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by TheMentat
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Recommendations Illuminated magnifier for SMT
Replies: 17
Views: 287

Re: Recommendations Illuminated magnifier for SMT

+ 1 for head set. a 2D vision system is fine for inspection but for trying to actually solder stuff like that, not a fan. A headset will be "stereo" so your brain can resolve depth a lot better I use a Donegan Optivisor, there is a reason every jeweler has one on their head Yup... I picked up one o...
by TheMentat
Sat May 23, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Gift to get my girlfriend into my hobby?
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Gift to get my girlfriend into my hobby?

This has got bad idea written all over it.
by TheMentat
Sun May 17, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: How long do you stay patched?
Replies: 38
Views: 1351

Re: How long do you stay patched?

Along this, do you guys keep your rack powered all the time or do you switch it off between sessions?? Is there any reason to switch it off other than to keep the electricity bill lower? :p The components in many of those modules have a finite lifespan... particularly electrolytic capacitors. Find ...
by TheMentat
Fri May 08, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: How long do you stay patched?
Replies: 38
Views: 1351

Re: How long do you stay patched?

My time to change is when the interest in the next idea overtakes the interest in the current. Same here... I’ve got multiple voices going, so I typically work on parts of the system during each session. It gets a “hard reset” either after a recording, or whenever I have an idea that seems more int...
by TheMentat
Mon May 04, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Tiptop Audio uZeus power supply module
Replies: 8
Views: 179

Re: Tiptop Audio uZeus power supply module

Totally depends on the power consumption of the modules. Maybe Build it up on modular grid, and see what the requirements are. You may also run out of female connectors on the ribbon cables to supply all of the modules, so even if you have enough power, you’d need some extra “flying bussboards” to c...
by TheMentat
Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Playable Sequencer
Replies: 17
Views: 833

Re: Playable Sequencer

I want Ableton in modular form. But it can't be anything like Ableton. And it has to be restricted to just a few knobs or god forbid...a grid. And it can't be a grid. But it needs all the capabilities of a grid. And it has to be < 20 hp. But it can't be too small. Needs to be > 40 hp so it's playab...
by TheMentat
Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:14 am
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: dirt bag hot plate SMD soldering
Replies: 16
Views: 611

Re: dirt bag hot plate SMD soldering

Your oven project isn’t doing the job?
by TheMentat
Sun Apr 05, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: Stochastic Marvels in 5U (THT based on "Marbles")
Replies: 11
Views: 591

Re: Stochastic Marvels in 5U (THT based on "Marbles")

that is an awesome looking panel... nice!
by TheMentat
Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: I need an easy to use sequencer similar to a drum machine
Replies: 24
Views: 949

Re: I need an easy to use sequencer similar to a drum machine

Maybe save the HP and get a Beatstep Pro... super intuitive, and amazing price / functionality ratio
by TheMentat
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: First bake with my T-962 oven
Replies: 10
Views: 642

Re: First bake with my T-962 oven

Looks proper, though. Are you using the Loctite GC10? I love it...it stays tacky for something like 2 days. Interesting... I looked into Loctite after seeing it mentioned around here. Without knowing the specific product, it seemed crazy to buy so much of a perishable product. The GC10 might be wor...
by TheMentat
Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Artist Discussion
Topic: Kraftwerk tour
Replies: 46
Views: 1843

Re: Kraftwerk tour

I have an option on some primo seats, but they aren’t cheap. I’m undecided... part of me wants to go because of the prominent role they played in electronic music development. But if I’m gonna be really honest, I’ve never gotten into them, and my quick tour through their Apple Music repertoire was u...
by TheMentat
Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Implementing PolyAT
Replies: 10
Views: 438

Re: Implementing PolyAT

I'm also wondering how difficult it would be to "hack" an existing midi synth which doesn't respond to any type of aftertouch to give it polyAT. Apparently this diy hardware is supposed to be able to provide this: https://larsee.com/blog/tag/midimixfix.html I'm not sure that tool will do what you a...
by TheMentat
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Implementing PolyAT
Replies: 10
Views: 438

Re: Implementing PolyAT

I’m in the process of updating the firmware for the Ambika to accommodate MPE (midi polyphonic expression) so this stuff is pretty fresh in my mind. If you are programming the midi parser yourself, the Ambika code might be a good place to start: https://github.com/pichenettes/ambika If you have any ...
by TheMentat
Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: surface mount-- solder chips first
Replies: 44
Views: 2147

Re: surface mount-- solder chips first

which brings up another point that hasnt been mentioned: keep your paste in the fridge! Made less relevent by the use of Henkel/Loctite GC10. It really is true to its name, the GC standing for "Game Changer." Of course the fridge is still great advice for many or most other solder pastes. What’s th...
by TheMentat
Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Capacitor Price Differences
Replies: 1
Views: 215

Capacitor Price Differences

Hi All, I'm in the process of ordering parts... one thing I don't understand is the wild price differences between (seemingly) similar capacitors. In particular, compare these three on Mouser: 80-C0603T104J5RACTU Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors MLCC - SMD/SMT 50V 0.1uF 0603 X7R 5% 80-C0603C104J3R Mult...
by TheMentat
Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: surface mount-- solder chips first
Replies: 44
Views: 2147

Re: surface mount-- solder chips first

I get the occasional tombstone... ... solder spec sheet for the max temp) wow... thanks for the detailed response! It seems like that loctite stuff doesn't come in hobbyist sized packaging, which is unfortunate for something with such a short shelf-life! Let me know if you find something smaller!
by TheMentat
Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: surface mount-- solder chips first
Replies: 44
Views: 2147

Re: surface mount-- solder chips first

.....getting stencils, placing everything by hand, then reflowing it all at once on a reflow station/heater... this x1000. Will change your life. Like losing your virginity I’ve been thinking about taking the plunge... some of those hackable reflow ovens can be had for pretty cheap. It would be wor...
by TheMentat
Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Music Thing Modular – Workshop Notebook
Replies: 6
Views: 775

Re: Music Thing Modular – Workshop Notebook

awww mannn... no 5u version?

:sarcasm:
by TheMentat
Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Need some hardware sequencer recommendations.
Replies: 24
Views: 1431

Re: Need some hardware sequencer recommendations.

Thank you all so much for the replies. I'm really thinking that the Squarp is gonna be my goto. A deeper look at the manual has confirmed it should be exactly what I'm looking for. I think you’re gonna love it. I recently sold mine when I replaced it with a MidiBox, but I still kinda miss it. Very ...
by TheMentat
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: PreenFM2
Replies: 9
Views: 1523

Re: PreenFM2

bugmenot wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:14 pm
I don't know if I brake the rule of the forum...

Bye
Yeah... your post count is too low... dem’s the roolz.
by TheMentat
Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: My first Mouser order advice
Replies: 4
Views: 983

Re: My first Mouser order advice

If you have multiple projects, and add them to your cart, and they happen to both have the same SKU, the unit count in the cart will be the aggregate amount, and they will be bagged together.
by TheMentat
Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Building a Sonic Potions LXR in 2019?
Replies: 9
Views: 848

yeah... seems strange with the buttons, but it works.

You will be happy with it. if you really want to get crazy, you can build a 60knobs for it!

https://bastl-instruments.com/instruments/60knobs
by TheMentat
Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Building a Sonic Potions LXR in 2019?
Replies: 9
Views: 848

I built one last year... pretty happy with it. Not much out there in the DIY realm that competes. I’ve tried a few different firmwares, and will admit that some of the advanced midi stuff tries my patience. But I’m back to the original firmware, and it makes great noise. It’s hard to imagine that so...
by TheMentat
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Ocillator Music
Replies: 7
Views: 580

Michelson's Fourier Analyzer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyYflzRVu6M This was a turn-of-20th-century mechanical analog computer with pen and paper output. That is an awesome machine... I love that presenter as well - subscribe to his channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2bkHVIDjXS7sgrgjF...
by TheMentat
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Ocillator Music
Replies: 7
Views: 580

Ocillator Music

I thought a lot of you folks would enjoy this as much as I did... Some of the video is just facepalm cheesy, but it's a cool idea nonetheless:

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