Bill and Will's Synth
MOTM 320 Construction
(includes Tellun 320 Daughter Board)
"Voltage-controlled LFO"

This is the 320 front panel without the DB320 modifications.

This is the modified 320 with the 320R Panel  we got from Bridechamber which accommodates the 320DB's additional switch and jacks.

June 2007 -

The MOTM 320 has a "difficulty factor" of 3, but we're going to include the Richard Brewster / Scott Juskiw 320 Daughter Board in our construction so it's probably more difficult.

Doug Wellington (SynthPanels.com) may have a "320R Stooge Panel" ready someday soon - and if so, that'd be really great. Scott Deyo of Bridechamber included the 320R in his January 2008 panel run.  We're getting two from him.  He may have some left over.  In case he doesn't, however, Richard Brewster gave us a "FPD" file which is the design and specs for a "Front Panel Express" 320R-type panel we're including it here in case someone needs it.

Down side of an FPExpress Panel:  more expensive - and the finish might match MOTM panels less well.  Up side: might get it sooner.

Doug Wellington sent us the 4-pot "Stooge Mounting Bracket" we'll need.

The current implementation of the 320DB (Scott's PCB isn't now available) involves the "MUUB4" or "the Multi-Use Universal Buffer" board - a PCB developed by Richard Brewster, Larry Hendry, and Scott Juskiw and available through Scott's Tellun Industries.

Table of Contents

This page has become really long, so here's a table of contents that we hope will make it easier to traverse:

Background - presents an explanation and Paul Schrieber's initial description of the Module with a couple photos from Larry Hendrey

Modifications - presents details of Larry Hendry's Fine Tune Modification and Paul Haneburg's Tracking Adustment

Parts - presents two Bills of Materials - one for "two-dot-oh" builders of the 320 and one for those who want to include the Tellun 320 Modifications - and notes about them

Panel - presents the MOTM format panels

Construction Phase 1 - Resistors, Capacitors, IC Sockets, Power Plugs, MTA headers

Construction Phase 2 - Trimmers, Panel connections

Set up / Testing

Use notes

Background

Paul Writes:

"The MOTM-320 is a full-featured Voltage-Controlled Low-Frequency Oscillator (VC LFO). Unlike the crude LFOs found in most synths, the MOTM-320 has 4 individual outputs plus a master SHAPE control. This control voltage will shift the shapes of the Pulse, Sine, and Saw outputs in unison. Both 1 volt/octave (temperature compensated!) and variable FM (through a reversing attenuator to go up or down) inputs are available.

"Another unique feature is a SYNC input: a positive voltage will reset all 4 waveforms. You can sync to just about any waveform: from another LFO to EG's.

"The MOTM-320 is not your standard cheap LFO: it has a full-blown VCO core with discrete waveshaping based on the Moog modular and the VCS3! The core has an astounding frequency range of 1 cycle in 30 minutes to about 2800Hz. A bi-color LED flashes at the LFO rate, and can be set with a jumper to indicate 4 different ways!

"Don't sacrifice a VCO as a full-featured LFO: get the MOTM-320 and let the modulations begin!"

Modifications

Per Scott Juskiw:

"The DB-320, implemented using a MUUB-4, is a daughterboard for the MOTM-320 Voltage Controlled LFO. The DB-320 is intended to be used with the Stooge Panels 320R panel. The DB-320 adds inverted outputs for the four LFO waveforms. A header is also provided for connecting the RANGE switch on the MOTM-320R panel...

"The User Guide explains how the MUUB-4 can be used to recreate the functionality of the discontinued DB-320 daughterboard that adds inverted outputs to the MOTM-320 LFO."


images by Scott Juskiw

But we're going to detail the modifications here for our fellow idiots:

320DB Background

We got hold of several MUUBs when we were planning our module construction,  This is what the MUUB4 looks like front and back (click here for more detail)

You can see it's got space for a lot of stuff on there - places for components typically found in synth circuits.  Like up in the upper left corner - there's where the power connections happens - and it looks like those places on all the modules' PCBs... the place for the plug, the ferrite beads, those (usually) blue capacitors.  And you can see where two ICs would go.  These things are pretty obvious.

Scott has instructions on how to build the DB on his site in the MUUB User's Guide. Click here for the page on his site. Click here for the user's guide.

We had no idea what we were doing, but we figured it out. If you want to read about our tedious process, you can skip to the bottom of the page where we've documented it - mostly to encourage those-who-come-after and are also idiots.  But you needn't bother, just read on.

MOTM 320 Motherboard Modifications

The installation of the 320DB requires modifications during (or after) the construction of the MOTM 320.  Let's take a look at those modifications before we begin to build the 320.

A.  Feeding the waveforms to the 320DB from the 320

This will be done with coax cable from the underside of the 320 motherboard.  Scott shows it like this:

Scott Juskiw

We've re-calculated the cable lengths given our use of the MUUB4 like this:

Wave Form Scott's Original 320DB Length Our MUUB4 Length
PULSE 6" 6"
SAW 6" 4-1/2"
TRI 5" 4-1/2"
SINE 4" 4-1/2"

At the other end of those feeds, there will be 2pin MTA plugs. We asked Scott Juskiw if there would be an advantage to soldering in the shield as well as the signal lead into those plugs. Here's what he said:

"Hi Bill and Will, the original 320R daughterboard didn't have any place to connect the grounds for the four LFO outputs from the MOTM-320. I could have used an 8-pin connector, or four 2-pin connectors, but those ground connections would have been redundant. The four coax cables are connected to ground on the MOTM-320 so that they are still shielded connections. All that matters, electrically, is that the shield is connected to ground at one end. With a MUUB-4 implementation I would probably hook up the shield at both ends, just to ensure that at least one end is connected to ground should a wire become accidentally disconnected over time. Also, the shield is a lot thicker than the centre wire, so having it connected at both ends provides a stronger mechanical connection."

OK - sounds good to us.

B.  Connecting the RANGE switch

The range switch, per our implementation, is connected to the MUUB4, but to make it work, it also requires a connection between the MUUB4 and the 320 motherboard.  That connection to the 320 motherboard will be like Scott's illustration here, except without the resistor in line (we put that on the MUUB4 as you'll remember) - so the wire will attach where Scott shows the resistor soldered on:

Scott Juskiw

That wire, we calculate it should probably be 7 inches long, will go to the right pin on the 2-pin MTA header we put at "JD1-RD7."

Then the Range Switch will connect to the MUUB4 via the three wires - on our MUUB4 we used white, green, and blue

Scott shows the switch connection like this:

Scott Juskiw

And here's how they relate to our MUUB4:

Origin Our Wire Color Switch Contact
NORM (GND) Green 1
R18 White 2
HIGH (+15) Blue 3

C.  Installing the SHAPE CV pot (including omission of J8 cable tie)

As Scott explains: "On a 'stock' MOTM-320, the SHAPE Jack is connected directly to 'J4' on the motherboard via a twisted pair of wires (white and orange)." The modified 320 has a "SHAPE CV" pot inserted between the SHAPE jack and J4. So when it comes time for that connection, we have to remember to make them like this:

Scott Juskiw

So those orange and white wires coming from J4 on the 320 motherboard get soldered instead to pins 1 and 2 of the SHAPE CV pot respectively.  Then the SHAPE jack gets connected to the pot - jack tip contact to pin 3 on the pot, jack shank contact to pin 1 - using a 6" twisted pair of wires.

According to Scott, when building the 320, the cable tie at J8 must be omitted in order to get the SHAPE CV pot in place.

D. Power Connector

Scott recommends using a pass-through MTA connector to provide the power connection to the motherboard and the MUUB4.

Parts

In 2008 (or thereabouts), Synthesis Technology stopped producing full-blown kits, and moved toward what Paul calls "2.0" (two-dot-oh) DIY. This assumes the builder will buy certain parts from Synthesis Technology - PCB, Panel, and in some cases a Special Parts Kit of the particularly hard to find parts - and will get the rest of the parts from Mouser or Digikey or - well - wherever.

For those who are building this as a "two-dot-oh" project, Will and I, with feedback and review from others, have developed a parts-list / bill-of-materials in the form of an XL spreadsheet (as usual).

Please don't take it as gospel. We've been over and over it and are relatively confident in our specifications - and we hear that several people have used it successfully so you should be good.  The BOM assumes that you get the "extra parts kit" from Synthesis Tech.  Synthesis Technology offers some parts like pots and knobs at particularly good prices... these options are offered in the BOM.

Please note that this BOM does not include the parts for the Tellun Daughter-board addition.

Click here to download our XL spreadsheet Parts List

But we put together this BOM which does include the parts for the Tellun Daughter-board addition.  Those parts are detailed in Scott Juskiw's "User Manual" on his site as well.

Please heed the previous forewarning regarding its accuracy, blah blah blah. We do our best, but we're far from perfect.

Click here to download our XL spreadsheet Parts List

Panel

If you're a 2.0 DIY builder you'll get your panel from Synth Tech and here's what it'll look like:

But if you're doing a 320R build, we got our 320R panel from Bridechamber:

The Bridechamber panel comes with a 1/4" LED hole - so we need to drill it out to the 5/16" size for the LED that came in our 320 kit:


we're going to use a step drill and we marked the 5/16" step


we taped the panel to protect it while we're drilling


clamped to the drill press


drilling


drilled out just fine

320DB - MUUB 4 Construction

Jumpers

Here's where the jumpers go:

Will solders them in:


a resistor lead does the trick - we saved the trimmed-off resistor leads from other PCB construction


soldering them up


OK -


Here they are - Ta da!

After a hiatus, Jan 2008 -

Resistors

here's where the resistors go:
    three 1Ks - at RA14, RB14, and RC14
    eight 10Ks - at RA1, RA9, RB1, RB9, RC1, RC9, RD1, and RD9
    four 4.7Ks - at RA13, RB13, RC13, and RD13
    one 2.7K at RD14 (although only a 5% is required we used a 1%)
    one 1.3K at RD15 (although only a 5% is required we used a 1%)

Caps, IC jacks, Axial Ferrite Beads, Power Header

here's where the capacitors go:
    two 22μF 35V electrolytic at C1 and C2
    four 0.1μF ceramic at C3, C4, C5, C6
the IC jacks (8 pin) - at U1 and U2
the Axial Ferrite Beads - at L1 and L2
the MTA-156 plug at JP1

Waveform connection MTA headers

The original DB320 had a nice 4-pin MTA header for the 320DB ends of the "waveform" co-ax cables, but the MUUB4 doesn't.  Instead, you can solder directly or install 4 separate 2-pin headers (that's what we're going to do).  These go at JA1 (TRI), JB1 (SAW), JC1 (SIN), and JD1 (PULSE):

There is, no doubt, a standard for this kind of thing, and, if so, we've got a 50-50 chance of installing the headers according to the standard.  But looking at the board, we think it might be easier to manage the connections if the headers are installed so their left pin is ground - this puts the lock on the top per the above image.

Inverted outputs

The original DB320 had nice MOTM-pcb-style pads and tie-down-holes for the coax-to-inverted-output jacks, but the MUUB4 doesn't.  Instead, we'll solder directly at JA9 (TRI-), JB9 (SAW-), JC9 (SINE-), and JD9 (PULSE-).  In Scott's original DB120 user's guide, he recommends using 4" pieces of co-ax.  We bet this will still hold true, but we're going to use 4-1/2" pieces just in case.  Click here for a detailed description of stripping and tinning coax.

Range Switch Connection

The original DB320 had a nice 2-pin MTA header to connect the range switch (norm) to ground and (high) to +15V.  The center position of the switch is connected to the underside of the 320 motherboard via a resistor (he calls "R18").  In Scott's implementation, that resistor is soldered to the U1-pin-9 end of R7 (not directly to U1-pin-9):

the resistor is under the shrink-tubing (see the bumps?) and soldered directly to R7 on the U1 end.

We propose doing it like this instead:

We'll put the "R18" 330K on the MUUB4.  We'll provide an MTA-2 header to connect the lead from the 320 motherboard (U1-pin-9 end of R7) to "R18."  Then we'll solder in three 9" lengths of wire that go to the switch.  Later, on the bottom of the 320 motherboard, we'll just solder a wire to that R7 and a MTA plug on the other end.

the finished daughter board

Construction Phase 1

All the stuff in Phase 1 gets soldered using "Organic" Solder.  At every break in the action, we wash the board off to get rid of the flux.


PCB front


PCB back


resistors sorted

Resistors

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Range Switch hook-up


in the course of our idiocy, there are moments of near-cleverness... especially in Will's case (who isn't an idiot to begin with, after all).  And so we left this lead of R7 long so we cold bend it over like this.  Should make the connection of the range-switch wire easier... think?

Capacitors


here they are...

ICs etc...


looks good...


via holes... and now...

Snack - Mike F's Incredible Chili Version 1


the ingredients:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground beef
3/4 pound beef sirloin, cubed
1 (14.5 ounce) can peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle dark beer
1 cup strong brewed coffee
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
1 (14 ounce) can beef broth
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt
4 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans
4 fresh hot chile peppers, seeded and chopped

The diced tomatoes with juice, dark beer, coffee, tomato paste, beef broth, brown sugar get mixed together


and in go the spices


The beans and chili peppers get mixed in

bubble, bubble - toil and trouble (not really)  - Time to serve it up


Dinner on what used to be the dining room table but is now the workbench.  Chili, chips, Cabot sharp cheddar, and yes, that's Vyskovske beer from the Czeck Republic - we're giving it a try.  Oh - the chili is indeed incredible.
Now back to work.

Construction Phase 2

All the stuff in Phase 2 gets soldered using "No-Clean" Solder and the PCB doesn't get washed off from here on.

Coax and the rest of it...


pots, wires, 8 pin header


time for the tempco



we tipped the board up and put the silicone grease on those transistors


the tempco in

Mods for Daughter Board


trying on the stooge 4-pot bracket

The Shape CV pot -


a chicklet for the Shape pot


soldering it on

Range switch connection wire -


the range switch connection wire (8-1/2" long) goes into the right side of the MTA plug


remember that little hook we made at the end of R7?


soldered on


ta da

Coax connections -


now to prepare the coax wires with their respective plugs - that's a AMP tool (Mouser part # 571-598031) made just for the task - here's how it works














coax connections

Stooge Bracket


ready for mounting


here's how the PCB fits in the bracket


OK - now - these brackets have a plastic covering - we'll strip it off...


All the parts


ready - aim


the new spacers


the stand-offs

The Shape CV Pot connections


now - the connections to the Shape CV pot -


that's an 8in piece of blue 22ga hook-up wire to contact "3" that will connect to the signal contact of the SHAPE jack


the 320 motherboard J4 wires connect to the SHAPE CV pot - white to contact "2" and orange to contact "1"


that's an 8in piece of black 22ga hook-up wire to contact "1" that will connect to the ground contact of the SHAPE jack

Stooge bracket mounts to panel


because we've used a "stooge bracket," our implementation is different, but a detailed account of how to mount the pcb classically, click here


SHAPE CV pot mounted

Mounting the Daughter Board

The Jacks


the jacks in the panel


from the back


PULSE- connection


then SAW-, PULSE+, SAW+, and FM connections


then SYNC, TRI-, TRI+ connections


we twisted the SHAPE jack wires and snaked them under the daughter board


and so - the SHAPE, 1V/OCT, SINE-, and SINE+ connections

The LED and Jumper


the LED installed


connected - we reversed the wires so the LED will show Green when positive

Now for the jumper that controls what the LED displays


we put the jumper on the SINE setting

Range Switch

Construction done!


all hooked up and tied up

Set up / Testing

Use Notes

Our Tedious Floundering About
Figuring Out the Tellun MUUB4

We went through the following process in the course of figuring out how to build the circuits and how to document them here.  And We're including it here so you can too if you want to.

So - remember - we're complete idiots... well - again, not Will - he's 15.  But his old man certainly is - and so we were confused about exactly what Scott's instructions meant. 

There are four circuits involved - a circuit that inverts the triangle wave output (we're calling that the Triangle Inverter), and others that invert the Saw, the Sine, and the Pulse outputs.  We could see that the four circuits are very similar - so to figure out Scott's instructions, we took the Triangle Inverter and studied it.

Scott's diagram shows components being soldered into the MUUB4 but in each inverter, he indicates two "shorts."  We were a little confused about exactly where the "shorts" or jumpers should be.  So we took a close look at the schematics, and cross referenced them with Scott's instructions and with MUUB4 PCB.  Here is the schematic drawing for the Triangle inverter and the diagram Scott made up for the MUUB4.

We figured: "We know what resistors look like," so we focused in on them first.

That helped us get our bearings.  OK - so some things are clearly labeled on the MUUB - RA1, RA9, RA13, RA14, U1.  But the "CA1 short" - hmmm - the "CA1" label is hard to see on the board and although we found it, we weren't really sure what it corresponded to.  So we looked at the back of the MUUB4 and began to work out exactly where the jumpers should go by following the traces.

In this way we tried to figure out where Scott meant us to put the CA1 jumper.  He really meant us to jump from the top to the bottom hole of CA1... but we didn't even know enough to figure that out.  But because we were following the traces, the way we figured to do it, by jumping top hole of CA1 to the top hole of CA2 worked too.  Following the traces again, we got stuck at the end where Scott says to put a jumper from the middle of TA2 to ground at WA2.  We didn't know what WA2 is - So we asked Richard Brewster for help. And he told us where to put the jumper.

Here's a diagram to show how we followed the traces:


Now, remember - this image is of the back of the PCB, so it's upside-down relative to the front view.  Also, we're calling the jumpers "shorts" - wrong terminology, but you get the idea.

And this diagram shows where the parts should go for the Triangle Inverter.  Although Scott's schematic shows a TL074 op amp (the TL074 IC has 4 amps in it), The MUUB uses two TL072s instead (each TL072 has two op amps).  This image is really larger than it looks on the web page. If you right-click on it and then select "View Image," you can see it in more detail.  The other three inverters are very similar.

 

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