Touch-Controlled Eurorack Distortion Unit

The 100 Grit is inspired by the output section of a vintage synthesizer      21/08/19

Schlappi Engineering tells us that the 100 Grit is a touch-controlled distortion unit inspired by the output section of a vintage synthesizer. They say that it can range sonically from subtle tone shaping to complete sonic obliteration depending on the positions of the knobs and output chosen.

Here's more details in their own words...

The 100 Grit  consists of a low pass filter, VCA and distortion section with 8 touch points, voltage control over drive, resonance, and frequency, along with a plethora of feedback paths allowing it to operate as a hands-on performance instrument with or without any input.

The touch points enable touch controlled resistive patching between the cv points (gain, frequency, and resonance), sensitive points in the distortion circuit, and different distortion outputs for a mix of touch controlled audio rate modulation and crackle box-like noise freak outs.

The low pass filter is a 24dB self-oscillating transistor ladder type with a jumper selectable resonance compensation scheme allowing more bass and volume at higher resonance settings.

The VCA is an OTA based circuit, which when pushed past 75% will impart a soft distortion characteristic, turning a triangle wave into a sine before being finally driven into a square wave close to max. If the levels are kept lower it is a reasonably clean vintage-style output section.

The distortion circuit is driven by the VCA, allowing for a voltage controlled gain amount and goes from heavy to extreme, especially when the x100 gain switch is engaged or the various self-modulation/feedback paths are utilized. The circuit is loosely based on a headphone amplifier circuit cranked into instability and self-oscillation.

Each Audio and CV input is normalized to a different feedback path, allowing for wild, self-oscillating distortions and extensive tone control with no external CV applied, or full control from external sources.

Specifications:

  • 8 brass touchpoints
  • 2 inputs to transistor core low pass filter
  • Voltage control over frequency, resonance, and gain
  • OTA VCA with soft saturation characteristics
  • Distortion circuit based around a vintage headphone amplifier driven into instability
  • Three position x100 gain switch with off, on, and momentary on settings
  • Each input and cv input is normalled to a different feedback path (6 total)
  • Seperate outputs for the VCA and distortion
  • Can operate as a vintage voiced VCA and LPF or a screaming distortion and noise effect
  • All analog design
  • 14 HP
  • Skiff friendly 25mm depth
  • POWER DRAW: +12V 55mA, -12V 70mA


Pricing and Availability:
$260

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