Wiring this has been like pulling teeth. I purchased 25 straight Neutrik jacks and 10 angled Neutrik jacks, I also ordered 60ft of Tour Grade Van Damme instrument cable, and 30ft of Tour Grade Van Damme speaker cable. Following the issues I had with my last rack as regards * wiring, bad cable, and even worse jack plugs i'm sparing no expense with this one.
I have 2 racks cases. 1 has the power amp, and the other has all the other goodies... The large rack will sit on top of the amp case, so all will be nice and tidy. The power conditioner will supply power to both the main rack and the power amp, therefor the patch panels in both cases have been designed with all this in mind.
Both patch panels have been terminated with Neutrik Powercon and Speakon sockets, and therefore all power and speaker cables have been terminated with the respective Powercon and Speakon plugs. All jack sockets in both patch panels are locking sockets, the only socket that isn't is the midi socket.
In the main rack all power cables have been routed to the left hand side of the case looking from the back, and all the signal cables are now being routed to the right. All cables will be cable tied and secured with cable tie sticky pads. As a side note, my good friend Robbie Gladwell is going to be checking the system over for electrical safety, and will probably issue a PAT test cert to show it's been checked and tested as OK.
What have Learned so far in this build..... for one, patience is a bonus waiting for things to turn up.The main thing is have a good soldering iron
. I have been waiting nearly a week for a new soldering iron to be delivered, after I was struggling with a cheap £10 ($14) soldering iron I got off EBay.... Don't waste your money. I spent around £40 for a cheap digital soldering iron and the difference is night and day. You can set the temperature, (and in my case I bought a soldering iron thermometer so i could calibrate the iron.... Good job, as it was set to 350c but the thermometer read it as 410c). It gets to temperature in a not to bad, 30 seconds.
I now no longer have to wait 3 hours for my cheapo stick soldering iron to get warm enough to melt the solder....... And even when it was at it's maximum heat it wasn't enough, and I had to wait long enough for a beard to grow to melt the solder.....
Secondly test, test and test again. Get a multimeter... You can't solder without one
, a cheap one will do. You only really want it for continuity and they all do that. I thought I'd been quite anal about testing after soldering, but had forgotten to test a particular cable... It was only my son jokingly saying "have you tested them.... to make sure they work" so I thought, I'll just test it again.. I found a solder joint that failed on the multimeter...
I'm thinking about spending the money and getting a cable tester to keep in my gig bag to make things a little easier,http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SoundLAB-Universal-Sound-Jack-Audio-Leads-Professional-Use-Cable-Tester-11-Type-/322385823271?hash=item4b0fb14627:g:MPwAAOSw9GhYdKyB
They're great and after i saw one working I wanted one.