ALLFlesh DIY

1. Unpack the kit components double checking that you have 10x 3.5mm mono plugs and 10x AllFlesh pcbs. Leave the pcbs connected to one another for easier handling during the assembly process. You will need on hand a soldering iron, solder, clippers, small pliers and a file. Start by unscrewing the mono plugs from their plastic housings. 

1. Unpack the kit components double checking that you have 10x 3.5mm mono plugs and 10x AllFlesh pcbs. Leave the pcbs connected to one another for easier handling during the assembly process. You will need on hand a soldering iron, solder, clippers, small pliers and a file. Start by unscrewing the mono plugs from their plastic housings. 

2. Using your clippers, trim only the ground connection lug (the larger one) of the plugs just below the circular cutout. 

2. Using your clippers, trim only the ground connection lug (the larger one) of the plugs just below the circular cutout. 

3. Using your pliers, bend both connection lugs outwards to a 90˚ angle flush with the rim of the white plastic spacer (see image below for additional reference). NOTE: There were some units sent out which have a smaller plastic standoff, please take caution while soldering and bending the legs so there is space between the body of the plug and the solder applied to the solder lug. 

3. Using your pliers, bend both connection lugs outwards to a 90˚ angle flush with the rim of the white plastic spacer (see image below for additional reference). NOTE: There were some units sent out which have a smaller plastic standoff, please take caution while soldering and bending the legs so there is space between the body of the plug and the solder applied to the solder lug. 

4. Each connection lug should be inline with the bottom of the plastic after being bent so that it will stand flat and upright on the backside of the AllFlesh pcb surface. Note that the smaller solder lug has space between it and the underside of the body of the plug, this is important as it makes sure you don't introduce extra ground noise into your patch. Try to avoid spanning this space with solder during the soldering process. 

4. Each connection lug should be inline with the bottom of the plastic after being bent so that it will stand flat and upright on the backside of the AllFlesh pcb surface. Note that the smaller solder lug has space between it and the underside of the body of the plug, this is important as it makes sure you don't introduce extra ground noise into your patch. Try to avoid spanning this space with solder during the soldering process. 

5. Place your plugs atop the pcb surface as pictured so that the center of the plug is in the space between the two large golden solder pads. Your plug should form a "T" shape standing up straight and perpendicular to the surface in both directions. The bent lugs of the plug should be flat against the gold solder pads with no airspace beneath them. Use your pliers to further flatten and adjust them at this step if needed. 

5. Place your plugs atop the pcb surface as pictured so that the center of the plug is in the space between the two large golden solder pads. Your plug should form a "T" shape standing up straight and perpendicular to the surface in both directions. The bent lugs of the plug should be flat against the gold solder pads with no airspace beneath them. Use your pliers to further flatten and adjust them at this step if needed. 

6. Warning! Make sure you don't start soldering on a surface that could melt as seen here! The underside will heat up to become extremely hot during soldering and bad things can happen to your work surface as well as the AllFlesh touch surface. A PCB holder is highly suggested, some people have used cardboard, some people clothes pins. See how I've left little gaps under the tips of the larger lugs? Don't be like me. Make them flat and nice. See how the plug in front is a little crooked? Don't rush like I have. Make the plug nice and straight. Here you can see where to make the first solder connection, on the smaller lug making sure that the solder covers and bonds to the lug while flowing across the surface of the solder pad. The solder is what holds them together and since the solder area is very large they will be pretty sturdy when you're done. If they move during this step reheat the solder and slide the plug back into proper position while taking care not to burn yourself on the body of the plug as it can become very hot!

6. Warning! Make sure you don't start soldering on a surface that could melt as seen here! The underside will heat up to become extremely hot during soldering and bad things can happen to your work surface as well as the AllFlesh touch surface. A PCB holder is highly suggested, some people have used cardboard, some people clothes pins. See how I've left little gaps under the tips of the larger lugs? Don't be like me. Make them flat and nice. See how the plug in front is a little crooked? Don't rush like I have. Make the plug nice and straight. Here you can see where to make the first solder connection, on the smaller lug making sure that the solder covers and bonds to the lug while flowing across the surface of the solder pad. The solder is what holds them together and since the solder area is very large they will be pretty sturdy when you're done. If they move during this step reheat the solder and slide the plug back into proper position while taking care not to burn yourself on the body of the plug as it can become very hot!

7. After everything is all happy and aligned move to soldering the larger lugs but take caution as the plug's body and tip will get very hot during soldering. Take care to make sure all edges are covered with solder. After they have sat for about two minutes they will be cool enough to handle. Carefully break the perforations apart making sure to hold only the pcb (not putting stress on the plugs) and use your pliers to remove the tabs that remain. 

7. After everything is all happy and aligned move to soldering the larger lugs but take caution as the plug's body and tip will get very hot during soldering. Take care to make sure all edges are covered with solder. After they have sat for about two minutes they will be cool enough to handle. Carefully break the perforations apart making sure to hold only the pcb (not putting stress on the plugs) and use your pliers to remove the tabs that remain. 

8. Use your file to remove the jagged edges of the perforations (or don't conform to expectations placed upon you by society). Make sure you don't breath in the dust created in this step, it is no good for you. Wear a mask or work outside. Now if you want to be all professional, you can use a continuity tester to make sure your solder connection between the tip of the plug and the surface of the the touch plates are good to go. If you later find that one of them will not complete a hand patch connection then reheat/reflow the smaller lug to achieve connection. All done! Now go enjoy the benefits and workflow changes of flesh patched modular synthesis. 9. If you have any questions or issues contact me through the "Letters" page. I'm here for you.  

8. Use your file to remove the jagged edges of the perforations (or don't conform to expectations placed upon you by society). Make sure you don't breath in the dust created in this step, it is no good for you. Wear a mask or work outside. Now if you want to be all professional, you can use a continuity tester to make sure your solder connection between the tip of the plug and the surface of the the touch plates are good to go. If you later find that one of them will not complete a hand patch connection then reheat/reflow the smaller lug to achieve connection. All done! Now go enjoy the benefits and workflow changes of flesh patched modular synthesis.

9. If you have any questions or issues contact me through the "Letters" page. I'm here for you.