Comparison of 5U module brands

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A comparison of the 5U modular synth format (aka form factor), from all known modular synthesizer manufacturers. 5U (8.75") is the format introduced by Moog and the width of the original Moog modules were 1U (2.125"), so this is called MU (for Moog Unit). The 5U/MU format is also referred to as Dotcom. 5U modules with a 1.75" width are referred to as MOTM format.

Brand name Model Patching Height Smallest width Largest depth DC Power (Volts) Power connections Country Web In production DIY Notes
analog craftsman 1/4" Jack 5U 2.125"/1.75" USA web Yes No
CGS 5U 2.125"/1.75" USA web Yes Yes
Club of the Knobs C900 Series 1/4" Jack 5U 2.125" 3" ±15 14 pin edge connector Portugal web
Corsynth 5U Spain web
Curetronic 1/4" jack 5U ±15 or ±12 Germany web Yes Yes
Cyndustries 5U USA web
Encore Electronics Modular 1/4" jack 5U 1.75" ±15 4 pin 0.156" Molex KK web No No
Grove Audio 1/4" jack 5U 2.125" ±15,+5 USA web
Jürgen Haible JH-5 1/4" jack 5U 1.75" ±15 4 pin MTA-156 Germany web No Yes
Mattson 3.5mm jack 5U 3.125" ±15 or ±12 USA web Yes Yes
MegaOhm Audio 5U USA web
Metasonix TM 1/4" jack 5U 4.5" 12VAC web [1]
MFOS 1/4" jack 5U 3.5" ±15 or ±12 USA web Yes Yes
Modcan B Series 1/4" jack 5U 1.75" ±15,+5 web
Moog 900 1/4" jack 5U 2.125" +12,-6 web No No
Moon Modular web
Mos-lab web
Oakley Sound Systems Oakley Modular System 1/4" jack 5U 1.75" ±15 4 pin MTA-156 or 0.156" Molex KK UK web Yes Yes [2]
PPG 300 1/4" jack 5U (220 mm) 110mm ±12 web
Rob Hordijk Design 1/4" jack 5U (220 mm) 100mm[3] ±15 4 pin MTA-156 or 0.156" Molex KK Netherlands email Yes No
Salamander Music Systems web
STG Soundlabs MU 1/4" jack 5U ±15,+5 6 pin MTA-100, pin 2 removed web Yes No
Synthesis Technology MOTM 1/4" jack 5U 1.75" ±15 4 pin MTA-156 or 6 pin to add +5V USA web
Synthesizers.com Q 1/4" jack 5U 2.125" ±15,+5 6 pin MTA-100, pin 2 removed web Yes Yes
Synthetic Sound Labs MU 1/4" jack 5U 2.125" ±15,+5 Synthesizers.com 6 pin standard USA web Yes No
Tellun Corporation MOTM 1/4" jack 5U 1.75" ±15 4 way MTA-156 USA web Yes Yes
Trouby Modular USA web
Zerosum Inertia MU 1/4" jack 5U 2.125" 2" ±15,+5 6 pin MTA-100 USA web Yes No [4]
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Notes

  1. ^ Based on Vacuum tubes.
  2. ^ Pre-built by Krisp1 Modular Construction. MTA-100 or Molex KK 0.1" are used for board interconnects.
  3. ^ Modules are 60 mm deep, except Dual Phaser which has the PCB perpendicular to the panel.
  4. ^ Tube synthesizer modules