So I’ve been interested in Eurorack, specifically Intellijel modules, for several years, and I’ve played around with some friend’s racks. But recently I finally started planning for real, with an actual budget and actually considering things like depth/power draw. Apparently those little numbers at the bottom of Modulargrid actually serve functions. Who would have imagined?
Anyways, I spent the last few weeks revising, revising, revising my ideal first layout (you can view it
here Edit: no, actually here. One more small revision.) and I was finally satisfied. The only thing left to do before I debated on what to buy first and how much to save up first was to check those pesky numbers. Power was good compared to the specs for the TPS80w (black panel) which comes with the case; although it was getting close to the limit on the +12v rail, I know some of the modules have an internal jumper that allows them to pull from the +5v rail, and I would probably be fine. Depth wasn’t an issue, as I’d originally been planning a palette case before I ran out of room. Price was what it was. Then I saw it, and my heart skipped a beat:
Number of Modules: 25
When I frantically switched over to the Intellijel site, I discovered that the 84hp case only powers up to 20 modules. The manual for the power supply claims that you can chain the power boards, as long as your power supply is rated for that amount of wattage. I was going to just get a TPS30mini separately and join them, except I saw in another thread that you guys will probably not be making those anymore.
- Would I still be able to purchase a TPS30mini, or are all the power boards in the TPS30 series discontinued? (I know the 30max is discontinued, but I don’t need that many power connections anyway, and I’m not certain about the 30mini)
- If I were to get another power board such as the 30mini, would I need a 110- (or 120-) watt supply, or would I be able to get away with using the 90-watt power supply that comes with the TPS80? To phrase that question another way, when you’re chaining power supplies from the same power entry, do you need a power supply rated for the total wattage of the combined boards, or only the amount used by the modules?
- What other suggestions do you guys have for ways to power those extra 5 modules? I don’t really want to use a flying bus board, but I will if I have to.