Miles of knobs - the synthesizer

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Finally have all six cases down here. Now I need to build the stand for them. They follow a 40+ year old standard for module size but that makes the overall cabinet four feet and one inch wide - so much for using a sheet of plywood for the cabinet top. I special-ordered a 4X10 sheet when I built the cabinet at the farm but it will not fit out of the house (nor will it fit into here) so I need to build a new one. Making two cabinets - one for each tower. Using a steel frame this time - got a good design percolating in my brainpan. The two cabinets will be on casters and will bolt together for stability.

Each module has a specific signal generating or processing function. There are also modules that can be programmed to give sequences of control signals (think the rolling musical lines in some Tangerine Dream pieces). There are also logic and combinatoric processing units. These all use the same voltages and everything is wired up with patch cables.

Bought this puppy about 15 years ago - was doing a consulting job and made more $$$ than I was expecting. The unit is based on the old Robert Moog designs so you get the incredible tone and sororities of the old Moog synthesizers but these are made with modern components so you can walk away for the evening, turn the unit off, come back in the next day and everything will still be in tune. This is not a feature found in the older units.

Sorry for the bright light coming in through the window - I will post better photos once I build the stand and get it set up (and the curtains hung):

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The two cabinets sitting upright on their ends will mount on top of the cabinets in the back. Puppy is heavy so a solid cabinet is necessary. Looking forward to making music down here - feel the muse percolating in me. Time to get creative again - it has been a very quiet (and interesting) two years. Hopefully, 2020 will be a lot better (and 2021, and 2022, etc...) Been through enough shit for a while...

And yeah, I love the new flooring. Perfect for the space.

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