4 HP
Current Draw
? mA +12V
? mA -12V
? mA 5V
$48 Price in €

This Module is currently available.

Square-wave AVR VCO

A square-wave oscillator with voltage-controlled duty cycle - this one is built around a microcontroller, rather than an analogue, core so far fewer components are required to get things up and running and it's far less hassle to calibrate; there's a fine-tune trimmer on the board but most of the heavy-lifting is done by the firmware.

Note the two CV inputs - one has an attenuator (CV1) whilst the other hasn't. Inputs from the two are mixed, and the CV2 input is pulled to ground by default.

Like my other AVR-based VCOs, this one will track 1V/oct pretty well over 5 octaves, although if you're expecting 'to-the-cent' accuracy then you may well be disappointed unless you're prepared to hack on the firmware (specifically, fine-tune the values in the pitch lookup table - have fun!)

Apropos of which, the firmware is available for modification and has a permissive license so feel free to hack on it.

Square waves aren't as boring as they seem - with a bit of judicious filtering (resonant or otherwise) you can get some pretty crazy sounds from your bog-standard square, and team a couple of these up with something like the CLOCK-LOGIC module and you've got a recipe for wild and crazy sounds.

The module is supplied complete with power cable and mounting hardware - it sits behind a 4HP panel fabricated from dark purple FR4 fibreglass (aka PCB material) with gold ENIG lettering.


submitted Jun 21st 2021, 00:47 by Gogmagog