Introduction: Eurorack Modular Synth Power Supply

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In order to build the Pure Power you will need the following tools:

· Soldering Iron

· Solder Wire

· Snips

· Phillips Screwdriver

The kits are available from https://gmsn.co.uk/

Step 1: Populating the PCB

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Overview

Populating the PCB is best done starting with the lowest components in height, moving up to the highest. This helps to keep the board stable whilst soldering.

Resistors

First we’ll start off with the resistors.

There’s only one value of resistor which makes it nice and simple.

Step 2: Ceramic Capacitors

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Check out https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/capacitor-kit-identification-guide for more info on identifying capacitors.

Simply place through the holes and solder in place. The ceramic caps can go in any way round.

Step 3: Electrolytic Capacitors

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All the electrolytic caps are the same value but ensure they go the right way round with the long leg in the hole marked +.

Step 4: Power Headers

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Here’s a little soldering trick for headers. It can also be used for DIL Sockets...

Fill one hole with solder.

Then hold the header in place while heating the solder from the other side. The socket will then pop into place and you can solder the rest of the pins without it falling out.

Step 5: 5V Regulator and Heatsink

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Place the heatsink on the 7805.

Then bend the legs over, ENSURING THEY AREN’T TOUCHING THE
HEAT SINK.

Then solder in place.

Step 6: DC Power Socket and PCB Mounts

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Solder the power socket and PCB mounts in place, ensuring they are all square and flush with the board.

Step 7: DC DC Converter

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This is the main component of the power supply and contains all the over and under voltage and current protection.

Step 8: LEDs and Front Panel

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Bend the legs of the LEDs ensuring the flat side of the LED is on the correct side.

Fit the LEDs in place, BUT DO NOT SOLDER YET.

Attach the front panel with the screws, poking the LEDs through the holes.

Finally solder in place and snip the legs.

Step 9: Testing and Calibration

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The Pure Power module is incredible simple, so there’s not a great deal of testing to be done.

Supply voltage checks

Tools:

· Volt meter set to DC volts

Connect the power supply and ensure the three LEDs light up.

With the black probe on the metal tab at the top of the 5V regulator, annotated in blue, and the red probe on each of the pins indicated in red, you should get +12v.

Now move the red probes to the pins indicated in green and you should get -12V.

Finally move the red probes to the pins indicated in yellow and you should get +5v.

Fault Diagnosis

To be perfectly honest, it’s very rare for a circuit to work perfectly first time. If you are having problems follow the steps below to fix any issues you might have.

Reflow

By far the commonest issue is joints soldered incorrectly. Simply apply the hot soldering iron to all the joints to melt the solder. Hold the iron on for a couple of seconds to let the solder suck into the joint. Once you’ve done this retest.

Components in the wrong places or the wrong way round

Triple check all components are in the right place. The photos above will show you where all the components should be.

Step 10: Finally…

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I hope you’ve enjoyed building the GMSN! Pure Power. We can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with it.

You can now go on and build a complete Eurorack Modular Synthesiser. All the kits are available at gmsn.co.uk

Comments

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-07-12

Great tutorial. Kits are a great way for people to get started in building electronics.

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