Timbre Generator Build/BOM & schematic v2

Timbre Generator Build/BOM & schematic v2
timbre generator
Build guide & BOM vers.2 (30/8/2015)
This module is based on the Buchla Timbre Generator. It is not an exact clone as input and output buffers have been
added, plus a simple tri-to-sine sub-circuit is tacked on to one of the inputs. Also the PCB specifies commonly
available PNP and FET transistors rather than the somewhat rare devices used in the original design.
There are no errors on the PCB, but there is one resistor marked ‘100k*’. This sets the amplitude of the output signal,
if you install 100k here, your output signal will be around 4V p-p. To increase the amplitude install a larger value
resistor, my module has 120k, which gives approx. 5V p-p. On the BOM, I will include an extra 120k and one less
Furthermore, the 130k resistor specified in the original design may need to be changed, depending on your FET.
After building many of these I think it is best to just install 100k. You will know when adjusting the trimpot. If the
panel pots are at zero and you cannot turn off the folding effect with the trimpot, you need to change the
130k,probably to 100k….or something else is wrong, such as input signal too hot see Mods section?
Component (quantity)
100k pot (2)
jacks (5)
TL074 (2)
TL072 (1)
BC557 (1)
J112 (or J108) (1)
1N4148 (4)
10 pin connector (1)
100k trimpot (1)
100µF (1)
15µF (1)
10µF (2)
100nF (3)
10nF (1)
47pF (1)
10R (2)
1k (4)
2k2 (1)
3k3 (1)
4k7 (1)
6k8 (1)
Kobiconn style
marked ‘gsd’ on PCB
any general diode ok
Eurorack power
2.5mm spacing
2.5mm spacing, I used
10µF and 22µF, no
2mm spacing
2.5mm spacing
4.5mm spacing
2.5mm spacing
Component (quantity)
10k (2)
18k (1)
22k (1)
30k (1)
33k (3)
39k (1)
47k (1)
49k9 (3)
I used 51k
68k (2)
75k (1)
91k (1)
100k (3)
120k (2)
130k (1)
150k (6)
240k (1)
470k (1)
680k (1)
1M5 (1)
14 pin IC socket (2)
8 pin IC socket (1)
100k* replaced with120k
maybe just use 100k
Electros should be at least 25V rating, 35V or 50V is best.
Make sure diodes are installed in the correct direction:
These pots from Tayda are good, part number A-1848:
These jacks from Tayda are ok, part number A-865, get better ones from Thonk if you like:
This trimpot from Tayda is ok, though it should read ‘104’, part number A-2506
This version is designed to run with an input signal of 5V p-p (the original Buchla was designed for 1V p-p).
Traditionally, back in the days of Electronotes, 5V p-p audio was standard, these days it is all over the place, Doepfer
is 10Vp-p, and some others are 20Vp-p (eek!). If the audio signal into the Timbre is too large, the folding cannot be
turned off as the audio is routed to control the FET along with the CV.
Anyway, say your signals are 10Vp-p, you could reduce the gain of the input buffer stage to 0.5 and increase the gain
of the output buffer to 2x and get your signal back up again. The two resistors are circled in the attached pic; the one
near the 'RED' should be reduced to ...say...51k. The other resistor
should be increased to maybe 220k.
No real tricks, with the upright resistors sitting next to each other, it is good to place them facing in different directions
so there is less chance of their leads contacting if pushed together. See the build photos on
install IC sockets and 10 pin connector
install diodes
install resistors
install regular capacitors
install electro capacitors
install transistors
attach jacks to the panel
attach pots to the PCB, do not solder them yet
mate the PCB to the panel, ensure everything lines up nicely
solder on the pots and jacks
solder some leads to the ground tabs of the jacks, you may need to remove the PCB from the panel to do this.
tighten up the nuts, check for shorts
Run a 5V p-p sine or tri signal into the input, listen to the output or better watch on a scope. Turn the pots down to
zero. Adjust the trimpot so the signal is not being affected, ie – still a sine wave. You want it tuned so nothing happens
when the panel pot is at zero but the signal starts folding as soon as you move it off zero. This is quite easy to set-up,
near enough is good enough, the worst that can happen is a bit of dead pot space. Buchla systems run on 1V audio
signals, this module has been designed to run on 5V p-p audio signals. If you use larger signals, you will probably find
the folding never turns off. Reduce the value of the resistor across 072b output and non-inverting input from 100k to
something lower that suits your signal.
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