Eurorack Stripboard

I always needed to have, in my drawers, a quick and easy way to assemble and prototype some small synth modules.

I think this the most convenient way to build a simple module. You just use it as a standard stripboard PCB but with neat additions.

The Eurorack power supply interface is almost complete: there’s room and tracks for a 16 pins connector with silkcreened signal marks, filtering capacitors and bead filters or protection diodes.

You can use up to 5 potentiometers or 5 Cliff style Jack connectors. Potentiometers can be any of 9 or 16 mm types, Alpha PKN160 for example.
Here are some examples:

The layout is pretty simple: strips, strips, strips. More than 60 horizontal 4 and 5 pin strips. One long 30 pin strip per power supply rail and two for ground.

Version 1.0 was too simple in my opinion. A lot of wires had to be soldered from power rails and ground to strips. So I tried to improve things a bit and designed a 1.1 revision, which is, to be fairly honest, not as good as what I expected.

I took an idea from some other recent stripboards on the market: in addition to the classic rows of 4 or 5 2.54 mm pin pitch strips, I added, between each copper strip, a very thin X and Y mesh of copper traces. Those thin traces run from one side of the board to the other side. And, between each standard strip pad, there’s a kind of tiny “surface mount” pad. The goal is to short together the two pads with a solder blob.
This way, you can theorically connect a strip to an other strip, without a wire.

Here are the layout pictures:

Bottom side

Top side

As you can see on this pictures, the top side thin traces are horizontal, while the bottom side thin traces are vertical.
The horizontal traces should let you interconnect the strips to the rails and the ground.
The vertical traces should allow you to interconnect the strips between them.

But… (“fail” music here)

Practically speaking, I tried to solder and short a standard pad with one of those tiny “surface mount” style pads, and… it’s almost impossible!
I don’t know if the PCB fab house, or I, did a nasty thing with the solder mask, if I completely underestimated the size of the pads or maybe the distance between the standard pads and the tiny pads… but, long story short, the small inter-strip mesh is unusable.

The standard 2.54 mm strips are totally functional, though.

And so, I finally decided to sell some of these stripboards on Tindie, as “B-stock” anyway.

B-stock on tindie!

I sell on Tindie

Here are some close up pictures of the tiny pads:

4 thoughts on “Eurorack Stripboard

    1. Well, the CL1382, with its solder lugs is more suited for wire connection. You could probably try something (the solder lugs will be aligned with the PCB holes), but you won’t be able to insert the lugs into the holes…

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