16 weeks of development, 1,300 feet of wire, and supplies from Thailand to Texas.
The two-tone wooden casing was designed and perfectly handbuilt by Joey Hankins in Asheville, NC. Seriously, laser precision, and all he had were hand drawings to work out.
27" x 17". 118 buttons, 16 knobs, 4 faders, 2 rotary encoders, 20 toggles, and 4 hardware switches. The mechanical keyboard and the trackpad let me access my laptop without needing to physically touch it. In case of some kind of USB disconnect from the laptop, a Bluetooth section of the buttons (the top right 4x3) give me emergency master playhead control as long as the power stays.
Power management is handled through an embedded USB 3.0 hub, and there are 4 breakout extensions in the top paneling to plug in USB keys and other controllers.
In the top right is a very tiny electret microphone that gives me an idea of the stage volume by visualizing on the square pixel matrices.
The toggles in top right are power (red), clock (blue 1), left matrix (blue 2), and right matrix (blue 3.)
The backlighting is a lightbox lit by a full length of Blinkytape.
All the internal MCUs are connected to the same powered hub for programming without needing to open it.
An intake and outtake fan keep everything very chill.