MRG VCO Assembly Guide

The MRG VCO module is completely through hole. Its build should be considered of medium-to-high difficulty given the number of components and steps required.

Please note that this is the assembly guide for the second version of the MRG VCO (marked as revision #7a on the PCB). The assembly guide for the previous MRG 3340 VCO is here.

Theory of operation:

  1. If you bought the PCB+Panel+IC only, acquire needed components (See Bill of Materials. All components used in this guide are already included in the full DIY kit.
  2. Build the Main PCB.
  3. Build the Front PCB.
  4. Install the front panel.
  5. Tuning.

Main PCB build

The suggested order is to start soldering the front of the PCB (the one with all the resistors), and later the back, that contains the main IC, the timing capacitor, the trim pots and the eurorack 2x5 pin headers.

Main PCB Front

Step A1. Start by soldering all the horizontal resistors.

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Step A2. Solder the Zener diode, being careful of orientation.

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Step A3. Solder all ceramic capacitor.

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Step A4. Solder the voltage regulator.

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Step A5. Solder the vertical 470 Ohm resistor, the two 22uF electrolytic capacitor, and the TL072 IC. If desired, an 8-pin socket can be soldered on the PCB, instead of directly soldering the IC.

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Main PCB Back

Step B1. Solder the 10-pin header.

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Step B2. Solder the trim pots.

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Step B3. Solder the timing capacitor and the AS3340 IC. If desired, a 16-pin socket can be soldered on the PCB, instead of directly soldering the IC.

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Everything apart from the two 14-pin headers are soldered on the board now. It is time to solder the front PCB.

Front PCB

Step C1. Check the alignment of the PCB (label U1 is the top row), arrange the jack sockets and the potentiometers.

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Step C2. Solder the components. Tip: in order to be sure to align the components to the front panel, install the front panel as in photo below and solder the components on the back.

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Step C3. Solder the socket headers. Tip: In order to align the Main PCB's pin headers to the Front PCB's socket headers, assemble the two PCBs together, as in picture, and solder them in place.

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All soldering is now done! The next step is installing the front panel.

Final Module Assembly

Install the front panel, using nuts and washers to keep it attached, and add the knobs to the potentiometers.

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Conclusion.

Congratulations! You have concluded a fairly complex build!

The next step is tuning the oscillator.

You can find the tuning guide here


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Bill of Materials

This is the required bill of materials if you bought the PCBs+Panel+IC only. All components listed below are already included in the full DIY kit.

Note: Use of 1% tolerance resistors highly recommended.

Component Quantity Package

ICs:

TL072BCP1PDIP

Resistors:

4705
1.8k1
2k1
5.6k1
20k2
33k1
51k1
68k1
82k1
100k6
120k1
200k1
360k1
1M3

Ceramic Capacitors:

220nF (224) 1
100nF (104) 4
10nF (103) 3
1nF (102) 1
10pF (100) 1

Other Capacitors:

22uF Electrolitic Capacitor 2 25ZLG22MEFC5X7
680pF Film Capacitor 1 PP film reccommended

Trimmers:

10K1 Vertical, THT, inline
20K1 Vertical, THT, inline
100K1 Vertical, THT, inline

Other Components:

10V Zener Diode 1 DO-35
79L05 -5V Voltage Regulator 1 TO-92
14 Pin 2 Row Header2
14 Pin 2 Row Socket2
10 Pin 2 Row Header1
B100K3Alpha 9mm T18 Potentiometer
PJ398SM 3.5mm Jacks6