impressive, very pro. Great job..

Multiples in a Banana system??? is this to make the adding and removal of patches easier, in case you want to remove a sound which has something else stacked on top of it??

again, looks great.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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If you're interested in ID Mark, here's the link that convinced me to give it a try: http://www.sdiy.org/xyzzy/panels/.


Thanks for this link! Wow, I am really impressed with the "Front Designer" software. I am seriously thinking about purchasing this for DIY and work applications. I may have seen this software before but for some reason it really impacted me this time ....

Thanks again,
Bill
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 9:42 am    Post subject: Re: ID-mark Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

oldmanfury wrote:
Can you tell me specifically where you get the ID-mark supplies? Their website doesn't show any US distributors of this particular line...


I ordered it directly from the manufacturer. There's an 800 number in the upper right hand corner of the page. Here's the link

The Alison Project wrote:
Multiples in a Banana system??? is this to make the adding and removal of patches easier, in case you want to remove a sound which has something else stacked on top of it??


I know that one of the advantages of banana jacks is the ability to stack jacks up, but stacking more than two jacks is a little messy to work with. The mults are just there to keep the patches nice and neat.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Banana's make better connections and they last for years and years. I wish my Moog Modular was made with bananas. Good choice.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Beautiful! I also love the case you have them in. Can it be transported from venue to venue easily enough, or is it designed strickly for the studio?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2006 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

very nice System.
I make my Front Panels in Wood because of the easy handling of it, but labeling is a Problem. i do it by Hand with coloured pencils

I've allready thought about to switch to aluminum and buy some tools.
so the Link to ID-Mark is very welcome. Especially also the one with the explanations how to do the Frontpanels.

thanks



( and i opened now also a thread in the German synthesizerforum.de about with all Links posted )
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

State Machine wrote:
Wow, I am really impressed with the "Front Designer" software. I am seriously thinking about purchasing this for DIY and work applications.


Why pay for that when you can get this;

http://www.solidedge.com/free2D/

for free!!


One can even design schematics in it (it has an extensive >>free<< library thrown in too! )

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