[sdiy] Using D-Sub connectors as patching elements

Paul Burns paul at fitvideo.co.uk
Tue Feb 21 08:16:55 CET 2012

I realise this is an aside, however re the Anyware Tinysizer synth, 
they look suspiciously like floppy drive headers to me, hence a 
conversation between myself and Howard Scarr who owns a Tinysizer to 
use M/F floppy drive stand offs to increase the longevity of the 
connections built in to the synth. I would rather plug a stand off in 
one of the headers, use and abuse it, and when the connectivity failed 
, just replace it with a new one every so often. I also discussed 
building some kind of break out box for a proper patchbay , which was 
not to his taste but would be to mine. 


paul burns

Quoting David G Dixon <dixon at mail.ubc.ca>:
> > How robust are, for example 9-pin D-Sub connectors for
> > repeated connections, compared to say a 3.5mm mini-jack, or a
> > 1/4" jack in a patching environment?
> > I've used 9-pin D-sub patchfields back in the day, for RS232
> > control of VTRs and other similar usage, but the typical
> > amount of re-patching in that application is probably very
> > minimal compared to modular synth usage, where connections
> > are made and re-made an order of magnitude more times. 
> >
> > Does anyone have any experience of heavy D-sub patching use
> > to share, or alternatively any suggestions for a practical
> > 8-way connector system for patchbay-style free patching?
> I don't know about that, but have you looked at the Anyware Tinysizer synth?
> It basically uses solderless breadboard-type patchbays.  I think it works
> pretty well. 
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