Modular Synth Simulation

I’m trying to design a cabinet for my soon-to-be modular synth. Everyone tells me to plan for a bigger system than I think. I’ve read a lot of stories of people who build a box and outgrow it within a few months, and have to build another to stack on top. Since I’m planning to put mine on the top of an A-frame stand (in earthquake country), I’d prefer not to do any stacking. Some people have told me that 24u is too wide and they prefer 20u, but I thought 24u was a good compromise so I don’t need to go three rows high in the future.

This morning I cut up a box to scale, took a photo and Photoshopped a planned system together to see what it looks like (click the photo for a bigger version). It does look pretty tall. Maybe the modular should go on the bottom? I could make a slanted Moog 55-style cabinet and access it that way. I should start receiving MOTM parts tomorrow, but my organic solder won’t show up until Jan 2nd. I’ll have to fight the temptation to start building modules with the old-fashioned solder.

[Edit: I was talked out of this arrangement, the synth will be much too heavy. It will go on the bottom. Stay tuned.]

Comments (3)

  1. site admin (reply)

    December 31, 2007 at 10:43 am

    I’ve been told that this system will be Very Heavy and should not be trusted to the top tier of a stand, especially on a fault line. I’m starting to think about putting it on the bottom and installing 18″ table legs.

  2. L. Neuman (reply)

    February 19, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    You should check out the peeps at Spectrasonics, they just created the Omnisphere which is an amazing synth technology which uses “Psychoacoustics”… I just filmed this video… check it out if you get a chance…

  3. site admin (reply)

    February 19, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    I think this comment is spam, but I’m approving it anyway because no one ever comments on my blog. Plus, Omnisphere does look pretty cool.

    Does this blog actually show up in Google searches? Surely more people are writing about synths than my unread little blog.

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Published on: 30 December 2007
Posted by: jlaity
Discussion: 3 Comments