Pimp Your Rack Case

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  1. calebkallander

    calebkallander Member

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    Okay so I just ordered an Eleven Rack, a Ground Control Pro, Mission Expression Pedal, Ernie Ball volume, some cables, a 1u rack grill, and a 4u Gator rack case.
    I see pics online of dudes with LEDs or something lighting up their grill thing. What are they doing and what are YOU doing to.. PIMP YO RACK CASE
     
  2. 3dognate

    3dognate Supporting Member

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    I'm prepping a rack in anticipation of my Kemper Profiling amp that is coming eventually...

    I made a 1U patch panel over the last couple of days to route all of the ins/outs that I'll be using. I've even added BNC connectors and extensions to it that will allow me to use my Line 6 G50 wireless tucked in the rack case.... the layout is....

    Power in + Power out via Neutrik PowerCon connectors.
    Wireless Antennae
    L XLR Main out
    R XLR Main out
    Monitor XLR Low Z out (Via a passive DI tucked into the rack also)
    Monitor TS Hi Z out (parallel out from the DI)
    Mic in (for Profiling)
    S/PDIF In
    S/PDIF Out
    USB in
    Ethercon (For Remote)
    Expression 1
    Expression 2
    USB 5V Charging port
    Wireless Power switch
    Wireless Antennae

    I should not really ever need to remove the back of the rack case. But I'm pimped without the bling.

    I have an extra 2U space... I just stuck a vented blank in there. I don't plan to add LEDs or anything... I'd prefer my rack to be as low key on stage as I can have it. (might be tough with the Kemper's light show as it is)

    But computer case lights are what you are after if that's your thing. you can get them in 12V or 5v usually, just run them from a wall wart power supply.
     
  3. ccouch7

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    Hope you don't mind a bass rack.
    I built this preamp selector from a Boss LS-2 a while back with lights and stuff.
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    Before I made the preamp selector above I made this simple light bar thingie from a 1U rack panel.
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  4. reo73

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    Not pimped but awesome nonetheless...

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  5. calebkallander

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    Is that a triaxis I spot?
     
  6. reo73

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    No, Mesa Studio Pre and a ADA MP-1 under it.
     
  7. calebkallander

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    What the studio pre? And what's the ADA? I'm new to all this rack mounted shiiet
     
  8. calebkallander

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    Lol never mind. I zoom and I see the pre amp. What's the MP-1 though? And i see you're rocking the 50/50. Very nice. I was thinking about getting a 2:90.
     
  9. calebkallander

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    That's freaking awesome. Where'd you get the LEDs?
     
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    The ADA MP-1 was one of the most popular preamps of the late 80's.
     
  12. B Money

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    there was a guy running a business called "Monkeydream" that built LED illuminated pedalboards and speaker cabinet lighting, but apparently he died and the business is gone.
     
  13. reo73

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    The Studio Pre basically is the Mesa Mark IIC+ sound in a rack mount preamp. The ADA MP-1 was popular in the 80's among the hair metal players as a modded Marshall type sound but I think it's just an all around great preamp and will do cleans, mid-gain, and hi-gain all really well. It has a built-in chorus too. I use the eleven rack as a preamp also and for a lot of effects as well.
     
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    AdmiralB Silver Supporting Member

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    Haven't seen one of those in ages. I had a Quad for a while about ten years ago.
     
  15. calebkallander

    calebkallander Member

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    Just a Mesa Studio Pre? I may have to check that out!
     
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    I got those LED's from SuperBrightLeds dot com. Here they are -
    https://www.superbrightleds.com/mor...r-accent-light-module/22/#/tab/Specifications

    They're 12 volt DC led's running at 9 volts DC, not as bright that way. They have a bunch of stuff to look into though.

    Personally I wouldn't use those cold cathode's for this application, I'd stick with led's (less chance of noise).
    I've used Led lights on pedalboards and amps (like the above pics), they have never caused any noise IME.

    Hope this helps!
     
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  18. calebkallander

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    Thanks!
     

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