Thank you for purchasing the Synthrotek Noise Filtering Eurorack Power Distribution Board. This is an intermediate build. You will need a fine tip soldering iron, a very steady hand and experience. If you feel like you can handle it, please proceed! If not, get some help from a friend with experience or purchase a fully completed unit.
ATTN: Please follow the BOM and these instructions and don’t populate from the PCB or these instruction pictures alone. Also sometimes we cannot get the exact pictured components, so please look over your parts and check the codes first.
Populate the 3 resistors then turn over on a firm surface to solder and clip leads.
LEDs are polarized components, make sure you place the cathode (shorter lead) into the pad with the flat side of the silk screen marking next to it. The flat side of the silk screen is the side adjacent to the callouts (LED1, LED2, LED3), so the shorter lead should go into the hole next to the callouts. Do this for all three, turn over to solder and clip leads.
16-PIN POWER CONNECTORS
Next add the 16-Pin Eurorack Power Connectors in place by matching the key notch with the key indicator on the PCB silk screen. Turn PCB over to solder. You can populate all of the connectors first then flip the board over with practice. This helps to keep the connectors flush to the PCB. There are a lot of pins to solder and this will take time. Make sure you do not leave your soldering iron on the pins too long and do not press down on the pins as this can damage the connector.
NOISE FILTERING CAPACITORS
Place the capacitors in the PCB, solder and clip leads. Make sure you orient the electrolytic capacitors in correctly. The longer lead needs to be inserted into the hole that has the “+” marking near it.
Synthrotek has added these power conditioning / noise filtering caps in 3 places on our distro boards to filter both incoming power as well to reduce module to module noise on all 3 rails (+12, -12 and +5).
MOLEX CONNECTOR OR POWER WIRING
You now have the choice to either use the Molex connectors or bare 16 AWG wire for connecting the distro board to other distro boards and/or the power supply module. If you are looking for a more permanent solution or do not want to use the Molex connectors just solder the wire directly to the PCB in their respective marked pads. Synthrotek has 3 ground connections, but if your supply or non-Synthrotek brand power modules have just one ground connection, feel free to just use the one. If you are using our Molex connection cable system, populate the right-angle Molex connectors to both ends and solder.
CONGRATS! you have now finalized your power distro board(s)! You can now connect your DC power and test out the boards. All 3 green LEDs should light up. If you are having any issues please consult our TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE.
Thanks for choosing Synthrotek!