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Build Guide

Universal Build Guide

A helpful and generic guide for building noise reap modules.

Contents of page:

Stage 1 - Surface Mount Population (2-3 hours)
Stage 2 - Through Hole Population ( 10 mins - 1 hour )
Stage 3 - Assembly (30 mins - 1 hour)

Stage 1 - Surface Mount Population

 Solder on the surface mount resistors. Video Link.

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0805 resistor
0805 resistor

 Solder on surface mount chip capacitors (not the taller lytic caps yet).

0805 capacitor
0805 capacitor

 Solder on the transistors. Video Link

sot-23 transistor
sot-23 transistor

 Solder on the surface mount diodes. WATCH ORIENTATION! Faint line on diode goes to same side as the "line" at the end of the triangle on the pcb silkscreen.

sod-123 diode
sod-123 diode

 Solder on the surface mount ICs. WATCH ORIENTATION! Legit Video Clip

Top IC pin 1 marked by small circular indent in package. Bottom IC pin 1 marked by the thick orientation line on the left end of the chip.
Top IC pin 1 marked by small circular indent in package. Bottom IC pin 1 marked by the thick orientation line on the left end of the chip.
Pay attention to small silkscreened circle to find pin 1. Ignore the orientation of the text on the PCB! It will not always match the text on the IC.
Pay attention to small silkscreened circle to find pin 1. Ignore the orientation of the text on the PCB! It will not always match the text on the IC.
This time the silkscreen circle does happen to match up with orientation of the text on the PCB.
This time the silkscreen circle does happen to match up with orientation of the text on the PCB.
In this method a thick silkscreened line marks the BOTTOM of the IC. Once again, it doesn't always align with the text on the PCB!
In this method a thick silkscreened line marks the BOTTOM of the IC. Once again, it doesn't always align with the text on the PCB!

 Solder on the electrolytic capacitors. WATCH ORIENTATION!  Video Link

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 Solder on any addition SMD components that this generic guide may have missed.

 

Stage 2 - Through Hole Population

After making it through the surface mount portion of the build, the rest of the population should be easy. Take a quick break to recharge before returning back to soldering. You may be able to skip over a good portion of this stage if there are little or no through-hole components on your build.

 Solder on the 10 pin power header.

 Solder on resistors.

 Solder on IC sockets / IC chips. WATCH ORIENTATION! Pin 1 of the IC goes to the square padded hole on the PCB.

 Solder on diodes. WATCH ORIENTATION! Cathode "line-end" of diode goes to the square padded hole on the PCB.

 Solder on capacitors. WATCH ORIENTATION! (if applicable). The positive end of electrolytic capacitors goes to the square padded hole on the PCB.

 Solder on component-side trimpots. READ THIS! Some builds (like the Bermuda) may have trimpots on both sides of the PCB. Only solder on trimpots that are on the same side as the SMD components. Trimpots on the other side of the PCB will be put on in the final assembly stage.

 

Stage 3 - Assembly

 Stuff all related hardware (pots, jacks, trimpots, switches, LEDs, etc) in place on the PCB, then gently fit the panel over top of it all. Long lead on LEDs goes to the square padded hole.

 Gently tighten everything in place. At this point you should have no unused parts left in your kit (except for extras). Make sure plastic shaft pots are not tilted or rubbing against the edge of the panel.

 Solder everything in place.

 Put on knobs.

 Presto! 

Job well done friend.
Job well done friend.

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