The Choices joystick module was designed to pack as much utility in as little space as possible while keeping with the design philosophy of f(h). Choices uses a joystick assembly that has 90° arc of travel, and is the smoothest-feeling joystick that f(h) have tested. The module can be oriented with the joystick at the top or the bottom to best suit its location in your system.
With no inputs plugged in Choices will provide a varying buffered DC Control Voltage (CV) to the outputs; the X output varies with horizontal motion, the Y with vertical motion. When an external signal is connected to one of the Module’s axis inputs – this signal will override the internal voltage for the channel.
- Handles both DC and AC signals: Each axis has a toggle switch to set the reference calibration for either type.
- Scale control to adjust output magnitude, from 0 to 200%.
- Offset control – A.K.A. Bias – to shift signal DC level by up to ±5V.
- Separate Gate and Trigger outputs.
- Dual trigger buttons, so that one is in easy reach no matter what orientation the panel is in or whether you are left- or right-handed.
- User-accessible trim pots to allow you to fine-tune the biasing to your needs.
- Adjustable joystick pre-load, meaning that you can adjust the amount of force required to move the joystick around. But, just in case you think this is some magical feature, it means I decided not to put thread fixative on the three bolts that hold the joystick to the panel. Everyone has a different opinion on how tight or loose a joystick should be, so I leave that up to you!
- Joystick ball joint lubricated before being attached to the panel. These joysticks arrived completely dry, so a clear silicon-based electrical grade dielectric grease is applied to each ball joint – it’s even FDA approved! (but don’t lick it, please. The FDA apparently chose to approve that it “may be harmful or fatal if swallowed”, so don’t do it, k?)
Why is it called Choices?
Because that is the whole idea behind a joystick, to be able to quickly and easily experiment so you can choose what you like. It is a controller, to put you in control.
The main reason, however, is that you can choose how the Choices module is oriented in your system. The playing-card style layout is so the Choices can be positioned with joystick at the top or bottom and be comfortable to use and read either way: