Wednesday, 24 May 2017

1050 Mixer sequencer - Build notes

This is a Eurorack module inspired by the ARP 2500 mix sequencer.

There are lots of SMD components so it's probably not a good one for beginners.

Here are Andrew's build notes:
Muffs notes: https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=154469

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Buchla 200 - Friday night patch

Just having fun with the 200.
That 296 filter is wonderful.

#buchla296 #programmable #spectral #processor #modularsynth #vintage

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Micro Granny - Basl Instruments

Thanks Andrew for bringing this over

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Its a monophonic granular sampler. It reads wav samples from microSD card and applies granular algorithms to them. You can also adjust start, end, sample rate (tuned or free run), crush and envelope (attack release).

It's all 8-bit.
Uses a microcontroller / Arduino platform.

Korg PS 3200

The lovely Sounds of the Korg Ps 3200

Andrew brought his Future Retro Zillion sequencer yesterday
so we decided to test it out on the Korg.

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Buchla Preset card - DIY mixer for 208 easel

One of the best things about the Buchla Music Easel is its program card.
It's really not just for presets ... esp the original card invented by Don Buchla back in the 1970s.


I'm guessing he may have wanted us users to experiment with electronic circuits.
Why else would Don have placed a mini "breadboard" with +/- 15V rails on the program card?

The Buchla SILI-CON CELLO from 1978 is a good example of his use of breadboard circuits in a fully
functioning system. It's a shame the current BEMI program cards have removed this homage to the age of DIY electronics.

This is my latest use of the card: a DIY mixer.
(The 10U system doesn't have a dedicated mixer).

The circuit is very simple.
Just one dual op-amp (TL072)

It's a basic unity gain inverting configuration. In the first half the 4 inputs are mixed into the inverting input of a op-amp. Since the output signal from this op-amp is inverted, the 2nd op-amp  re-inverts it. 
Power goes to pins 4 & 8. The unmarked resistor on the right is 1K

Thanks to Ken Stone for the original circuit. and Justin from MetroModular for his advice.
Ken's schematics show the possibility for using this as a CV mixer & attenuverter.

Breadboarding the circuit. Just two inputs on the left without pots.
It works on +/-12V above and +/-15V below.

Might try building a mixer using the OPA2134.
It's pinout is the same as the TL072.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Buchla rhythmic patches - 200e & 208

Finally getting a easel system together which combines the 208 with 200e.

I've had this beautiful 10U case (by Jason Butcher) for a few years now.


Was in a quandary as to which modules to put in. Should it be all 200/ 200& 100 combo
or 200e?
 As the case is a variation of the classic Music Easel case from the 1970s (Halliburton)
a 208 is obilgatory.

I've decided to go with 200e for now.
It's good to have something different to the standard easel configs.
Seems like a good combo.




Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Critter and Guitari Cellular Automata



Links re Cellular A:
Muffs - code
Github - more code
GetLoFi - DIY kit
Critter and Guitari - website
Circuit bent CA synth
Wikipedia
Muffs 2 - Mr Coops
Muffs 3 - PCB buy

Critter & Guitari Cellular Automata Synthesizer from Critter & Guitari on Vimeo.

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 Critter and Guitari Cellular Automata Synthesizer by Owen Osborn

I'm building a DIY version kindly provided by "n167tx" (Muffs)

The parts list is on the right.
You need to download the eagle file and upload to this viewer:
http://3dbrdviewer.cytec.bg/board


Eagle has a free viewer.
Download here:
http://www.autodesk.com/products/eagle/overview

Microcontroller used:
The AtMEGA8
http://www.atmel.com/Images/Atmel-2486-8-bit-AVR-microcontroller-ATmega8_L_datasheet.pdf

The AtmelAVR ATmega8 is a low-power CMOS 8-bit microcontroller

Links re AVR programming.
1. PocketMagic
2. Instructables
3. Youtube
4. youtube 2


Sunday, 19 March 2017

Ambient Electronica - Elektron - Mutables - Buchla

Some recordings taken last Friday (17/3/17).
Rory, Andrew & I are practicing for an upcoming gig.
Instruments used were an Elektron A4, Roland TR8 Drum,
some Mutable Instruments Euro modules and Buchla-Sputnik clone modules.









Thursday, 16 February 2017

Power Supply - NLC - Build notes

Building a Nonlinearcircuits PSU.
This just supplies +/- 12V for Eurorack modulars.

Andrew's build notes are here:
http://www.sdiy.org/pinky/data/WAMOD3%20%20psu.pdf


The virgin PCBs

 Ok, lets twerk
Keeping Miley happy.

The PCB receives 12VAC from a plugpack/ wallwart
. The 1N4004 diodes split this into positive and negative waveforms.
 
The 4700uF capacitors then smooth out these waves
. The 7812 and 7912 regulators then convert the rectified & smoothed
signals to +12V DC and -12V DC and these are fed to the connectors to be distributed to your lovely modules.
I'm using 250v TDK film caps for the four small 100nf caps
Probably a bit overkill, but it's what i had in stock at the time.


Some pics of the 7812 & L7912 voltage regulators attached to various heatsinks.


 In the NLC build notes, Andrew stresses the importance of isolating the regulators from the heat sinks.

The smaller heatsinks came with grommets and mica insulators, so I think I'll use those.
He also recommended using heatsink paste.

Andrew F recommended I use these - http://www.taydaelectronics.com/capacitors/electrolytic-capacitors/4700uf-50v-105c-radial-electrolytic-capacitor-19x40mm.html

25V caps are okay but better to get 35V or 50V rating. just to keep the action well clear of the edge.

Always bigger is better with heatsinks, smaller ones cant soak off so much heat so will limit the current output of the regs. With a small one you will only get 3-400mA, a big one will get you double that (roughly...very)

The other thing to watch is the proximity of the heatsinks to the caps.
They do appear to be pretty close in the pics.
My sinks don't appear to get hot but they could cause problems if the temp exceeds the cap ratings.
These caps have a rating of 105 degrees celsius.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Double Knot - Synth

Thanks Cobramatic for showing me your new synth.
The Double Knot

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It's very west coast. Uses Bananas for the internal patching.
http://lorre-mill.com/doubleknot/

Lots of great percussion.

Golden Rock - Burma

Golden Rock Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State, Burma.
 This precariously balanced granite boulder was according to tradition lifted by the Lord Buddah
and placed in this spot over 2000 years ago. It has remained in this position balanced by some strands of Buddah's hair.


New Years Eve.
So many people but very few foreigners.


The Rock is covered with 24K gold leaf.


The faithful
A new day

............... and a New Year.
Happy 2017


Our transport back down the mountain.

For more travel links click here:
http://djjondent.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/travel-postcards-index-my-travel.html

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Fairlight IIx - The 8 Inch Floppy Drives

Some pics of the 1980's 8 inch floppy drive.
A computer tech friend of mine said he remembered buying these for around $800 AUD back then.
This was a time when the average price of a new car was $9,000.

Taken from the rear of the computer. Ribbon & power cables removed.
The top of the drive




The underside of the drive.
In excellent condition considering its age.

 That rubber belt looks good for another 30 years.

The DS settings select the drive number.
Things really haven't changed much in this time

This was the secondary fairlight drive - used for holding the Sound Disk.
It's setting was DS2

The primary drive for holding the OS was set as DS1