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John Roberts {JR}

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Re: Say Something
« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2016, 12:56:10 pm »

How about "-1"? It's short and it IS the transfer function. -F
When designing console/mixer faceplates, you kind of want to cover the widest possible demographic, and a low common denominator. Many customers are not native english speakers, many don't grok transfer functions or even the subtlety of how a polarity switch works, only that they need to recognize it for what it is when it's there. 

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PS: wouldn't that be -1x, of course then they would need to know algebra too. -1 might describe a mute or a pad using simple addition and subtraction.  :o
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Jonathan Johnson

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Re: Say Something
« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2016, 03:02:24 pm »

PS: wouldn't that be -1x, of course then they would need to know algebra too. -1 might describe a mute or a pad using simple addition and subtraction.  :o

Nowadays, -1 represents a downvote. So I guess that would make it the "suck" button?
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Re: Say Something
« Reply #22 on: March 05, 2016, 03:09:12 pm »

Nowadays, -1 represents a downvote. So I guess that would make it the "suck" button?

Need I say more?

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Re: Say Something
« Reply #23 on: March 05, 2016, 05:19:17 pm »

Need I say more?

I was waiting for that.
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Re: Say Something
« Reply #24 on: March 05, 2016, 05:47:56 pm »

I was waiting for that.

Too bad there's no "Talent" knob...
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Frank Koenig

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Re: Say Something
« Reply #25 on: March 05, 2016, 06:54:55 pm »

When designing console/mixer faceplates, you kind of want to cover the widest possible demographic, and a low common denominator. Many customers are not native english speakers, many don't grok transfer functions or even the subtlety of how a polarity switch works, only that they need to recognize it for what it is when it's there.

Right on all counts, which is why I think this is as good a symbol as any. It's not used anywhere else, so  far as I know, and it has a logical backstory for the cognoscenti. It makes more sense than the Greek letter phi, which starts with a ph sound just like that word we're not supposed to use, although it is nostalgic for those of us who spent our youths reading motor name plates. -1 has a certain cool, like if you think you're  a "real engineer" you can explain to others why it's called that. Everyone got used to "1/0" for power switches, for what that's worth. (And, following the same ill conceived logic, a mute would be "0". I'm fine with a pad being "-20dB", for example, and phantom power being "48V".)

Personally, I like my controls labeled using, possibly abbreviated, words in my native language, but know that that is impractical in today's international markets. I once thought it would be a joke to have a complex interface like that of an airliner labeled with icons instead of English, and if you look at the latest generation of avionics it's becoming reality. Dear me, dunno what I'm gonna do. -F   
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Re: Say Something
« Reply #26 on: March 05, 2016, 10:35:47 pm »

Not to get too serious for a moment, but I have a theory that the two halves of our brain communicate better with the outside world than each other. Verbalizing a problem (or perhaps writing about it) can involve the other half of your brain, the one with new, different ideas.

A brilliant design engineer I knew from decades ago, would make small talk with his wife every night about the design problem du jour... She of course had no idea what he was talking about, the process helped him find more solutions.

Sometimes, as in the case of the "rubber duck debugging" technique employed by some software developers, the other human can even be replaced by an inanimate object. (As the name suggests, the developer explains what the code does, line by line, to the duck).
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Re: Say Something
« Reply #27 on: March 06, 2016, 02:05:57 am »

Maybe we call it "signal flip" or just "flip"?
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Re: Say Something
« Reply #28 on: March 06, 2016, 08:55:59 am »

Maybe we call it "signal flip" or just "flip"?

So I can "Flip Off" the drummer?  ;D
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Re: Say Something
« Reply #29 on: March 06, 2016, 10:55:32 am »

Too bad there's no "Talent" knob...

... does anyone know what model board that is anyways?!?

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