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The 5U DIY Resource Wiki
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diophantine
Now here!: http://wiki.muffwiggler.com/wiki/5U_DIY_Resources

The below is now obsolete...
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It seems that there is a lot more interest in 5U DIY work these days, both in MOTM and MU formats. Since there's not much centralized information out there for doing this stuff, I thought it would be a good idea to start such a resource, in a public forum (i.e. here) to get more feedback and input.

Panels/Faceplates

MOTM
Panel Specs
...

Blank Panels
- Bridechamber: http://bridechamber.com (1, 2, 3, and 4 U)
- Synthesis Technology: http://www.synthtech.com (1 and 2 U)

Project Panels
- Bridechamber: http://bridechamber.com

Custom Panels
- The Beast: http://www.thebeast.co.uk/cnc/
- Front Panel Express [US]: http://www.frontpanelexpress.com
- Schaeffer [EU]: http://www.schaeffer-ag.de

MU
Panel Specs
Details can be found here: http://www.synthesizers.com/technical.html#panels

Blank Panels
Blank panels can be purchased from:
- Moon Modular: http://www.lunar-experience.com (1 and 2 U)
- STG Soundlabs: http://stgsoundlabs.com (1U)
- Synthesizers.com: http://www.synthesizers.com (1, 2, 4, and 8 U)

Project Panels
- Big Blue Wave: http://www.bigbluewave.co.uk
- Bridechamber: http://bridechamber.com

Custom Panels
- Big Blue Wave: http://www.bigbluewave.co.uk
- Front Panel Express [US]: http://www.frontpanelexpress.com
- Schaeffer [EU]: http://www.schaeffer-ag.de
(Note: for FPE/Schaeffer, you need to supply an MU blank.)

Panels Parts

MOTM
Knobs
Synthesis Technology: http://www.synthtech.com

Pots
Synthesis Technology: http://www.synthtech.com

Switches
...

Pushbuttons
...

Jacks
...

LEDs
...

MU
Knobs
Moog/Dotcom-style knobs:
- Small Bear: http://www.smallbearelec.com/Detail.bok?no=739
- Synthesizers.com: http://www.synthesizers.com/cabinets.html#parts

Moog/Dotcom-style pointer knobs:
- Small Bear: http://www.smallbearelec.com/Detail.bok?no=1109
- Synthesizers.com: http://www.synthesizers.com/cabinets.html#parts

Pots
- Synthesizers.com: http://www.synthesizers.com/cabinets.html#parts (100K, 1M)

Switches
- Synthesizers.com: http://www.synthesizers.com/cabinets.html#parts (DPDT, SPDT)

Pushbuttons
- Synthesizers.com: http://www.synthesizers.com/cabinets.html#parts

Jacks
- Synthesizers.com: http://www.synthesizers.com/cabinets.html#parts

LEDs
...

Note: Panel components from Synthesizers.com come with 6" wires and MTA connected.

PCB/Panel Mounting

MOTM
PCB Mounting Brackets
- Bridechamber: http://bridechamber.com/Brackets.html
- Synthesis Technology: http://www.synthtech.com (Stooge brackets)

MU
...

Internal Connectors

MOTM
Module Power
...

MU
Module Power
6-pin keyed MTA-100 connectors
Pinout:
1 = +15v (White)
2 = KEY - pin missing and plugged
3 = +5v (Red)
4 = gnd (Black)
5 = -15v (Green)

Female 24AWG cable mount: AMP #6404416 (Mouser: 571-3-640441-6)
Male PCB mount: AMP #6404566 (Mouser: 571-6404566)

More details: http://www.synthesizers.com/technical.html#internaldc

Panel Connectors
2-pin MTA-100 connectors are used for jacks, push-buttons, and LEDs.
Jack Pinout:
1 = Signal (tip)
2 = Ground (ring)

Female cable mount: AMP #6404412 (Mouser: 571-3-640441-2)
Male PCB mount: AMP #6404562 (Mouser: 571-6404562)

3-pin MTA-100 connectors are used for switches and pots.
Potentiometer Pinout:
1 = CCW Side
2 = Wiper
3 = CW Side

Female cable mount: AMP #6404413 (Mouser: 571-3-640441-3)
Male PCB mount: AMP #6404563 (Mouser: 571-6404563)

MTA-100 connectors with more pins can be found with similar part numbers.

Additional Details
MTA-100 connectors use 24 awg wire.
MTA-100 "T"-handle tool: AMP #59803-1 (DigiKey: A9982-ND)

Additional Resources

Online resources
http://pugix.com/synth/ (MOTM)
http://guitarfool.com/modules/index.html (MU)

Muffwiggler threads
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A few notes:
- I'm not wanting to do a list of every possible panel part or knob (everyone has preferences), but to list the common/major/most-wanted parts in these formats. I'd love to eventually list the sizes and have templates/sizes for panel design too.
- Some of this info I've taken from others sites (so far just from manufacturers). I haven't explicitly credited them for that info, but have linked to them in places. If people think this needs explicit credits, rather than just a link in the "additional resources" section needed, I can do that.
- I've put "..." in the sections where I have zero info listed, just as a placeholder. If you have info for any of those - or other sections, please feel free to PM me or reply to this thread, and I'll add them!
- I haven't even started working on the "Muffwiggler threads" section, so don't bombard me with links... at least not quite yet hihi
diophantine
sandyb suggested I do this as a wiki - I'm totally cool with setting that up, but just want to ask if it is something people would use?
wmonk
Sure! this is good info to have available. But I've never seen a wiki? help

A little bit extra MOTM info:
Power connector
1. V+
2. GND
3. GND
4. V-

Jacks: Switchcraft 112A
Knobs: ALCO PKES90B1/4
Potmeters: Spectrol 149
boothnavy
there is also this:

http://www.hotrodmotm.com/parts_list.htm
vav
we're not worthy
diophantine
Sweet, thanks guys! I'll do some additions later this weekend (busy evening here).

Re: wiki. The Muffwiggler wiki: http://wiki.muffwiggler.com/wiki/Main_Page
Unfortunately it seems like it gets pretty low traffic; that is my main worry of having it there vs. here. Feels like a bit of a graveyard there at times...
Luka
We used to have lots of stickies with this sorta info in the diy section but it got to the point where we had a whole page of stickies. Use the search to find info - i realise it is a bit borked at the moment but it should be back in working order soon.
diophantine
Luka wrote:
We used to have lots of stickies with this sorta info in the diy section but it got to the point where we had a whole page of stickies. Use the search to find info - i realise it is a bit borked at the moment but it should be back in working order soon.

Yes, I understand that this isn't going to be made a sticky.

But, are you suggesting that people can find this thread via searching, or that this thread isn't needed because people can just search for the info I'm trying to compile? The thing is, much of this info isn't anywhere, especially for MU, so I'm trying to pick people's brains and gather bits of info together so that it can be documented somewhere.
Luka
More that im hesitant about making such threads stickies.
Also that there is already a lot of info to be found using the search but it is always nice to colate into a single thread.

Your content is great, thanks SlayerBadger!

The wiki should be the place for all reference info if you want to colate it in such a way. It means it can be found easier without sifting through the banter.

Anyway.. as you were
diophantine
Gotcha! Thanks!

I'll work on porting it over to the muffwiki tomorrow, and adding the additional info I've received.

Now back to my regularly scheduled programming!: Guinness ftw!
doctorvague
diophantine wrote:
Gotcha! Thanks!

I'll work on porting it over to the muffwiki tomorrow, and adding the additional info I've received.

Now back to my regularly scheduled programming!: Guinness ftw!


Thanks for this!!
Bryan B
Very thorough post, it will be a great resource on the wiki!
diophantine
Thanks guys! Working diligently on the wiki page and it is coming together quite well. I'll post the link later today when it is a bit more ready.
iopop
Another quite good resource for motm stuff, at least for all pics, is http://www.dragonflyalley.com/billAndWillMOTMSynth.htm
kindredlost
This is super-great! Thanks diophantine!! we're not worthy we're not worthy
Bryan B
100K Linear Dotcom Style Pots:
Mouser Part #31VA501-F
https://www.mouser.com/Search/ProductDetail.aspx?R=RV24AF-10-15R1-B100 Kvirtualkey14860000virtualkey31VA501-F
Qty 1: $1.40
Qty 10: $1.12
Qty 100: $1.02

I bought a bunch of these for my last Triple Soft Sync Run and they are a great match.

For 100K Audio Pots:
Mouser Part #31VJ501-F
http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Alpha-Taiwan/RV24AF-10-15R1-A100K/  ?qs=sGAEpiMZZMtxdMMi52izyp7APXsYXLOesmwv1bk6As4%3d
Same pricing
megaohm
Don't overlook Small Bear.
They sell the exact same pots for less $.
Buy 100 from Small Bear and you save $17 compared to the Mouser price.

Small Bear will give you the quantity discounts EVEN IF YOU ORDER DIFFERENT VALUES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

example: buy ten pots of ten different values (10K, 100K, 50K, etc).
If the total amount of pots ordered equals 100, you will get all of those pots at the 100 quantity discount price ($85)!

screaming goo yo screaming goo yo


Bryan B wrote:
100K Linear Dotcom Style Pots:
Mouser Part #31VA501-F
https://www.mouser.com/Search/ProductDetail.aspx?R=RV24AF-10-15R1-B100 Kvirtualkey14860000virtualkey31VA501-F
Qty 1: $1.40
Qty 10: $1.12
Qty 100: $1.02

I bought a bunch of these for my last Triple Soft Sync Run and they are a great match.

For 100K Audio Pots:
Mouser Part #31VJ501-F
http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Alpha-Taiwan/RV24AF-10-15R1-A100K/  ?qs=sGAEpiMZZMtxdMMi52izyp7APXsYXLOesmwv1bk6As4%3d
Same pricing
Bryan B
I agree with you on price, but in case you need more than 1 you have to go to mouser right now.
SmallBear: 100K Linear 24mm Alpha Pot (1 in stock)
http://www.smallbearelec.com/Detail.bok?no=9
diophantine
Alright, folks - here it is!

http://wiki.muffwiggler.com/wiki/5U_DIY_Resources

(I'll update the first post here in a minute.)

If folks want to add/update anything, feel free. Or if you don't feel comfortable in wiki-land, post here (or PM me) and I'll update. For the present, I'd like to keep it all on one page while it is getting hammered out, rather than being split off into separate articles.

There's a lot of Mouser numbers to add, and I particularly need info on dotcom switches, pushbuttons, and LEDs. Alternate, "popular", knobs for these styles would also be useful.

Anyhow, hope it lives up to expectations!
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