Studio Bus - Tiptop Audio

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1) Introduction: The Advantages of ZEUS
2) Understanding power consumption of your modules and the system
3) Attaching the Zeus Studio Bus to the case
4) List of recommended parts and part numbers (power socket, switch, connections)
5) The Tiptop-Cincon power supply
6) Power up for the first time
7) The wire connector and grounding
8) Planning a system 3U 6U and 9U
9) Planning large systems 18U
10) Planning very large systems 18U X 2
12) Mechanical specifications
12) Electrical specification and change log
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Chapter 1
Introduction: The Advantages of ZEUS
Cincon-TTA power supply
Zeus Studio Bus
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-12V
DC800
12V
12V
5V
-12V
+5V
+5V
+12V
+12V
GND
Zeus Access
The ZEUS power system for modular synthesizers was developed to
bring the advantages of today’s modern power technology to the modular
synthesizer.
The ZEUS power system, in most cases, will be comprised of an external
wall or brick power supply and a Zeus Studio Bus board.
ON
OFF
The safe and easy installation of ZEUS systems is its first and most
obvious advantage. It is now possible to power a complete modular
system from an external brick style universal power supply, the same
power supply used to charge laptop computers. These external power
supplies are extremely powerful and paired with the right combination of
Bus Boards, even very large systems can be wired up with Zeus’s top
quality power.
Zeus
Access
+15VDC
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Using an external power supply ensures your system stays light-weight
and clear of electromagnetic emissions produced by transformers. In essence your
case stays cool, safe, and most importantly removes any need to deal with hot
AC main lines while installing the system.
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Introduction: The Advantages of ZEUS
The Zeus Studio Bus is the next generation of Zeus power technology and was
designed to provide outstanding performance by combining the best of both worlds:
the convenience of switch mode power technology and the robust regulation of linear
power technology. The result is a power system that will feed your modules with
strong and clean power for studio grade sound quality. As eurorack keeps growing
more and more new manufacturers start offering modules and the challenge for
providing a power system that is one solution to all had to be addressed with the
best of power technology known to us; the Zeus Studio Bus was developed as the
second generation of Zeus power to keep up with this reality, minimizing power
problems such as bleed-through, ground noise, excessive power draw by modules
and other problems known to us. When you look at the Zeus Studio Bus, it is easy to
see the many components mounted on the board; all this circuitry is there to give
quality power second to none.
In addition to the above advantages, the Zeus Studio Bus was also designed to allow
new and more powerful modules to be developed, leading a path into the future
of the upcoming Tiptop Audio modules and systems.
This manual will guide you through the steps necessary for you to design the
power system that meets your needs, taking into consideration the power
consumption used by today’s modern modules, mechanical assembly and
wiring, and ZEUS systems built with the intent of power/size expansion over time.
The Zeus Studio Bus makes wiring power into cases as simple as ever before
with no need for special tools or complicated planning.
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Chapter 2
Understanding the power consumption of
your modules and the system
The power consumption requirements for today’s crop of new and exciting
modules varies from the prior needs of modules in the past. Before, the
current draw was almost always even on both the positive and negative side
of the rails. For instance, a 30mA module usually drew 15mA from the +12V
rail and another 15mA from the -12V rail making for an even distribution of
power consumption over the chain of power flow. This allowed the user to
quickly calculate the necessary power supply specifications they would need
to provide sufficient power to their systems.
Today this is not always the case. In modern modules there are far more
digital technologies that require greater amounts of current drawn from the
+12V power rail than what is drawn from the -12V power rail. With this in
mind, the user can no longer take the summed mA total for granted and base
their system's power on the status quo.
For Example: A Z3000 MKII Smart VCO requires 50mA from the +12V rail
and 25mA from the -12V rail. A hypothetical system comprising of three
Z3000 MKIIs would need to source 150mA from the +12V rail and 75mA
from the -12v rail to function properly.
The Zeus Studio Bus is a powered bus board, as such, it takes only the necessary
amount of current needed to power the modules connected to it and not more than
that. Power to the bus boards is provided by the external Tiptop-Cincon power supply.
While it is good to understand the power consumption of modules as was described
above, it is in most cases not necessary anymore to do the math as was the case in
the previous version of Zeus power or other available power supplies. With the Zeus
Studio Bus the rules are simple, use one external power supply per 3 bus
boards. Systems that use more bus boards will use multiple external power
supplies, with the same rule applied, one power supply per 3 bus boards. If however
you plan on powering many digital modules then it might be worth calculating the total
current consumption to make sure you are not going over the 1300mA limit of the
postive 12V on each board and the total 4600mA coming from the
external power supply.
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Chapter 3
Attaching the Zeus Studio Bus to the case
To insert a wire use a flat head screw
driver or fingers to press and hold
module
connectors
wire
module
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mounting
screw
size 6
spacer for screw size 6
case
Wire: Use multi stranded 16AWG wire all across the system. The Zeus Studio Bus
uses only two signals, POWER and GROUND, it is recommended to use two colors,
one for each signal.
Mounting Screws: Size 6 screw - the mounting holes on the bus boards are
made for screw size 6. There is no need for plastic or nylon screws, metal screws are
fine to use, these can be found in most home improvement stores.
Spacer: 1/4” Spacer, we recommend using spacers with minimum height of 1/4”,
recomended part numbers are listed in the next page.
Under heavy load or in case of a short the Zeus Studio Bus can get hot, it is
important that there is space left between the bus board and
the case to give the bus board enough space for air circulation for cooling down
and to keep a safe distance from any flammable material. It is also recommended
that for cases with more than 3 bus boards some ventilation holes be added, this
is not a must but is recommended if possible. A few 0.25” diameter holes on the top
and bottom of a case are recommended.
vent holes
bus board
bus board
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Chapter 4
List of recommended parts and part numbers
For systems of up to 3 bus boards we recommend using the Zeus Access panel
interface. The Zeus Access comes equipped with a power socket, power switch
and wires for a quick and easy installation of a Zeus Studio power system.
It is recommended to get the Zeus Access and at least one Zeus Studio and
then design the case around the wiring length of the Zeus Access.
For systems with more than 3 bus boards that will require using 2 or more
external power supplies, you can either use multiple Zeus Access, Zeus Access
Dual, or make your own connections. Here is a list of switches and power sockets
that we recommend for using.
DC 2.5mm Power socket.
Mouser Part Numbers:
Round clear hole spacer
Mouser Part Numbers:
806-KLDPX-0302-B
534-885
163-4305
Toggle switch SPST:
Mouser Part Numbers:
Threaded spacer:
Mouser Part Numbers:
691-DA100-PB-B
534-1922A
633-WT11S-RO
Toggle switch DPDT:
Mouser Part Numbers:
633-WT22S
633-S6B-RO
Toggle switch 4PDT:
Mouser Part Numbers:
691-IL250-73
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Chapter 5
The Tiptop Cincon power supply
As part of our challenge to come with a power system that can deal with
the growing challenges that the eurorack synthesizer brings with its development,
we had to look at every single point in the system and find ways to increase
performance. One of the main components in the system is the external power
supply and together with Cincon Taiwan, a leader in switch mode power supplies, we
have customized a certified power supply to achieve the best performance possible for
audio use. That’s how we created the TTA-Cincon power supply that we recommend
using with the Zeus Studio Bus.
The TTA-Cincon is a 15VDC supply that is rated at 4.6A and can be used to power
up to 3 Zeus Studio Bus boards. As 4.6A are getting spread across 3 bus boards,
there are hardly any chances that you will find yourself needing more power; this is a
powerful power supply.
Though highly recommended for best performance, the Zeus Studio Bus is not
restricted to using the TTA-Cincon power supply to operate. If you would like to power
your Zeus Studio Bus using other external power supplies then please make sure to
use a 15VDC power supply with at least 4.6A. Using a power supply that is higher or
lower than 15VDC will damage the Zeus Studio Bus.
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Chapter 6
Power up for the first time
After installing the Zeus system into a case comes the magical moment to power it
up for the first time. The Zeus Studio Bus includes a built-in time delay to allow
the power regulators to stabilize before they start providing power to your modules.
When the Zeus board gets powered up the +5V will turn first, the +12V and -12V might
take up to 0.5 second to light, this is normal. On first power up it is highly
recommended that there will be no modules connected to the power system. Hold your
hand on the power switch and get ready to shut it off in case the lights don’t turn on.
Give the lights 1 second to turn on, no more than that.
The Zeus Studio Bus uses high value capacitors that if connected in the wrong
polarity might smoke and even blow, please make sure to keep your eyes away
for at least an arm’s length from the bus boards on first time power up.
If one or all lights don't turn on after 1 second, turn off the system and recheck
your wiring. Also check for any other parts that might touch or short the bus
board.
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Chapter 7
The wire connector and grounding
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Wiring up the Zeus Studio Bus board is made super easy thanks to the spring action
wire connector which is located on the left side of each bus board. The Zeus
Studio Bus uses only two signals, POWER and GROUND which further simplified
wiring up a system. The signals on the spring connectors are as follows:
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GND
GND
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GND
GND
VIN +15V
VIN +15V
As can be seen from the drawing there are up to four ground points that can be
connected and up to two 15VDC power points per board. The connection points can
be used to create a star wiring using up to 6 wires per board, or can be used to
cascade the boards. The Zeus Studio Bus is extremely flexible giving you a variety of
configurations to chose from. In its most simple form there are two configurations to
choose from: Cascading is most simple whereas multi-wire star provides the best
performance. A combination of both is possible as well.
CASCADE
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Spokes represent the ground and +15V wires running from the power supply to the bus board
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Chapter 8
Planning a system.
Small systems of up to 9U will use one external power supply and up to 3 bus
boards. For clarity the illustration shows only the power wire and not ground.
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GND
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Please see next two pages for detailed installation of
3U 6U and 9U
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5V
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+5V
+5V
+12V
+12V
GND
Please see next two pages for detailed installation of
3U 6U and 9U
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DETAILED WIRE DRAWING
3U AND 6U SIMPLE CASCADE WIRING
GND
+15V
POWER
CONNECTOR
SPDT
SWITCH
ZEUS
STUDIO BUS
GND
+15V
POWER
CONNECTOR
SPDT
SWITCH
ZEUS
STUDIO BUS
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DETAILED WIRE DRAWING
9U SIMPLE CASCADE WIRING
GND
+15V
POWER
CONNECTOR
SPDT
SWITCH
ZEUS
STUDIO BUS
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DETAILED WIRE DRAWING
9U PROFESSIONAL STAR WIRING WITH TWO GROUND PER BOARD
KEEP SHORT
GND
+15V
POWER
CONNECTOR
SPDT
SWITCH
KEEP SHORT
TERMINAL
BLOCK
ZEUS
STUDIO BUS
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Chapter 9
Planning large systems.
Large systems from 9U and up will use multiple external power supplies, one
power supply per each set of 3 bus boards. For clarity the illustration shows
only the power wires and not ground.
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GND
12V
12V
5V
-12V
+5V
+5V
+12V
+12V
GND
Please see next page for detailed installation of 18U
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DETAILED WIRE DRAWING
18U SIMPLE CASCADE WIRING
KEEP SHORT
TO
OTHER
ZEUS X 3
GND
TWO
POWER
CONNECTORS
DPDT
SWITCH
+15V
TERMINAL
BLOCK
TO
OTHER
ZEUS X 3
KEEP SHORT
ZEUS
STUDIO BUS
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DETAILED WIRE DRAWING
18U PROFESSIONAL STAR WIRING WITH TWO GROUND PER BOARD
KEEP SHORT
TO
OTHER
ZEUS X 3
GND
TWO
POWER
CONNECTORS
DPDT
SWITCH
+15V
TERMINAL
BLOCK
TO
OTHER
ZEUS X 3
KEEP SHORT
ZEUS
STUDIO BUS
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Chapter 10
Planning very large systems.
Very large systems from 18U and up will use multiple external power supplies, one
power supply per each set of 3 bus boards. All boards can share a 4PDT power
switch, or separate the system into two sections of 18U each with it own DPDT
power switch. For clarity the illustration shows only the power wires and not ground.
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GND
5V
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+12V
+12V
GND
4PDT
Please see next page for detailed installation 18U x 2
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DETAILED WIRE DRAWING
18U x 2 SIMPLE CASCADE WIRING
KEEP SHORT
TO
TO
TO
OTHER OTHER OTHER
ZEUS X 3 ZEUS X 3 ZEUS X 3
GND
FOUR
POWER
CONNECTORS
4PDT
SWITCH
+15V
TERMINAL
BLOCK
ZEUS
STUDIO BUS
TO
TO
TO
OTHER OTHER OTHER
ZEUS X 3 ZEUS X 3 ZEUS X 3
KEEP SHORT
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DETAILED WIRE DRAWING
18U X 2 WIRING STAR WITH TWO GROUND PER BOARD
KEEP SHORT
TO
TO
TO
OTHER OTHER OTHER
ZEUS X 3 ZEUS X 3 ZEUS X 3
GND
FOUR
POWER
CONNECTORS
4PDT
SWITCH
+15V
TERMINAL
BLOCK
TO
TO
TO
OTHER OTHER OTHER
ZEUS X 3 ZEUS X 3 ZEUS X 3
KEEP SHORT
ZEUS
STUDIO BUS
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Mounting holes are 0.145”
All dimensions are in inch (imperial)
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Zeus Studio Bus mounting holes scaled 1:1 for print
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Electrical specification Zeus Studio Bus (per board)
Input voltage range: +15VDC +/-10%
Output voltage: +12VDC -12VDC +5VDC
Max output current +12V: 1.3A
Max output current -12V: 800mA
Max output current +5V: 300mA
Output regulation of +/-12V: +/-0.05% Linear discrete design
Over Current protection : Yes
Shielded switcher: Yes, Tiptop Audio DC800 encapsulated switcher
Made in USA
Electrical specification Cincon-TTA power supply
Input voltage range: 100-240VAC - 1.5A 50-60Hz
Output voltage: +15VDC
Max output current: 4.6A
Over Current protection : Yes
Certfication: UL level 3 , CE
Made in China
Change Log
Revision 1.1
April 5 2015:
Updated Mouser part number list of power switch.
Add a 1:1 drawing for print.
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