Frac Rack

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Frac Rack or simply Frac is a modular synthesizer format.

Like the Eurorack format, Frac is considered a 3U format. The height of most modern modular synthesizer modules is measured by the number of vertical units it consumes in a standard 19" equipment rack. Modules conforming to the 3U format, for example, will take up three vertical units in a 19" equipment rack. Each vertical rack unit is 1¾", so a 3U module is 5¼" tall.[1]

The Frac format has a standard width unit of 1½". So 3" and 4½" wide modules are common in this format. Frac-Rac is an American format designed by John Simonton of PAiA, which has found a wide following largely through the popularity of Blacet modules.[1]

Note that even though the height of both Frac and Euro modules are 3U, differences exist in the mounting rails and screws. Thus, each format requires its own mounting system (screws, rails, etc).[2] Paia, Blacet and some of Wiard's modules can be mounted in the same rack.[3]

Frac format modules typically use 3.5 mm connectors and plugs for patching, although there are several companies that offer modules with banana jacks (BugBrand, Metalbox).[4][5]

Power requirements for Frac modules are typically ±15VDC. Current draw depends on the module.[1][2]

This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Muff Wiggler wiki:Frac (view authors).

See also


  1. ^ a b c Standard measurements in front panels, forum, April 2006
  2. ^ a b Blacet FAQ
  3. ^ Tech Notes, Blacet Research
  4. ^ Banana Frac: The Definitive Guide, Muff Wiggler forum, August 2009
  5. ^ Metalbox Info

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