Useful Building Tips

Discuss Yocto construction and related issues
  • i socketed all ICs, used connectors for all cables, and didn't use the actual flatcables since they were uber short
    for the power cables between the two boards, i used a 4-pin molex connector like the ones found in computer PSUs

    here's a picture (click for uber-zoom):

    i raised the sequencer switches with ~2.4mm by putting little chunks of plastic "plus-shaped" spacers (these are used for lining up ceramic tiles)
    i used slices of thick paper (actually the carton-like paper from the capacitors) to put into the gaps around the switches, with the PCB mounted onto the front panel
    (i actually placed the paper on the left/right sides instead, since they wiggled more sideways)

    the BOM included 220ohm resistors for all LEDs
    i tested them on 5V thru the 220ohm resistor - :shock: way
    i took a 10K pot and hooked it to a LED, starting from 10K down slowly..
    above ~4K the LED was not very bright, and below 1K it was painful, especially when the LED blinks
    so went for 3.3K resistors
    i recommend trying your LEDs too before soldering the resistors.. don't just take my values for granted - different LEDs would need different resistance, so just try them out
    Last edited by antto on Apr 23rd, '16, 07:04, edited 1 time in total.
  • Very usefull topic, nice work ! ;)
    Yocto building tips by by Masuto is usefull too.

    Best regards,
    Best regards,
  • "Remove the encoders’ tabs before you solder them in!"
    is stated in the link...

    Why should I do that?
  • If you don't remove the little tab on the face of the encoder the tab will be in the way and won't let the encoder sit flush with the Yocto's faceplate. Being made out of aluminum, the tab comes off pretty easy. I used my Dremmel tool, or you could just file it off by hand.
  • So why has this important info not been mentioned anywhere else or in the tutorial? Sigh. I have allready soldered everything. :-/
  • drifter7508 wrote:So why has this important info not been mentioned anywhere else or in the tutorial? Sigh. I have allready soldered everything. :-/
    don't worry... you can just knip it off with a sharp side cutter even it's already been soldered. (don't forget to protect your eyes!)
  • I have a dremmel tool as well, just don't want to get debris over the board :-) Have to shield it off with tape and paper.
  • flush side cutter's are amazing...Image
  • Cowbell Tip

    Version 1.0 PCB, skip the listed values and stuff the following parts:

    R44= 100K
    R45= 68K

    Skip trying to adjust via scope, use a DMM set to HZ and adjust the following to ground.

    TM1= 526-540HZ
    TM2= 800HZ

    Clap should sound like it should...