Following on from MIDI on OSX, the information below was moved to this blog
The book: Sound Synthesis – Analog and Digital Techniques, Terence Thomas
Following on from Making your own ArduinoBoy, I need to get some 5 pin DIN sockets for MIDI connections. There is a surprisingly large array of types out there, but it basically boils down to PCB or panel mounted. But within those two groups there is still a variety to choose from, especially for panel mounted, depending on how you want them to fix into the panel (push fit, screwed on or bolt/compression fit). PCB mounted DIN sockets are generally one of two footprints, depending on whether they are horizontal or vertical.
Obviously, you don’t have to use a PCB and you could make the ArduinoBoy using stripboard/veroboard, ProtoShield, or even on a breadboard… see at the bottom for a suggested layouts.
BTW, I assume Trash80’s moniker is a nod to the Radio Shack TRS-80?