D reissue "drone" options

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D reissue "drone" options

Post by ummagumma » Fri Nov 27, 2020 1:56 am

feeding +5v into the "gate" input on the back, keeps the oscillators running and works great for drones

it's a bit of a pain to always plug an external device in, to supply the +5v. Also if I bring the minimoog somewhere it's more crap to haul

So I was thinking, in order of least invasive options:

1. reading the manual, it says the OSC, VEL, FILTER external control jacks all supply +5v on the ring, to power expression pedals. So it should be possible to build a TRS-->TS cable that could feed +5v into the gate (?). Although it says it's current limited. which is probably a good thing. So all you need to do is plug that cable between them...disadvantage is, you lose a controller input on the D

2. drill a 1/4" hole in the back and wire it to +5v. So you could use any 1/4" cable, and also keep the external control jacks free

3. install a proper switch on the front. Lots of room, say over the headphone jack. It would look great if done with a matching Moog style switch. But square holes are a pain, and am not keen on modding the front of the unit

Anyone else have any thoughts? Is there another option, that could be easier, or less invasive?

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Re: D reissue "drone" options

Post by ummagumma » Fri Nov 27, 2020 2:04 am

I guess there is always option

2a. install switch on the back

although it may be useful to have a +5v tap, in the form of a jack instead

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Re: D reissue "drone" options

Post by till » Fri Nov 27, 2020 11:26 am

You may solder a special cable with a TRS into the Moog pedal in, a 1:1 connected female TRS socket for a pedal and another cable going into the Gate In with +5 V of the pedal socket. So you do not loose the pedal connectivity and don't have to modify your Minimoog Reissue. And if you like, put a switch in the cable to the Gate IN for switching the drone on/off without undoing and redoing a cable.
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Re: D reissue "drone" options

Post by ummagumma » Fri Nov 27, 2020 11:50 am

hey, that is an even better idea!!

thanks Till!

*edit* actually even slicker would be to make two male-to-female 1/4" jacks, plugged into the GATE and OSC, connected with a switch that feeds the +5v to the GATE. Then you could switch it on/off, and still use the GATE and OSC jacks as usual. Just leave the thing on there

if it's low profile enough, you could even close the lid flat

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Re: D reissue "drone" options

Post by ummagumma » Fri Nov 27, 2020 12:15 pm

hmm I guess no one makes anything like that...I was thinking something like this right angle TRS, with a "through" female connection if you plug straight in

https://www.fullcompass.com/prod/038167 ... io-adapter

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*edit* I can't seem to find a stackable TRS connector, similar to the Buchla stackable jacks, either. Oh well, easy enough to just use cables

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Re: D reissue "drone" options

Post by Markyboard » Fri Nov 27, 2020 8:11 pm

Send a midi note on message without a midi note off message. I knew that one day those old versions of various software would be valuable. :mrgreen:

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Re: D reissue "drone" options

Post by ummagumma » Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:43 am

ha!!

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Re: D reissue "drone" options

Post by jdkJake » Sat Nov 28, 2020 3:04 pm

Back in the day, for some of my synths, I used to use golf tees to hold down a particular key or set of keys.

Works great, easy to apply, easy to remove, easy to change.
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Re: D reissue "drone" options

Post by stiiiiiiive » Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:08 am

I do the same with the half of a clothes pin :)

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Re: D reissue "drone" options

Post by ummagumma » Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:53 am

ha, I suppose golf tee/clothespin/weight works as well. Or as Keith Emerson famously used, daggers 8)

advantage of using gate: you can transpose by just hitting whatever key you want to be in

thanks for the suggestions, all

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Re: D reissue "drone" options

Post by hieronymous » Tue Dec 01, 2020 10:22 pm

Steve Moore of Zombi just posted this on Instagram the other day:

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Re: D reissue "drone" options

Post by ummagumma » Thu Dec 03, 2020 6:10 pm

hey, I guess that is an easy way to do it, as well

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