A-100 Suitcase Versions 6U (A-100P6)

A-100 Portable Theremin System

A-100P6 with built-in Theremin/Sequencer system

A-100P6
(the pictures still show an older version with A-100PSU2 without power supply cover)

For mobile use also portable suitcase versions of the A-100 cases are available. Inside the removable cover there is sufficient space to carry the system completely patched or to move patch chords and the power cable (valid only for original A-100 patch cables, for cables from other manufacturers with larger jack plugs there might be not sufficient space, actually about 50 mm space are available).
The A-100 suitcases can be used vertical or horizontal, provided that a suitable support is used (not available from us, the mains inlet and the power switch have to remain accessible). The suitcases are equipped with 4 rubber feet on the bottom and rear side and a handle on the top.

The A-100 suitcases are made of black wood with aluminium extrusions with the rail construction fixed to the other parts of the suitcase.

Note: The A-100P6 is not simply an empty wooden case that covers the standard 6HU frame but a completely independent construction that is not based on the 6U standard frame A-100G6. It is not possible to convert a A-100G6 into the suitcase version A-100P6! 

The portable 6U suitcase A-100P6 has the same usable space available as the metal basic frame A-100G6, i.e. 2 x 84 HP.

The two bus boards and the standard power supply are mounted at the rear panel. Consequently the rear panel cannot be removed.

The upper picture shows an example that includes two Theremin modules A-178 and the Analog/Trigger Sequencer A-155 (among others).

The lower picture shows an empty A-100 suitcase version 2 with built-in power supply A-100PSU2.

The A-100 suitcases can be used to built in the A-100 Basic System 1 and 2. Please specify in your order if you want to have one of these systems built into a suitcase.

Even the A-100 mini system can be built into the A-100P6. In this case the lower half of the suitcase has to be filled with blind panels or modules that are not included in the mini system.

Of course the empty A-100P6 frame (just with power supply and bus boards) is available for customer specific arrangement of modules.

Measures:
outside: approx. 460 x 330 x 175 mm, without cover and rubber feet
outside: approx. 460 x 340 x 220 mm, with cover and rubber feet
inside: 2 x 84 HP x 3 U, usable depth for A-100 modules: approx. 70 mm in the power supply area (bottom right), resp. approx. 100 mm in the remaining area (measured from inner side of the front panel until end of the pc board of the module)

Weight (without modules): about 7 kg

Maximum Output Current:
with built-in  A-100PSU2 (until about end of 2015): +12V/1200mA, -12V/1200mA

with built-in A-100PSU3 (since about early 2016): +12V/2000 mA, -12V/1200mA, +5V/4000mA

In the area near the power supply (bottom right) no modules should be assembled that are sensitive against transformer hum. We recommend to assemble only control voltage modules in this area (e.g. LFO, ADSR, trigger delay, clock divider/sequencer, sequencer, slew limiter, MIDI interfaces and so on) but no audio modules (VCO, VCF, VCA, VCP, frequency shifter, ring modulator, spring reverb and so on). Even modules width increased depth (e.g. A-113 or A-126) cannot be assembled in the power supply area. They have to be placed in a position outside the power supply area. But this applies only for a few modules. Normally it is no problem to arrange all modules by mounting modules with smaller depth in the power supply area.

black versions: stock article, usually available shortly

The price for the A-100P6 can be found in the price list in the A-100 section.


A-100 Suitcase Versions 9U (A-100P9)

(the pictures still show an older version with A-100PSU2 without power supply cover)

This an enlarged version of the A-100 suitcase with 9 U or three rows of modules. As only one power supply is required this is the most economic version of the A-100 suitcase. Apart from that the 9U version is identical to the 6U version.

Measures:
outside: approx. 465 (width) x 475 (height) x 170 (depth) mm, without cover and without rubber feet
outside: approx. 465 (width) x 485 (height) x 235 (depth) mm, with cover and with rubber feet
inside: 3 x 84 HP x 3 U, usable depth for A-100 modules: approx. 70 mm in the power supply area (bottom right), resp. approx. 100 mm in the remaining area (measured from inner side of the front panel until end of the pc board of the module)

Weight (without modules): about 8,3 kg

Maximum Output Current:
with built-in  A-100PSU2 (until about end of 2015): +12V/1200mA, -12V/1200mA

with built-in A-100PSU3 (since about early 2016): +12V/2000 mA, -12V/1200mA, +5V/4000mA

stock article, usually available shortly

The price for the A-100P9 can be found in the price list in the A-100 section.


A-100 Suitcase Base (A-100PB)

This is the "small brother" of the monster base A-100PMB. It is very similar to the A-100PMB but has only half the width (2 x 84 HP for installation of modules). The suitcase versions A-100P6 or A-100P9 can be positioned on top of the A-100PB because the width of the A-100PB is a bit more than the width of A-100P6/P9 and the footprint of the A-100PB is adapted to the depth of A-100P6/P9. A-100PB is equipped with one power supply (1200mA) and two bus boards. The bus boards are located in the rear area (even those for the modules that are mounted in the front row). This was necessary to take advantage of the full height of the front area for installation of A-100 modules.

Measures:
outside: approx. 510 (width) x 210 (height) x 420 (depth) mm
inside: 2 x 84 HP x 3 U
usable depth for A-100 modules front row: approx. 70 mm
usable depth for A-100 modules rear row: approx. 90 mm

Weight (without modules): about 9 kg

Maximum Output Current:
with built-in  A-100PSU2 (until about end of 2015): +12V/1200mA, -12V/1200mA

with built-in A-100PSU3 (since about early 2016): +12V/2000 mA, -12V/1200mA, +5V/4000mA

stock article, usually available shortly

The price for the A-100PB can be found in the price list in the A-100 section.


A-100 Low Cost Case 3U (A-100LC3 / A-100LC3V)

Different views of the empty A-100 low cost case with 3U
click to the picture for higher resolution

This is the 3U version of the low cost cases A-100LC6/LC9. The A-100LC3 is very similar to the A-100LC6 but offers only one row with 84 HP for installation of modules. A-100LC3 is equipped with one power supply (1200mA) and one bus board. Because of the limited space the power suppy of the DIY-Kit #1 with an external transformer is used (same as for the DIY-Kit #1: 15V AC/2500mA). At the left side of the case the connector for the external transformer is located. The external transformer is not shown in the pictures. A suitable transformer for the US market is manufactured by Triad Magnetics and has the product name WAU16-2400 (16V AC / 2.4A). It is available from several electronic shops like Mouser, Digikey, Newark, Farnell and others.

The case is made of raw wood without laquering. The case can be varnished by the customer in any desired color e.g. by means of a spray can (like the pictures that shows a black and a blue varnished version).

New: Since spring 2016 the case is also available with black coating :A-100LC3V

Measures:
outside: approx.
445 (width) x 160 (depth) x 150 (height)
inside: 1 x 84 HP x 3 U (one bus board), useable depth for A-100 modules: approx. 110 mm (measured from inner side of the front panel until end of the pc board of the module)

Weight (without modules): about 2.5 kg without external transformer, about 3.5 kg with external transformer

Electrical specifications:
mains voltage: 115V~ or 230V~ (please specify when you order because of the correct voltage fo the external power supply)
output voltages/current: +12V/1200mA, -12V/1200mA, in contrast to the other A-100 cases the A-100 LC3 has no +5V available ! If required the 5V adapter A-100AD5 can be used.

technical data of the external power supply: 15V AC / 2500 mA output, low voltage connector 5.5/2.1 mm outer/inner diameter, the supply is included with the A-100LC3

stock article, usually available shortly

The price for the A-100 low cost suitcases can be found in the price list in the A-100 section.

A-100 Low Cost Case 6U (A-100LC6 / A-100LC6V)

Different views of the empty A-100 low cost case with 6U
(the pictures still show an older version with A-100PSU2 without power supply cover)

This is an economical version of the A-100 suitcase. It is made very simple without front cover, without the metal rails and corners of the suitcase version described above. In other respects the low cost suitcase is identical to the suitcases described above (i.e. it includes the A-100 PSU2 and two bus boards).

The case is made of raw wood without laquering. The case can be varnished by the customer in any desired color e.g. by means of a spray can (like the pictures that shows a black and a blue varnished version).

New: Since spring 2016 the case is also available with black coating :A-100LC6V

Measures:
outside: approx. 445 x 275 x 160 mm
inside: 2 x 84 HP x 3 U (two bus boards), useable depth for A-100 modules: approx. 80 mm in the power supply area (bottom right), resp. approx. 110 mm in the remaining area (measured from inner side of the front panel until end of the pc board of the module)

Weight (without modules): about 4 kg

Maximum Output Current:
with built-in  A-100PSU2 (until about end of 2015): +12V/1200mA, -12V/1200mA

with built-in A-100PSU3 (since about early 2016): +12V/2000 mA, -12V/1200mA, +5V/4000mA

In the area near the power supply (bottom right) no modules should be assembled that are sensitive against transformer hum. We recommend to assemble only control voltage modules in this area (e.g. LFO, ADSR, trigger delay, clock divider/sequencer, sequencer, slew limiter, MIDI interfaces and so on) but no audio modules (VCO, VCF, VCA, VCP, frequency shifter, ring modulator, spring reverb and so on). Even modules width increased depth (e.g. A-113 or A-126) cannot be assembled in the power supply area. They have to be placed in a position outside the power supply area (e.g. in the upper row). But this applies only for a few modules. Normally it is no problem to arrange all modules by mounting modules with smaller depth in the power supply area.

stock article, usually available shortly

The price for the A-100 low cost suitcases can be found in the price list in the A-100 section.

Remark: The lower pictures show a black and blue varnished prototype with another type of threaded rails. The final version of the A-100 low cost case is manufactured with the same rails and threaded inserts as the standard A-100 frames and suitcases.


A-100 Low Cost Case 9U (A-100LC9 / A-100LC9V)

Different views of the empty A-100 low cost case with 9U
(the pictures still show an older version with A-100PSU2 without power supply cover)

This an enlarged version of the A-100 low cost case with 9 U or three rows of modules. As only one power supply is required this is the most economic version of the A-100 low cost case. Apart from that the 9U version is identical to the 6U version.

New: Since spring 2016 the case is also available with black coating :A-100LC9V

Measures:
outside: approx. 445 (width) x 420 (height) x 160 (depth) mm
inside: 3 x 84 HP x 3 U (three bus boards), usable depth for A-100 modules: approx. 80 mm in the power supply area (bottom right), resp. approx. 110 mm in the remaining area (measured from inner side of the front panel until end of the pc board of the module)

Weight (without modules): about 5,2 kg

Maximum Output Current:
with built-in  A-100PSU2 (until about end of 2015): +12V/1200mA, -12V/1200mA

with built-in A-100PSU3 (since about early 2016): +12V/2000 mA, -12V/1200mA, +5V/4000mA

stock article, usually available shortly

The price for the A-100LC9 can be found in the price list in the A-100 section.


A-100 Low Cost Base 2x3U (A-100LCB / A-100LCBV)

Different views of the empty A-100 low cost base A-100LCB with 2x3U
click to the picture for higher resolution

The A-100 Low Cost Base has the same width as the A-100 Low Cost Cases (A-100LC6/LC9) and is planned as a base frame for the A-100 Low Cost Cases. But it can be used also as a stand alone unit. One power supply (PSU2) and two bus boards are built in.

The A-100 Low Cost Base has two rows for modules available: one with horizontal alignment and another 45 degrees inclined row. The useable width is the same as for the Low Cost Cases, i.e. 84 HP. The bus boards are located in the rear area (even those for the modules that are mounted in the front row). This was necessary to take advantage of the full height of the front area for installation of A-100 modules. The max. depth for modules in the front row is ~70 mm.

New: Since spring 2016 the case is also available with black coating :A-100LCBV

Measures:
outside: about 445
(width) x 80 height (front) / 190 height (rear) x 385 (depth) mm
inside:: 2 x 84 TE x 3 HE
(two bus boards)
useable width: 84 HP
useable depth of the front row: ~ 70 mm
useable depth of the top row: ~ 110 mm (reduced to ~ 100 mm in the power supply area)
(useable depth is measured from inner side of the front panel until end of the pc board of the module)

Weight: ~ 4.5 kg (without modules)

Maximum Output Current:
with built-in  A-100PSU2 (until about end of 2015): +12V/1200mA, -12V/1200mA

with built-in A-100PSU3 (since about early 2016): +12V/2000 mA, -12V/1200mA, +5V/4000mA

stock article, usually available shortly

The price for the A-100LCB can be found in the price list in the A-100 section.


A-100 Monster Cases 12U (A-100PMS12, A-100PMD12)


close ups:
A100_Monster_01.jpg

A100_Monster_08.jpg
A-100PMS12 Front View
A-100PMS12 Angled View
As a special design the suitcase version of the A-100 frame is available even in a "monster" version with double width and height (168HP / 12HU). It can be chosen between a single and double version of the monster suitcase and even the monster cases are available in black or grey. For the double version the two suitcases are fixed together face-to-face during transportation so that no covers are required (as for the single version). Each monster suitcase is equipped with four power supplies with toroid transfomer/1200mA. Pay attention that the monster cases are special designs and no standard products we keep in stock. The delivery time is about 4-6 weeks and there is no right to return (concerning special designs please refer to our  terms of business).

Here are the details:

Double version of the 12U/168HP A-100 monster case (A-100PMD12):

outside dimensions (closed state): ~ 90 (length) x 62 (height) x 43 (depth) cm
weight of the complete double case (incl. bus boards, power supplies, middle connecting frame, without modules): ~ 35 kg
outside dimensions of a single case:  ~ 90 (length) x 62 (height) x 18 (depth) cm
available 19" width and height of each case: 12 U x 168 HP
weight of a single case (incl. bus boards, power supplies, without modules): ~ 16 kg
outside dimensions of the middle connecting frame: ~ 90 (length) x 62 (height) x 9 (depth) cm
weight of the middle connecting frame: ~ 3 kg
max. module current of each case: 4.8A (four power supplies 1.2A each, one power supply is assigned to two bus boards)
inside usable depth for A-100 modules: approx. 70 mm in the power supply area (bottom right), resp. approx. 100 mm in the remaining area (measured from inner side of the front panel until end of the pc board of the module)
position of the two mains inlets: center of the rear panel (standard), upon request even at the front side (same remarks as for the normal suitcase are valid)

no longer available

Single version of the 12U/168HP A-100 monster case (A-100PMS12):

outside dimensions (with front cover, closed state): ~ 90 (length) x 62 (height) x 23 (depth) cm
weight of the single case (incl. bus boards, power supplies, with front cover, without modules): ~ 20 kg
outside dimensions of the single case (without front cover):  ~ 90 (length) x 62 (height) x 18 (depth) cm
weight of the single case (incl. bus boards, power supplies, without front cover, without modules): ~ 16 kg
weight of the front cover: ~ 4 kg
available 19" width and height: 12 U x 168 HP

Maximum Output Current:
with four built-in A-100PSU2 (until about end of 2015): +12V/4800mA, -12V/4800mA

with four built-in A-100PSU3 (since about early 2016): +12V/8000 mA, -12V/4800mA, +5V/16000mA

inside usable depth for A-100 modules: approx. 70 mm in the power supply area (bottom right), resp. approx. 100 mm in the remaining area (measured from inner side of the front panel until end of the pc board of the module)
position of the mains inlet: center of the rear panel (standard), upon request even at the front side (same remarks as for the normal suitcase are valid)

More pictures (cases in closed state, final version with 4 power supplies and wiring, examples with A-100 modules and so on) will follow soon.

A-100PMS12: custom made product, about 8 weeks delivery time + time required for shipping

The prices for the A-100 monster cases can be found in the price list in the A-100 section.

A-100 Monster Cases 6U and 9U (A-100PMS6, A-100PMS9)

A-100PMS9 Front View
A-100PMS9 Angled View
A-100PMB + A-100PMS9 + A-100PMS9 (not recommended)
Combination of A-100PMB + A-100PMS9 + A-100PMS6
connected with the monster case connectors A-100MVW and A-100MVG
The prices for the A-100MVW and A-100MVG can be found in the price list in the A-100 section.
The pictures show the cases without power supplies and bus boards.
The monster cases are available even with 6U and 9U. The reason for these additional cases is that the 12U monster cases are a bit difficult to handle by one person only. On top of this it is necessary to have available smaller versions of the monster cases when they are mounted together as shown in the pictures on the left side (because of stability and appearance - with a 6U case as upper element the construction looks not that "intimidating")

The 6U monster case A-100PMS6 are equipped with two power supplies (A-100PSU2) and four bus boards, the 9U version A-100PMS9 with two power supplies (A-100PSU2) and six bus boards 

Single version of the 9U/168HP A-100 monster case with 9U/168HP (A-100PMS9):

outside dimensions (with front cover, closed state): ~ 90 (length) x 48 (height) x 23 (depth) cm
weight of the case (incl. bus boards, power supplies, with front cover, without modules): ~ 14 kg
outside dimensions of the single case (without front cover):  ~ 90 (length) x 48 (height) x 18 (depth) cm
available 19" width and height:
9 U x 168 HP

Maximum Output Current:
with four built-in A-100PSU2 (until about end of 2015): +12V/2400mA, -12V/2400mA

with four built-in A-100PSU3 (since about early 2016): +12V/4000 mA, -12V/2400mA, +5V/8000mA

inside usable depth for A-100 modules: approx. 70 mm in the power supply area (bottom right), resp. approx. 100 mm in the remaining area (measured from inner side of the front panel until end of the pc board of the module)
position of the mains inlet: center of the rear panel 

A-100PMS9: stock article, usually available shortly

Single version of the 6U/168HP A-100 monster case with 6U/168HP (A-100PMS6):

outside dimensions (with front cover, closed state): ~ 90 (length) x 35 (height) x 23 (depth) cm
weight of the case (incl. bus boards, power supplies, with front cover, without modules): ~ 10.5 kg
outside dimensions of the case (without front cover):  ~ 90 (length) x 35 (height) x 18 (depth) cm
available 19" width and height:
6 U x 168 HP

Maximum Output Current:
with four built-in A-100PSU2 (until about end of 2015): +12V/2400mA, -12V/2400mA

with four built-in A-100PSU3 (since about early 2016): +12V/4000 mA, -12V/2400mA, +5V/8000mA

inside usable depth for A-100 modules: approx. 70 mm in the power supply area (bottom right), resp. approx. 100 mm in the remaining area (measured from inner side of the front panel until end of the pc board of the module)
position of the mains inlet: center of the rear panel

A-100PMS6: custom made product, about 8 weeks delivery time  + time required for shipping

The prices for the A-100 monster cases can be found in the price list in the A-100 section.

Mounting of several A-100 monster cases

Several monster cases can be mounted together as shown in the picture on the left side. For this purpose we offer two types of connectors:

  • A-100MVG: set of two straight connectors with 4 screws and 4 washers
  • A-100MVW: pair of angled connector with 4 screws and 4 washers

You find the sets in the price list near the monster cases. The connectors are black coated and mounted by means of hexagon screws and washers. The pictures still show blank prototypes of the connectors with curled screws. The final versions of the connector sets are black coated and the angled version has a fixed angle (no hinge). Due to safety reasons hexagon screws are used instead of kurled screws.

The pictures show an assembly that consists of an A-100PMB and two A-100PMS9. The three components have to be fixed at the rear side by screw fittings to obtain stability and avoid overturning. For transportation the screw fittings can be released so that each of the three components can be carried by one person only.

These case combinations are recommended:

  • A-100PMB / A-100MVG / A-100PMS12 / A-100MVW or A-100MVG / A-100PMS6
  • A-100PMB / A-100MVG / A-100PMS9 / A-100MVW or A-100MVG / A-100PMS6
  • A-100PMB / A-100MVG / A-100PMS6 / A-100MVW or A-100MVG / A-100PMS6

Other combinations are possible (e.g. A-100PMB+A-100PMS12+A-100PMS9 or A-100PMB+A-100PMS9+A-100PMS9) but not recommended because of the unsufficient mechanical stability. You may combine cases in other configurations at your own risk.

A-100 Monster Base Frame (A-100PMB)

The A-100 Monster Base has the same width as the A-100 Monster Cases (A-100PMS6/9/12) and is planned as a base frame for the A-100 Monster Cases. But it can be used also as a stand alone unit without the Monster Case. It has a removeable top cover with handle for easy transportation. Two A-100 power supplies (PSU2) and four bus boards are built in.
The A-100 Base Frame has two rows for modules available: one with horizontal alignment and another 45 degrees inclined row. The useable width is the same as for the Monster Case, i.e. 168 HP. Because of the more complicated mechanical construction the lenght of the Monster Base is a bit more than the lenght of the Monster case. This has the advantage that even two standard suitcases or low cost suitcases can be positioned side by side on top of the A-100 base frame.
All bus boards are located in the rear area (even those for the modules that are mounted in the front row). This was necessary to take advantage of the full height of the front area for installation of A-100 modules. The max. depth for modules in the front row is ~70 mm.
On the A-100 Monster Base page more pictures can be found.

outside dimensions: ~ 930 (width) x 420 (depth) x 210 (height), measures in mm
useable width: 168 HP
useable depth of the front row: ~ 70 mm

usable depth for A-100 modules rear row: ~ 90 mm

weight: ~ 13.5 kg (without modules)

Maximum Output Current:
with four built-in A-100PSU2 (until about end of 2015): +12V/2400mA, -12V/2400mA

with four built-in A-100PSU3 (since about early 2016): +12V/4000 mA, -12V/2400mA, +5V/8000mA

A-100PMB stock article, usually available shortly

The prices for the A-100 Monster Base can be found in the price list in the A-100 section.

A-100 Miniature Cases

We also offer a miniature version of the A-100 suitcase. This is intended for applications with a few A-100 modules only, e.g. a small sound processing systems with filters or BBD modules, or for a basic Theremin. Details can be found on the A-100 Miniature Cases page.

stock article, usually available shortly (both versions, raw and black)

raw version
"non beauty case"
black version
with four modules

custom red version
(red varnished raw version)
not available as as standard product !

application example
with CTM64 button board

application example
as mini Theremin