Like the 1U high frame, the 2U high frame is suited for almost all
applications of the ToolMod Pro Audio System; however, it is obvious that the
height of 2U rack spaces makes it impossible to install 4U modules. The 4U
high Frame can house both, 2U and 4U modules. The advantages of the 2U high
frame are the low weight and the price that is lower than the price of two 1U
high frames. Considering the additional module compartment no. 11 in the 2U high
frame, the price is 20 % lower. Apart from using the gear in the studio, it is
best suited for live sound. Many processing units can be installed in only a
few rack spaces. The weight of an empty frame is only 6.5 kg. All module
compartments can house stereo modules as well as mono modules.
2U-high Frame, empty
2U high Frame without Modules
There are 11 identical module slots in total. The 2U high
ToolMod frame can only house size 2U mono and stereo modules; spacers or other
subdivisions are not necessary.
knurled Screws for vertical ToolMod FramesThe 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 2U high ToolMod frame is designed for modules with vertical
faceplates. The only difference between horizontal and vertical modules is the
orientation of the lettering and the control knobs. Modules with horizontal faceplates
can be installed in 2U high frames and are fully functional. The lettering is
simply rotated in this case. See the pictures of the horizontal and vertical
of a TM112b VCA-Compressor on the right side as an example.
rear View of the 2U-high frame
The four audio connectors for each of the eleven module compartments are installed on the rear panel of the 2U high frame. The female XLR connector is usually used as audio input, while the male XLR connector is the output of most of the modules. In addition, there are two TRS jacks per module compartment. The TRS connectors are used differently, depending on the module. With 2U stereo modules, the input and output of the right stereo channel is available on the TRS connectors. The connector assignment of a particular module can be found on the module web pages. Here is the assignment of the Connectors of the Compressors TM112 as an example.
The female and the male 5-pin XLR connector for the power supply are internally connected in parallel. These connectors are identical in all ToolMod frames and the other Tool units by adt-audio. 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: 2 rack spaces = 88 mm net
Depth: 245 mm / 9.65" without control knobs and plugs
Weight: 6.5 kg / 14.3 lbs without modules
Scope of Supply: 2U-high ToolMod Frame, 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.
Please check the picture of a 2U-Starter-Kit in the left colum.