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CGS60 - Stomp Box Adaptor (V2.0) | Cat Girl Synth

CGS60 - Stomp Box Adaptor (V2.0) | Cat Girl Synth


Ken Stone's Stomp Box Adaptor can be used as an external input amplifier, a way to use effects pedals with synthesizer signal levels, or a way to use synthesizer modules with instruments such as electric guitars.

This is a PCB only suitable for multiple formats

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This is an updated version of the CGS60 V2
It can be used as an external input amplifier, a way to use effects pedals with synthesizer signal levels, or a way to use synthesizer modules with instruments such as electric guitars. 

A little on how it works:

Modular synthesizers generally use much higher signal levels than are used in effects pedals, so directly connection the two will create two problems. First, the excessive signal will cause the input of the effects pedal to overload/distort. Second, the output from effects pedal is too weak to drive synthesizer modules without some amplification. To compensate for these problems, the signal from the synthesizer must be dropped to a fraction of what it was, while the output of the effects pedal must be amplified by the same amount to restore it to a level suitable for the synthesizer. I have chosen to use a ratio of 20 as this encompases the signal levels of many synths. If you know for certain that the ratio is too great, the ratio can be reduced to reduce the amplification of any effects pedal noise. For example, if an effects pedal works on a 1V p-p signal, and a synthesizer has a maximum output of 5V p-p, a ratio of 5 would be adequate.

The preamplifier of the stomp box adapter is a basic non-inverting amplifier with an AC gain of 20, and suppression capacitors as needed. The input impedance is approximately 150k. The AC gain can be reduced if need by by increasing the value of R15/R25/R35. For example, a 1k resistor in this position would give a gain of 10. R12/R22/R32 of the input divider would need to be increased to 2k2 to keep the drop and gain matched.




The component overlay for the VER2.1 PCB. 
Click here for an enlarged, printable version.

There are three identical "modules" on this board. Depending on your requirements, you may need only insert parts in one or two of them. Each is clearly segmented on the PCB. It would also be possible to separate this board into three sections, each with two mounting holes. The PCB already incorporates space for 10uF decoupling capacitors for Module (3) while Module (2) would need off board 10uF decoupling capacitors. Both Module (2) and Module (3) have onboard connections for power.

Any single op-amp with industry standard pinouts can be substituted as needed.

To use the wire anchor holes: 
1) Trim off the end of a suitable gauge of hookup wire 
2) Pass it through the pad-less hole from below and pull a couple of inches through. 
3) Strip the insulation from the end of the wire, twist and tin it. 
4) Bend the wire over and pass the tinned part through the associated pad hole. Trim as needed. 
5) Flip the board and solder the tinned wire to the pad. 
6) Pull the excess wire back through the first hole so only a short length remains between the hole and the second pad. Make sure this is the LAST step, or the insulation will peel back from the wire as it is soldered.

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