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Projeto Halfmoon Switch para Nord

Lista de Materiais

3-way guitar switch, Retro Parts RP181B. This switch is not the smoothest, so I'd shop around
a bit if I were you. $10
4" square steel top plate for an electrical box, $3
TRS connector and cable which I cut off an old piece of equipment, 2.5 ft is plenty long
2 ea. metric screws, 4mm diameter, about 5mm long. For mounting the box to the keyboard
2 ea. small nuts and bolts to mount the guitar switch to the box
zip tie for strain relief
flux and solder

(sparks will fly, and things are sharp)

Dremmel, with 1" cutoff discs
Drill, and bits up to 1/2"
Grinder and zip discs
Soldering iron
Screw drivers
Cold chisel


1. Keyboard: mount holes are 2 3/4" apart and set back 5/8", they require metric 4mm screws
keyboard measurements
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2. Switch: the body is 1" tall, so it will fit nicely underneath the keys. The top of the lever
will be about 3" below the key tops.
switch measurements
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3. Wiring: the dashed lines show the connections made in each switch position.
NC = not connected
wiring diagram
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Making the switch:


It's just a prototype and I don't weld, so I decided to fold a steel plate into a box to house the

Make the box big enough for the switch and leave some wiggle room.

Here I am cutting a slot with the dremmel and cut off discs. Stack the discs to make a wider
dremmel cutting the coin slot
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Here's the shape of my cut out:

cutout steel plate
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Here I've started to fold the box into shape. I used a cold chisel to hammer out the creases,
then the plate folds just right.
box taking shape, with holes for switch
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Completed soldering. My soldering skills are marginal.

In my cable RING=RED.
soldering complete
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Switch mounted in the box. I couldn't find screws to fit that guitar switch. They might be a #5
screw. I drilled the holes out and through-bolted with some #6's I found. Below the switch, I
drilled a 1/2" hole for cable egress, and 2 x 3/16" holes to zip-tie the cable for strain
relief..... ghetto!
Also, there's a tension spring on the guitar switch. I pulled that off because I thought the
action was too stiff.
switch mounted in box
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strain relief viewed from the bottom.

strain relief
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After mounting the switch in the box, and setting up the strain relief. I gave it a final
continuity test with the meter. Then I folded the bottom flap up, and installed it on my Nord.

There's a menu setting on the Nord to select the half moon switch. System menu #8, select

Here is the diy half-moon switch on the Nord.

box mounted on keyboard
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