drewfx1 wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:09 am
mskala wrote: ↑
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:16 pm
What's the rationale for wanting slots instead of (circular) holes?
You must not have a rack that uses sliding nuts.
True. Can't stand them. In fact, if I were writing a list of COMMANDMENTS FOR EURORACK RACK MANUFACTURERS, then THOU SHALT NOT USE SLIDING NUTS I AM THE LORD would probably be top of the list. Threaded holes that are in the right places
, and matching holes in the modules, seem to make bodges like slots and sliding nuts unnecessary. And I'm just waiting for our favourite "well, actually" curmudgeon to pop up here and explain that well
the slots in Eurorack panels originated in imitation of the slots for mounting special hardware used by the Eurocard standard from which Eurorack is derived and they aren't actually
meant for correcting misalignment at all and we're all in a state of sin for using Eurorack instead of Eurocard, because Eurorack is not really a standard and specifies the wrong connectors and also doesn't actually specify anything because it's not a standard, etc.
But as this thread makes clear, different people have different ideas of what's useful. Some people want sliding nuts. And that's why lists of commandments are unlikely to become universal consensus.
In the absence of a formal standards process, about the only way to define what is and isn't Eurorack is to say that it's Eurorack if Doepfer does it. But that breaks many of the COMMANDMENTS on the posted list. The Doepfer A-100 System includes modules without reverse power protection, specifically forbids
polarized power connectors, uses threaded strips and round mounting holes, includes deep modules with perpendicular PCBs, doesn't have consistent markings for output jack sockets, etc. Nobody has the authority to promulgate a standard that will actually be followed except to lead by example, and that's what I recommend to the original poster. Go make modules commercially for a while, find out the hard way what works both for manufacturing and in the market, and if your ideas are worth following, you'll succeed and others will either follow you or fail.