It is definitely possible, just make sure you get pins that fit the little sockets on the AE modules and that you use good quality wire. If the wire is too stiff it is a pain in the neck to use.
I have both old modules with the square sockets and new modules with the round sockets. The pins for the square sockets are very common, and easy to find (Google Dupont pin / dupont Wires), but the gold tipped pins on the new style patch wires are more difficult to source.
You can insert the square pins in the round sockets, but the new patch wires are much better, both the pins and the actual wires used. The wire is softer and much better quality than the cheaper Dupont wires that came with the older AE synths.
The pins used on the jumper wires you show are the kind typically used for bread boards, they are typically 0.6 mm diameter. The pins on the AE patch wires are about 0.8 mm diameter and shorter than the bread board pins.
Guys, please do not use square, cheap or home made wires on the round sockets! You will risk damaging them. They actually have a small spring in them and the square wire can get caught and rip it out or otherwise damage it.
Post by PianoModularMe on Apr 30, 2020 17:26:26 GMT
Hi, guys, the best patchcords can be made with the 0.8mm gold contact plugs. I am the one who gave Robert the idea for the new patch cables. The gold contact plugs work in the new and the old modules without problems.
You can find these plugs in the RC model building area. The best way is to search for "0.8mm Gold Connector male". I am in Germany and bought my connectors at Nessel-Elektronik.
Well i just ordered 2 of the patch wire starter packs together with my two new cases. But i will probably make some long DIY wires also when need arises. Nice to know where to get the materials and how to proceede.
First, I’d like to thank PianoModularMe For providing us all with awesome wires due to his contacting Robert! I’d also like to thank him for giving us the exact specs. For us in the USA, unless we are making a large order the shipping is not worth it, so hacks like this can be helpful.
I’d also like to provide a quick and dirty method for when you’re in a bind: 22AWG solid core wire. Strip the ends off, sand the edges with fine grit paper... they’ve gotten me out of a bind many times!
Obviously these are not ideal. They pop out easily. Also be very mindful that the wire does not break off inside the module. I came close to that once.
you might want to give Noisebug a call. They are the exclusive distributor of AE Modular gear in North America and they might have those cables at better shipping rates. If not, they'll probably send an order to Robert for a batch shipment.
The international dealers network is slowly expanding and while the tangible waves web shop is still the best stocked, you might find more favourable delivery times and/or shipping rates at a dealer closer to where you live.