A few things to know about building on stripboard:
- It’s possible, sometimes, to build a circuit on stripboard by following the layout without understanding anything about the circuit. But if there’s a problem, and that happens frequently even to experienced builders, understanding at least a little about the circuit is vital to fixing it. You’re much more likely to succeed at building if you learn to read a schematic diagram and refer to the schematic as well as the stripboard layout while you’re building.
- The layout diagrams you see are very often misleading to a beginner, in that they show the view from above, with the components on the top side of the board, but they also show the strips which are on the bottom side of the board. Put the components on the bare side, arranged as in the layout, and after putting each component in place turn the board over and solder it to the strips on the underside.
- Pay attention to strip cuts. Nearly always, you’ll need to cut each strip between the two sides of each IC, as well as in other places, all of which should be shown on the layout. One way to do it is just to take a twist drill (a little larger diameter than a strip width) between your fingers and twist it to manually remove a circle from the strip. Use a multimeter to verify there is no remaining connection between the two strip segments.
- Most module layouts just show three wires soldered to the board for ±12V and ground, but if you want to install a shrouded 2x5 header to use it in a Kosmo or Eurorack system, you can do something like this: Replace
(Note the header orientation, notch is on the right to put -12V (red stripe on the power cable) on the bottom.)
The two new jumpers on the right are to connect your board’s ground to ALL the ground pins, you might get away with omitting them thereby connecting to only two of the ground pins but best practice is to connect to all. The black wire leading upward didn’t actually need to be lengthened but the blue wire needs to connect two strips lower than originally.