Polaroids as Patch Sheets

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Polaroids as Patch Sheets

Post by schmidtc » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:16 pm

I'm considering getting a Polaroid camera to use for taking snapshots of patches on synths without memory. It seems a lot easier than writing on printed patch sheets. The only downside is film is expensive, and the photo's require proper storage. Anyone tried it?

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Re: Polaroids as Patch Sheets

Post by aredj » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:21 pm

Digi cam?

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Re: Polaroids as Patch Sheets

Post by Z » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:23 pm

I would think the size of a Poloroid photograph would be too small to see all the slider positions. Especially if you're using the flash and you get a hot spot on the photo.

Why not just use a digital camera, save the files to your computer and print them as needed. You could even create folders for each synth.

I've never written any synth patch down on paper, but I have photographed a couple of patches I made with my ARP 2600 since I'm still getting used to its layout and such.

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Re: Polaroids as Patch Sheets

Post by Shreddie » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:55 pm

I use a digital camera for my mixer settings.

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Re: Polaroids as Patch Sheets

Post by CZ Rider » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:59 pm

Digital camera is the way to go. Secondhand they can be had for cheap. I picked up a Sony DSC-S85 4.1 megapixel for around $50.00. The resolution is high enough to see dust on closeups. No film to buy and the date is stored with the photo, to help aid when the patch was recorded. Just snap a few different angles and the patch is saved. Easier on some modles like an Opus 3 or Arp Odyssey. Tougher on a modular. Saved the day a few times by recording the panel this way. Just yesterday I had a bass patch going with a Mini running through a fixed filter bank, looked like this with a digital camera and it's 20% size so there is plenty resolution to zoom further. Polaroid probably won't look as good, is expensive, and fade over time.
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Re: Polaroids as Patch Sheets

Post by schmidtc » Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:32 pm

Right. Computers. Digital Cameras. 2009. I'm there.

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Re: Polaroids as Patch Sheets

Post by veer chasm » Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:54 pm

Digicam is the way to go. I read a news report several months ago that Kodak was closing it's Polaroid manufacturing. Apparently there are a lot of Polaroid purists (sound familiar ?) who are buying up the remaining stock. They love the immediacy and inaccuracy of the format.
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Re: Polaroids as Patch Sheets

Post by Christopher Winkels » Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:09 pm

I recall hearing on the CBC radio program "Q" that an Austrian chap was trying to restart production of Polarioid film fo those aficionados who just had to have the film. Good luck to him (I mean that without sarcasm).

But for the purposes of our discussion, yeah: for $200 you can get a Canon with 8 or more megapixels. Probably a better investment.

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Re: Polaroids as Patch Sheets

Post by V301H » Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:43 pm

A synth without patch memory is most likely purely analog. Why not keep things in the analog realm? Maybe consider using a digital camera as a backup as Polaroids photos can deteriorate over the years.
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Re: Polaroids as Patch Sheets

Post by AstroDan » Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:52 am

I would bet large sums of money that all things Polaroid would fetch large sums of money if they discontinued.

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Re: Polaroids as Patch Sheets

Post by cartesia » Thu Aug 06, 2009 2:16 am

note to self: invest in polaroids and keep them safe for 10 years.

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