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Ever seen a rackmount clock?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:17 pm

I don't mean a sync clock, just a regular clock for telling me when I've been spending too long deciding which virtual synth sound is best. Just something cheap and simple that will slot into a 1U space? Anyone done this?
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Re: Ever seen a rackmount clock?

Postby N i g e l » Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:03 pm

sounds like expensive lab gear or a network time server. Whats wrong with a big LCD wall clock rather than using up a rack slot ?
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Re: Ever seen a rackmount clock?

Postby Folderol » Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:05 pm

... or even a small clock display in the corner of your monitor?
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Re: Ever seen a rackmount clock?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:08 pm

Common requirement in broadcast studios, but anything 'professional' and rack mounting is expensive.

https://www.canford.co.uk/Clocks

http://havequick.de/index.php/en/products/clocks/1-inch-2-5-cm-ntds-series-ntp-digital-clocks-69-detail
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Re: Ever seen a rackmount clock?

Postby Luke W » Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:35 pm

If it has to be in rack format I’d be temped to grab a 1U blank panel and fix a simple LCD clock to the front of it.
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Re: Ever seen a rackmount clock?

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:41 pm

Luke W wrote:If it has to be in rack format I’d be temped to grab a 1U blank panel and fix a simple LCD clock to the front of it.

Me too ;)

I've got an LCD bedside clock whose battery lasts for several years at a time, so you wouldn't have to spend much upkeep time with this DIY approach either.


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Re: Ever seen a rackmount clock?

Postby N i g e l » Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:48 pm

The accuracy of digital but with the warmth of valves....


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Re: Ever seen a rackmount clock?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:55 pm

I was thinking of the blank panel idea or just slotting a clock into the space but haven’t found one thin enough yet. All suggestions welcome!
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Re: Ever seen a rackmount clock?

Postby DGL. » Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:57 pm

Dr Huge Longjohns wrote:I was thinking of the blank panel idea or just slotting a clock into the space but haven’t found one thin enough yet. All suggestions welcome!

Plenty of 7seg clock kits on eBay, mount it to a rack panel and you're done, could probably even change the size of the 7seg displays if necessary (assuming the current draw is within limits).
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Re: Ever seen a rackmount clock?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:16 pm

What’s 7 seg???
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Re: Ever seen a rackmount clock?

Postby fatbenelton » Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:21 pm

Get a 1 or 2U blanking plate and velcro a cheapo, thin LED clock to it!

EDIT - I really should read threads properly - somebody already suggested this!
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Re: Ever seen a rackmount clock?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:22 pm

Dr Huge Longjohns wrote:What’s 7 seg???

The seven LED segments that comprise each numerical digit in the time display. Horizontal light bars at the top, middle and bottom (3), plus vertical bars each side at the top and bottom (4)! Totalling seven segments which are lit in different combinations to create the numbers from 0 to 9.
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Re: Ever seen a rackmount clock?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:25 pm

Ah ok I’m with you now :thumbup:
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Re: Ever seen a rackmount clock?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:26 pm

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