Thank you for purchasing the Synthrotek Eurorack OBEY kit! This is an intermediate build. It is very important to get all the components properly soldered into the PCB in the correct placement. 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.
Please build according to the BOM, and not these instructions or the pictures alone. Some components may have changed since these were written, or we may not be able to get the exact looking components in the pictures.
Logic Board Diodes
The diodes are polarized, so make sure to populate them with the cathode stripe in the same direction as indicated by the silkscreen. Once everything is in place, carefully flip your project over and solder the components in place. Clip the excess leads on the bottom of the board.
Populate the resistors on the logic board. Resistors are non-polarized, so it doesn’t matter which direction you put them on the PCB, but it will help with any troubleshooting that may arise if you line up all the tolerance bands (usually a gold stripe) on one side. This will make it easier to read the color codes on the resistors. Bend one leg of the resistor over, then place the it on the board.
Once everything is in place, carefully flip your project over and solder the components in place. Clip any excess leads on the bottom of the board.
Next up are the IC sockets. Take care when populating these to not bend any of the legs. Line up the notch at the end of the socket with the notch on the silkscreen. This notch indicates where pin 1 of the IC is. When you have them populated, carefully flip your project over and solder everything in place.
A trick to getting these nice and flat is to only solder one pin of each socket, and then reflow the solder joint while gently pushing on the top of the socket to seat it flat against the PCB. Then continue on and solder the rest of the pins.
Ceramic Capacitors, Transistors & Voltage Regulators & 10-Pin Power Header
Now we can populate the ceramic capacitors. These are non-polarized and can be inserted either direction. If the capacitor coating runs down the legs a little, make sure the coating doesn’t poke into the pads. Once they are in, carefully flip over your project and solder them in place, clipping the excess leads.
Next populate the transistors and voltage regulators. These are polarized and the flat edge of the regulators and transistors need to match the flat edge on the silkscreen. Insert, turnover, solder and clip
Next up is the shrouded power header. Make sure when populating this that the notch in the header is lined up with the notch designation in the silkscreen (it’s on the side closest to the edge of the PCB).
When you’re sure that it is oriented correctly, carefully flip your project over and solder it in place. Use the same trick as the IC sockets to get it nice and flush with the PCB.
The electrolytic capacitors are polarized, so take care! Ensure that the longer leg (the leg that is further from the stripe indicator on the body) goes through the solder pad with the little ‘+’ symbol next to it.
Once it is aligned properly, carefully flip your project over and solder it in place, clipping the excess leads on the bottom.
DIP Switch & 10-Pin Power Header
Populate the DIP switch as shown below, turnover to solder and clip excess leads.
CONTROL BOARD ASSEMBLY
Board to Board Headers
We are now going to start building the control board. We will start with the 5×2 right angle board to board headers. Make sure when you populate these that the side of the header without the bend in it goes through the control board. The black plastic stopper should be resting against the board (see image below).
Make sure that you get these seated nice and flat against the board to ensure that everything will fit behind the front panel, and be at a nice 90 degree angle to the control board.
It is HIGHLY recommended to solder only one of the middle pins of these headers first, then re-flow the solder and re-seat the header so it sits nice and flat. Take your time with these and make sure everything is straight and flat before soldering the rest of the pins in place.
Once they are all soldered in place, we need to clip the pins that we just soldered down a little bit so that they don’t interfere with the slide potentiometers that need to go over them.
After clipping it is highly recommended to re-flow all the solder joints on these guys, just to make sure that there aren’t any cold solder joints on these. These pads will be inaccessible after completing the build.
Jacks, Standoff & Slide Potentiometers
First populate the aluminum hex standoff. You can do so by inserting a metal-finish 2.5mm screw through the bottom of the board, and then spinning the hex standoff a little to get it started. Then use a Phillips head screwdriver to gently tighten the assembly together.
Next place the jacks in the board as shown below:
PRO TIP: It can help to place the front panel over the jacks (and tighten some or all of the nuts) before you solder in order to align the jacks properly.
Now place the pots on the board with the lever in the center, turn over and solder in place. AGAIN! The panel may help you align the pots prior to soldering.
Now put the switch in place, turn over and solder. Feel free to again add the panel if that helps.
Now place the panel over the control board, tighten down the black hex screw (for the standoff) and jack nuts. Be careful as to not scratch your panel!
Final Board Mating
When mating the two boards, take care to make sure that everything lines up at a 90 degree angle. You can use the same trick as before with the headers on the control board to make sure that the logic board is sitting as flush to the bent part of the headers, and is coming off the control board at a 90 degree angle. Solder just one pin of the header, and then re-heat and straighten until you are satisfied with how it looks.
Once everything is lined up well, solder the remaining pins.
Insert the ICs into their sockets. You will need to bend the legs inward a little to make them fit. Match up the notch on the ICs with the notch on the socket and PCB silkscreen. Make sure that all the legs are firmly seated in the socket.
Congratulations on completing the OBEY module!