The 6U Eurorack skiff has adopted the gentle curves that are familiar with the range of Peter Eurorack Cases. The skiff provides 2 x 3U rows of compact modular shapely allurement and fitted with SynthRacks quality anodised aluminium rails, that come with a suitable number of sliding nuts; with threaded inserts as an option. The skiffs are available in a variety hardwood finishes, or a birch ply with lightly stippled black hand painted exterior.
At the back of the skiff, there is a utility cut out (60mm x 90mm), at the rear panel which is blanked off with 2 removable and interchangeable panels, these provide a panel of ventilation in the hope to make life easier for you, should you ever want to run a cable in/out. The case will be supplied with a vent panel and a blank panel in the rear utility cut out, however, we have several alternate panels for XLR or jack sockets, Dsubs etc should you prefer.
All Skiffs are built to order and have a 3-4 week lead time.
The TipTop Audio system provides quality Eurorack power for your system. If you purchase your skiff with the TipTop Audio Zeus Studio Bus system, you will be provided.
- Zeus Studio Bus board – one for each row of modules.
- Zeuss Access Switch.
- Cinicon-TTA Power Supply.
There is lots of information and additional details in the TipTop Audio Zeus Studio Bus manual. The manual is well worth reading to understand the system, although a great deal of the information is about installing the power in your skiff. Of course, if you order a SynthRacks skiff with a power system, we will install it for you. If you are starting to build up your Eurorack system, we can supply a single Zeus Studio Bus board, to which you can add additional boards as your system builds up (please get in touch to enquire about pricing). The skiff will be pre-drilled to accept new boards – if you get these from SynthRacks, we will supply all the necessary hardware (the standoffs/spacers) and hook up wires.
The Zeus Studio Bus board offers a total of 16 module connectors: 14 of them are 16-pin headers for connecting Eurorack modules and two of the connectors are for Analogue Systems modules. The additional 5V voltage needed by some modules is being generated internally by the Zeus Studio Bus. Three LEDs show the active voltages 12V, -12V and 5V. The maximal current per bus board is 1250mA at 12V, 800mA at -12V and 300mA at 5V. Tiptop Audio recommend the use of a powerful external power supply with 4.6A for providing up to three Zeus Studio Busses with power. The Cinicon power supply will be supplied with a 13amp IEE lead (kettle style lead). If you are buying outside of the UK you will need to supply your own lead to connect the power to the mains.
Note: Cinicon switching power supply works with 110v to 230v.
All Eurorack Skiffs are built to order and have a 3 – 4 weeks lead time.
SynthRacks Eurorack Skiffs are set up to accept M3 machine screws. We would recommend the square sliding nuts and with each skiff you will be supplied with the following:
- 84HP skiff – 40 M3 sliding nuts per 3U frame.
- 104HP skiff – 50 M3 sliding square nuts per 3U frame.
- 110HP skiff – 52 M3 sliding square nuts per 3U frame.
- 126HP skiff – 60 M3 sliding square nuts per 3U frame.
However, you can specify – as an optional extra – that your skiff is fitted with threaded rails instead of the sliding nuts.
Each 3U will also be provided with M3 machine screws, which are suitable to use with the sliding nuts or the threaded rails. We keep a stock of all fixings so additional M3 machine screws and nuts can be purchased as required.
Sliding nuts are more economical and should allow you – by loosening the screws – to slide a module along the rail to reposition it without taking it out of the skiff. They will also ensure that the modules can butt up neatly to each other, which otherwise may not be possible with threaded rails, due to different manufacturers tolerances of the modules face panel.
Either way, not a matter to dwell on for too long, as the frame can be removed from the skiff without much effort and additional nuts or threaded rails can be inserted.