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Offline ioguie

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Opcode Studio 5lx pop and sparks :(
« on: November 18, 2021, 04:26:27 PM »
I was really enjoying the Studio 5lx for reasons probably well-known to people on this forum... patch changes from the front panel with no computer necessary, the joy of Studio Patches Editor, the possibility to patch up a SampleCell card, the sheer abundance of ports... reliability... compatibility...

But a couple of weeks ago, I turned it on and POP! SPARK! FIZZ!  And I turned it off and removed it.  Scared to turn it back on.

It's possible that one of my MIDI cables has gone bad ... and maybe that's to blame here.  That MIDI cable has been retired.  But could a bad MIDI cable really cause the Studio 5lx to crash & burn?

Anybody have any tips that might give me the confidence to try plugging it in and turning it on again?  Could it have just been a fuse?  The spark & pop seemed to come from somewhere near the front-panel A/B switches.

Barring that, anybody want one for parts?

Offline robespierre

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Re: Opcode Studio 5lx pop and sparks :(
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2021, 11:51:42 AM »
I can't see any situation where a bad MIDI cable could cause sparks.
What is more likely is that the AC inlet EMI filter module has failed. EMI filters made by Schaffner used to be very common in all kinds of equipment, and they will spark and smoke when they get old.


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