Colour 500-Series Palette mkII
- Full Kit
- Step-by-Step Guide
- $50 Repair Policy
Add three stages of real analog color to your setup in a single 500-series slot.
Revamped Controls. Dial in exactly the signal path you want with individual drive/trim knobs and bypass switches for each Colour. 21-position stepped controls make stereo matching and recall easy.
Still Radically Affordable. Despite featuring new controls, an upgraded signal path, and aluminum knobs (formerly a premium upgrade), the Palette mkII still comes in at an unbelievable price point.
Even DIY Friendlier. The Palette mkII is a painstakingly thought out and documented kit. Over the last few years, we've seen seen every possible snag a DIY project can hit, and built every way we can think of to prevent those snags into this kit.
Full Features List
- 3 Colour sockets. Colour modules are sold separately. Browse our ever-broadening Colour spectrum.
- Individual knobs and switches for each Colour
- Master output trim/boost control
- 21-position detented potentiometers for stereo matching and recall
- Anodized aluminum knobs (previously an upgrade, now stock!)
- Customize your signal chain by swapping Colours' positions
- Ultra-transparent signal path when Colours are bypassed
- Electronically balanced, line-level inputs and outputs
- RGB indicator LEDs automatically light up to the hue of the Colours installed
- Compatible with the 500-series format
- Kit includes every part need to complete the Palette
What the Pros are Saying
"The Colour system is a fascinating example of what can be done with analogue electronics, and produces some great textures. If you have a 500-series with space for another module or two, this is a no-brainer."
"I can't say enough good things about Colour. This product embodies everything Tape Op is about. It's rooted in DIY; it sounds good; and it's inexpensive, novel, fun, and wide open for experimentation. Right on."
TapeOp Magazine #107
"...the whole concept and execution works brilliantly: DIYRE’s Colour platform is a great way to add a little analogue character to your setup, or to dip those first tentative toes into the world of DIY."
Sound on Sound Magazine
The balanced, line-level input signal is received via a THAT Corp. 1256 integrated circuit. From there, the signal passes through each Colour stage in series.
Each Colour stage includes a bypass switch and combined drive/trim control. The drive/trim control is a dual potentiometer that controls both a drive amplifier before the Colour and corresponding attenuator after the Colour. The result is that the Colour's intensity increases/decreases while the net gain remains the same.
The Colour stages are followed by a master output trim/boost control and bypass switch. Finally, the output signal is balanced via a THAT Corp. 1646 line driver IC.
|Colour Controls Gain Range||0-18dB|
|Output Control Gain Range||+/-6dB|
|Max Input Level||27.5dBu|
|Power Supply Voltage||+/-16VDC|
|Power Supply Current||140mA|
|Chassis Requirements||Compatible with any 500-series rack|
|Nominal Operating Level||+4dBu|
Just finished this as my first build. It went smoothly and works on first power up.
Mine was missing the washers to secure the knobs. No big deal, it was 75 cents to get them at my local hardware....but just worth mentioning. It happens.
This has the best documentation of any build kit I have ever done. Truly fantastic work.
Love the Colour Palette and it was one of the first things that got me pretty deep into building kits. Affordable, easy to build, great instructions and support, and lots of fun with swapping different Colour modules A+!
What a well-planned kit! This was just my second DIY audio build, and everything went very smoothly. The instructions are clear, with very helpful photos included. I’d highly recommend it!
They Turn out Awesome!!!! After I Finish it
My first time soldering something Just Beautiful !!!!
it lit up the first time but no music was coming through
now want light at all
please help to trouble shot it