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AMORE - an interesting concept
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 4:21 am    Post subject: AMORE - an interesting concept
Subject description: AMORE is a synth module concept
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Jörgen Bergfors (of the Bergfotron fame) has created a new module concept which seems very well thought thru. Please check it out.
http://hem.bredband.net/bersyn/amore.htm

In short, it is a form of standardised format (three sizes) and module pinning. While this is a limitation for a few modules, it should allow a bulk of modules to use the same panels and same test-platform.

You could even make a standard front panel and just replace the printing plate as you move the modules around in your modular.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 5:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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So any module can have no more than two inputs, two outputs and six controllable parameters. My research has proved this to be enough.


I suggest further research.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I think it looks like a really good idea.
I do wonder though why there can't be any switch/digital connections. I also have a problem with the connector itself, as a quick check showed that those 2*20way right angle headers are not easy to get. Maybe IDC connectors would be better, or even D connectors, which are plentiful and cheap.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

BananaPlug wrote:
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So any module can have no more than two inputs, two outputs and six controllable parameters. My research has proved this to be enough.


I suggest further research.


The inputs are actually inputs to summation points. Thus, the panel can have
more signal inputs but they end up in either of the two signal input summations.

I too initially thought it was a little tight. There is for sure allways modules which does not fit the limit. I think you have too look at it this way, if 90% of the modules in a modular fits the limits, there is alot of gain in it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Uncle Krunkus wrote:
2*20way right angle headers are not easy to get.


Shocked we still use 'm by the bucket full at work ... that is the 100 mil stuff ... male / female / right angle / straight / single row / double row / everything ... maybe look for the snap-off variety instead of strictly 2*20 ?

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I'm just saying my "bread & butter" supplier (Jaycar) doesn't have them. Which is not all that surprising, the list of stuff I can't get at Jaycar is as long as my arm. I just thought that if you're designing a new standard you should try to use parts which can be found at the fruit shop. Know what I mean?

PS, Now you wouldn't dare tell me that you work at a fruit shop would you Jan? Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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PS, Now you wouldn't dare tell me that you work at a fruit shop would you Jan? Laughing


As long as you don't call me a fruit cake Laughing

I'm surprised, this is bread and butter connectivity still I'd think, and at least they should have the snap off stuff so you cam make your own length.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Uncle Krunkus wrote:
I'm just saying my "bread & butter" supplier (Jaycar) doesn't have them. Which is not all that surprising, the list of stuff I can't get at Jaycar is as long as my arm. I just thought that if you're designing a new standard you should try to use parts which can be found at the fruit shop. Know what I mean?


This is strange. I consider it an easy connector to get. I think it says more about your supplier than a generic supplier. But then again, we live at opposite parts of this world.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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I'm just saying my "bread & butter" supplier (Jaycar) doesn't have them.


Perhaps you should try "upgrading" to www.rockby.com.au
Jaycar are well on the way to becoming a "Dick Smith", which is now nothing more than a "Tandy".

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks heaps for the link otherunicorn! They look really good. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Oh yes! What an interesting idea!
I posted some time ago (on this forum IIRC) some similar thing, entitled "Universal Control Panel", but it was only a design idea. You managed to make it an actual design. Although I do not agree with everything, this is clearly a clean conception -- and mine, while (only) slighlty different, is quite similar.
For now, I have no direct objection to your design. Maybe the number of control voltages, or of input signals, might be different. Matter of taste.
Anyway, I *do* like the idea. Please go on !

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

otherunicorn wrote:
Perhaps you should try "upgrading" to www.rockby.com.au
Jaycar are well on the way to becoming a "Dick Smith", which is now nothing more than a "Tandy".


I just checked the actual prices on resistors (1% metal) at rockby, and found that they charge about 10 times the price of Jaycar. Unless you want to buy more than 1000 of a particular value. Rolling Eyes
Just not very realistic is it?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

there is also altronics and futurlec andy
seriously jaycar my last resort for anything
always costs me a fortune

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Yeah, I actually like Altronics the best at the moment.
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