[sdiy] Mini-Din cable woes

S Ridley spridley1 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 5 19:21:03 CET 2019


I've had problems with mini DIN connectors not mating properly, and it
turned out the outside diameter of plastic cover on rewirable mini DIN
plugs is too large and won't fit into the socket recess, so the pins won't
reach right into the socket.  I've had to trim some plastic off the DIN
plug cover to make them fit.

An alternative solution would be to buy a molded mini DIN cable, cut it in
two and wire the bare end into a small plastic box with four RCA/phono
connectors (or jacks if you prefer) on it.


On Mon, 31 Dec 2018 at 06:39, Joel B <onephatcat at earthlink.net> wrote:

> I have a couple of Pearl fightman analog drum modules (circa 1979/80) and
> one came with the complete drum kit and cables, the other without.
>  I’ve been attempting to create a second set of cables, with only partial
> success. The cables are each a 5 pin mini-din (
> https://goo.gl/images/pDHvsP) that split to a fan of 4 and 5 RCA Male
> jacks - proprietary cables that nobody seems to make.
> (crash/ride/oh/ch)/(kick/snare/toms). First problem is how to solder tiny
> wires to tiny posts. Took a while to get that right, and I’m pretty sure
> there is a better way, like wires with some kind of clip already attached...
> Second problem was that I think the outside ring on the mini-din is the
> ground (or at least the “common” wire) as far as I can tell from my amature
> multimetering.
> So I built a couple cables, and the second try sort of worked but a little
> intermittently. Thinking I understood how to do this now I built a third
> one that works even less and a fourth one that doesn’t work at all. I can’t
> find a short. The pins all have good connectivity.
> I was trying to adapt to 3.5mm jacks so I wired to 3.5mm female sockets
> instead of RCA male, to use with beatstep pro or other trigger (Original
> cables with an rca/3.5mm adapter do work with beatstep pro). I could only
> find TRS 3.5mm sockets online when I wanted TS but I’m pretty sure I
> soldered that part the same way on all my attempts...
> I’m wondering, are the pins on the newer mini-din male just maybe not long
> enough? What am I doing wrong? Certainly they seem not designed for the
> sleeve of the mini-din to be a soldier point but It seems to be so in the
> original cables, so I made that connection.
> Joel
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