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Colored Knobs

Post by UltraViolet » Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:30 pm

Has anyone ever used different knob colors to indicate what the knob controls?

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Post by papz » Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:35 pm

EMS :mrgreen:

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Post by sduck » Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:31 pm

And of course Mutable Instruments did it for a while. And Make Noise to some extent.
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Post by cornutt » Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:59 pm

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Post by BugBrand » Mon Jul 08, 2019 4:05 am

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Yes, of course.
& sockets too.

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Post by papz » Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:25 am

Sliders also...

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Post by Dave Peck » Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:07 pm

papz wrote:Sliders also...
Another color-coded slider cap example:



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Post by cptnal » Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:42 pm

It'd be pretty tricky in the Euro realm, with the diversity of knobs around. I've certainly gone the other way and made some of mine more the same recently. And I'm not the only one, apparently. There's even a special Modulargrid faceplate for those who've swapped their blue Maths knobs for white ones. :goo:

Edit: Apparently Maths is shipping with white knobs these days. Who knew? :despair:
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Post by Pelsea » Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:09 pm

Also Mackie mixers-- black for pan, blue for EQ, red for sends, and white for various inputs.

Note that color coding is used different ways:
• by function, system-wide
• by function on individual modules
• to identify modules
• to mark signal path

I occasionally add splashes of paint to mark things.
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Post by Hanz » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:21 am

Factory default Analogue Systems knob color coding (which I actually think inherits EMS color scheme):
White for audio/signal paths, grey for CV/control, blue for frequency/clocks, red for ADSR, green for wave shape/width, yellow for res/slew/pan and orange for anything else.

(That is, before I replaced all that with Davies 1900’s :D)
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Post by UltraViolet » Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:24 pm

Hanz wrote:Factory default Analogue Systems knob color coding (which I actually think inherits EMS color scheme):
White for audio/signal paths, grey for CV/control, blue for frequency/clocks, red for ADSR, green for wave shape/width, yellow for res/slew/pan and orange for anything else.

(That is, before I replaced all that with Davies 1900’s :D)
Thank you to all. This seems to be the closest thing to a standard. EMS seemed to use black knobs for volume/level. Since what I am doing can't use black (color is ring around the black knob that indicates the setting) will have to change that to something else (maybe violet :hihi: ).

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Post by Jay F. » Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:04 am

Hi,

I did this some time ago.

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Rule of thumb concerning knobs color on my home made modules :
- light grey / white : audio
- black (or dark grey) : CV attenuators
- colored (red/green/blue/...) : synth parameter
Above : Blue = VCO, Green = ADSR, Yellow = LFO, Red = VCF.
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Post by arthurdent » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:47 am

I have about 50 modules, 33 of which have knobs on them (the others are mults, S&H, etc). I've only changed the knobs from standard on two of them. I have the Radio Music and the Chord Organ from MTM, they're exactly the same module except for the programming of the Teensy. When I ordered them, I got the black faceplate and yellow knobs & pushbutton for the RM and the silver faceplate with red knobs & pushbutton for the CO. The rest of the modules are as-is, way too many knobs and way too many variety of knobs on the others.

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Post by Schrank » Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:35 pm

cptnal wrote:
Edit: Apparently Maths is shipping with white knobs these days. Who knew? :despair:
I think all the make noise modules come with white knobs now, they changed it somewhen at the beginning of the year.

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Post by Noha » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:51 pm

yes, i've done this on a number of modules, including most of the MakeNoise and Intellijel ones. I think it helps to unify the aesthetic of the system and also works to make navigation of the interface more intuitive.

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Post by Fallen_lassen » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:24 am

Teenage engineering OP-1 OP -Z. color coded to the extreme.

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Post by BugBrand » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:49 am

While it is nice to add some colour to break things up, I don't see much in the way of tying colours to functions in some sort of standard.

My way:
Red for main function control + Orange as backup
Blue for CV modulation depth
Yellow and Green for audio amplitudes

And sockets:
Yellow / Green for Audio path Input/Output
Blue / Red for Control path Input/Output

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Post by UltraViolet » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:53 am

BugBrand wrote: And sockets:
Yellow / Green for Audio path Input/Output
Blue / Red for Control path Input/Output
Thanks. This seems to be a better use of colors for the sockets than white/gray.

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