Dead Express?

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by Jay Ashworth, Jul 10, 2017.

  1. Jay Ashworth

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    I an contemplating -- because I am a weirdo -- the idea of repurposing a dead Express console as a wing, say, for M-PC, by ripping out the existing CPU board, and replacing it with something more... malleable. Like an Arduino. Or an RPi 3, with some hat.

    Anyone got a 48/96 gathering dust in a closet in their third subbasement on top of a file cabinet in an office with a sign on the door saying Beware Of The Leopard?
     
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    Yeah, I looked at those. And the moving faders are sweet. But I came up out of faders, and I like *lots* of them. :)

    I'm thinking I could actually put a small W10 compatible SBC *right inside* the big Express, and run M-PC right on it.
     
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    I have a dead Idea 48/96 that I was considering doing something similar. Lots of faders. I think I can figure out the procedure to read the faders with a microcontroller. It still seems like a lot of work though.
     
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    I've got a "Beware the Possum" sign with a sacrificial Strand MX 24/48 used to repair the bigger 48/96 if that counts for anything...
     
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    It might be almost as much work to reverse-engineer the Express facepanels as it would be to lay out your own circuit board that does the same thing--with the latter having the added advantage of being able to choose your own size/shape/quantities. There are lots of hobbyist resources online for fairly cheap PCB fabrication these days, so you don't even have to mess with nasty chemicals and whatnot. Something to consider...
     
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    The issue isn't the circuit board, it's the mechanicals -- the faders, and their mounting, and the facepanel, etc, etc... I expect it to be substantially easier *for me* to RE the electronics than the mechanics.
     
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