This might be the coolest home lab you've ever seen

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This is the lab of legendary analog circuit designer Barrie Gilbert, a fellow with Analog Devices who tinkers with circuits in Beaverton, Oregon. To say "tinkers" is an understatement. Gilbert revolutionized many aspects of the technology required to record, broadcast, and manipulate signals.

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And here's his lab, full of amazing devices that are both incredible and historic. This is basically an analog nerd's dream lab - and these photographs of it, from Gilbert himself, are full of alluring gauges, dials, frequency modulators, fuses, and other deliciously retro-futuristic pieces of tech. See if you can name some of these machines!

These pictures were carefully extracted from a set of powerpoint slides by Paul Rako over at EDN. Rako also blogs about analog tech at Anablog.

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Gilbert says: "Just by the door of the lab is this venerable Ballistic Galvanometer."

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Gilbert says, "This set of drawers beneath a couple of Western Electric relays and the ringer is full of tubes of special and nostalgic merit."

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"A Tek 545 and a 575 Curve Tracer, more HP stuff more power supplies and an IC probing platform. "

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Useful stuff.

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Gilbert says:

In all, there are seven keyboards and another sixteen rack-mounted synths, including a Moog Voyager (here, at this level in the rack), plus two of Ray Kurzweil K-2000's, two Yamaha Motifs, and many other music toys. One floor up, there is a MIDI-ed Yamaha grand, plus a spare one in the master bedroom.

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Says Gilbert: "There is a nice old US Navy signal generator (tubes, of course), an HP RF Power Meter, an HP DMM, another HP spectrum analyser, and a Tek scope. I am working on the Khron-Hite LP/HP filter (in the front, open) whose power supply seems to have gone south."

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Gilbert calls this his "thinking station."

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Tube tester.

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Did he ever perfect the Gorilla Detector?