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Rack 'Em Up!

Posted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 6:23 am
by Joscuzz
Over the last few weeks, and having listened to the advice of fellow forum members, I have picked up a few items of "desktop" hardware: Minitaur, CP-251, MF102, MF05 Delay, EP-3 pedal and a Korg SQ-1(hey) :shock:. Immersing myself in such sonic exploration is both fun and rewarding, however, I need to structure my units inside some kind of rack which will help me better access those CV ins & outs during performance "takes". In their current state, I find it difficult and cumbersome when patching cables to and from these units and periodically revert to physically lifting one up off the desktop to make a connection! Awkward.

Could you offer up any suggestions as to what, in your opinion, you guys think could be the best solution in organising these units (see photo, thanks) into a perfomance-friendly rig using a rack of some kind.

Thanks, and I look forward to your input (oops!)
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Re: Rack 'Em Up!

Posted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:14 am
by Joscuzz
OK, I'm answering my own thread here. I have ordered the following items from three different outlets:

1x 10U Quik-Lok RS-10 desktop rack stand
1x 3U Moog Minitaur rack mount kit
1x 6U Moog Moogerfooger Rack mount kit

Hopefully, this should suffice?

Re: Rack 'Em Up!

Posted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 7:12 pm
by Kirneh Ness
I am also "racking up" at the moment. One 20U unit just for 6 Moogerfoogers and the CP251 (one has to have 1 or 2 U space above each MF rack, as it is otherwise difficult to get to the in- and output suckets). I have space for a 1U patch bay where I have inserted all audio in/out from the moogerfoogers. I then have a 12U for various outboard gear. It is quite a project. Be sure to document what you do (and let no cable be left unmarked). But I am sure it will be worth it, as I couldn't use the gear sufficiently flexible when it was stacked on a table.

I couldn't let the Minitaur leave the table though, as I think it is a waste of rack real estate space to set it in a rack.

Re: Rack 'Em Up!

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:22 am
by Joscuzz
I am also "racking up" at the moment. One 20U unit just for 6 Moogerfoogers and the CP251 (one has to have 1 or 2 U space above each MF rack, as it is otherwise difficult to get to the in- and output suckets). I have space for a 1U patch bay where I have inserted all audio in/out from the moogerfoogers. I then have a 12U for various outboard gear. It is quite a project. Be sure to document what you do (and let no cable be left unmarked). But I am sure it will be worth it, as I couldn't use the gear sufficiently flexible when it was stacked on a table.
Wow that is a wall of sound your constructing there Kirneh! As expensive as these rack accessories are (and they are!) in limited space it is the only way forward I guess. The 10U I've ordered is open, meaning there are no restricting bars across the top or bottom of the rack stand so I should have good access to the CV inputs (etc) by dedicating the upper part of the rack to the 6U Moogerfooger kit.
I couldn't let the Minitaur leave the table though, as I think it is a waste of rack real estate space to set it in a rack.
I take your point here but in my case I don't have other outboard gear to mount other than the Minitaur unit and I wanted to consolidate my Moog gear into, what I refer to as, a "performance" rack. Besides that, I will have created the space for my EP-3 to sit on the desktop along side the Korg SQ-1 and the MF05 delay pedal leaving just enough room for a work-man's elbow! :D The rack ears of the Minitaur kit provide flexibility, in as much as, I can set the interface of the Minitaur to recess at an angle so the rear connection panel should be more accessible too. I will be left with a 1U space to play with. Hopefully, this should work?

Fair point about labelling the cables Kirneh. The outs/ins to the Minitaur will definitely be labelled up. Thanks for the tip!

Re: Rack 'Em Up!

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:52 pm
by Joscuzz
OK, several weeks in the making and here is my rig! Room to squeeze in another Moogerfooger but which one? Time to research some more....happy days!