Schematics / Bug Crusher By Tom Bugs
BugCrusher by Tom Bugs ,as presented in this thread http://electro-music.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13444 for more visit the Bugbrand site http://www.bugbrand.co.uk/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=2 from the details on this circuit given on the site :
I'd wanted to make some sort of bit-crusher effect for ages, but never quite figured the way to use microprocessors or ADC/DACs. And then I came across the Analog Devices AD781 Sample & Hold Amp and it struck me that running this at audio rates would effectively give a simple means of changing the sampling rate - not true bit-crushing but it sounds great!
The AD781 is very easy to implement. All you need is a 5v trigger pulse at whatever rate - this must, however, be of very narrow pulses, so I used a 40106 chip (with 5v supply) to make a narrow pulse osc. You also need to keep the pulses narrow to avoid signal bleed through. From this point I added a Voltage Controlled Resistor onto the circuit to make the Trigger Osc voltage controllable. These circuits were designed for my modular system - they run off a +/- 12v bipolar supply
The 1st circuit is the simple stand-alone - simple & very effective. The 2nd circuit adds voltage control to the 1st circuit (along with some tweaks for the particular application). An LM13700 is used for a floating VC Resistor (resistor values found by trial & error!) and this is driven by a log converter based on a Ray Wilson Music From Outer Space schematic.