After lugging my 9U monorocket case to a few shows, weight has definitely become a concern. Saving up for an Intellijel case at the moment!
afaik, grid does not draw more than 600mA 5V.
from the information you collected via modular grid and crosschecking with the information on the makenoise homepage (Power: +12VDC @ 1.2A, -12VDC @ 1A, +5VDC @ 1A),
don’t see why it shouldn’t …
I have a wood Pittsburgh case that weighs around 22-24 pounds, more than your Doepfer. Weight isn’t a problem for me if traveling via car and not having to walk too far, but I’ve decided that it’s too heavy and big if I want to fly with it, which I’d like to do in the next year or so. Walking around an airport with a case like that seems crazy and I’ve heard from others that it’s not fun.
I’m currently transitioning to a Submodular Systems Shadow case w/ Intellijel power board. This case is super lightweight and more rugged for travel. There have been a couple caveats so far:
Module placement is tricky, especially near the power connector for the case. The module needs to be around 20-25mm depth and it also depends where the power sticks out on the module is. Pretty much all your modules need to be ‘skiffable’.
The Intellijel power board (TPS80W A) is only 20 connectors. I learned from Intellijel that they are now only separately selling the type A, no type B (where the headers stick up on one row) and no Max boards (more connectors). The Make Noise board in the powered option is somewhat weak if you have a couple of digital modules.
Besides those things (which are minor), I’m really happy with it - seems to weigh as much as the Roland skiff I had at one point. The case itself is more on the pricier side, but there’s nothing quite like it besides maybe the Intellijel cases or the aluminum Make Noise cases, both of which could get scratched up if exposed from what I understand.
That is only an issue if you’re using the original Trilogy modules (Earthsea, Meadowphysics, White Whale). Ansible doesn’t use any 5v.
The modular grid specs are probably accurate and the make noise power has enough juice, but it only has 10 connectors. I’m not sure how safe using a flying bus cable is off of one of those connectors, but that may be a way around it.
You may want to power the Grid via Offworld, rather than from your case. Offworld-1: USB power utility
Thanks for your thoughts on weight.
I have another question, regarding Knurlies. I love my Knurlies but I’ve only managed to make them work in cases with threaded strips (Doepfer, Intellijel), not with the sliding nuts in my Elite case. Is this a known thing? Or anyone with similar or different experience? Have anyone tried Knurlies in the Make Noise case?
It’s because it’s different sizes. For a while there was only M3 (black) knurlies, but now there’s M2.5 (silver) knurlies. For example at thonk shop: https://www.thonk.co.uk/shop/knurlies/
I just got a pack of 2.5 for my make noise skiff and it works perfectly
You’ll also come across 440 screw threads (I think that’s a US measure), for instance in Pittsburgh cases. I’m about to switch them out in my Pittsburgh Structure for M2.5 sliding nuts simply so I can use the new
… the new Knurlies
I just placed orders to do the same to my Pittsburgh ep-360. I dread having to remove and remount everything, but as someone who frequently rearranges things… I really miss the knurlies.
Seconding the recommendation for https://synthracks.com/, i got a small frame rack and a couple of rails from them recently. Fast, affordable, great service with custom cut lengths at no additional charge. Even ended up with some free extra bits too
Yep me too, also an ep-360. Let me know how you get on!
Oh wow I had no idea. Different knurlies! That’s great. Thanks for the tip!
Wanted to give an anti-shoutout to synthrotek. I bought one of their cases which works okay, but after the whole rape joke scandal and them doubling down on being total edgelords I can’t in good faith recommend them.
I guess if you’re okay with supporting a business with people like that at the helm then go for it, otherwise there are plenty of other companies that are better/deserve support.
I was looking into their cases, thanks for posting this reminder.
Hey all, a bit confused on the american selection of case manufacturers in a post-Monorocket world…would love to grab a powered 12u 84hp case, folding, preferably in a non-black color…but having a hard time discerning if that’s available anywhere? Maybe my investigative search skills are lacking…any insight into if this is available?
ordered Offworld thank you.
I’ve simplified it to 10 bits for the powered makenoise skiff
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I have Grid and Norns, Offworld on it’s way soon.
That’s a nice selection with a lot of deep possibility. If you don’t have RIP already, it may be hard to come by, as it’s made in limited batches. In the future, if you want to change up your rig, consider passive utilities which won’t use up your power connectors - Meng Qi has a bunch of really great ones, including Please Exist 2 (inspired by RIP).