pitchbend / mod wheel parts needed

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weasel79
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pitchbend / mod wheel parts needed

Post by weasel79 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:30 pm

hallo friends,
i am looking for some high quality ideas for wheels. currently working with the doepfer ones and they are pretty unsatisfying, both in physical feel and reliability, and even worse in potentiometer readouts...

is there anything else ready to buy? or some good DIY ideas? what would be the best pot to use? self-centering spring loaded pots or manual spring mechanism like doepfer?

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Re: pitchbend / mod wheel parts needed

Post by FactoryDefault » Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:20 pm

Check the pro2021 thread. Devinw designed the pitch and mod wheels for that kit. They’re pretty sweet. Not sure if they’re available separately though.

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Re: pitchbend / mod wheel parts needed

Post by KSS » Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:13 am

weasel79 wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:30 pm
hallo friends,
i am looking for some high quality ideas for wheels. currently working with the doepfer ones and they are pretty unsatisfying, both in physical feel and reliability, and even worse in potentiometer readouts...

is there anything else ready to buy? or some good DIY ideas? what would be the best pot to use? self-centering spring loaded pots or manual spring mechanism like doepfer?
Not sure what you mean by self-centering spring loade pots. I don't know of any pots with spring loaded centering within themselves. And would *not* suggest center detent pots for performance control.

What don't you like about the Doepfer's physical feel? Width? texture? Tension of return?
reliability? Do you mean accuracy of return to zero on pitch bend? Or have they broken on you already?

Most wheel designs allow for many different types of pots to be used.

You might want to look at the synthesizers.com modular keyboard controllers. Their Q182W module is well made. Their large list of other controller devices may spark ideas.

Later this year a Euro dual wheel performance controls module should hit the market, if you can wait. But that might not fit your expectations either.

Hard to know how to respond without a better understanding of what you feel are thepresent limitations of what you have.

One other way to get functional wheels is from old or broken synths. Please don't take them from a well-regarded vintage synth, where the synth itself would be lost.

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