[sdiy] what opamp for "warmth"? (I know, I know...)

Roman Sowa modular at go2.pl
Fri Apr 7 10:44:49 CEST 2023

A picture is worth a thousand words - see attached
It's from a circuit powered with single 5V
The output needs a coupling cap too.


W dniu 2023-04-07 o 04:20, brianw pisze:
> How would you use a single-transistor VCA in a circuit?
> Would you need to AC-couple the input, bias with DC of about half the positive supply, feed through the transistor VCA, and then AC-couple to the rest of the circuit?
> I'm assuming most of the analog signals will be bipolar, but some synths are all positive voltages so a 1TX VCA would fit nicely (like the TR-808).
> Brian
> On Apr 6, 2023, at 12:31 AM, Roman Sowa <modular at go2.pl> wrote:
>> That's a single transistor VCA and indeed it sounds amazing, although a bit noisy as there is a lot of gain involved. I used it in my simple VCO and it makes fat sound out of otherwise boring clean oscillator.
>> Here's a short video showing waveshapes on a scope. The input to VCA was variable trapezoid to add even more fattness:
>> https://youtu.be/algsxOo6lns
>> And when you add 2nd transistor in reverse, that VCA becomes clean as baby butt wipes
>> Roman
>> W dniu 2023-04-05 o 20:32, David G Dixon via Synth-diy pisze:
>>> Whatever the VCA is in the Korg MS-20 really warms up the sound of that synthesizer.  You can find the schematic on the internet.  I have something redrawn by a fellow named Marjan Urekar that I looked at years ago.  It involves two transistors.  It is evidently also the VCA used in the Roland JX-3P.
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