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Mutable Instruments Plaits in MU

Post by Chrutil » Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:24 pm

So this happened :bananaguitar:

I wanted to pull my system towards a bit more digital capabilities so I decided to reformat the Plaits module to MU and build one.
One thing led to another. and another.. and another...

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It sits really well in large format.
I probably won't end up keeping all ten of them, but this stuff is fun!

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Post by Voltage_Controller » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:39 pm

:hihi:
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Post by JohnLRice » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:57 pm

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Post by ubiquiphilia » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:58 pm

Nicely laid out!

Did you respin the board or go with the wires to the panel route?

Any chance of a sexy from the back shot?

Nice work.

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Post by Chrutil » Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:27 pm

Thanks! :hihi:
First I designed the panel as I wanted it, then I took the original PCB design and changed from the microscopic 0402 smd size to use mainly 0805 sized components, which I am comfortable with - added 12 volt converters and split out the jacks into their own sub panel (since they are deeper than the pots) and moved everything in place for the new panel design.

It looks nice and tidy back there -

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I'd add a photo of the pcb front as well, but I can't seem to find it here. Probably on my other computer and I will add it later.

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Post by Dave Peck » Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:42 pm

Gorgeous! :cloud:


.. but where is the 1V/OCT trim pot...?

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Post by Chrutil » Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:50 pm

Dave Peck wrote:Gorgeous! :cloud:


.. but where is the 1V/OCT trim pot...?
Thanks Dave!
That’s a very observant question!
Plaits has a software calibration mode where you first pass in 1V and then 3V and it calibrates it from there.

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Post by ubiquiphilia » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:53 pm

That is really beautiful.

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Post by levelhead3 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:11 pm

very nice use of the larger panel space. looks fantastic!! :hail:

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Post by Chrutil » Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:25 pm

Thanks!
For completeness, here is a photo of the front side sans panel.
I'll be putting Eagle files, Gerbers, panel and whatever I can think of up on GitHub in the days to come in case anyone is interested in building for themselves.

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Cheers,
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Post by zeta » Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:17 am

Mpppfff, :eek: :love: :yay:
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Post by ba1 » Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:29 am

Wow! This is one of the best looking Euro to MU conversions I've seen! Plaits is an awesome module! Enjoy!

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Post by Thalassa » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:32 am

Good work! It looks amazing! :tu: :tu: :tu: :tu: :tu:

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Post by Flareless » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:50 am

:yay: Great work! Very well done.
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Post by Eric the Red » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:56 am

That’s a beautiful build. I am a huge fan of excess, but what was going’s through your mind when you thought “10 of these is the right amount to build”?
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Post by Chrutil » Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:16 pm

Eric the Red wrote:That’s a beautiful build. I am a huge fan of excess, but what was going’s through your mind when you thought “10 of these is the right amount to build”?
Haha thanks, well I knew I wanted at least four of them and then it was the 10 PCBs minimum order, combined with a bit of a price break for the components and I guess I can also claim temporary insanity for some of it :hmm:
I never really intended to keep all of them, but figured if I did a good job there'd be someone that wants one too so I made a few extra.
Testing and burn-in this weekend to make sure they are all good.
Thanks all for the kind words!

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Post by KoryB » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:25 pm

!!!!!!!!!!

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Post by fabodyssey » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:51 pm

nice job :yay:
it's nice to see projects like this
(Beforehand sorry for my bad English)

see my modular soon finished ...
https://www.modulargrid.net/d/racks/view/259422
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Post by Brendanleespengler » Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:26 am

Wow, those are amazing! Are they available for purchase, or just a personal deal?
Or, you mentioned linking the build on Github, yes?
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Post by Chrutil » Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:19 pm

Hi again,
Just a final note for anyone interested in building this for themselves, I have created the initial GitHub repo for this project, that includes pcb's in Eagle format, Gerber files for PCB making and Panel layout/graphics in AutoCAD and PDF formats.

https://github.com/Chrutil/PlaitsMU

A few people have asked me if I am making these to sell, and no I am not going to make a production of these - there are established people and companies doing that and I don't want to step on their feet.
However, I built 10 of them, and I cannot imagine needing all of them so at some point I might sell a few of the ones I did make.
Just a fair warning if you are interested, my panels are blanks from dotcom that are laser etched and hand drilled. These are not professionally made. I think they look great myself but in particular the drilling is not 'factory quality'.

Thanks,
Christer

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Post by Sugarfree » Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:04 pm

I would love to buy one of yours. I prefer laser etching over silk screening anyway. A full panel+pcb redesign for MU is the professional way to do it, so kudos to you.
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Post by JohnLRice » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:16 pm

Just FYI, someone else just announced a 5U build of Plaits, this one using mostly through hole components:
viewtopic.php?p=3043528

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Post by kindredlost » Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:40 pm

A fine job Chrutil!

I'd love to see one sitting next to the (old rusty) FSFX Macro Digital Oscillator (Braids) in my system.

Actually four of these would make a great companion to a Sonfonion or Harmonaig. :nod:

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Post by Faustgeist » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:06 am

Well done!
Seeking the esoteric and funky in 5U/COTK/MOTM and MODCAN B, send me a message if you are selling gear and thanks!

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Post by Chrutil » Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:21 pm

JohnLRice wrote:Just FYI, someone else just announced a 5U build of Plaits, this one using mostly through hole components:
viewtopic.php?p=3043528
Just saw that - beautiful work, and it's through hole too for diy!
I was thinking what a coincidence for both of us to be done at almost the same time, but Plaits was open sourced in September last year and it might just take about six month to do this - at least it did for me, but I do this for fun and to relax :lol:

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