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.]