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Post pics of your DIY setup!

Post by falafelbiels » Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:25 pm

I noticed other sub-forums have this and although they have impressive systems in them, they just don't thrill me as much as seeing DIY stuff!
Now the search function couldn't find me a similar thread in Music Tech DIY so I thought why not?

I guess I'd better kick off.

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This is where I'm at after about one and a half year of DIY. Please ignore the Tyme Sefari, not that I don't like it but anyway...

WHERE YOURS AT?!


Dear Mod,
If a similar thread does exist, or maybe this belongs in DIY Forum Challenge (though I don't know about that), please move it to there and I'll edit the nonsense out.

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Post by Luka » Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:51 pm

i dont think we have done this yet - nice idea


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Post by Low-Gain » Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:58 pm

Very nice systems guys! looks very productive. i'll post once i get my studio back in order.

falafelbiels: i like your tank. :)

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Post by decaying.sine » Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:00 pm

Here is my SDIY building zone. This is an older pic. I have two more of those big gray things filled with ICs now. My o-scope is on another desk. I am switching over to an L-shaped desk since it is a little bigger.

I have an ikea drawer thingy that I store PCBs and panels in. I have been collecting them while working on my skills.

Here is my at home etching setup in this thread.
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I guess I don't have a lot of pics of my builds because most of them are at various stages of stuffing and wiring. I'll have to post a few when I get a little further.

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Post by russma » Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:18 pm

...soothing candle FTW.

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Post by parasitk » Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:23 pm

I don't have any good pics of my workspace at the moment, but here's my in-progress DIY synth (I've posted these around before):

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Coppersynth, October 2010 by parasitk, on Flickr

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Coppersynth patched by parasitk, on Flickr

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Coppersynth patched by parasitk, on Flickr

I have the 292c clones and Mankato done. The Mankato doesn't work at the moment and I have no idea why. I'm in the middle of wiring the Living VCOs right now.

Next year I start a second row after I've moved and have my workspace all set up again! :sadbanana:

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Post by falafelbiels » Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:26 pm

It got stickied even! :party: For a minute I couldn't find it anymore huhuh...

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I really love the live rig you're working on. The ultimate in SDIY or somewhere damn near!

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The Leman Russ or the Land Raider? The Land Raider is pretty DIY and belongs in the pic really. Too bad it will never be finished...

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That is ridiculously neat! My place looks like an outhouse. Get wiring man!

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That is ridiculously beautiful...
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Post by decaying.sine » Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:35 pm

No kidding. So much wiring to do!

Another thing I added to the little work area was a true HEPA filter. It is awesome at sucking up the solder fumes. I basically solder right in front of it and don't have to open the window. I picked up the idea from a post here, I believe, and a recommendation on the filter by xart's post.

Coppersynth is unbelievably beautiful isn't it? Actually, I'm always impressed by all the amazing DIY panel styles. Pretty inspiring stuff.
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Post by Low-Gain » Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:46 pm

decaying.sine: NOW THAT'S A CLEAN SPACE !! wow. i wish my benches could be that clean. >_<

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Post by Luka » Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:04 pm

haha same

mine become that clean about once per quarter and then they slowly become a landfill. good idea with the air filter. you would really need it in that space looking at the angle of the wall

i like to see that other people patch up their unfinished modules just to see what it looks like when in operation :)

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Post by decaying.sine » Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:40 pm

It's an attic room and you are correct about the ceiling angle. The DIY desk I am switching to is beside the window in the same room, but that little filter sucks up everything even on the lowest setting. It's been a nice surprise and addition.

I do need to finish up my stuff so I can show off my lovely nice-racks.com burgundy MOTM 5U cabinet.

I have a matching cabinet that is modcan A format. I am going to do some panel designs for that one in anodized blue to match my MegaOhm built modules. Phi's got a great design style and I am going to DIY with that in mind.
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Post by sduck » Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:03 pm

I thought we had already done this, but I guess not! This is a few months old...

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and the scary hole in my garage I put the stuff together...

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Post by Luka » Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:59 am

i think we have done the workspace thing but not had a thread to show off DIY synths. here is one side of my workspace (the other side has a drillpress and a shelf full of components)

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Post by decaying.sine » Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:01 am

Luke. Great curtains. David Lynch fan?
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Post by Luka » Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:11 am

:) - i think some days i probably make as much sense at a lynch film

i got these curtains from an op shop for party decor but they were so nice they mostly lived in my house with the odd excursion once in awhile for special installations.

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Post by RF » Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:11 am

Great idea for a thread - You all have great looking setups, but jeese sduck, that's a beautiful system..

Here's my modular a few months back - I got all the empty spaces filled with modules a week or two ago... But I still have a backlog of projects which may mean starting a new cab.

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Post by andrewF » Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:51 am

this is a bit old but you get the idea

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Post by falafelbiels » Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:31 am

What is that thing in the bottom pic, Andrew?

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Post by Rod Serling Fan Club » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:16 pm

wow, crazy setups. So far all my DIY modules are lying strewn about waiting for a case. I can't decide what kind of case I want to make, stained wood, tolex, I dunno...

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Post by Luka » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:42 pm

if i had the chance again i think i would have not made my big wood case
even though making that case was so satisfying

the angled mixer rack cases are the best as you can use them so many ways
you can sit them on bench vertical or horizontally - you can take them out of your studio - you can put your racks effects in there. so useful

(i was 100% influenced by spbaker here)

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Post by rico loverde » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:49 pm

holy shit AndrewF thats a sic set up. love the mannequins...didnt realize you had done those. seen some pix of em before i believe. very colorful!!!
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Post by andrewF » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:25 pm

falafelbiels wrote:What is that thing in the bottom pic, Andrew?
it is recycled from a PKE studio mixer (as is most of that synth).
It is now a 20 stage 'binary-programmed' sequencer. Each column of push switches is wired to be an 8-bit selector.

The remaining 8 columns of push switches are used to set up programmable gate outputs from the Milton.

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Post by Luka » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:42 pm

im not sure if i have asked this before but how they hell do you wire stuff inside the mannequins? it must be hard to mount everything but to wire it then makes it seems impossible. do you slice them open first?

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Post by andrewF » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:58 pm

its a real shit trying to wire down in the crotch region......
basically made a door out of the back (same for the back of the head)
the boards are stacked and bolted all over the place

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Post by Luka » Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:11 pm

we have put lights and piece of mirror inside them before and it was a nightmare - i was always blown away by how much sweat and tears (and swearing) it would have been to make your ones

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