15IPS Assembly Guide

For recommended tools and safety precautions, refer to the Colour Pallet Assembly Guide.

15IPS is a magnetic tape simulator for the Colour modular format. NOS germanium transistors create the gentle compression and harmonic saturation that characterize high-quality analog tape.

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Identify and Sort Components
Before you begin stuffing the board, it's a good idea to sort the components using the 15IPS Component Sorting Sheet (PDF).
1. Install Standoffs and Connector
Begin by snapping in the white nylon standoffs. Look closely at which side you are inserting. You should feel it snap in by inserting the flat side of the standoff into the Colour PCB. The other side is more rounded, which will make it easier to remove the Colour from the pallet. In order to keep the connector in place and level, snap in the stand offs before soldering.
2. Solder Connector
Solder the 8-pin connector with the longer leads facing down.
3. Install Resistors and Bend Leads
Bend the resistors and insert them into the corresponding holes shown on the silkscreen. Remember, resistors are non-polarized components so no need to fret over which way they are inserted. Flip the PCB over and bend them against the holes in order to keep them in place before soldering.
4. Solder and Trim Resistor
Solder and trim the resistor leads.
5. Diodes and IC Socket
Repeat the same process for the diodes. Unlike resistors, however, diodes must be installed with a certain orientation. Make sure to match the lines on the diodes with those on the PCB legend. Once all the diode leads are bent and held into place, insert the 8-pin IC socket into position, making sure to align the notch in the plastic with the notch on the PCB. Then flip the PCB over while holding the socket in place and solder the socket’s pins. If needed, use a small piece of tape to hold in place before flipping over. Trim the leads of the diodes.
Note: Because some batches of the 1N34A diodes are especially fragile, your kit may contain two extras. We threw these in just in case one breaks or arrives damaged.
6. Capacitors
Install the ceramic bypassing capacitors and the red film film capacitors. Bend the leads, solder and trim.
7. Insert IC
Finally, insert the IC into the socket. The IC's orientation is indicated by a circle next to pin one. Insert the IC with the circle facing the notch in the socket and PCB legend. Note that as of 2016, the 2068D has been replaced by the MC33072.
La Fin.

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