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[IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:09:14 »
The J-01 Rev1 is the next revision in the series of boards. Historically there has been a prototype of the J-01 back in late 2017 and a small run of the same prototype in early 2019.

Since then the board has been back on the drawing board / butchers block to improve the board and I now feel like itís ready for a more public outing via a Group Buy. Disclaimer up front, I fully appreciate that this board is not for everyone, and some people will enjoy its features, whilst others wonít; but Iím hoping that the people who do like its design will appreciate me bringing it to the community.



Changelog (changes from the original J-01 to rev1):
   
  • - Completely re-drawn from scratch & updated to a Ďseamless designí
  • - Removed Brass mid layer (removes weight, reduces cost, improves sound)
  • - New PCB by Flex utilising the Ai03 unified USB C daughterboard
  • - New Gasket shape but utilising the same Gasket system only now with adhesive on each side to improve assembly
  • - Revised pen rail to be screw in over magnets to make more secure
  • - Two tone case as standard to create a visual distinction and highlight stylistic choices
  • - Option for 8 macro keys (+logo) or 10 macro keys
  • - Logo depth changed from 0.5mm to 0.3mm
All these changes were based on feedback from the prototype round and further experimentation with the J-01 and J-02, as well as marking a natural transition.



Design Philosophy:

The design is based around the principle of allowing sound development within the case, through the use of a carefully designed acoustic cavity, but with enough mass and dampening (via fully isolating gaskets) to ensure a clean and crisp note.

Visually the design is a modern take on vintage keyboards, specifically inspired by the pen rail on a Model M, and the Macro keys seen on the vintage Commodore boards Ė but in a more current style. This leads to chunky bezels, solid pen rail, and reduced base with the majority of the mass under the Alpha keys to improve sound. Grey base and accent pen rail to accentuate the main body, without drowning it out. The front lip and side profile is designed to give the board a look of one that is floating, without drawing the eye. Optional Brass pen rail to add a touch of elegance.



Prototype:

A prototype is on hand and requires only minor amends that wont impact the quality of the board. This includes revised plates, PCBs and Gaskets. You can review the build stream for the board here and pictures later in this thread: (as of 20/07 @19:00 UK time the VoD is still uploading...)



Colours/Options:

   Case Material -  Aluminium

   Case Colours:
  • Black top (grey base and pen rail)
  • Red top Ė Pantone 490 CP (grey base and pen rail)
  • Blue top Ė Pantone 533 C (grey base and pen rail) (please note this is the same pantone as the Aegis Navy option)
  • Limited Edition E-white (top and bottom case) and Brass pen rail
  • Optional Brass pen rail can be added to any order as an extra

   Plate Options:
  • Carbon Fibre (Fixed ANSI or Fixed ISO)
  • POM (Fixed ANSI or Fixed ISO)
  • Plate files will be made avail immediately after the Gb for buyers to get more customised options or materials to their liking

   PCB/Hardware:
  • QMK / VIA Compat
  • ESD protection
  • Compatible with ANSI / ISO
  • Torx screws used for case and daughterboard
  • USB C as standard



Layouts:

   - PCB:

   - Fixed ANSI Plate

   - Fixed ISO Plate



GB Details:
  • Date: August Ė final date TBC
  • Where: http://www.prototypist.net
  • Volume/No of Units: TBC depending on IC feedback, likely to be 100-200 if the demand is there.
  • Price: TBC depending on No of Units Ė the greater interest, the greater the economies of scale and the lower the price I can achieve.


Feedback Form:

Please share any feedback you may have here:

Feedback Form



Pictures: Pictures of the prototype built on stream on Sunday 19th July







Renders: (please note these are renders only, final colours may differ from these and will be close to the pantones noted above, please bear this in mind.

By Nathan Alphaman:

3 Colours avail

Red with Brass pen rail and logo top

Red with Grey pen rail and 10 key macro top

Blue with Grey pen rail and logo top

Blue with Brass pen rail and 10 key macro top

Black with Grey pen rail and logo top

Black with Brass pen rail and 10 key macro top

E-White Limited Edition with Logo Top

E-White Limited edition with 10 key macro top


By FLX:

Tease 1

Tease 2

Tease 3

Scene 1

Scene 2




Thanks:

   - James (AKB for CAD design and works, plus listening to me drone on for hours)
   - Flex for the PCB re-design and production and renders
   - Nathan Alphaman for some stunning renders
        - Everyone who has shown interest in the board and convinced me to share it wider than just the proto run.



FAQ:

Q: Will you add X colour
A: No Ė the colours are finalised, although a few people have asked for specific colourways as a commission post the GB being successful

Q: Will you add X layout support
A: Most likely not, the PCB supports more than the plates will support already and all plate files will be open

Q: Will you do an unlimited GB
A: No

Q: Can I have Render files?
A: Yes Ė these will be posted publicly on Prototypist.net prior to the GB

Q: Hotswap?
A: No

Q: Discord server for updates?
A: sure https://discord.gg/qm944aC although all updates will be posted here as well
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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:09:37 »
reserved

Offline Penguindropings

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:10:58 »
Take my money.

Offline Rew23

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #3 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:11:12 »
Been waiting for this since i saw the original J-01. Absolutely gorgeous. Really hope i can snag one. That blue with with the grey pen rail, yes please!

Offline cowsareverywhere

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #4 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:11:47 »
I don't see a buy it now button anywhere!!

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #5 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:11:58 »
Good luck!

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #6 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:12:08 »
Love it!

Offline Zeelobby

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #7 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:13:34 »
Here we go! Very nice iteration on a classic.

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #8 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:15:00 »
Yep, gonna need me one of these. Got in the J-02 GB to fill my heart, but this is the board that convinced me to join that, so of course I'm gonna need this too.
 

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #9 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:15:04 »
Oh baby!

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Offline JDMFanatic

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #10 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:15:06 »
Thirsting for one of these in black or white with the brass pen rail!!!

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #11 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:15:20 »
First J-02, then J-01. You have to do a J-00. Otherwise my series will be broken.

Offline MadaMada21

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #12 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:15:49 »
Love it, too excited!

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #13 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:15:56 »
Yes finally! Let's go!!

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #14 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:17:01 »
FINALLY

Offline wt1155

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #15 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:17:32 »
Nice so hyped for this, I hope I can get my hand on them

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #16 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:18:50 »
Interest has been checked. Reserve e-white with brass plz :thumb:

Offline SomethingGifted

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #17 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:20:11 »
Very nice! One question, will we be able to purchase an extra PCB?

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #18 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:21:15 »
Amazing!!  :thumb:  :eek: This layout is perfection!!!

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #19 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:22:01 »
Definetely in on the white one  :thumb:
The logo bothered me  so i appreciate a lot the 10 macro-key version. 
There is any chance for a brass plate? I basically don't like plastic
« Last Edit: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:25:13 by KaosJ »

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #20 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:22:26 »
Love the pen rail. I wish more keyboards had them.

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #21 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:23:39 »
I watched the stream yesterday. The board looks spectacular. Anyone reading this, if you have an hour or so, checkout the stream. The attention to detail and subtle changes from the original to Rev 1 are really nice.

Actually, scratch that. I will make it much harder for me to get one. :P

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #22 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:23:43 »
Yes.

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #23 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:26:32 »
Good luck, and now I need a loan haha.. looks gooood

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #24 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:27:11 »
YES IN

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #25 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:28:22 »
Finally made it to IC phase.  I have been following along and I love the layout.  Hopefully I will be able to put one on my desk soon!   :thumb:

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #26 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:28:56 »
Just created an Account to say how hyped I am about this board.

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #27 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:30:18 »
Damn it is so beautiful I NEED IT

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #28 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:31:46 »
sadly the middle weight is gone.i think it was what made this board unique :(
anyway can you compare the weight before and after removing the weight?
i suggest you could add an option for brass pen rail as upgradable, not extra only
still, my wallet is ready!!!

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #29 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:33:48 »
This is gorgeous! Canít wait for the GB!

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #30 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:34:10 »
In for one for sure! Hype!

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #31 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:36:48 »
Is there a discord for updates on this one?

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #32 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:43:13 »
Omg its happening. Beautiful. Would love to get one if 10 key macro

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #33 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:45:30 »
I'm in

« Last Edit: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:49:55 by ilikerustoo »

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #34 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:46:11 »
Been waiting for this Jae looks amazing can't wait for GB!

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #35 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:52:34 »

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #36 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:53:02 »
Yeah I'd be in. 8-key macro, brass pen rail. Amazing.

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #37 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:54:34 »
SOLD, Black with brass please just like the original.  Oh how my heart has waited for this to go live.  :eek: :eek: :eek: ;D ;D :D :D :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #38 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:58:07 »
a few months back i foolishly spent weeks searching for one, i am so happy to see it's back and fresher than ever

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #39 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:58:50 »
Crank up that 'number of units' because demand is here! :)

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #40 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 13:59:39 »
GB of the year!! Looks fabulous, can't wait to join in :)

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #41 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 14:02:19 »
Hellll yea I hope I can get in this

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #42 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 14:02:52 »
a few months back i foolishly spent weeks searching for one, i am so happy to see it's back and fresher than ever

So far none of the OG J-01s are sold, all of them are at their original owners.

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #43 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 14:04:44 »
While the elusive 60 that I want remains just out of my reach, I think Iíll just have to bite on this because I canít wait until J-02 r2 to own one of your boards. I specifically avoided a current GB *ahem* to save for this one. Thrilled itís coming so soon!

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #44 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 14:06:16 »
YES! For sure interested!

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #45 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 14:20:05 »
Been waiting for this since i saw the original J-01. Absolutely gorgeous. Really hope i can snag one. That blue with with the grey pen rail, yes please!

Thanks for the support!!

I watched the stream yesterday. The board looks spectacular. Anyone reading this, if you have an hour or so, checkout the stream. The attention to detail and subtle changes from the original to Rev 1 are really nice.

Actually, scratch that. I will make it much harder for me to get one. :P

I'm hoping it wont be a struggle for anyone. I really want to set the number of units right for this one.

Very nice! One question, will we be able to purchase an extra PCB?
Yes - extra PCBs will be avail

a few months back i foolishly spent weeks searching for one, i am so happy to see it's back and fresher than ever

So far none of the OG J-01s are sold, all of them are at their original owners.

I'm really thankful for that - the OG J-01 owners are a rare bunch

Definetely in on the white one  :thumb:
The logo bothered me  so i appreciate a lot the 10 macro-key version. 
There is any chance for a brass plate? I basically don't like plastic

Quite a few people fancied a no-logo version :D If there is enough interest I'll offer other plates; but the files will be open either way.

sadly the middle weight is gone.i think it was what made this board unique :(
anyway can you compare the weight before and after removing the weight?
i suggest you could add an option for brass pen rail as upgradable, not extra only
still, my wallet is ready!!!

Sorry, but it made the board silly heavy, more expensive and sound worse :(

I'll look at making the brass pen rail an upgrade vs an addon before the GB

Love the pen rail. I wish more keyboards had them.

Me too - huge fan of em

While the elusive 60 that I want remains just out of my reach, I think Iíll just have to bite on this because I canít wait until J-02 r2 to own one of your boards. I specifically avoided a current GB *ahem* to save for this one. Thrilled itís coming so soon!

Awww bless! J-02 r2 is not a definite I'm afraid...

Just created an Account to say how hyped I am about this board.

Thank you! A true pleasure to have you in the community!

Is there a discord for updates on this one?

Yes, I added it to the OP but its here too : https://discord.gg/qm944aC

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #46 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 14:22:55 »
IN. Need that E-White  :cool:

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #47 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 14:26:40 »
Nice, hopefully I can snag one GL with the GB
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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #48 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 14:29:43 »
Nice! Hopefully able to snag a blue with the silver pen rail or white with the brass penrail.  What do you mean by the white being limited?  Very low # of e-white will be available?

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Re: [IC] J-01 Rev 1 (Isolation Gasket 65% with Macrokeys)
« Reply #49 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 14:33:11 »
Depending on the price you can count me in!