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Thomas Henry's SN76477 Super Controller Module
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Is there an interest in Super Controller PCBs?
Yes, by all means.
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No, it just doesn't cut the mustard, i think.
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I don't know. I mean, i... er...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 4:50 am    Post subject: Thomas Henry's SN76477 Super Controller Module
Subject description: PCBs are SOLD OUT
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hi all,
there was a lot of talk about the SN76477 lately and there are a lots these ICs waiting for salvation, i guess.

i got thomas henry's permission to do a PCB run for his Super Controller design, published in "polyphony" and his book "build a better music synthesizer" (many thanks to our broadminded mr henry!).

boards are now available. the PCBoards size is 4.65x3.1in (118x79mm) and provides +5V onboard source and MTA.100 connectors for almost all switches, potentiometers & sockets. it will take both wide and narrow body ICs.
all who placed an advance-order will have received a PM now. if you changed your mind PM me to cancel your advance-order, please!

EDIT: documentation uploaded. hope that's sufficient. if not, comment please.
documentation r3

prices:
PCB 18.-USD/13EUR each
1x S&H 7.-USD worldwide/3EUR europe

SOLD OUT

It utilizes the SN76477 to build a versatile CV source unit:
one gated/delayed LFO (with hold function!) providing triangle and square, trigger and gate outputs.
one noise source with selectable frequency range and sweep
one sample & hold with portamento and attenuation

a great companion to the SN76477 Voice!?

short description:

there is the LFO section to the left. you will choose mode of operation with a switch selecting delay, gate or switch. in delay mode the LFO will start when triggered depending on the delay time - so you can create delayed modulation. in gate mode the lfo is alway on until you plug a cord in (switching jack socket). from now on the LFO is on when a gate signal is present. in switch mode you can perform a "hold". the LFO stops as soon as you close the connected (foot?)switch. a status LED above the mode selector indicates the LFO working. there is a selector for the LFO range, a rate control and a LED indicating the speed of the LFO. there are four outputs: triangle and square wave, the gate and the trigger outputs a derived from the LFO. the gate is derived from the square wave output but going from 0V to approx 10V (or whatever, depending on a resistor value). the trigger is derived from the triangle and delivers a 1ms pulse. don't forget: the output is gateable or controlled by delay or switch!

the S/H section in the middle: the S/H is clocked from the LFO trigger and provides a portamento (lag) and depth control.

the noise section is to the right: the frequency range of the noise source is selectable by a switch. furthermore there is a filter control (known from the SN voice) and a attenuated cv in for the sweep, which base is set by the initial control. you can select external or internal (LFO) sweep modulation.

hope i got it right.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I'll take two

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

two for me too
cheers
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I'm in Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

i'd be up for one, please...

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I got a copy of that book 2 weeks ago and was thinking a Super Controller would make a nice addition to the modular
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I'm interested in one
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

i'll take at least 1
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Yup, one for me! Cheers!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

OMG!!!!

Another board?!?!?

Will someone do a board for the Paia Ribbon controller? They seem to have 'dropped' that project Evil or Very Mad

I suppose I should say YES, but I've still got to pay for the last one Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed Shocked

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Can't say I'm not interested, but my sole SN is taking up residence in me SN-voice. Also I have only heard about the supercontroller, never having seen the documentation for it. Posting it here or anywhere is out of the question, but maybe a panel mock-up could display the general idea, beyond Fonik's description. Just 2 cents in the pot...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I wouldn't mind seeing the Supercontroller mk2- which doesn't contain an SN Question
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Sure, I will take 2 for myself !!

Thanks !!!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I'm interested!

Can you design with something other than the 4136? I loved your resonator board, but wonder if there could be wider cap spacing to fit little AVX box caps.

No big deal as 4136's are still around and I have a variety of caps. Just a thought...

Edit- Something onboard to regulate +5vdc off the +15 rail would be cool.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I'd consider 2 boards.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 7:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Thomas Henry's SN76477 Super Controller
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fonik wrote:
hi all,

a great companion to the SN76477 Voice!?



Matthias makes an interesting point here. Just imagine if we lived in the halcyon days of cheap SN76477 chips at Radio Shack again. With a pair of these and not too many extra parts we could have come up with a very complete synth voice on an extremely small foot print. Apart from the missing VCF, such a combination would have been the equivalent of the Octave Plateau Kitten synth whose PCB was easily 10 times as big! I'm not kidding, either, having ripping into those those things quite a bit to tweak and tune them.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

goodrevdoc wrote:
Can't say I'm not interested, but my sole SN is taking up residence in me SN-voice. Also I have only heard about the supercontroller, never having seen the documentation for it. Posting it here or anywhere is out of the question, but maybe a panel mock-up could display the general idea, beyond Fonik's description. Just 2 cents in the pot...
-justin


Actually, it's not out of the question. As I've mentioned before, a person need only ask and I almost always give permission (unless I'm planning on doing something with the circuit myself).

So, if someone actually asks me if it's okay to post SuperController stuff, I'll probably say yes, as long as it doesn't conflict with Matthias's plans to run off a PCB and cut into his hard work designing it.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I would like one or two.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thomas Henry wrote:

So, if someone actually asks me if it's okay to post SuperController stuff, I'll probably say yes, as long as it doesn't conflict with Matthias's plans to run off a PCB and cut into his hard work designing it.


As the DIY moderator at electro-music.com, I grant you full permission to post your SuperController stuff Very Happy

I'm sure the kind folks here would be more than pleased Thomas Cool

(I'll also okay it with Mosc- seeing that this is his forum)

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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Apart from the missing VCF, such a combination would have been the equivalent of the Octave Plateau Kitten synth


I would be willing to bet the missing VCF would be another small footprint hiding up the sleeve of Thomas Henry Very Happy

Put me down for one, Matthias.

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Will someone do a board for the Paia Ribbon controller? They seem to have 'dropped' that project
Yeh thated be cool it's too bad they don't have a kit

I voted but didn't post. So yeh, and I still need to muster up some scratch for a resonator pcb

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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Thomas Henry wrote:

So, if someone actually asks me if it's okay to post SuperController stuff, I'll probably say yes, as long as it doesn't conflict with Matthias's plans to run off a PCB and cut into his hard work designing it.


As the DIY moderator at electro-music.com, I grant you full permission to post your SuperController stuff

I'm sure the kind folks here would be more than pleased Thomas

(I'll also okay it with Mosc- seeing that this is his forum)


Great guys !!! Thanks !

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v-un-v wrote:

As the DIY moderator at electro-music.com, I grant you full permission to post your SuperController stuff Very Happy

I'm sure the kind folks here would be more than pleased Thomas Cool


Well, actually, I don't have any SuperController stuff anymore. What I was getting at is that if anyone wants to post what they have here, it wouldn't bother me. The main thing is, don't post anything that would interfere with Matthias being able to make a PCB run worth his while.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Wow, Thomas Henry's SN76477 frenzy continues!

Please do put me down for two PCBs.

A couple of suggestions - pads for both the regular DIP and shrink-DIP versions of the 76477 would be very helpful, most of only have one or the other. Also, replacing the 4136 with an op amp using a more standard TL074 type pinout would help most people out.

Huge respect and gratitude to Thomas and Matthias!
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