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I'm in the market for a controller for my 3-axis skull. What are you all using for your skulls and why? Are you also using VSA?
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I use an SSC-32 board connected to a computer with VSA. It seems to be the most bang for your buck. It's all very easy to use, and you get a lit of control
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The SSC-32 controllers are good value for money but if you want something even more adaptable, look at the micro and min Maestro's from Polulu. VSA compatible but also internally programmable.

http://www.pololu.com/catalog/category/12
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Wow, thanks guys. These controllers are a lot cheaper than I thought. Smaller than I thought they would be too. I'll check them out and decide which one fits best, but I don't think any of these would be a wrong choice. Thanks for your suggestions.
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The SSC-32 controllers are good value for money but if you want something even more adaptable, look at the micro and min Maestro's from Polulu. VSA compatible but also internally programmable.

http://www.pololu.com/catalog/category/12
These are internally programmable? I would like to learn more about these. How is this done? How long a program can you store? Of course to me, nothing can beat the sound sync you can get with a PC running VSA and an SSC32 controller.
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Don't under ignore the words in Dr. M's post....sound sync.

Controllers that are connected directly to the PC w/VSA or Vixen when playing the script, will get their timing from the PC. The negative is that you are a slave to a PC.

Off-loading the code to the controller memory may not provide the same time slicing you saw when connected. This can cause a sync problem. For a 3-axis skull, or singing pumpkin scene, with a long audio...syncing is important.

If it gets out of sync, you end up with a great prop to demonstrate Japanese monster movie dubbing.
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True but if you are looking for repetitive routines to supplement VSA movement then these controllers are brilliant. They are also VSA controllable in the same way that the SSC-32 is. You choose one mode or the other - that's why I like them (& the price of course).

In VSA, you just choose the Polulu Servo option from the drop down box.

Download the manual and have a read - well worthwhile.

http://www.pololu.com/docs/pdf/0J40/maestro.pdf
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