The Hardware Megathread


This is the complete opposite. Apart from kick and snare every single sound has been sampled by some other Xmas song.


A workhorse collection is sure to inspire a newbie on what to get for his first guitar.


I have a fun weekend project ahead of me. Replacing the knobs on my matrixbrute. The originals started getting rubbery/gunky last year. Got a new job and with my first spare money I splurged on a set of sandblasted aluminum knobs from lovemyswitches (which is not a website frequented by S&M enthusiasts despite the name). I looked into original replacements and while they would be about 1/3 the price, I’d also know I’m going to be here again in 5-8 years and would depend on Arturia still feeling like selling them to me. I figure if I’m going to do this let’s do it once.

Unfortunately, I have to adapt the the shafts to use these knobs, but my choice of knobs without the adapter is pretty slim because Arturia uses D-shafts with a 270 degree offset. Not pictured below is the process of aligning the knob to the shaft.

Just need to do that 43 more times!

Also, I have some done from last week, I bought a few knobs to test and make sure they worked OK before I bought the full set. Full picture when done, but I went for copper for all the volume controls, bare aluminum to replace all the white encoders, and teal for everything else.


hahahaha that’s gold


Looking good! I thought this would take longer to do than it did, but I was done in about 2 hours spread out in a couple of bursts throughout the day. I had one knob with a stripped setscrew so I’m going to ask for a replacement on that and get that last knob in the bottom left done. Need to do the faders when I get my next paycheck, that will be a quick job. Unfortunately, all the buttons are starting to exhibit the same gunk buildup. AND I do not feel like taking all these knobs off so that I can remove to front panel to get them out and replace them. I’ll look into cleaning them for now, or maybe masking the panel and scraping whatever this godforsaken goo is off.


I’m finding a lot of the rubbery finishes on instruments perish quickly. I had a Numark Orbit which i used maybe a handful of times. It mostly just stayed in its carry bag in a draw. Even that perished into this same gooey gross shit. Has happened to some of my brothers gear too. Only thing to do is wipe it off with acetone and xylene which is fucking toxic, but it works. Caution though, it also will wipe off anything printed on the unit.


Yeah, I’ve heard acetone elsewhere too, which is paint thinner if I’m not mistaken. Hence my masking intentions.