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A good face panel design for Synth DIY Experimenter
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:05 pm    Post subject: A good face panel design for Synth DIY Experimenter Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hello All,

Well, I finally took the plunge and ordered the Synth DIY Experimenter PCB combo from the MFOS website last night.

The combo pack includes the main PCB in addition to the power supply PCB and the Sample & Hold PCB.

Now the next thing that comes to mind is that since the Experimenter doesn't have a faceplate that I can order, I have to fend for myself. Naturally an obvious choice would be to go with the posted plan for the faceplate, but when I was looking at some sound demos of the Experimenter, I ended up not liking this layout for the simple reason that there are wires all over the place.

Example (the Experimenter is the far module that looks like a colorful bird's nest):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kxDSnKpTIw

See what I mean?

I am wondering of there might be a good way to go about a panel design that puts all the patch points on the BOTTOM of the panel, this way you don't have to grope and feel your way through a birds nest to get to the control you want to adjust.

Thank You,

Geo
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

There is an excellent tutorial on the MFOS site...http://www.musicfromouterspace.com/forums.html?CATPARTNO=NONE&PROJARG=HOT_TIPS%2Fmakingplates.php&MAINTAB=SYNTHDIY&SONGID=NONE&VPW=1024&VPH=542
I use a program called "Draw" by greenstreet; a deceptively simple program that is very versatile .There are also some front panel fabrication services that provide free panel software. One I believe called Shaffer..You produce a panel layout on their software ,email it to them,& pay for a panel to be made.
I prefer the DIY method as it gives me more artistict lisense .
An example....
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My earlest panels, I simply painted them & used a label maker to apply the lettering ,then seal the whole thing with clear spray.
http://www.retrosonik.com/synths/Syndi/PSN-1A.jpg

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hello:

Wobuse wrote:
There is an excellent tutorial on the MFOS site...http://www.musicfromouterspace.com/forums.html?CATPARTNO=NONE&PROJARG=HOT_TIPS%2Fmakingplates.php&MAINTAB=SYNTHDIY&SONGID=NONE&VPW=1024&VPH=542


That link isn't working. However, I think I have an idea of where that tutorial is on the MFOS site.

EDIT: I tried it again after I wrote this and it went through. So the link is OK. Perhaps there was an issue with the site.

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I use a program called "Draw" by greenstreet; a deceptively simple program that is very versatile .There are also some front panel fabrication services that provide free panel software. One I believe called Shaffer..You produce a panel layout on their software ,email it to them,& pay for a panel to be made.


That sounds cool, do you know what they (typically) charge for a panel?

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I prefer the DIY method as it gives me more artistict lisense .
My earlest panels, I simply painted them & used a label maker to apply the lettering ,then seal the whole thing with clear spray.
http://www.retrosonik.com/synths/Syndi/PSN-1A.jpg


Those panels definitely have a retro feel to them, they came out pretty cool.

Thanx,

Geo
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I don't know what they charge but I'm pretty sure the sofware gives you a quote.
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