Inverter / Preamp
The RS-70 module combines an inverter with integrated slew limiter and also a pre-amp.
The Inverter should be described as a polarizer, to be exact, as the input signal can be blended from negative to positive with a level control.
In minimum position of the knob the inverter creates an inverted signal with 10 times the amplitude of the input signal. In middle position the signal level is at zero. In maximum position you´ll get the positive signal with 10 times the amplitude of the input signal. Besides that you´ll find a slew limiter that smoothens the signal´s edges. Its speed is controllable from 0.1mS to 1S. The circuitry accepts signals with an amplitude of ±10V and 20kHz frequency, though only frequencies up to 10khz can be output. there are two output jacks.
The pre-amplifier has two signal inputs: one for signals with low impedance and one for signals with high impedance.
The gain control ranges from approximately -2dB in its fully anticlockwise position to 21dB in its fully clockwise position, depending upon the input used. Input signals with a level of ±10V will be processed without problems, above those ranges clipping will occur and thus the module will distort which can be a desired effect.
The output signal is present at two jacks.
An inverter is an example of a ' Voltage Processor'. It produces no signal of its own, but affects those presented to its input.
The result of the process depends upon the nature of the source signal and, since CVs as well as audio signals may be inverted, a wide range of effects can be generated.
For example, you could present a keyboard CV to the Inverter. This means that, as you play up the keyboard (and, therefore as the keyboard CV increases) the voltage generated by the inverter will decrease.
One obvious use for this is to make the pitch of an oscillator descend rather than ascend as you play up the keyboard. Alternatively, you could also pass the inverted CV to a VCA so that high notes are quieter than low ones. This allows you to crossfade between sounds as you play different notes.
You can also invert audio signals so that the resulting signal is 'out of phase' with respect to the original. On its own, this has no audible effect, but when the signals are combined they can create cancellation and 'phasing' effects. Modulating and/or delaying one of these signals generates many other complex sounds.
The input accepts any signal in the range ±10v. Signals ranging from DC to over 20kHz may be presented, but only those below approximately 10kHz will be passed to the output.
At the maximum anticlockwise setting of the LEVEL control, the Inverter will generate an inverted signal 10 times the amplitude of the input signal.
As you turn the control clockwise, the signal will remain inverted but the gain will steadily decrease until, at the 12 o'clock position, the input is fully attenuated and no output is generated.
If you continue to turn the LEVEL control beyond the 12 o'clock position, the original signal will be passed without inversion. The amplitude of the output will increase from 0 until, at the maximum clockwise position, it will be 10 times the amplitude of the input signal.
SLEW acts upon rapid changes in the signal, slowing those changes by an amount determined by the control. At its minimum, the slew rate is approximately 0.1mS, thus allowing signals of up to 5kHz to pass unimpeded. At its maximum slew rate of approximately 1 second, the slew will provide portamento and other smooth transitions between voltages.
Slewing may be used to modify both CVs and audio signals, and the exact nature of the transitions is determined by the waveform of the signal presented. Portamento is a perfect example of slew applied to a CV: the slew circuit smooths the transitions between the stepped CVs normally used to determine pitch, thus making one note 'glide' to the next rather than jumping abruptly as it would otherwise do.
Applying slew to an audio signal generates a quite different effect: it acts as a low-p ass filter. This is because, above some frequency determined by the slew rate, the circuit can no longer reach the peaks and troughs of the signal before the next cycle is received. The higher the frequency presented to the input, the more the signal is attenuated, until DC is obtained. The frequency (in Hertz) at which the cutoff begins is the inverse of the slew rate (in seconds ). On the RS-70 the maximum slew rate is extremely fast, so the cut-off frequency reaches well into the audio band. This means that you can use the inverter in the RS-70 as an auxiliary low-pass filter.
The Inverter provides two outputs, marked 'A' and 'B '. These are identical, and you can use these to direct the treated signal to two destinations simultaneously.
A pre-amp is the only module that, in normal use, amplifies signals within the Integrator. (Although VCAs are called "Voltage Controlled Amplifiers" they should, more accurately, be called "Voltage Controlled Attenuators ".) A pre-amp is most often used to amplify weak external signals so that they can be correctly processed within the Integrator. The RS-70 will accept virtually any such signal, and it can also be used to amplify signals generated within the Integrator itself.
Two inputs and provided: LOW and HIGH. These are provided so that the widest range of signals can be correctly treated. If you do not know the amplitude of the input signal it is best to use the HIGH input and minimum gain. This will minimise any possibility of distortion
The GAIN control ranges from approximately -2dB in its fully anticlockwise position to +21dB in its fully clockwise position, depending upon the input used.
The maximum signal level is ±10v peak-to-peak. If the amount of gain applied causes the signal to exceed this, clipping will occur. In other words, the amplitude of the resulting signal will not increase further, but the waveform will be affected, and distortion will occur. This distortion can be used creatively if you wish.
The Pre-Amp provides two outputs, marked 'A' and 'B'. These are identical, and you may use them to direct the treated signal to two destinations simultaneously.
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