[sdiy] Cooling in modular synths

Peter Pearson electrocontinuo at gmail.com
Sun Dec 26 20:04:52 CET 2021


I remember Malcolm Cecil talking about how he had wanted to run liquid
nitrogen through the Faraday cage in the back of TONTO.  You could try
going that route.

On Sun, Dec 26, 2021 at 8:30 AM cheater cheater via Synth-diy <
synth-diy at synth-diy.org> wrote:

> That would mean each cabinet is up to, what, 36W? 45W? Given the
> outside area of the cabinet I wouldn't think that it needs cooling,
> yeah.
>
> So why do older polysynths need cooling? Was semiconductor technology
> just loads more inefficient?
>
> On Sun, Dec 26, 2021 at 4:37 AM bbob <fluxmonk at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Just the power supplies, i've never noticed any individual modules
> running hot.  I use mostly power-one or condor PSs, which have substantial
> aluminum frames that do a good job as heat sinks, as long as there's free
> convective  air movement around them they seem fine without fans.  imy main
> DIY has 3 cabinets with 4 or 5 frac racks @ - i haven't measured individual
> module current draw, but each cabinet has it's own 3amp supply, seems fine.
> >
> > flxmnky
> >
> >
> > On Sat, Dec 25, 2021 at 9:57 PM cheater cheater via Synth-diy <
> synth-diy at synth-diy.org> wrote:
> >>
> >> Hi all, I was wondering how people approach cooling in modular synths.
> >> Specifically larger systems. Do you find that having free convection
> >> or even forced cooling is necessary?
> >>
> >> Also, what sort of power draw do your synths have?
> >>
> >> Thanks
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