Striso Duet Development

Hi… Just pre ordered a Duet. As, I understand, the Duet is currently still in development, I am wondering about the possibilities of mounting a mini rig speaker permanently within the instrument… whether arrangements for a mount might be included in the instrument and perhaps for a power pack if there is space… being as I am definitely a plug and play player rather than a computer/synth type player.

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Hey,

Looking at the specs for the mini rig speaker that Piers mentioned, it looks like it will safely double as a power pack, since it says you can charge your phone off of it.

-Frank

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Aah that’s useful to know… thanks Frank… so hopefully just a speaker mount required. I always play with the instrument on my knee so perhaps an opening in the top of the instrument in lieu of the neck strap connection point… or the front of the instrument as in Didie’s prototype to allow sound egress?.. it’d be nice to have that opening manufactured in rather than having to diy it.

Vincent

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Thanks for your order!
Indeed, there will be a velcro strap to hold the speaker into place. Behind is space for a power bank, or the Minirig can be used for power. Here I have the Minirig 3, the Minirig 4 should work even easier as it can be turned on with the power button (instead of by inserting the mini jack)

The front is a separate piece that you can leave out to improve the sound.

I’m still doubting if it’s useful to have USB-B, but I think I’ll go for just USB-C.

Piers

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Thanks Piers… good to know and see that… Yes perhaps even some Dutch acoustically transparent mesh might be appropriate on the front?!:blush:

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Hi Piers,

I was one of those people who couldn’t understand why you’d use USB B years ago when USB C was becoming a convenient universal standard.

I understand now.

After 2 years of heavy use and wear, I have no problems with my Striso’s power. While it’s unconventional and requires an extra cable, I really wouldn’t have it any other way at this point.

-Frank

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I gather C better than B for sound reproduction but B certainly a more robust plug…hopefully not a micro C which seem to be so easily mashed. So perhaps it will depend on the function… If power supply, I’d agree B preferable. Have one on my audio interface and very reliable.

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I’ve been pondering this question recently…

Is there a “Micro C”…? I haven’t come across that before. There’s Micro USB, which looks like this…

…and I’m a bit dubious about the strength and durability of that. USB B is kind of the gold standard in terms of USB connectivity…

…and USB-C I don’t really know about, though it seems to be the new standard. In terms of audio quality, I’d have assumed they were the same. (?)

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I think your micro is technically micro C… someone may correct me on this. As you say, also in my experience not durable and difficult to use. I really dislike this type. USB B much more durable. I don’t have experience of durability of USB C.

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Hmm, that pic has two Micro C’s and missing micro A. Micro(x) of course just isn’t going to be as robust as something larger. So far what few standard USB C devices I’ve had are surviving better than previous USB connections, and the user experience has been better (always works on the first try, not 3 tries like USB A), but time will tell.

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For reference, Wiki identifies this type as Micro-B, and there’s also a Micro-A I’ve never seen.

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Anyway… perhaps we’ve established minis and micros are not the preferred options for longevity!

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After comparing them again, I’m tending towards USB-B rather than USB-C myself. Feels more rugged and secure to me.

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Roger Linn also agrees.

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As a long time Android phone user, USB C has become the standard… and is generally the first thing to break on the phone. It’s a fantastic standard if you’re ok with disposable electronics, it allows for very thin devices, but that doesn’t really seem to be a technical requirement here.