Anyone that wants me to check they've connected their power correctly before firing it up is more than welcome to send me an image via. email or PM. I respond very quickly in most cases. Also the video link below shows in more than required detail exactly how to do it.
Funky40 wrote:got my module today, need infos on the PSU header/situation:
as is, do i not want to risk to put my NG into my modular rack.
i thought we would get a doepfer "compatible" header at the PSU end ?
One might consider it to be "compatible", ......"in my case" thats questionable.
even with a small lamp in one hand do i not have full control if i would stick "this" header one row postponed or not, up or down.
so: can i damage the module by postponing the header one row ? 1 row up: ok ? 1 row down: ok ?
personally i think there must be solutions to solve both, that you have "Your" powercable on it, and that "we" get a cable that we can attach without any headache.
for example add a adapter cable.
.....or at least a empty header, -moduleside-, that one can tinker his own cable without screwing your original cable.
Also could you add for exaple a piece of red shrinking tube around the end portion of the blue cables.
( the first i just did was painting the header red there )
the module itself is btw. the most Bautiful module i ever had ! congratulations !
looks super edel.
super excited to try it out later
(looong time not patched my modular btw. )
Firstly there is a short video with exactly how to install so please have a look! I encourage everybody with an RE module to view this video.
SKIP TO 1:30 or so to bypass the 'why' blurb:
We are looking into more clear markings on the connector for the future as many have had great suggestions to make it more clear.
In the meantime, the main thing is that BLUE wires side should be going to -12V or the 'stripe' side.
We have weeks of full-time engineering work into the whole power/power cable situation and I think the only thing I've missed is the final demarkation for the end-user somewhere on the cable itself - which we are working on now. The adapter you propose is somewhat defeating the point and adds an additional failure point and increases losses. We've tested this too. We've also tested everything - as a whole - with the 'missing parts' which include our distribution boards which are a huge step above any distro out there with the exception of the straight up busbar method Hinton uses. For those you have to wait a bit longer. But these are what will allow those that need to record to do so with less noise, less oscillator calibration issues, and fool proof connectivity to power modules (since there will be the proper connector on both ends).
But it seems marking the actual connector body is the solution for this adapter cable. I was thinking a little sticker saying "STRIPE/-12V" or just painting a red stripe on the connector end. I'm also considering removing all wire colours and making them all black. So we will be working harder on this to make it more clear for users as they bear with us as we try and make the format better and more usable in a professional context. But for now, BLUE WIRES to -12V/STRIPE side! See the video - it's pretty easy and you only have to get it right once!
In regards to whether you can damage our module. Two parts:
1) Eurorack power/distribution is a mess. There are no standards or specifications other than the power pinout and the mechanical (though this isn't really thoroughly documented either and I just go to the VME and Eurocard for specification). There are some power supplies out there that are just dangerous, forget about being clean, reliable, or that wont shoot overvoltage into the entirety of your rack and destroy every module in an instant in case of a fault. So my disclaimer always has to be that any testing I do, as thorough as it is (and it is), cannot cover all of the unknowns that 'is' eurorack. You can see our warranty policy for details. I will, however, even out of warranty, stand by what I do and work with my customers.
2) That being said, I've tested our modules on at least 8 different manufacturers PSUs ranging from some sub-80USD options all the way to my own with solid aluminum bars and 600W of total linear power. I've placed the connecter in every single conceivable position. The worst thing that happens is shorting out a PSU rail but PSUs that are worth powering 10kUSD worth of gear will have OCP and OVP. But I cannot guarantee what happens on PSU/distribution systems I have no way of anticipating or ensuring they are up to standard.
Thanks for the compliments! I had to look up edel.