Month: November 2016

ST4 silkscreens, and the year 2016

Traditionally, there is good news, and there is bad news. This is no exception. So..

Good news, people: the first silkscreen painted casing arrived. See below (click to enlarge). And yes, the power switch is in the Tasty Chips logo 🙂

The first ST4 with silkscreens.

The first ST4 with silkscreens.

Bad news, people: the silkscreen quality isn’t high enough. And this means the delivery will be postponed to next year.

To explain. The silkscreen is spotty and varies in thickness over the plate. We’ll need another iteration to perfect things. Sorry, we just can’t choose to rush this. Especially not on a synth of this class. Which is to say, we will clear this up. No matter the cost!

Now that that’s out of the way. Other news!

Superbooth 2017: April 20..22, Berlin. The most interesting synth fair in Europe. We’re there to demonstrate all our stuff, including formerly classified projects!

In the meantime we’ll keep working on our projects. The ST4 still needs to support more USB keyboard languages 😉

ST4 pre-final photoshoot

With the first batch of ST4 casings in production, we had time to make a photoshoot of the current, pre-final, model. As you can see, it’s easy to remove the lid and keep it opened up for maintenance.. Almost like a car 😉

The first batch is expected to be delivered to us mid November..

 

Front view, power off.

Front view, power off.

 

The obligatory diagonal angle shot.

The obligatory diagonal angle shot.

 

ST4 opened up, looking at the bottom plate. VCF board (large PCB in front), IO board for MIDI and USB, power board (with the Traco DC/DC converter).

ST4 opened up, looking at the bottom plate. VCF board (large PCB in front), IO board for MIDI and USB, power board (with the Traco DC/DC converter).

 

Backside of the lid. Control boards, Arduino DUE, part of the LCD display, Mic board (lower left corner).

Backside of the lid. Control boards, Arduino DUE, part of the LCD display, Mic board (lower left corner).

 

Backside of the lid. Control boards, DUE, part of LCD display, SD card board, and headphone wiring.

Backside of the lid. Control boards, DUE, part of LCD display, SD card board, and headphone wiring.

 

Part of bottom and lid. The PCB with all the phono sockets is the VCA board.

Part of bottom and lid. The PCB with all the phono sockets is the VCA board.

 

Opened up the hood.

Opened up the hood.

 

As you can see the lid comes off nicely and can comfortably rest on the table. No cables have to be detached.

As you can see the lid comes off nicely and can comfortably rest on the table. No cables have to be detached.

 

Powered on. Strutting that nice logo.

Powered on. Strutting that nice logo.

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