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Project

Projecttitel: The Cloney Project - VCS3 Clone

Status: FINISHED 

Startdate: 08/2018

Duedate: 09/2018

Manufacture link: facebook group



Build notes:

Cabinet: i got an unassembled Cabinet, its CNC milled, but doesn´t fit perfect - you have to check the panel slots - on mine it wasn´t possible to attach the frontpanels.


Frontpanel parts: mount all Upper panel parts (potentiometer, switches, meter) before you attach it in the cabinet ! for the lower panel not (otherwise you can´t attach the panel in the cabinet)

"L2" on upper panel is the Envelope Lamp

there are few resistors which are connected between busboard and matrix, mount the resitors on the matrix.

mount inline capacitors on the potentiometer (not on the busboard)

ground all shielded cables on the potentiometers ground, only one end must be grounded (not on busboard - because there´s no space)

change the board cable/wiring to MTA100 - solder the cables - (because tons of shielded cables)

Project summary and general notes:

I got the cloney full kit from a friend (my Oberheim OB-6 gone for this investment) in August 2018.

The assembly wasn´t very difficult for me, but what does it mean " isn´t very difficult" ?

to explain this:

My technician background and experience in SDIY from the last 10 years and from my day job "IT system analyzing/administration (and Teamlead/ projectlead)  gives me all the time a other view on "projects", there´s no difference between synthesizer projects/planning and IT-projects.

The most documenations/build guides are best practice guides - how does works for the designer, but the most designer are not PRO DIY guys.. the most are more a salesman or a developer and never build hundreds of synthesizers.

They dont have the same tools like we have.. they dont have the same skills and a developer view instead of customers view.

Its not possible to create a 100% perfect build guide for this device..


To build big devices like DDRM, VCS3 , TTSH - you need to understand:  how works this device and how is it assembled

mechanical construction (case, panels, where are screws, what and when you have to attach a part/cable. > you need a lot of tools

electronic skills: you need to understand the signal routing, functions of the device, difference in shielded /unshielded cable, "synthesizer infrastructure" > you have to read the Cloney build guides ( paperform in each Cloney kit, they are copyrighted ! )

AC Main power handling is required ! or ask a cerfied local company for build/test of the powersupply unit. ( you need to respect earth/grounding for security reasons - or you can lost your life or you device/house in case of electrical shock or fire )


its not enough to build eurorack modules, a TTSH or a DDRM and you´re able to build a VCS3 Clone  - because the VCS3 is an oldscool device - much wires and no instruction which cable you have to attach at first.. there´s only a wiring scheme available. (a friend works on a different version with Control PCBs for less wiring, but the planned release is not before mid 2019)

to troubleshoot/repair this device you need a correct wiring, no missing or wrong parts placement..

I spend ~ 100h in total  (including time to read manuals, documentations).