MU DIY parts

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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.

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

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Pushbuttons

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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