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Modifying a microKORG into Minimoog look

Microkorg Mod - Minimoog Style

Changing the look of the microKORG into the Minimoog look, is not that difficult. The tools you need are a sharp knife (carpet cutter or scalpel), a handsaw, access to a 3 D printer (or sufficient woodworking skills), Super-X glue and some patience. Here are the steps on how to make look your microKORG so much better.

From microKORG To miniKORG:

  1. Print the two site panels
  2. Remove all potentiometer caps and unscrew the front panel and the 3 big pots. Carefully: the two Edit Select caps have screws which need to be unscrewed before pulling the caps off!
  3. Open the case with removing all screws on the lower surface.
  4. Unplug all internal cables.
  5. Unscrew all screws holding the PCB and Key-bed with the modulation and pitch bend wheels.
  6. Remove the PCB and Key-bed
  7. Cut carefully (!!!!) the upper and lower part into half. The cutting of the upper part can be done best with a sharp knife along the exiting edge underneath the metal panel. The lower part needs to be cut 125mm from the upper edge. Check if the measurements is correct with comparing them with the side panels before cutting!
  8. If you like to repaint the case, now is the perfect time before assembling everything together again.
  9. Assemble everything together. Make sure that you first plug all internal cables in before closing the two cases.
  10. Glue the side walls onto the lower and upper and ensure that everything is aligned. I recommend Cemedine Super-X glue since it allows to re-align the parts for a certain time. (Support the Key-bed case underneath with some cardboard or rubber feeds to ensure that it sits straight on the table) While the lower part with the Key-bed can be glued permanently together, be a little bit economical with the glue for the upper case. In case a re-opening is required, it should be possible to remove the upper case. This case can be secured by additional screws through the bearing of the side panels instead of only glue.

Please leave a reply if you have questions regarding the modification.

That’s it. Now the microKorg looks a lot better as shown on the examples pictures.

STL File download for the side panels

Side Panels for microKORG modification into Minimoog Style (STL File Download)

This is how the result could look like

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DCASE TWO for Behringer Neutron and Model-D with D-CAPS

DCASE TWO for Behringer Neutron and Behringer Model Dq

A beautiful hand crafted wooden case made out of high quality birch Multiplex plywood panels for Arturia KeyStep with Behringer Model-D and Behringer Neutron and/or other Eurorack compatible modules. The design is leaned towards the original Minimoog Model-D but in a smaller shape. Like the original, the housing of the synthesizer module can be tilted.

Being able to house the Behringer Model-D AND the Behringer Neutron, the Arturia KeyStep and additional Eurorack modules, it provides great space for creativity.

Every D-Case will be now shipped with one set of D-Caps (incl. required brackets and screws) which extends the D-Case with the original Behringer Case with another Eurorack row.

DCASE TWO with included DCAPS
DCASE TWO with included DCAPS

Features

  • Handcrafted and custom built
  • Back can be tilted into several angles
  • Accommodates Arturia Keystep
  • Eurorack format for Behringer Model D, Neutron or many other Eurorack compatible modules
  • 3D printed connection panel for Behringer Model D
  • 3D printed D-CAPS with brackets and blind panels
  • High quality materials
  • 2 rows for 3U Eurorack modules with 89HP (extendable to 3 rows with D-CAPS and original Behringer Model-D case)
  • 360mm (D) x 515mm (W)

Materials

  • Plywood – The birch multiplex panels are cut by CNC technology in Germany. The layers that make up plywood are intentionally glued together at alternating right angles. This is what gives it both strength and durability. This cross-graining also reduces the chances of the wood splitting when nailing at the edges, and it makes the wood resistant to warping, cracking, and twisting. The way plywood is made also ensures a consistent strength across the entire length of the wood. From an environmental perspective, birch trees are an abundant, fast growing species. There is no destruction or disruption of biodiversity when birch is felled. It is better to opt for this renewable source than other options that might have a negative impact on the environment. 
  • OSMO hard wax oil – Osmo Polyx® Oils are developed from natural oils and waxes to provide the most hardwearing and durable protection for wooden flooring and furniture. The wood’s true beauty is accomplished by using Osmo Polyx®-Oil. The emphasis on the wood’s grain and natural characteristics provides a warm and rich effect to ensure that any interior looks luxurious and elegant. Each wood has its own style and unique charm, and is seductive from the first sight. https://www.osmouk.com
  • colorfab PLA 3D printer filament – This semi-matte PLA filament eliminates the glossy appearance seen on most PLA 3D prints. The highlights on the surface will be less visible, resulting in an overall cleaner and much higher quality look. colorFabb is built on a few solid principles: delivery of high quality solutions to meet our customers’ demand / needs. Whether it’s filament, advice or a 3D printer the colorFabb team, consisting of dedicated professionals will help you. Based in Belfeld, the Netherlands, colorFabb operates from a state of the art 3D Printing Technology Center. https://colorfabb.com/
  • Gie-Tec Eurorack aluminium profiles – Sophisticated technology and intelligent solutions at a fair price – Made in Germany https://gie-tec.de
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Prototype DCASE for ARTURIA KEYSTEP and BEHRINGER MODEL-D

Behringer Model-D with Doepfer Spring Reverb

A hand crafted wooden case made out of high quality birch Multiplex panels for Arturia KeyStep and Behringer Model-D and/or other Eurorack compatible modules. The design is leaned towards the original Minimoog Model-D but in a smaller shape. Like the original, the housing of the synthesizer module can be tilted.

Being able to house the Behringer Model-D, the Arturia KeyStep and additional Eurorack modules, it provides great space for creativity.

 

Features

  • Handcrafted and custom built
  • Back can be tilted into several angles
  • Eurorack format for Behringer Model D, Neutron or many other Eurorack compatible modules
  • High quality materials
  • PLA connection panel on the back

 

Materials

  • Plywood – The birch multiplex panels are cut by CNC technology in Germany. The layers that make up plywood are intentionally glued together at alternating right angles. This is what gives it both strength and durability. This cross-graining also reduces the chances of the wood splitting when nailing at the edges, and it makes the wood resistant to warping, cracking, and twisting. The way plywood is made also ensures a consistent strength across the entire length of the wood. From an environmental perspective, birch trees are an abundant, fast growing species. There is no destruction or disruption of biodiversity when birch is felled. It is better to opt for this renewable source than other options that might have a negative impact on the environment. 
  • Gie-Tec Eurorack aluminium profiles – Sophisticated technology and intelligent solutions at a fair price – Made in Germany https://gie-tec.de

 

Differences to the final DCASE

  1. The Eurorack case has thicker side walls.
  2. The case side panels are 1cm lower 
  3. The Eurorack is only 6 cm instead of 7 cm deep
  4. The surface of the Multiplex panels are coated with wood stain.


History

20.05.2018: The first order of pre-cut Eurorack aluminium profile rails has arrived.

Eurorack Rails
Aluminium Eurorack Profile Rails

21.05.2018: The connection panel, the tilting mechanism and feed have been finalised. 

Connection panel
Connection panel
Tilting mechanism
Tilting mechanism

12.07.2018: Back from vacation and arrived with a heavy suitcase full of tools and parts to build the cases. 2 parcels with pre-cut wood are still on the way to Qatar. As soon as the wood arrives, I will start with the production of the first cases. In addition I bought a Doepfer Spring Reverb A-199 and a Doepfer Small Supply/Bus A-100 which I will build in into my prototype case. Several types of filament for the 3D printer have been ordered and should arrive at the same time as the wood.

Behringer Model-D with Doepfer Spring Reverb
Behringer Model-D with Doepfer Spring Reverb
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DCASE ONE for Behringer Neutron

DCASE for Behringer Neutron

A beautiful hand crafted wooden case made out of high quality birch Multiplex plywood panels for Arturia KeyStep and Behringer Neutron and/or other Eurorack compatible modules. The design is leaned towards the original Minimoog Model-D but in a smaller shape. Like the original, the housing of the synthesizer module can be tilted.

Being able to house the Behringer Neutron, the Arturia KeyStep and additional Eurorack modules, it provides great space for creativity.

Features

  • Handcrafted and custom built
  • Back can be tilted into several angles
  • Accommodates Arturia Keystep
  • Eurorack format for Behringer Model D, Neutron or other Eurorack compatible modules
  • 3D printed connection panel for Behringer Neutron
  • High quality materials
  • 1 row for 3U Eurorack modules with 89HP 
  • 360mm (D) x 515mm (W)

 

Tilting Mechanism DCASE

Materials

  • Plywood – The birch multiplex panels are cut by CNC technology in Germany. The layers that make up plywood are intentionally glued together at alternating right angles. This is what gives it both strength and durability. This cross-graining also reduces the chances of the wood splitting when nailing at the edges, and it makes the wood resistant to warping, cracking, and twisting. The way plywood is made also ensures a consistent strength across the entire length of the wood. From an environmental perspective, birch trees are an abundant, fast growing species. There is no destruction or disruption of biodiversity when birch is felled. It is better to opt for this renewable source than other options that might have a negative impact on the environment. 
  • OSMO hard wax oil – Osmo Polyx® Oils are developed from natural oils and waxes to provide the most hardwearing and durable protection for wooden flooring and furniture. The wood’s true beauty is accomplished by using Osmo Polyx®-Oil. The emphasis on the wood’s grain and natural characteristics provides a warm and rich effect to ensure that any interior looks luxurious and elegant. Each wood has its own style and unique charm, and is seductive from the first sight. https://www.osmouk.com
  • colorfab PLA 3D printer filament – This semi-matte PLA filament eliminates the glossy appearance seen on most PLA 3D prints. The highlights on the surface will be less visible, resulting in an overall cleaner and much higher quality look. colorFabb is built on a few solid principles: delivery of high quality solutions to meet our customers’ demand / needs. Whether it’s filament, advice or a 3D printer the colorFabb team, consisting of dedicated professionals will help you. Based in Belfeld, the Netherlands, colorFabb operates from a state of the art 3D Printing Technology Center. https://colorfabb.com/
  • Gie-Tec Eurorack aluminium profiles – Sophisticated technology and intelligent solutions at a fair price – Made in Germany https://gie-tec.de


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DCASE ONE for Behringer Model D with DCAPS

DCASE - Wooden Case for Behringer Model-D

A beautiful hand crafted wooden case made out of high quality birch Multiplex plywood panels for Arturia KeyStep and Behringer Model-D and/or other Eurorack compatible modules. The design is leaned towards the original Minimoog Model-D but in a smaller shape. Like the original, the housing of the synthesizer module can be tilted.

Being able to house the Behringer Model-D, the Arturia KeyStep and additional Eurorack modules, it provides great space for creativity.

Every D-Case will be now shipped with one set of D-Caps (incl. required brackets and screws) which extends the D-Case with the original Behringer Case with another Eurorack row.

Features

  • Handcrafted and custom built
  • Back can be tilted into several angles
  • Accommodates Arturia Keystep
  • Eurorack format for Behringer Model D, Neutron or many other Eurorack compatible modules
  • 3D printed connection panel for Behringer Model D
  • High quality materials
  • 1 row for 3U Eurorack modules with 89HP (extendable to 2 rows with the  D-CAPS and original Behringer Model-D case)
  • 360mm (D) x 515mm (W)

 

Tilting Mechanism DCASE

Materials

  • Plywood – The birch multiplex panels are cut by CNC technology in Germany. The layers that make up plywood are intentionally glued together at alternating right angles. This is what gives it both strength and durability. This cross-graining also reduces the chances of the wood splitting when nailing at the edges, and it makes the wood resistant to warping, cracking, and twisting. The way plywood is made also ensures a consistent strength across the entire length of the wood. From an environmental perspective, birch trees are an abundant, fast growing species. There is no destruction or disruption of biodiversity when birch is felled. It is better to opt for this renewable source than other options that might have a negative impact on the environment. 
  • OSMO hard wax oil – Osmo Polyx® Oils are developed from natural oils and waxes to provide the most hardwearing and durable protection for wooden flooring and furniture. The wood’s true beauty is accomplished by using Osmo Polyx®-Oil. The emphasis on the wood’s grain and natural characteristics provides a warm and rich effect to ensure that any interior looks luxurious and elegant. Each wood has its own style and unique charm, and is seductive from the first sight. https://www.osmouk.com
  • colorfab PLA 3D printer filament – This semi-matte PLA filament eliminates the glossy appearance seen on most PLA 3D prints. The highlights on the surface will be less visible, resulting in an overall cleaner and much higher quality look. colorFabb is built on a few solid principles: delivery of high quality solutions to meet our customers’ demand / needs. Whether it’s filament, advice or a 3D printer the colorFabb team, consisting of dedicated professionals will help you. Based in Belfeld, the Netherlands, colorFabb operates from a state of the art 3D Printing Technology Center. https://colorfabb.com/
  • Gie-Tec Eurorack aluminium profiles – Sophisticated technology and intelligent solutions at a fair price – Made in Germany https://gie-tec.de
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Case for ARTURIA KEYSTEP and BEHRINGER MODEL-D and/or Eurorack modules

Behringer Model-D with Doepfer Spring Reverb

A beautiful hand crafted wooden case made out of high quality birch Multiplex panels for Arturia KeyStep and Behringer Model-D and/or other Eurorack compatible modules. The design is leaned towards the original Minimoog Model-D but in a smaller shape. Like the original, the housing of the synthesizer module can be tilted.

Being able to house the Behringer Model-D, the Arturia KeyStep and additional Eurorack modules, it provides great space for creativity.

Features

  • Handcrafted and custom built
  • Back can be tilted into several angles
  • Eurorack format for Behringer Model D, Neutron or many other Eurorack compatible modules
  • High quality materials

Materials

  • Plywood – The birch multiplex panels are cut by CNC technology in Germany. The layers that make up plywood are intentionally glued together at alternating right angles. This is what gives it both strength and durability. This cross-graining also reduces the chances of the wood splitting when nailing at the edges, and it makes the wood resistant to warping, cracking, and twisting. The way plywood is made also ensures a consistent strength across the entire length of the wood. From an environmental perspective, birch trees are an abundant, fast growing species. There is no destruction or disruption of biodiversity when birch is felled. It is better to opt for this renewable source than other options that might have a negative impact on the environment. 
  • OSMO hard wax oil – Osmo Polyx® Oils are developed from natural oils and waxes to provide the most hardwearing and durable protection for wooden flooring and furniture. The wood’s true beauty is accomplished by using Osmo Polyx®-Oil. The emphasis on the wood’s grain and natural characteristics provides a warm and rich effect to ensure that any interior looks luxurious and elegant. Each wood has its own style and unique charm, and is seductive from the first sight. https://www.osmouk.com
  • colorfab PLA 3D printer filament – This semi-matte PLA filament eliminates the glossy appearance seen on most PLA 3D prints. The highlights on the surface will be less visible, resulting in an overall cleaner and much higher quality look. colorFabb is built on a few solid principles: delivery of high quality solutions to meet our customers’ demand / needs. Whether it’s filament, advice or a 3D printer the colorFabb team, consisting of dedicated professionals will help you. Based in Belfeld, the Netherlands, colorFabb operates from a state of the art 3D Printing Technology Center. https://colorfabb.com/
  • Gie-Tec Eurorack aluminium profiles – Sophisticated technology and intelligent solutions at a fair price – Made in Germany https://gie-tec.de

The shipment contains only the pre-assembled case with 3D printed PLA parts and aluminium profile rails.

Keystep, Behringer Model-D and Cables as well as any power supply for additional modules are not included! 

Shipment 2 weeks after order date.

For installation and connection between Arturia Keystep and Behringer Model-D, Midi cables with flat jacks are required (see optional items below)

Optional items

Midi cables

One Control 50 cm Midi cable to connect the Behringer Model D MIDI IN with the Arturia Keystep MIDI OUT.

 

Rockboard flat midi cable 300 cm to connect the Arturia Keystep MIDI IN to other Hardware MIDI OUT

 

Eurorack Blind Panels

Panels can be custom 3D printed out of PLA as per provided dimensions. Available colors: blue, red, black.

I'm interested to buy one. Please let me know when it can be ordered

Some History

The idea of building a wooden case for the Behringer Model-D came up short after I recieved my Model-D. In April I started with the first designs and ordered the pre-cut plywood for the prototype. Contrary to the prototype, the final version differs as follows:

  1. The Eurorack case has slimmer side walls which gives 24mm more space for Eurorack Modules
  2. The case side panels are higher to give more space for cables underneath.
  3. The Eurorack is 1 cm deeper.
  4. The surface of the Multiplex panels are coated with hard oil wax instead of wood stain. 
  5. Improved design and thicker 3D printed PLA beams for tilting the Eurorack.

Time Line

20.05.2018: The first order of pre-cut Eurorack aluminium profile rails has arrived.

Eurorack Rails
Aluminium Eurorack Profile Rails

21.05.2018: The connection panel, the tilting mechanism and feed have been finalised. 

Connection panel
Connection panel

 

Tilting mechanism
Tilting mechanism

 

12.07.2018: Back from vacation and arrived with a heavy suitcase full of tools and parts to build the cases. 2 parcels with pre-cut wood are still on the way to Qatar. As soon as the wood arrives, I will start with the production of the first cases. In addition I bought a Doepfer Spring Reverb A-199 and a Doepfer Small Supply/Bus A-100 which I will build in into my prototype case. Several types of filament for the 3D printer have been ordered and should arrive at the same time as the wood.

Behringer Model-D with Doepfer Spring Reverb
Behringer Model-D with Doepfer Spring Reverb

22.07.2018: The pre-cut plywood arrived and production of the first units started. Cases can be ordered now. Production time after order will be 2 weeks.

Wood for the Model-D cases
First Model-D case in production

06.08.2018: A view snapshots from out of the workshop