Sample Slew

Sample & hold + slew generator

This compact 1MU module features a powerful sample and hold module with controllable correlation, a slew generator, a wide range clock oscillator and a dual output noise generator. It can be used to generate random and pseudo random control voltages, staircase waveforms, deliberate aliasing of audio signals and many other uses.

The Oakley sample/slew module has two modes of operation selected by a switch on the front panel.
The first is the 'hold' mode. This mode is the traditional sample and hold (S/H). It has a signal input, a signal output and a clock input. The module's job is to memorise the input voltage and present that to the output socket on command of the rising edge of a clock signal. The clock signal is any signal input you like, but it is traditional to use a gate type pulse. If a signal is inserted into the clock input, when the signal rises over 1V or so, the command is given to hold. The hold output will then remain fixed no matter what the input signal is now doing. That is until the command to hold is given again whereby it attains a new output value.

The second mode is 'track'. This functions like the so-called 'sample and hold' module on the Korg MS-20. With a clock input above 1V then the output of the module will follow in the input signal. When the clock input falls below 1V the output will then be held and not change again until the clock input rises again above 1V.

The restriction pot affects the way the hold output changes with respect to the current input level and previously held output level. With the pot fully off the unit behaves just like any other S/H, but at full, the output is restricted to move by only a small amount after each new sample. The output will still have the same range as the input, but will need more hold commands to get there.

The module features an inbuilt clock generator. This essentially is a wide range VCO (from about one cycle per minute to over 5kHz) which can be used to directly control the S/H module when no jack is inserted into the clock in socket. The output of the oscillator is available as a +/-5V square wave at the clock out socket.

The slew generator can be accessed separately from the S/H section, but its input is normalised to the output of the S/H when there is no jack plug inserted into the slew input socket. The slew generator smooth�s any sudden changes in the input signal. Thus a square wave becomes more like a triangle, and keyboard CVs start sliding between notes.

A noise source is available from the noise out socket. The noise could be described as white with a gentle roll off above 6kHz. This analogue random voltage source can used in conjunction with the S/H to produce the classic sample/hold patterns heard in numerous recordings. The clipped out socket is an alternative noise source. This features the same white noise signal but soft clipped to +/-5V. This signal is less random as the noise signal swings between defined levels, but it is ideal when used with the S/H as it creates a more predictable output.

  • 44 mA +15V
  • 34 mA -15V
  • 0 mA 5V
  • 113 mm deep

Available as an assembled Module and as a DIY project.

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$190 Price in € submitted Jan 6th 2015, 08:18 by Stereotactixxx | last Change Jul 22nd 2018, 15:03 by Stereotactixxx