eskimo

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« Reply #20 on: April 14, 2008, 09:10:50 PM »
The problem with most retro design is that they don't pick up what's really good about old stuff.
The simpleness, the whole "does one thing really f**king well"-thing.
Big knobs for easy dialing laid out clearly from left to right and a simple block letter engraved font.

No, they just throw out a few chicken head knobs, some cheesy italic "retro" font and bling it with blue leds and call it a day.


Look At These Interesting Front Panels???
« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2008, 10:25:02 PM »
Quote from: "eskimo"

I love big knobs, tick marks, big switches and the whole old tube audio look. That thing is just porly laid out and doesn't look anything like it. It pretty much looks like it makes fun of new retro, and it does it extremely well. Sadly not intentionally.


If you're basing it off other vintage pro audio designs yes, but they could be going for the look in general. Old aircraft cockpit panels look a lot like that with everything squished in there. I'm sure there's a ton of other stuff like that too from back in the day.
We're living in the "more is better" era. Some people would look at that LA-2 and pass on it because it does not have the "compressor" option? WTF???

Freq Band

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« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2008, 11:13:53 PM »
I have been doing some retro panels for myself lately.
First is a pencil sketch to hash out ideas.
Then I'll semi-render them them up in Corel Draw.



Result:
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y177/Midiot/DSCN2039.jpg

My next panel needs a retro feel too. But very simple. Like  UREI,
or Manley.

Here's my hi-fi preamp's solid state guts...
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y177/Midiot/DSCN2996.jpg

Guildline has some wicked style:


Julie Research Labs (test equipment) faceplates are the coolest....black with stainless steel.
This will be arriving soon to my "lab"...
 



I bought this thing (DC null voltmeter??) only because of the Deco faceplate:
http://www.esnips.com/doc/40775739-0f0c-4bc1-bace-b1a51800c838/the-DECAMETER-by-Auto-Data

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« Reply #23 on: April 15, 2008, 12:13:56 AM »
It's almost like you designed that one around the look of the knob. Really cool and really inspiring. I think these old units can make for some really good inspiration.

MartyMart

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« Reply #24 on: April 15, 2008, 05:03:43 AM »













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"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm"

SSLtech

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« Reply #25 on: April 15, 2008, 10:25:01 AM »
Quote from: "Freq Band"


Wow... that thing is crying out to have the meter replaced with a drops-right-in API VU meter, and then converted into a DIY LA-2a!!!

Keith
"A waist is a terrible thing to mind"
Quote from: PRR
Ah, but that was 1999; we don't party like that any more.

Freq Band

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« Reply #26 on: April 15, 2008, 11:02:48 AM »
Quote from: "SSLtech"

Wow... that thing is crying out to have the meter replaced with a drops-right-in API VU meter, and then converted into a DIY LA-2a!!!
Keith


....and turn this one I have into an EQ...??





NOT ON yer life, buddy !!
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SSLtech

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« Reply #27 on: April 15, 2008, 12:18:38 PM »
:green:
"A waist is a terrible thing to mind"
Quote from: PRR
Ah, but that was 1999; we don't party like that any more.

gyraf

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« Reply #28 on: April 16, 2008, 03:42:32 AM »
http://www.recordingconsoles.net/

Pics of just about any old piece of audio equipment..

Jakob E.
..note to self: don't let Harman run your company..

kiira

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« Reply #29 on: April 16, 2008, 05:59:34 AM »
oops. double post.


kiira

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« Reply #30 on: April 16, 2008, 06:00:18 AM »
Quote from: "stickjam"
Now here's an impressive vintage front panel  :shock: That would certainly impress a studio client!

Does Front Panel Express do granite?  :green:


LOL. I had to scroll to see the woman in the entryway until I realized the scale. Those switches are as long as her rm and those monster knife switches must be 4' long! I wonder how much exposed current and voltage is running them? I'm making all my front panels from granite from now on!

Kiira

Gold

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« Reply #31 on: April 17, 2008, 12:49:12 AM »
That rusted meter panel reminds me of a great piece of art at the NY MOMA. It looks like a rusted piece of metal but it is made out of chocolate. I can't remember the artists name. I like clever subversion of expectations.


 

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