The 1U high Frame is the standard frame for almost every application and setup. Channel Strips, Stereo Mastering Sets, Processing Units, M/S Microphone Preamps and a lot more are possible in a single 1U high frame that offers a very flexible solution at an affordable prices. The 2U high and 4U high frames can be used alternatively. These larger frames are of advantage, if a ToolMod system consists of many modules.
Module Installation in the 1U-high Frame
1U-high Frame, open, with Modules and Spacers
ToolMod 1HE SpacerModule Compartments
knurled Screws for horizontal ToolMod Modules
There are five module compartments in total in the 1U high
ToolMod frame. The standard version comes with two spacers. Up to four spacers
are possible. With 4 spacers, five size 2U modules can be installed. The
spacers are fixed between top cover and bottom cover with Philips head screws
and can be removed or installed easily, without disassembling the frame. If a
spacer is a look Inside a 1U high ToolMod Channel Strip with Voice-EQ TM109, Voice-Compressor TM119, and Expander TM117removed,
size 4U modules can be installed in two adjacent compartments. This principle
offers very high flexibility, since the 1U high frame can be used for any combination
of modules on the fly. The picture on the left side shows a 1U-high frame with
Voice-EQ TM109, Voice-Compressor TM119, and Expander TM117 with top cover removed.
The modules are fixed with knurled screws that are used as handle when removing or installing modules. Knurled screws and blind panels are available as Accessories.
The pictures show a 1U high frame with removed top cover with three 2U and one 4U modules. The picture on the left side shows a partly removed 2U module.
The 1U high ToolMod frames are designed for modules with
horizontal faceplates. The only difference between horizontal and vertical modules
is the orientation of the lettering and the control knobs. Modules with vertical
faceplates can be installed in 1U high frames and are fully functional. The lettering
is simply rotated in this case. The pictures to the right show the TM101 transformer
Mic-Pre in both, horizontal and vertical versions.
Rear Panel of the 1U-high ToolMod Frame
The four audio connectors for each of the five module slots are
installed on the rear panel. The female XLR connector is usually used as audio
input, while the male XLR connector is the output of most of the mono modules.
The two additional TRS connectors are used differently, depending on the module.
With 2U format stereo module, the TRS connectors are used for the input and output
of the right channel. The connector assignment of a particular module can be
found as a link on the module web pages. Here is the assignment of the
of the TM101 Mic Pre as an example. 4U modules are installed in two module
slots, which means that there are two complete connector sets per module. Stereo
modules in 4U size always use the XLR connectors for the main inputs and outputs.
The female and the male 5-pin XLR connector for the power supply are internally connected in parallel. The power supply system uses the 'daisy chain' principle; power is connected from frame to frame. Information in detail on the power supply units can be found on the ToolPwr Power Supply Units web pages.
Size and Weight:
Width: 19", 483 mm - Height: 1 rack space, 44 mm net
Depth: 245 mm / 9.65" without control knobs and plugs
Weight: 4 kg / 8.8 lbs without modules
Scope of supply: 1U-high frame with 2 spacers, empty
For a working system, a power supply unit, power cable is necessary. Blindpanels
and additional spacers might be necessary, depending on the modules installed.