Wednesday, 3 August 2016

NLC Bong0 - Drum - Build notes

These are my build notes for the Bong0.
Its a Eurorack module from Non-Linear Circuits

"The bong0 is a twin-T based drum module with a LED acting as a nonlinear resistor to give it some interesting characteristics.
The trigger input acts as a normal input to get your drum sound. The input marked ‘in’ can also be used, or you can jam a CV in there, or a gate or audio. You can just use the ‘in’ input without anything into the trigger.

Bong0 can also be used for basslines, drones and as a crude but useful VCO. It has about 20 passive components which are 0805 smd and 1 thru-hole TL072, meaning it is a good circuit for learning to solder smd parts and delivers way more fun than such a simple module should." (Andrew F).

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The pots are linear 100K

As you can see in these pics I used a green LED.
The LED acts as a nonlinear resistor so i think the type of LED you choose is important.
I couldnt remember the specific specifications of the green LED that I used , but I found that the volume was very low if used as a drum.

I decided to bump it up by swapping the 470K resistor with a 1M.
 If you check the schematics this is the second -ve feedback loop of the 072 op amp.
Andrew reckons it wont hurt anything....except my speakers if I crank it to self-oscillate.

I'll try building this with a blue LED next and see if there is any difference.
Yes, the blue LED made a huge difference.
I kept the 470K resistor.


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