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Re: Mobius in a rack unit

i built my own rackmount pc.  cost me about 700 bucks and everything came from newegg.com  it's 3u high and skb makes a deep shock rack that will accommodate server cases.  for the money it's far more powerful than anything you could buy off the shelf.  plenty of memory, ram, processor is plenty fast, etc.  and i'm not a computer-y person, so don't be dissuaded if you feel that you lack the requisite know-how.  it's pretty much bone-simple.

touch screens are dope and all but hp makes a slide-out keyboard/monitor combo that works great.  i'm typing on it right now, actually.  google "TFT5600" and see what comes up.  i paid 30 bucks for mine on ebay...apparently they're absurdly expensive new and absurdly cheap when bought used.  i use bidule and on anything but the simplest of presets i'm needing all the screen i can get.  a tiny touch screen would be infuriating. 

only things left are a good pci audio interface and midi i/o and you're all set. 

if anybody is seriously considering something similar, feel free to email me off (or on, i suppose) for gory details.

- jim

On Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 10:39 AM, Art Simon <simart@gmail.com> wrote:
I've toyed with the idea of building a rack mount music computer. I especially like the idea of built-in touchscreen, so you wouldn't need to have a keyboard and monitor on stage. Here's an example:

What's kept me from doing it is that most of the rack mount server cases are too deep for the typical musicians 19" flight case, and while it would be portable, it would be awkward and heavy to carry. Also, the costs start to add up. A laptop seems much more cost effective, unless you already have a good desktop and just want to transfer it to a new case. The alienware M11x is slightly larger than a netbook and costs under $1000. It could make a very portable and unobtrusive music laptop.


On Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 12:58 AM, G <gigs@paradise.net.nz> wrote:
To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
Subject: Re: Mobius in a rack unit
From: Rainer Straschill <moinsound@googlemail.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2010 23:10:53 +0200
>Jeff Larson said (with regard to the Altium NanoBoard):
>> I've looked at things like this before, the problem with them for me
>> boils down to the operating system.  Besides the big things like how
>> you interface with MIDI, audio, and display devices, Mobius was also
>> designed with certain OS assumptions like virtual memory and a file
>> system.
>> At the moment I barely have enough time to keep the Windows and Mac
>> versions going so I doubt this will ever happen.
>I just had this idea because a) this hardware has everything you'd need,
>b) the "you can't fit Möbius into a rack unit" topic had come up just
>recently and c) the fact that I assume that something like Möbius (due
>to its eight parallel engines and a state-machine-oriented logic) really
>lends itself to be implemented on a FPGA.
>But there was a reason I neded my originall message with a
>smileyface...I perfectly understand that you don't want to get into yet
>another version to support.
>          Rainer

Since deciding to go the rack route, fitting a laptop or pc into a rack
is something I'm pondering.  I missed the earlier thread.
In IT server rooms, generally multiple servers are housed in 19" racks.
I'm thinking about getting such a rack PC case installing an adequate
computer into it.  I've yet to look into the keyboard/mouse/monitor.
-- G.

Art Simon
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