Your just putting “a colour” led “on” from something like a battery right?, no external connection, and just to show the switch location?Nicely rendered, I was going to do it software based but then said “screw it” and just used a glass slide as a circle template and a sharpie lol.
Latest update is I found that it’s difficult to get even illumination from each “lens”, especially the front one as there isn’t much height to work with so you can’t put an LED right under it and the switch mechanism can cast a shadow
Solution is lining the inside with a shiny material, I used HVAC tape, so that any light really bounces all over the box and gives a very even look.
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Your just putting “a colour” led “on” from something like a battery right?, no external connection, and just to show the switch location?
If you add a 9V power socket, you can use a "OneSpot" or similar 9V adapter and save $$$ on batteries....Yes, just white LED’s, powered from battery, with an on/off switch. Won’t change color or status, just will show where the switches are located and hopefully look cool
True, but downside is that then you need to have another cord running to the FC for power, instead of just the single XLR so little messier than an internal battery.If you add a 9V power socket, you can use a "OneSpot" or similar 9V adapter and save $$$ on batteries....
<jon-lovitz>True, but downside is that then you need to have another cord running to the FC for power, instead of just the single XLR so little messier than an internal battery.
I figure I should get about 150/200 hrs from a battery depending on how bright I run the LED, or could also use like 3 or 4 AA and have a lot more capacity.
Happy to see that my EXT4MFC is still in use.I've been wondering when someone is gonna start producing these type of extensions for sale. I love my Roadrunner EXT4MFC on the AFX2... sits flush against the side of the MFC.
Looks like @Roadrunner doesn't plan on offering FC extensions though. Who's gonna produce these type of units for sale?.. either four switches, or combo of 2 switches and 2 pots would be awesome. Anyone? Fractal maybe? seems like a logical accessory to produce and sell.
Wise words... (unless of course you could read status / colour configuration)Happy to see that my EXT4MFC is still in use.
Currently I don’t see myself doing these for the new FM’s, only because of initial costs, if you want a solid, reliable extension, it costs a lot when manufacturing in small batches dew to the enclosure.
I remember back than spending so much time on many prototypes until I got the right one.
@iqdsnddist - a word from experience – skip the LED thing, it’s a bling bling, not more than that as it’s not going to affect or help you in anyway, as soon as you switch to a new preset, the switch cannot read its statues from the Axe so the LED status means nothing.
Adding LED just makes it more complicated, not maintenance free and above all you have another link in the chain that could go wrong / break.
The main use of the extension is functions that do not require LED status like bank up / down, Volume incr’ / decr’ etc.
For block status etc, use the FM switches which has LED that are effected by the preset block status.
A comment on the 16-gauge steel that the FCs are built with...
In 7th grade shop class, I built a sheet-metal lock box. The instructor told me to use 18-gauge steel, because anything heavier would be hard to work with. I figured, “Screw that. It’s a lock box, right? It’s supposed to be tough.” So I used 16-gauge steel. It was a bitch to build, but I got it done, and it worked.
On the last day of class, we got our projects back. One of the school hard-asses decided to screw up my day. He grabbed it away from me and started banging on it. He finally gave up. I walked out with my intact lock box under my arm and a smile on my face. If I’d built it lighter, it would have crumpled.
So yeah, 16-gauge steel is pretty rugged.