Cynthia faceplates found, not sure what to do with them....

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Cynthia faceplates found, not sure what to do with them....

Post by Midiot » Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:56 pm

I'm a euroack guy, but I got hold of several unused Cynthia face-plates that are 9" tall (just under 23cm tall). I believe these are for MOTM format. (?)
(EDIT: these are Modcan A format)

They are several years old, black, and most are protected with a plastic film. (new-old stock)
This not a "want-to-sell" post. (yet)
First, I want to know if there is a source that sells empty PCBs (DIY) for these face-plates.... maybe I will give it a go...and build a small Modcan format unit. ??.... (or even just the schematics)

(list, several of each:)
Filthy Filter
VC Tanpura
Four Transients
Dual Sawtooth Animator
Multi Ladder Filter
Zero Oscillator
Unary Processor
Rythmic Divider
Anything Module
FT Expander
Macintosh G4
Universal Generator
Four Filters
Prime Divider


(pics to follow)
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Post by Midiot » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:01 pm

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Post by Midiot » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:06 pm

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Post by ach_gott » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:18 pm

Looks like MU (Moog Unit/.com) format.

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Post by PrimateSynthesis » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:22 pm

Are you sure those aren't Modcan A?
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Post by Midiot » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:29 pm

Maybe it is another format ?
How can I tell ?

Hole size (input/output is 5/16 inch (0.3125)

Modulargrid lists this, as Modcan A
...https://www.modulargrid.net/c/cynthia-anything-module
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Post by drew » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:36 pm

It is definitely modcan a
See here:
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Post by unrecordings » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:37 pm

Cynthia used to sell Modcan A & MOTM formats - not so sure about MU, but that's not to say she didn't

Some of those are going to be CGS (CatGirlSynth) designs by Ken Stone and the PCBs are still available

Edit:
Yes she did do MU, but these do look to be Modcan

Wayback Machine has some pretty good archives of Cyndustries.com circa 2006/2007 by the looks of it

https://web.archive.org/web/20060321083 ... odules.cfm
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Post by elmerfudd » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:38 pm

Those are MODCAN A format. Tad taller than 5U. Most of cythia's builds were Cat Girl (cgs) derived, so you could look in that direction. The zero and mac builds would be impossible. Good luck!

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Post by elmerfudd » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:39 pm

Ooh stereo!!!!

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Post by Midiot » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:41 pm

Thanks for the good info.
My research goes on... :cloud:
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Post by sduck » Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:28 pm

Cynthia stuff usually has the electronics designer's name down on the bottom. So in that first pic most of it is Barton stuff. I also see a panel for a Encore Electronics Universal Event Generator - http://www.encoreelectronics.com/cont_ueg1.html.

Some of that stuff may be of some interest to DIYer's, but maybe not - not many modcan A systems out there. Although, I'd suppose the few that exist might want some additions.

That macintosh G4 idea she had was kind of a pie in the sky thing - a kind of alright idea, but not really well implemented. I wonder if she actually sold any of them.
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Post by ranix » Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:47 pm

I always thought the G4 panel was a joke, funny to see it here in a photo

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Post by AnalogAssailant » Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:52 pm

heh well if you do decide to sell i could use a couple of those "blank" panels to fill the gaps in my modcan A system.

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Post by Midiot » Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:51 pm

Most interesting is the Zeroscillator panel.

But given the age of the design and the # of PC boards (4, I believe) involved and reported problems...I wouldn't consider building this as a diy project, unless there were full docs and etched boards. ....(doubt I'd find any anyways, I don't think it was ever sold as a DIY kit)
Are there pics involved ? ( programmed IC's)

A Rubicon would be a better modern alternative.....without the hassle.
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Post by elmerfudd » Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:12 pm

Yeah, not many A systems. I personally would love a universal generator. If you start selling panels I am in....

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Post by Midiot » Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:34 pm

Universal Event Generator... manual (no schems)
http://www.encoreelectronics.com/UEGManual2.pdf
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Post by unrecordings » Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:30 am

Check with Tony (at Encore) but those UEG panels might have been designed as a drop in replacement for the MOTM version - so they might still be useful

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Post by SynthBaron » Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:07 am

Where did you get those things? Was there an unpaid storage unit auction?

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Post by Midiot » Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:58 pm

SynthBaron wrote:Where did you get those things? Was there an unpaid storage unit auction?
From an electronic surplus store.... near Burbank, CA
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Post by Joe. » Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:50 am

This would've been a great episode of American Pickers, in about 10 years time.

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Post by Midiot » Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:30 pm

I think they were being sold as aluminum scrap.
I rescued them.

At the very least, I could flip-them-around.... using them as DIY knob and switch plates, with the printing not involved...... for test plates for DIY..
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Post by SynthBaron » Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:20 pm

They look like photo anodized aluminum, and the protective plastic and professional punching looks like stuff I've seen from Metalphoto of Cincinnati. I suppose we can only guess how they ended up in a surplus shop. Half the panels seem to be from unreleased products. Wonder if any other parts or equipment from Cyndustries ended up for sale there.

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