Modular jack sizes (fwd)
rmiller at merlin.magic.mb.ca
Wed Jul 26 02:14:36 CEST 1995
>From: Mark McLemore <mgm at io.com>
><snipped pros and cons of 1/4"; 1/8" and banana jacks by Mark)
>Mark McLemore ~ mgm at io.com
Well. It's been about 24hrs since I read Mark's message stating the
above, and I've become a turncoat! :)
I'm going to be converting Bernie from 1/4" jacks to Banana jacks this
weekend. All 75 + of them (except for Audio IN and OUT jacks which will
remain 1/4" as well as external CV; Gate and Trigger INs).
What made me change (Me, such a stiff 1/4" proponnent)?
- Finding at work today, that I could buy Banana jacks (Black and Red) for
about $0.28 CDN instead of the $1.00 - $1.50 that I was expecting;
- Finding out that the jacks that we sell at work will fit into my
already-drilled holes for 1/4" jacks, without showing the mounting hole
around the edges of the smaller banana jack
- Realizing that I could fit 4 banana jacks into the space that I current
mount 1 1/4" jack into. (I mount my 1/4" jacks 1" apart, horizontally
- I can still use the 1/4 to 1/4 patch cables that I've already made for
my rack of effects units/patch bays/mixer.
- It's FAR easier to make patch cords using Belden or Carol Test Lead wire,
rather than the shielded mic cable that I'm using at the moment.
- I can colour code my CV and Audio signals and patch cords separately by
just using different colour jacks; plugs and wire, rather than using
heat shrink tubing or some other method.
- The built in ability of many banana plugs for stacking, saves on panel
space via extra jacks.
- The fact that someone else mentioned, that noise/interferance shouldn't
be a problem with banana patch cords (due to no shielding) because the
CVs and Signals travelling through a typical modular synth 'patch' are so
I'm a convert! Thanks to finding a cheaper banana jack alternative.
<happy sigh> :)
Looking back at that long list of PROs .... does anyone have a list of
CONs against banana jacks?
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