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Presenting: Crowminius
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oldcrow

So what has the Old Crow been up to lately? As getting crOwBX boards made for the euro and vintage replacement editions is largely a wait for the factories game I decided to do a project I had in mind for a long time, prompted by obtaining one of Dan Alich's awesome DuinoKits. "This aluminum case would make for a great little synthesizer enclosure," I thought to myself. "I think it is finally time."

Time for Crowminius. My take on the minimoog built as a single board synthesizer that fits into a DuinoKit case. Every control and jack found on the mini is likewise found on Crowminius. MIDI, dual LFOs dedicated to oscillator PWM, the Power Supply That Does Not Suck(tm). All here.

I blogged about it in its nearly-completed state:
https://blog.adafruit.com/2015/03/23/crowminius-a-synthesizer-story/

And the finished unit:



And of course, an audio demo.

http://www.cs80.com/crowminius/CrowminiusDemo01.mp3

Come to AHMW and see it in person!

Enjoy,

Crow
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Don T

jawdrop


oldcrow

TL;DR FAQ:

The circuit board is 8.5" x 11" (216mm x 280mm), the size of the DuinoKit Essentials PC board the aluminum case of which settled the form factor goal for the Crowminius project.

The green things are some 3D-printed shelf clips I made that serve as makeshift pitch/mod levers. I will print better ones meant for this.

There are three LFO LEDs, two are behind the PWM pots (top middle), the 3rd shows the rate of the control osc. and is over by the pitch/mod wheel pots.

The vactrol/LDR is for MIDI modwheel action, which is kind of experimental at the moment.

The A440 reference is not a Wein bridge sine oscillator, but rather is a DDS table-lookup PWM sine tone generated on the MIDI microcontroller.

There will be USB MIDI, once I figure out how to do it. I rigged the hardware as per the V-USB spec but I am not a C programmer by trade. But, eventually.

The power supply will run on a single 12VAC, 250mA wall transformer. The power supply that does not suck mode involves the use of two 12VAC wall transformers so as to provide full-wave rectification.

The DAC is scaled to provide 5 octaves, F1 to F6 over a 4.096-Volt range. The DAC's 2nd channel will operate the filter cutoff for assignable key velocity or whatever.

I did not use ua726s as they are a pain to get and the thought of exposed parts heated to 80C meant someone would get burned. LM3046s are fine; there is a tempco resistor under the three arrays for the VCOs.

The filter resonance pot is in fact a 50K reverse-log type, but I provided for using a linear pot+resistor to cheeseball it.

Yes I will be offering bare boards. They will be $100.00. I have to correct a few cosmetic issues (mostly reversed knob and switch actions) but every part came from Digikey, Jameco, Mouser or Small Bear.

More later.

Crow
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indigoid

That sounds bloody excellent.

eek! hyper zombie


andrewF

indigoid wrote:
That sounds bloody excellent.

eek! hyper zombie


sure does ............... LUSH!!!


home_listening

Nice!

Anyway it can be easily mounted behind a panel (without running wires for the switches and pots?)


Dogma

OH this is gonna be fun. This is what its about taking classic architectures and seeing what happens....

I love the demo and Im a PWM freak so more demos of that if possible would be great....

So is it meant to be a voice or a whole synth?

Detuning sounds lovely BTW not too much beating or any really


Dogma

EDIT: There will be USB MIDI, once I figure out how to do it.

Very nice as theres the synth tech, ES FH-1 et al coming out so this just makes it that much more useful...

Is it class compliant midi?


mig27

Wow - what a project!
Tipping my hat.
Subscribed.


sammy123

What is AHMW? Is that a synth meetup?


Adminius

I understand that you're going to make the PCBs available for DIY, but will there be any completely assembled systems available?

Build a Eurorack version of this and you'll be hailed as a synth god (or at least a minor synth deity; "Crow, the god of LFO's").

we're not worthy


ThecureForSin

Adminius wrote:
I understand that you're going to make the PCBs available for DIY, but will there be any completely assembled systems available?

Build a Eurorack version of this and you'll be hailed as a synth god (or at least a minor synth deity; "Crow, the god of LFO's").

we're not worthy


You can always ask someone to build you one. seriously, i just don't get it


andrewradtke

That sounds really nice. I might have to build one of these...

Dead Banana


Chrutil

It's great that it has a power supply that doesn't suck! lol


Reality Checkpoint

Crikey Moses!

I shall watch this with interest........


logicgate

Awesome!

You made the chords by multitracking or there's a paraphonic mode?


monstrinho

Silly question, probably, but is this designed to go behind a panel or sit, umm, naked, as-is? The angle of the photo makes it really difficult to judge the size of certain parts (the big knobs look like they're towering over the Davies 1900s, for example). Also curious what the four patch points are for...


mbroers

jeeeeeez! NICE!


oldcrow

I wasn't thinking of a panel as the board mounts in an aluminum case that has a cover, but if I can devise a method to mount the small switches up higher on solder-in tiers, use pots with longer shafts and relocate a couple jacks some sort of panel could be used. --Crow

home_listening wrote:
Nice!

Anyway it can be easily mounted behind a panel (without running wires for the switches and pots?)



oldcrow

From what I can tell from the V-USB page it is a fully compliant USB 1.1 scheme except for some error handling. --Crow

http://www.obdev.at/products/vusb/index.html


Dogma wrote:
EDIT: There will be USB MIDI, once I figure out how to do it.

Very nice as theres the synth tech, ES FH-1 et al coming out so this just makes it that much more useful...

Is it class compliant midi?



oldcrow

I might make an SMT/pre-assembled unit, but that is down the road. I have crOwBX in Euro coming out later this spring so my SMT stuff is dedicated to that right now. --Crow

Adminius wrote:
I understand that you're going to make the PCBs available for DIY, but will there be any completely assembled systems available?

Build a Eurorack version of this and you'll be hailed as a synth god (or at least a minor synth deity; "Crow, the god of LFO's").

we're not worthy



oldcrow

There are three oscillators, I just tuned them to a major and faded each one up with the on-board mixer knobs. That whole demo is just me flipping switches and twiddling knobs with the other hand on my MIDI master keyboard. The output goes through my mixing desk and into Ableton Live with one loop send/return to my Lexicon reverb. SlayerBadger!

Crow
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logicgate wrote:
Awesome!

You made the chords by multitracking or there's a paraphonic mode?



oldcrow

I made this board to fit in an aluminum attache case similar to that used by the DuinoKit:

http://duinokit.com/storefront/index.php?id_product=22&controller=prod uct

In fact my case is from DuinoKit, I bought an empty one for this prototype, and will be arranging a bulk purchase.

The four small jacks are external filter CV, external pitch CV, external loudness (footpedal) and a switch trigger input. These four jacks are 3.5mm types in order to fit at all. screaming goo yo

--Crow



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monstrinho wrote:
Silly question, probably, but is this designed to go behind a panel or sit, umm, naked, as-is? The angle of the photo makes it really difficult to judge the size of certain parts (the big knobs look like they're towering over the Davies 1900s, for example). Also curious what the four patch points are for...



oldcrow

This is a whole synth. It is not really set up to act as one voice in a polyphonic like crOwBX is. Of course you can just use four of these and dial in the same patch and use a MIDI key assigner. SlayerBadger! --Crow

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Dogma wrote:
So is it meant to be a voice or a whole synth?

Detuning sounds lovely BTW not too much beating or any really



oldcrow

Yes, now in its 15th year, I think.

http://165.138.219.1/~drew/ahmw/

--Crow
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sammy123 wrote:
What is AHMW? Is that a synth meetup?


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