You typically leave more frame at the bottom, elements higher. I'm looking around at my racks of stuff, there's a mix of everything from centered, weighted higher, weighted lower. Seems to be no standard.
Post by bluegrassdan on May 28, 2017 23:43:53 GMT -6
The main reason for not centering is because there is no extra room to move the stepped gain attenuators down. There's a big PIO 2.2uf capacitor in the way. (But I'm gonna stick with the photo framing artistic answer!)
Here is the design I finalized with actual RAL colors. Dan Duerloo is working his magic on making it a reality.
Probably way too late to the party, but if those 1/4" inputs were significantly lower (is there anything in the way there that would prevent you from lowering them?) not only would the percieved weight of the framing be lowered, but it occurs to me that you don't want to be hitting the cables when you're reaching for the knobs. I think low and out of the way might be both aesthetically and ergonomically better.
Maybe you'll find this helpful. This is a two channel tube mic preamp using an Ian Thompson pcb. Its chock full of 6922 tubes, cinemag input transformers and carnhill output transformers. It took me awhile to design the front panel and switches but in the end i like how it came out. This is also one of my favorite mic preamps albeit one channel can get noisey depending on mic and source. Need to fix that, otherwise its good.