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This is intended to be a resource for doing DIY, repaneling, and/or repairs on 5U systems. At present, some of this information is very difficult to find or otherwise available.  With the growth of interest in DIY for both MU and MOTM formats, it seems like an appropriate time to start this, and compile as much information as possible in a single place.
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This information is for doing DIY, repaneling, and/or repairs on MU systems. It's not comprehensive, everyone has preferences, but lists the common/major/most-wanted parts in the MU format, and/or what sort of things will work.
 
 
If you have any corrections or additions to this list, feel free to make them here, or send a PM to '''diophantine''' on the MuffWiggler forum.  I plan to eventually add some HOWTOs, FAQs, pictures, tutorials, and schematics.  When I do that, I will likely split this out into multiple pages.  For the present, while it is very much a work-in-progress, let's keep this as one page for ease of use & editing.
 
 
 
 
==Panels/Faceplates==
 
==Panels/Faceplates==
===MU Panels===
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===Specifications===
====MU Panel Specs====
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See synthesizers.com:[http://www.synthesizers.com/technical.html#panels Panels]
Details can be found here: http://www.synthesizers.com/technical.html#panels
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===Blank panels===
 
 
====MU Blank Panels====
 
 
Blank panels can be purchased from:
 
Blank panels can be purchased from:
* Moon Modular: http://www.lunar-experience.com (1 and 2 U)
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*[http://www.lunar-experience.com Moon Modular], 1 and 2U
* STG Soundlabs: http://stgsoundlabs.com (1U)
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*[http://stgsoundlabs.com STG Soundlabs], 1U
* Synthesizers.com: http://www.synthesizers.com (1, 2, 4, and 8 U)
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*[http://www.synthesizers.com Synthesizers.com], 1, 2, 4, and 8U
 
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===Project panels===
====MU Project Panels====
 
 
Panels for specific projects (CGS, YuSynth, etc.) can be purchased from:
 
Panels for specific projects (CGS, YuSynth, etc.) can be purchased from:
* Big Blue Wave: http://www.bigbluewave.co.uk
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*[http://www.bigbluewave.co.uk Big Blue Wave]
* Bridechamber: http://bridechamber.com
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*[http://bridechamber.com Bridechamber]
 
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===Custom panels===
====MU Custom Panels====
 
 
Custom panels can be manufactured by:
 
Custom panels can be manufactured by:
* Big Blue Wave: http://www.bigbluewave.co.uk
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*[http://www.bigbluewave.co.uk Big Blue Wave]
* Front Panel Express [US]: http://www.frontpanelexpress.com
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*[http://www.frontpanelexpress.com Front Panel Express], USA
* Schaeffer [EU]: http://www.schaeffer-ag.de
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*[http://www.schaeffer-ag.de Schaeffer], EU
(Note: for FPE/Schaeffer, you need to supply a blank MU panel.)
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For FPE and Schaeffer, you need to supply the blank MU panel.
 
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==Panel parts==
==Panels Parts==
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===Knobs===
===MU Panel Parts===
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Dotcom ([http://www.synthesizers.com Synthesizers.com]) use fluted dual-dot 1" Moog-style/[[Cosmo Corporation knobs]], available at:
====MU Knobs====
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*[http://www.smallbearelec.com/servlet/Detail?no=739 Small Bear]
Dotcom uses fluted dual-dot 1" Moog-style knobs.
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*[http://www.synthesizers.com/cabinets.html#parts Synthesizers.com]
 
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For pointer knobs, Dotcom use 1.125" Moog-style/Cosmo Corporation skirted pointer knobs, available at:
Available at:
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*[http://www.smallbearelec.com/servlet/Detail?no=1109 Small Bear]
* Small Bear: http://www.smallbearelec.com/Detail.bok?no=739
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*[http://www.synthesizers.com/cabinets.html#parts Synthesizers.com]
* Synthesizers.com: http://www.synthesizers.com/cabinets.html#parts
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===Potentiometers===
 
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Synthesizers.com use Alpha single-gang 24mm pots, available at:
For pointer knobs, Dotcom uses 1.125" Moog-style pointer knobs.
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*Mouser 100K linear [http://uk.mouser.com/Search/Refine.aspx?Keyword=31VA501-F 31VA501-F] and 100K log [http://uk.mouser.com/Search/Refine.aspx?Keyword=31VJ501-F 31VJ501-F]
 
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*[http://www.smallbearelec.com/servlet/Detail?no=9 Small Bear Electronics]
Available at:
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*[http://www.synthesizers.com/cabinets.html#parts Synthesizers.com] 100K, 1M
* Small Bear: http://www.smallbearelec.com/Detail.bok?no=1109
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===Switches===
* Synthesizers.com: http://www.synthesizers.com/cabinets.html#parts
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..., available at:
 
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*[http://www.synthesizers.com/cabinets.html#parts Synthesizers.com] DPDT, SPDT
====MU Potentiometers====
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===Pushbuttons===
Synthesizers.com uses Alpha single-gang 24mm pots.
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..., available at:
 
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*[http://www.synthesizers.com/cabinets.html#parts Synthesizers.com]
Available at:
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===Jacks===
* Mouser:
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Dotcom modules use enclosed mono [[Switchcraft]]-style jacks, available at:
** 100K Linear - 31VA501-F
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*[http://www.smallbearelec.com/servlet/Detail?no=90 Small Bear Electronics]
** 100K Log - 31VJ501-F
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*[http://www.synthesizers.com/cabinets.html#parts Synthesizers.com]
* Small Bear Electronics: http://www.smallbearelec.com/Detail.bok?no=9
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Switched 1/4" jacks are especially handy for [[Normalising]] jack connections.
* Synthesizers.com: http://www.synthesizers.com/cabinets.html#parts (100K, 1M)
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===LEDs===
 
 
====MU Switches====
 
...
 
 
 
Available at:
 
* Synthesizers.com: http://www.synthesizers.com/cabinets.html#parts (DPDT, SPDT)
 
 
 
====MU Pushbuttons====
 
...
 
 
 
Available at:
 
* Synthesizers.com: http://www.synthesizers.com/cabinets.html#parts
 
 
 
====MU Jacks====
 
Dotcom modules use enclosed Switchcraft-style jacks.
 
 
 
Available at:
 
* Small Bear Electronics: http://www.smallbearelec.com/Detail.bok?no=90
 
* Synthesizers.com: http://www.synthesizers.com/cabinets.html#parts
 
 
 
Of course, other open-frame 1/4 jacks can be used (and are used by 3rd party manufacturers), and are especially handy for normalizing jack connections.
 
 
 
====MU LEDs====
 
 
...
 
...
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Panel components sold by Synthesizers.com come with 6" wires and MTA connector.
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===PCB Mounting===
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Synthesizers.com and some independent manufacturers mount the PCB parallel to the panel with [[standoff]]s, others mount PCBs perpendicular MOTM-style. [[PCB mounting bracket|4-40 steel mounting bracket]]s are fine for this and also work with [[CGS]] boards.
  
'''Note''': Panel components sold by Synthesizers.com come with 6" wires and MTA connected.
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PCBs can be mounted parallel using 1" (Mouser: 534-8405) and 1.25" (Mouser: 534-8407) threaded standoff posts. Black oxide screws, like the ones used by Synthesizers.com, are used to affix the standoffs to the front panel.  Specifically, 4-40 steel 3/8" black oxide phillips pan head screws,<ref name="gf">Guitar Fool:[http://guitarfool.com/modules/hardware.html Hardware]</ref> are available from [http://www.aaronsmachinescrews.com/cfusion/DisplayProduct.cfm?ITEM=1701SN1368 Aaron's Machine Screws].
 
 
==PCB/Panel Mounting==
 
 
 
===MU PCB Mounting===
 
Synthesizers.com and some 3rd party manufacturers mount the PCB parallel to the panel with standoffs.  Other 3rd party manufacturers mount PCBs perpendicular MOTM-style.  #4-40 mounting hardware is ideal, and works with CGS boards too.
 
 
 
PCBs can be mounted parallel using 1" (Mouser: 534-8405) and 1.25" (Mouser: 534-8407) threaded standoff posts.
 
 
 
Black oxide screws, like the ones used by Synthesizers.com, are used to affix the standoffs to the front panel.  Specifically, #4-40 x 3/8" Black oxide phillips pan head screws. <ref>http://guitarfool.com/modules/hardware.html</ref>
 
 
 
Screws available here:
 
http://www.aaronsmachinescrews.com/cfusion/DisplayProduct.cfm?ITEM=1701SN1368
 
 
 
For perpendicular mounting, brackets as mentioned in [[MOTM DIY resources]] can be used, or threaded right-angle brackets (Mouser: 534-621) can be mounted to the panel, using the same screws mentioned above. <ref>http://guitarfool.com/modules/hardware.html</ref>
 
 
 
==Internal Connectors==
 
 
 
===MU Connectors===
 
Dotcom uses MTA-100 connectors.
 
 
 
MTA-100 connectors use 24 awg wire.
 
 
 
MTA-100 "T"-handle tool: AMP #59803-1 (DigiKey: A9982-ND)
 
 
 
====MU Module Power====
 
Dotcom modules and power supplies are connected using 6-pin keyed MTA-100 connectors. <ref>http://www.synthesizers.com/technical.html#internaldc</ref>
 
 
 
Pinout:
 
* 1 = +15v (White)
 
* 2 = KEY - pin missing and plugged
 
* 3 = +5v (Red)
 
* 4 = gnd (Black)
 
* 5 = -15v (Green)
 
 
 
Female cable mount: AMP #6404416 (Mouser: 571-3-640441-6)
 
 
 
Male PCB mount: AMP #6404566 (Mouser: 571-6404566)
 
 
 
====MU 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.<ref>http://www.synthesizers.com/technical.html#internalpot</ref>
 
 
 
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 Resources==
 
 
 
===Online resources===
 
DIY builder sites:
 
* http://guitarfool.com/modules/index.html (MU)
 
  
===Muffwiggler threads===
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For perpendicular mounting with [[stooge brackets]] affixed by the pots or jacks, available at:
... To Be Compiled ...
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*[http://bridechamber.com/Brackets.html Bridechamber]
 
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*[http://synthcube.com/cart/index.php?route=product/search&filter_name=bracket Synthcube]
==Notes==
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Threaded right-angle brackets (Mouser: 534-621) can be mounted to the panel, using the 4-40 steel 3/8" black oxide phillips pan head screws.<ref name="gf"/>
* 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, and/or what sort of things will work.  I'd love to eventually list the sizes and have templates/sizes for panel design too.
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==Internal connectors==
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Dotcom uses MTA-100 connectors, using 24 awg wire. To fit the wires to the connectors, use the AMP MTA key style maintenance tool: AMP 59803-1 (DigiKey: A9982-ND).
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===Module power===
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Power supplies are connected using 6-pin keyed MTA-100 connectors.<ref>[http://www.synthesizers.com/technical.html#internaldc Internal DC Module Power - 6 pin MTA]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable"
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|-
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!pin!!Voltage
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|-
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|1||+15 (white)
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|-
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|2||key - pin missing and plugged
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|3||+5 (red)
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|-
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|4||GND (black)
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|-
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|5||-15 (green)
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|}
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*Female cable mount: AMP 6404416 (Mouser: 571-3-640441-6)
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*Male PCB mount: AMP 6404566 (Mouser: 571-6404566)
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===Panel connectors===
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2-pin MTA-100 connectors are used to connect jacks, push-buttons, and LEDs.
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{| class="wikitable"
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|-
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!pin!!Connection
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|-
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|1||Signal (tip)
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|-
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|2||Ground (sleeve)
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|}
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*Female cable mount: AMP 6404412 (Mouser: 571-3-640441-2)
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*Male PCB mount: AMP 6404562 (Mouser: 571-6404562)
  
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3-pin MTA-100 connectors are used for switches and pots.<ref>www.synthesizers.com:[http://www.synthesizers.com/technical.html#internalpot Internal Pot/Switch - 3 pin MTA ]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable"
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|-
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!pin!!Connection
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|1||CCW side
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|2||Wiper
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|3||CW side
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|}
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CCW means the low (Counter Clockwise) terminal and CW the high terminal.
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*Female cable mount: AMP 6404413 (Mouser: 571-3-640441-3)
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*Male PCB mount: AMP 6404563 (Mouser: 571-6404563)
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
{{reflist}}
 
{{reflist}}
 
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*[http://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=36380&start=all&postdays=0&postorder=asc The 5U DIY Resource Wiki], Muff Wiggler forum
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==External links==
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*Synthesizers.com:[http://www.synthesizers.com/technical.html Technical information]
 
[[Category:MU]]
 
[[Category:MU]]
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[[Category:Components]]
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[[Category:Resources]]

Revision as of 22:55, 27 August 2014

This information is for doing DIY, repaneling, and/or repairs on MU systems. It's not comprehensive, everyone has preferences, but lists the common/major/most-wanted parts in the MU format, and/or what sort of things will work.

Panels/Faceplates

Specifications

See synthesizers.com:Panels

Blank panels

Blank panels can be purchased from:

Project panels

Panels for specific projects (CGS, YuSynth, etc.) can be purchased from:

Custom panels

Custom panels can be manufactured by:

For FPE and Schaeffer, you need to supply the blank MU panel.

Panel parts

Knobs

Dotcom (Synthesizers.com) use fluted dual-dot 1" Moog-style/Cosmo Corporation knobs, available at:

For pointer knobs, Dotcom use 1.125" Moog-style/Cosmo Corporation skirted pointer knobs, available at:

Potentiometers

Synthesizers.com use Alpha single-gang 24mm pots, available at:

Switches

..., available at:

Pushbuttons

..., available at:

Jacks

Dotcom modules use enclosed mono Switchcraft-style jacks, available at:

Switched 1/4" jacks are especially handy for Normalising jack connections.

LEDs

... Panel components sold by Synthesizers.com come with 6" wires and MTA connector.

PCB Mounting

Synthesizers.com and some independent manufacturers mount the PCB parallel to the panel with standoffs, others mount PCBs perpendicular MOTM-style. 4-40 steel mounting brackets are fine for this and also work with CGS boards.

PCBs can be mounted parallel using 1" (Mouser: 534-8405) and 1.25" (Mouser: 534-8407) threaded standoff posts. Black oxide screws, like the ones used by Synthesizers.com, are used to affix the standoffs to the front panel. Specifically, 4-40 steel 3/8" black oxide phillips pan head screws,[1] are available from Aaron's Machine Screws.

For perpendicular mounting with stooge brackets affixed by the pots or jacks, available at:

Threaded right-angle brackets (Mouser: 534-621) can be mounted to the panel, using the 4-40 steel 3/8" black oxide phillips pan head screws.[1]

Internal connectors

Dotcom uses MTA-100 connectors, using 24 awg wire. To fit the wires to the connectors, use the AMP MTA key style maintenance tool: AMP 59803-1 (DigiKey: A9982-ND).

Module power

Power supplies are connected using 6-pin keyed MTA-100 connectors.[2]

pin Voltage
1 +15 (white)
2 key - pin missing and plugged
3 +5 (red)
4 GND (black)
5 -15 (green)
  • Female cable mount: AMP 6404416 (Mouser: 571-3-640441-6)
  • Male PCB mount: AMP 6404566 (Mouser: 571-6404566)

Panel connectors

2-pin MTA-100 connectors are used to connect jacks, push-buttons, and LEDs.

pin Connection
1 Signal (tip)
2 Ground (sleeve)
  • 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.[3]

pin Connection
1 CCW side
2 Wiper
3 CW side

CCW means the low (Counter Clockwise) terminal and CW the high terminal.

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

References

External links