Diago Patchfactory

Solderless Patch Cable System

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  • The Diago Patchfactory allows you to build custom length patch cables,
    without additional tools or specialist skills. Anybody can build a flawless cable.

    Design your perfect Pedalboard.

    Custom-length patch cables allow you to lay out your pedalboard exactly how you want. No longer will you be constrained by the discrete lengths your local store stocks. If you need it just 1cm longer, consider it done.

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    Strong, reliable connections.

    Other solderless cable designs suffer from poor reliability for two reasons:

    1. Other screw-on caps use a coarse imperial thread. We calculated that by using fine metric thread instead, the same amount of force will tighten the cap more.

    2. Finger-tightening, even with a knurled cap is simply not sufficient to make a reliable cable. We have machined a coin slot into each of our caps, allowing you to apply several times more force, resulting in a tighter fit. Using a coin means you can assemble a reliable cable without any additional tools wherever you are. Better still, the slot will fit almost all international coins. We don't recommend using plectrums - even the thickest ones just don't have the rigidity of a metal coin.

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    Simplicity in design.

    Our design does not use loose parts or additional screws to make the all-important electrical connections - that's something else to go wrong. Instead, our positive signal/tip connection is made by a sharp pin at the centre of the plug, which makes contact with the central multi-strand wires of the cable. The ground/earth connection is made by a sharp edge on the inside of the cap, which cuts through the polyurethane sheath and makes contact with the cable's 96-strand shield.

    Don't worry, it cannot cut too much or too little - this cable was designed in-house here at Diago, and so fits perfectly with our solderless plugs. As long as you follow our assembly instructions, a reliable connection will be made.

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    Easy Assembly

    We have ensured that our solderless cable system is as easy as possible to assemble, whilst retaining maximum reliability. The Patchfactory Kit includes everything you need to put together 5 perfect cables (minus the coin to tighten it with). It even includes a cable cutter.

    Check out the Assembly Instructions and Demonstration Video in the next tab - you'll see just how easy it is.

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    Sound

    The Diago Patchfactory system uses our own cable, designed in-house in the UK. It has a super-low capacitance of 30pF/ft (approx. 100pF/m) to prevent the treble roll-off caused by the high capacitance of poor quality cables.

    "No gold-plated plugs?"
    The only advantage gold-plated connectors could offer is prolonged resistance to tarnishing & corrosion, since gold is a fairly unreactive metal. However, a principal called Galvanic Corrosion tells us that when two metals that are not the same are in contact, the rate of corrosion actually increases. Since all 1/4" input/output jacks are nickel plated, using a gold connector may actually reduce the life of the jacks in your pedals. It's for this reason that we use nickel-plated plugs.

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    Low-profile. Low-fuss.

    We designed our patch plug heads to be as discrete as possible so you can get your pedals close together and keep your board looking sleek, tidy and professional.

    Better still, if you stagger your pedals, or if you're using pedals with different input/output locations, you can pack in your pedals even more tightly.

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    Smaller cable diameter, same beautiful sound quality.

    Arrange your complex cable routing more precisely - round tighter corners and through smaller gaps - for the best pedalboard layout you've ever had.

    Most instrument cables have a similar centre construction, just with thicker rubber. This does nothing but waste space, so we've reduced the amount of rubber wrapped around our cables, for a slimmer, more space-efficient product.

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  • Assembly Instructions



    1.

    Take a long coil of cable (at least 1M / 3ft) and trim the end with a sharp craft / carpet / utility knife. Make sure the cut is clean and square.

    Push the cable firmly into the plug. Once the cable makes contact with the centre pin, it should go in another 3-4mm (1/8 inch). Do not strip the wire like you would with a soldered cable.

    Why? The signal/tip connection is made by a sharp pin at the centre of the plug, which makes contact with the central multi-strand wires of the cable. The ground/earth connection is made by a sharp edge on the inside of the cap, which cuts through the PVC sheath.

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    Bend the cable 90° through the slot in the plug, and hold it with your thumb. Don't bend it more than 90° otherwise the cap might not cut through the sheath properly.

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    3.

    Screw on the cap and tighten it with a coin, using the thumb of your other hand against the cable where it joins to get a bit of leverage.

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    4.

    Cut the cable to length, again with a sharp craft / carpet / utility knife, making sure that the cut is clean and square.

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    Repeat for the other end of the patch cable.

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    Only have a short piece of cable?

    If you don't have a long length of cable left or prefer to cut the cable to length first, you will need an additional step. On short lengths of cable the centre of the cable may push through when you push it into the first plug. This can cause the ground and centre conductor to short circuit, so your cables won't work. The good news is there's an easy way to fix it and that is simply to wrap the cable around your finger(s) before you push it into the plug. You can check if the centre has pushed through or not by checking the other end of the cable.

    If you have already cut the piece of cable to length, the process is:

    1) If you haven't just cut it, trim the first end of the cable. A few millimeters is enough.

    2) Wrap the cable around your finger(s) or hand. A 'U' shape is usually enough.

    3) Connect and assemble the first plug.

    4) Trim the second end of the cable.

    5) Connect and assemble the second plug. There's no need to wrap the cable this time.

    6) Test it.


  • Problems?

    Here are some tips and tricks to get the best results:

    1) Use a sharp cutter, craft knife, utility knife or Stanley knife etc. The cable ends need to be cut clean and square.

    2) Cut by pushing or rocking, and use two hands to give it some weight if you need to. Don't use a slicing or sawing action - it won't give good results.

    3) Don't use side snips, scissors or any two bladed or relatively blunt cutting tool - it will crush the cable and not give you the clean cut that you need.

    4) Always trim the end you're working with just before you push it into the plug.

    5) There is a pin inside the plug that makes contact with the centre conductor of the cable. The idea is that this pin should push inside the centre of the cable to make a good electrical contact. When you insert the cable into the plug (without pushing) it will stop when it touches the pin. You then need to give it a good push so that the pin goes inside the cable - it should go in about another 4-5mm or so. You can mark the outside of the cable with your thumbnail to check.

    6) The wrapping or bending described to stop the centre pushing out can be done any way that's comfortable for you. I just bend them into a 'U' shape and the centre doesn't push out.

    7) When you bend the cable through the slot, bend it at 90 degrees to the plug to make sure the cap cuts through the sheath/jacket properly.

    8) Hold the cable at 90 degrees using your thumb while you screw in the cap.

    9) Use a coin for the last few turns of the cap, and use your thumb against the cable where it joins the plug to enable you to make it tight. It's important that the cap is tight so that it cuts the sheath/jacket exactly the right amount and so that it stays tight and your cable stays reliable.

    10) Always test the cable at the end. If you don't have a cable tester or multimeter, then try it between two pedals.


    What to do if my cable doesn't work first time?

    This is usually easily solved.

    1) Start by seeing if you can work out which end is not making proper contact by bending the cable at the plug joints while they are still plugged in to your cable tester or effects pedals.

    2) If you can't determine which end is faulty, just pick one and make a note of which one.

    3) Remove the plug.

    4) Trim the end of the cable.

    5) Re-assemble the plug as per the instructions.

    6) Test the cable.

    If that hasn't solved it, repeat the above at the other end. If after that the cable still doesn't work, we will help you. Contact us by phone / email / Facebook / Twitter and we will personally guide you through the process and make sure you're able to make cables that do work.

  • Buying Options

    We've put together a few different ways in which you can purchase Patchfactory components because everybody's situation is different. Check out the options below, and decide which suits your needs best:

    Product Product Code Description What's in the box
    Patchfactory Solderless Patch Cable Kit
    (Boxed)
    PF01 This kit provides everything you need to build 5 perfect patch cables, and is the best starting point if you want to move your rig over to the Diago Patchfactory patch cable system.
    • 10 x Solderless 1/4" Angled Patch Plugs
    • 10ft (3.05m) Patch Cable
    • 1 x Diago Cable Cutter
    Pair of Diago Angled Patch Plugs
    (Packaged)
    PF02 Got a bit of cable left over? Purchase a pair of plugs to make another patch cable.
    • 2 x Solderless 1/4" Angled Patch Plugs
    Loose Solderless 1/4" Angled Patch Plugs PF03 Some of our distributors asked if they could buy our Patchfactory products in bulk, to be sold loose in stores. Buy as few or as many plugs as you need.
    • Any number of Solderless 1/4" Angled Patch Plugs
    1.5m of Patchfactory Cable
    (Packaged)
    PF04 A generous length of Patchfactory cable, to top up your kit.
    • 1.5m (5ft) of Cable
    Loose Patchfactory Cable
    (On Reel)
    PF05 We've printed a marker every 30cm (1ft) down the length of our cable, for easy measuring in the shop. Buy as much or as little as you need.
    • Any length of Cable
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