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nw2s::b, assembled

$650.00$695.00

The nw2s::b is an open, Arduino-based modular synthesis development platform for the Eurorack format with 55 independent interface points including CV and digital input and output jacks, knobs, buttons, and even audio. Yes, this module will allow you to emulate almost any existing sequencer, LFO, envelope generator, arpeggiator, quantizer, control voltage processor, hybrid oscillator, or other insane source of uncertainty.

More importantly, it will allow you to build nearly anything you can imagine.

The platform itself is a combination of hardware and software. The software provides a framework which allows you to configure the behavior of the module in a declarative syntax that should be relatively easy to pick up even for those with minimal programming experience.

The framework can easily be extended to provide a consistent development experience or it may be bypassed completely for access to the raw hardware.

Expansion possibilities are provided through the standard Arduino expansion ports which have been exposed via pin headers including I2C, SPI, GPIO, USB, and UART. Additionally, serial communication with a host can be established over Bluetooth.

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SKU: nw2s-b

Product Description

Beat Clock

Displays the first clock’s state. It shows four groups of four beats, but will support any number of major and minor divisions.

CV Input Jacks

These fully buffered inputs accept -5 to +5V signals at full scale. They can accept further ranges when attenuated by the potentiometer

Input Potentiometers

When there is no jack inserted, these act as 0-5V faders on the 12 inputs. When a jack is plugged in, then it switches to an attenuator for the input signal.

Digital Input Jacks

Accepts either gate or trigger signals from external sources connected to the ON position of the digital input switch. Interrupts are available on each of the inputs.

Digital Input Switches

These ON-OFF-MOMENTARY switches are used to provide digital inputs to the micro controller. When in the center OFF position, the input is low. When in the ON position, the input will be HIGH if no jack is connected, and it will be the same as the input signal if a jack is plugged in. The momentary position will always be HIGH whether there is a jack or not.

Digital Outputs

These outputs provide 0-5V signals as either gate or triggers, depending on how they are set up in code.

Analog Outputs

These CV outputs operate from -5V to +5V as well and are generally suited for CV and envelope generation. They are DC coupled, latched, 12-bit DACs with a gentle low-pass filter applied to stabilize and smooth out the output signal. The output range can be extended to -8V to +8V with a software mod and can extend to -10V to +10V with an op amp modification.

The LEDs are PWM controlled mirrors of the outputs where the brightness indicates the output level.

DAC Outputs

These are AC coupled, bipolar outputs that use the in-built Arduino Due DACs. Their gain is fully adjustable from 0 to infinity via a 25-turn PCB-mounted trimmer to match your intended use of these outputs. They include a 3dB/octave 10kHz low-pass filter on the output buffer.

Noise Output

This output is a bipolar, AC coupled representation of the on-board noise circuit that is fed into one of the Arduino’s digital pins. It also features adjustable gain to match your intended use for this circuit. From the Arduino’s perspective, a copy of the signal is routed to a GPIO pin where it provides a true source of entropy that otherwise does not exist on these tiny microcontrollers.

Reset

This is a recessed momentary switch that allows you to reboot your ‘b from the front panel.

Linked

This LED indicates that a host is connected to the device over Bluetooth. All of the same functions are available as if the device were connected over USB through a virtual Bluetooth TTY. If you do not have Bluetooth and you want to save $15, please let me know when you order and I’ll refund that amount. USB connectivity is provided behind the panel and can be used as long as you have a small place to pass the USB cable through.

Read

This LED indicates SD card activity (technically reads and writes).

THANKS!

Thanks to everyone who was involved in the first wave! For anyone who is interested, there are still some PCBs and panels left from which I can assemble more units.

I will be periodically ordering the remaining parts for units as orders come in. If you order one now, the turnaround time will likely be 4-6 weeks. For ordering, assembly, and testing.

Additional Information

Weight 1.3 kg
Dimensions 10 x 8 x 8 cm
op amp upgrade

Stock TL072 op amps (+/- 5V or +/- 8V), Upgrade OP484 op amps (+/- 10V)