CB55 PCB : £10
The circuitbenders.co.uk CB55 is an exact clone of the voice board of the Boss DR55 drum machine. It has the four fully analogue percussion sounds, bass drum, hat, snare, and rimshot, but leaves out the clunky and arguably useless sequencer. There is also an overall accent feature that adds a little extra punch to the whole mix when it is triggered.
Unlike with the DR55, instead of repeatedly attempting to program a pattern only to find that you messed up the bassdrum on the 16th step so you have to start all over again, the sounds and accent on the CB55 board are triggered externally using standard trigger pulses. With the optional trigger conditioning circuit installed you can use also use gate signals, or trigger pulses longer than 10ms.
To get any sound out of this board once you have built it, you will have to have a source of 5v trigger signals or gates. These could be sourced from a midi to trigger or gate converter, another drum machine with a trigger output such as a TR707 or DR110, a modular synth, or some other bit of kit capable of producing the appropriate triggers.
You can download the build guide and parts list from HERE, There is also a dedicated board on our forum for any build queries you may have, or potential mods you want to suggest and discuss. To take a look click HERE. This latest version of this PCB features some minor improvements to the individual outputs, but schematic and the build guide for the original R1 PCB's are also available via the forum.
A thread on Muffwigglers devoted to the CB55 can be found HERE.
This is just the bare unpopulated PCB. We do not supply kits for the full build, but you can find nearly everything you'll need at very good prices and with cheap fast shipping at Tayda Electronics in Thailand. Alternatively we can recommend CPC or Farnell in the UK, or Mouser and Digikey in the US. No doubt there are dozens or more suppliers that could be used, but you may find that some of the smaller sellers have difficulty with some of the more esoteric cap values, which is the main benefit of Tayda, as they tend to have all of them.
Once you've populated the board, it needs very little in the way of setup. Theres nothing complex to go wrong, so as long as you are careful with your soldering theres no reason why this shouldn't be a beginners project.
Please note that due to its size (139mm x 72mm), this PCB is not designed specifically to be used in a eurorack modular system, but we have included a eurorack power connector just in case somebody wanted to try and kludge something together. We have seen several successful eurorack builds using these PCB's
Below are some demos of this board in action. This is the basic board with no mods.
You may hear some minor background hum/noise at some points on the demo. This is due to the idiot recording the demos cleverly touching the tone and accent pot pins with their fingers while adjusting them. Rest assured that they have been severely.punished ;-)
If you build something interesting with one of these boards then let us know via the CONTACT page and we'll be happy to put up a photo and a link to your site here.
A modded eurorack CB55 module by Nils Björn
Another modded eurorack version by clicksandbits
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