So, I bought a Vidiot and really tried to keep it at just that, because I don’t really have the $$ or time to build out a full system at the moment. BUT couldn’t help myself and jumped on the Sandin IP modules giveaway and that has dragged me into the actual modular world here. But, then, to both limit my options (which I find creatively useful) and keep my purchasing within somewhat reasonable limits, the case I bought is tiny, the PulpLogic Lunchbox LBZ-54 (it works great, BTW, and is a perfect size for portability… but it is, yeah, tiny).
I initially contemplated doing most of my signal modulation with audio tiles but now realizing that that is going to be extremely limiting. But building Cadet modules into 1u is extremely wasteful with space. So I have come up with another idea and I can’t tell if it is a really good one or really bad one (maybe both?) and want some opinions/advice (hopefully from @creatorlars, if he has time, as well as some of you other folks who do a lot more DIY than I do)…
Anyway, what I am thinking of doing is converting the case from 3u + 1u + 1u to 3u + 2u, which with custom 2u panels will allow me to fit more modules horizontally, like so:
Now that is just a quick Photoshop mockup (with maybe not everything turned the 100% correct direction; maybe some Cadets should face inward?), but it seems like the measurements for everything should allow that to work. The Function Generator has a short board that should fit vertically in 2u, I think.
So, yeah, are there any technical or space problems with this that I am not thinking about?
And I tried to pick the Cadets that would provide maximum modulation (I am principally interested in video image signals, not pattern generation), but does anyone have other suggestions? For instance, I assume it is not even worth it to think about Castle — none of those do much solo, do they? Also, kind of curious about the Mystic Circuits Ana — anyone use that on video image signals yet?
My hope is that doing this should also allow me, if/when I have time/money/inclination to expand further, to remove the modules from their custom panels and install in the standard 3u ones. But I do wonder if there are any back-end mods I should do to make power/connections easier/simpler?
And anyone have tips on getting panels made? I think I have a possible resource for that here, but not 100% sure. Not something I’ve done before. Indeed, this project is definitely going to exceed my skillset, but I am reasonably confident I can make it all happen. Unless, yeah, there is some big problem I am overlooking.
Anyway, sorry for the long post and thanks for any input!