3trinsRGB+1c to LZX Adapter PCB

So the Gieskes 3trinsRGB+1c to LZX Adapter PCB has been sold out and out of production for a while. What is the best way to go about making one? The page has what looks part of the pcb layout and of course there is a schematic. Is my only choice to learn how to layout a pcb based on the schematic and that picture or does someone have a gerber file they can send me so I can print a pcb? Or an extra adapter PCB I could buy from you?

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It almost looks simple enough to be laid out on perfboard - could this be an option for a DIY kludge?

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Or if enough people would like to purchase someone could get 5 to 10 pcbs made…

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If there’s sufficient interest, I’d be up for laying this out with a few additions to make it a 4HP module (I have my 3trins racked). I was able to snag one of the expander PCBs back when they were available but added a few other simple mods to my 3trins to fill out a 4HP panel.

  • Three gate inputs (using LM339/CD4066) tied to the RGB vertical / horizontal range latching buttons

EDIT: oops, forgot I also tied the 4th switch to the vertical adjustment button. Personally don’t use this much since you can’t control the speed or direction of the scrolling but you can get a Diver-ish H/V scrolling of external input video with this

  • CV control over brightness

It would be nice to have them all on one proper PCB instead of on bits of stripboard. It would still require a little bit of soldering wires to points on the 3trins’ PCB.

That reminds me I need to try adding a S-Video output to mine at some point. The 3trins uses the same encoder IC as Cadet II (AD724) which just requires a 220uF cap and 75r resistor in series to both the Chroma and Luma pins which are broken out. I added this to my Cadet II and it works great.

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I would definitely pick one or two up if someone made some pcbs !

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I would also be interested in one.

I’m interested in one if anyone builds it!

Someone recently did this:

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OSH Park is the most expensive way to do this though. $17.50 for a board that would cost under $1 elsewhere if someone ordered a few.

I might do a run. is an eurorack version preferred or is just a pcb fine?

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I mean, a mountable PCB with an eurorack panel and some kind of cable to the 3trins. (MTA or so)

basic setup:


the original pcb has a few DNP resistors connected to +5v
what was the purpose of these? Why did they got cancelled I mean

I remember something about the output from 3trins being different for each device. Some output 5v, some 4.2v, etc.
Don’t know if the resistors had to do with that though

I remember not installing those resistors. my device is at my other home, 1100km away :slight_smile:
my trins outputs 3.3v

Just checked mine, R1, 5, 6, 10, 11 and 15 are not placed

are the opamps OPA340?
I seem to recall that they are different opamps. maybe I am mistaken

Yep!

If you rig up a Eurorack power connector, you could run the 3trins off of the +12V rail and then route the +/-12V rails to this expander so you could use LM6172s instead. I’ve run my 3trins off of a Eurorack supply for years and it’s been fine.