Bill and Will's Synth
MOTM 700 Construction
"Dual 2:1 Voltage-Controller Router"


August 2009 -

This is our first 2.0 MOTM project.  We got the SynthTech parts we needed from Paul and ordered the rest from Mouser.

Table of Contents

Here's a table of contents that we hope will make it easier to traverse this page:

Background - presents an explanation and Paul Schrieber's initial description of the Module with a photo

Parts - presents a Bill of Materials for "two-dot-oh" builders and notes about it

Panel - presents the MOTM format panel

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

Construction Phase 2 - Trimmers, Panel connections

Set up / Testing

Use notes


Paul Writes:

"The MOTM-700 is another Synthesis Technology exclusive module! It is a bi-directional, dual SPDT switch that is "toggled" when an input control voltage exceeds a trip-point set by a panel knob. Special circuitry handles routing of audio (cross-fading VCAs) or control voltage (fast, low-offset switches).

"The MOTM-700 has 2 identical sections, so we will discuss how one of them operates. The two are totally independent from each other, and by patchcords can be connected in series or parallel with each other, or to additional MOTM-700 modules.

"Think of a SPDT (single-pole, double-throw) mechanical switch. When the switch is 'up', Signal A is connected to the "Common" terminal (let's call it 'X'). So we say, "A is routed to X". If the switch is 'down', then Signal B is connected to X. There are 2 ways of veiwing the connections: 2 inputs are selected to 1 output, OR 1 input is routed to 2 outputs. The switch doesn't care: it's truly bi-directional.

"This is exactly how the MOTM-700 works! What makes it useful in any studio is that you control the selection with a control voltage! The MOTM-700 uses a circuit called a comparator that "compares" the input control voltage with another voltage, set by the panel pot SWITCH. The SWITCH control is adjustable from -5V to +5V.

"Operation is easy to remember:

  • If the CV IN voltage is less than the SWITCH setting, then A and X are connected.
  • If the CV IN voltage is greater than the SWITCH setting, then B and X are connected.

"So, what is it good for? The fun part is choosing the source of the CV input. Here are just a few examples:

  • Use a voltage-out footpedal. Pedal up, A routes to X. Pedal down, B routes to X.
  • Use an LFO waveform. A triangle will cause the A and B signals to "ping-pong" to X. Then the SWITCH setting determines the duty-cycle of the routing!
  • Use the S&H output from a MOTM-101. The SWITCH setting becomes a voltage-controlled probability function! The higher you set the voltage, the greater the chance A routes to X.
  • Use the output from your keyboard controller. Instant voltage-controlled splitpoint control!

"A MODE switch selects if audio or control voltages are being routed. In the AUDIO position, a special IC actually switches by a very fast cross-fading between channels. This eliminates "pops" and "clicks". The IC is rated for CD quality switching: better than 90dB SNR with less than 0.002% THD. Shielded RG-174 cables are used for all audio signals.

"If the MODE is voltage, then a high-speed, low resistance CMOS switch is used (NOT the cheesy '4066' types!) This IC is good enough for switching VCO control voltages without adding drift or offsets! It can also switch at audio rates as well! This can result in some very bizarre timbres. Check out the demo files!

"We think that the MOTM-700, once understood, will find 100's of uses in your studio. Not just as another module in the MOTM family, but as a 'stand-alone' accessory for routing just about any signal in your setup."


Will and I have developed a parts-list / bill-of-materials in the form of an XL spreadsheet.

In the BOM, the left-most column is the "part."  The parts we've ordered have a green background.  These parts we have a high (but not perfect) level of confidence that we've specified correctly - we caught a mistake or two in part numbers / prices as we were ordering.  please double-check us and let us know of mistakes you find.

Corrections to BOM:

None yet -


None yet -

Click here to download the spreadsheet (apx. 48K). 

Some parts came from Paul


If you're building this as a "two-dot-oh" project, we also assume you get the panel from Synthesis Technology:

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.

the PCB front

and back


Our usual disclaimer:

Whereas we are vigilant about orienting all the resistors, caps, etc. consistently so their values can be read easily (in case we need to trouble-shoot them later), we oriented the resistors with the "tolerance" stripe on the left (relative to the text on the pcb).  Why did we do it this way?  'Cause when we started out doing these builds, we thought the gold stripe is so pretty and easy to see... and we put it on the left - well - just because.  But now, we do it so all our modules are consistent with each other <shrug>.  You might want to do it the opposite way - with the "tolerance" stripe on the right.


we missed C13 and C14 - we put them in next step

Semiconductors, ICs, Misc

The LM79L12 came with its leads bent a little differently than we needed (if you use our BOM, it'll come like this) so we bent them straight before we soldered it in (U8).

Snack - Reubin Sandwich

A Reubin Sandwich is made of Corned Beef, Sour Kraut, Swiss Cheese, and Rye Bread. And we think that, although it classically includes thousand island Dressing, Grandma ate it only with mustard so that's the way we made it.  Now, we're not going to make the cheese, bake the bread, ferment the Sour Kraut - but we are going to cook our own Corned Beef Brisket.



it's easy - in our Dutch oven, cover the brisket with water and cook.

cut meat, begin assembly - rye bread

add sour kraut and cheese

ready to grill

grilling the sandwitches

on the serving plate with pickles and mustard


Construction Phase 2

All the stuff in Phase 2 gets soldered using "No Clean" Solder.

Prepare Wires

Paul's Assembly Instructions and User's Manual calls for a set of wires. If you bought them from Paul, then you're in like Flynn, but if you didn't (like us) you'll have to make up your own.

Paul calls for six 4-1/2in. coax... well, we made them 5in. for good measure:

We stripped the coax outer sheath about 5/8 in. at one end and 1 in. at the other. At the short, 5/8 in. end, we stripped the inner, signal wire to within about 3/16 in. of the shield. At the other end, we stripped the signal sire about 1/4 in.

we tinned the wire

So then the rest of the wires:
   one twisted 3-wire, 5in. (Paul calls for 4-1/2in.)
   one twisted 3-wire, 7in.
   two twisted pairs, 7in.
   four twisted pairs, 4in. (Paul calls for 3-1/2in.)


Wires Installed in the PCB

Coax into PCB



Preparing the Panel




Mounting the PCB

the PCB attached to the bracket loosely - so it can slide back and forth easily

nuts screwed onto the pots loosely

the bracket screwed to the panel

then we "unscrewed" the nuts so they're against the panel

and screwed washers and nuts onto the front of the pots

tightened them down

and tightened the PCB / bracket screws

Input / Output Jacks




Set up / Testing

Use Notes


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