And so it begins... Blacet Research carries on

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And so it begins... Blacet Research carries on

Post by synthcube » Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:53 pm

We have begun to organize, sort and inventory the various bits that came over from the West Coast when we acquired Blacet Research. We will be adding Blacet products to the synthCube webstore, and also setting up a new 'store page' attached to the original Blacet website.

For starters, we have put up the RAK-3 system and a few of the VCO2100 kits we have here. We will be adding additional kits and modules from the legacy Blacet stock as they get inventoried.
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Here's an unusual kind of promotion that is intended to bring a few new people into FRAC and bring some attention back to the format--

We are giving away three FREE RAK-3 case+power system kits, one to each of three synth DIY builders. To qualify you must email us and confirm you are:

a) New to Frac- this is for new Frac builders, not for expanding existing Frac systems
b) Willing to put some time and $$ into building up a Frac/Blacet system along the way as we bring out more Blacet and other Frac modules
c) Willing to participate in occasional posts/discussions in this forum about the journey of building up a new Frac system in the post-Blacet era
d) Be willing and able to stick with it for a few years--- its going to take time to roll out and develop more Frac modules

So if you Frac/Blacet enthusiasts know of certain 5U, 4U or Euro guys who may want to add a Frac system to their studio, get a free powered case to start, and brag about it on the journey, please let them know about the promotion.

We'll keep the offer open only for a few days; like most things in life, the offer has an expiration date - in this instance 25 June 2020.

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Re: And so it begins... Blacet Research carries on

Post by mamonu » Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:20 pm

nice one!.


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Good luck to people winning those tasty RAK3s.

I suppose certain parts like the PSCONN + connectors (0.156 4-pin to 6-pin) will be sold seperately soon?
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Post by mome rath » Sat Jun 20, 2020 4:27 pm

I've always been bummed that I seemingly missed the blacet party

this is very exciting, thank you!
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Post by soup » Sat Jun 20, 2020 5:26 pm

Yay! :party:

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Post by werock » Sun Jun 21, 2020 3:35 am

Good news and good promo :yay:

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Post by diophantine » Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:35 pm

Great news, and awesome promotion!

I have 7 Blacet VCOs... they're really good. Blacet stuff is always a joy to build, too. Now the question is... do I want to build another?

Do you plan to just keep the RAK-3, or do you plan to offer the RAK-2 Bare + PSCONN + PSU? I know John discontinued the RAK-2 Bare, which was a bummer. I wouldn't mind ordering just rails and making the rack ears via FPE, and I need to do that with a pair of single rails that John gave me last year.

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Post by uniqview » Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:53 pm

Just a quick note on the RAK-3: unlike the RAK-2, Blacet did not make or sell a compatible cover for it. So, there is no top, bottom, or back cover for this chassis. Not necessarily a show stopper for some, but I only learned this when I bought from Blacet what was supposed to be a RAK-3 cover, but it in no way matched the RAK-3; it was for the RAK-2.
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Post by soup » Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:07 am

The rak-3 does have a back for the lower 3u, the upper 3u is open to accommodate deeper modules. For me this is a feature rather than a bug. I think they work very nicely on their own on a desk but nowadays mine are in cheap, shallow 6u rack cases. The older, larger rak-2 did have optional top and bottom panels which made it fully enclosed but I have no idea how many of those are out there.

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Post by soft_ctrl » Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:24 am

these are military grade racks & blacet oscillators are based on designs from old test radios. i wonder if you could find the racks through a wholesale distributor? i'm not really sure why you would use this rack size unless you had to. the aesthetic is nice though.

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Post by KSS » Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:46 pm

soft_ctrl wrote:
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i wonder if you could find the racks through a wholesale distributor? i'm not really sure why you would use this rack size unless you had to. the aesthetic is nice though.
Frac format was designed by John Simonton of PAIA. It was not based on any indiustrial racks and only keeps the 3U faceplate height and overall 19" width of standard racks. Everything else is straight out of John S head.. Even the mounting screws and 1/2" flange wasting so much space is due to sheet metal work and capabilities PAIA had at the time.

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Post by diophantine » Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:31 pm

soft_ctrl wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:24 am
blacet oscillators are based on designs from old test radios.
Not sure where this info comes from; they're an adaptation of an iteration of a popular design by Terry Michael:
http://search.retrosynth.com/ah/search/ ... -v0403.219

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Post by sizone » Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:32 pm

SBM3200 please

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Post by southphillysynths » Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:36 pm

AH missed this by a day!!! would have been super interested in building or sharing! In the process of building some MFOS stuff and would love to expand my banana stuff!
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Post by 3hands » Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:59 pm

Coming from Euro, and with no other experience in any other format, this would have been something I would have jumped on, had it been in the general modular discussion forum. For next time, if you want to appeal to potential first time frac users, perhaps don’t put the offer in the frac forum. Doh!
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Post by 3hands » Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:00 pm

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Post by southphillysynths » Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:12 am

3hands wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:59 pm
Coming from Euro, and with no other experience in any other format, this would have been something I would have jumped on, had it been in the general modular discussion forum. For next time, if you want to appeal to potential first time frac users, perhaps don’t put the offer in the frac forum. Doh!
I agree, I emailed anyway though I missed the deadline, but getting new people to a format on the format subforum is a bit silly with all do respect!
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