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The TINYSIZER analog modular synthesizer module is an SEM Oberheim style synthesizer. It includes 2 independent GLIDE / SLEW/LIMITER ( 1 msec. to 12 sec ) input and outputs and linear frequency modulation FM. The basic waveforms are: pulse and saw with sync in and out for each VCO. The COARSE frequency range is 31 Hz up to 3300 Hz without any modulation.The sound is inspired by the legendary Oberheim SEM analog synth module from the 1970's.

The TINYSIZER uses a control voltage waveformprocessor WP waveshaper module. Any kind of input signal is allowed! The offset of the waveshaper is adjusted by the VCO 1 FINE / WAVEPRO knob. You can modulate symmetrie and frequency of the inputsignal or blend from rising sawtooth over triangle to falling sawtooth.

The TINYSIZER also uses an auxiliary input output module. This is the main interface to the outside world. Using patchable ¼" stereo jack sockets, the TINYSIZER connects to other systems. The sockets are laid out as bi-directional input / output connectors. Each of the auxiliary jacks can be individually patched for TIP and RING connections. For instance, an external audio signal to be processed by the VCF can be assigned to AUX 1-TIP and LFO 3 triangle output to AUX 1-RING, using a stereo split-cable with AUX 1. It is also possible to use the jacks in a normal mono mode. In total, this architecture results in 10 different routings to interface with external systems. VCA 4 SIGNAL OUT is hard wired to the output signal of VCA 4 and cannot be reassigned.

The TINYSIZER control voltage CV source module. These are 'little helpers`in the analog modular system to support a normal life. At least, i am thinking to put 2 functions to some knobs that work similarlly. It is nice to couple the SUSTAIN from envelope 1 out and buffer it to a CV - SOURCE (control voltage source). The regulated 0 to 5 volts can use for VCA opening, modulations, similar mastertune for VCO transpose or invert it with the mixer to offset any kind of signals. In general, this module will be useful whenever you need a manually controllable CV on the modules.

The TINYSIZER DSP reverb delay module. It will come up with an „Open Source Profile“. It means you can plug everything you want in every place. All parameters can be mix in real time with out scratches and distortions. The big advantage is the mono to stereo conversion, big reverb rooms and very large delays. The best way to rape all audio signals.

The LFO 1 & 2 are the same circuit design. The LFO 1 and 2 includes now speed switches with a high-mid-lo adjustment. The LFO frequencies can be turn now from 2,5 minutes to 720 Hz! The LFO 1 & 2 are adjustable in speed and symmetry of the waveform. You can adjust from rising sawtooth over triangle to falling sawtooth. The same will occur with the square / pulse waveform ( 0 to + 5 volts). The 2 LFO´s are syncable and can use for envelopes, LFO reset and Midi synchronisation... Each LFO includes a bicolour LED to indicate the rise and fall of the waves. All ramp outputs (- 5 v to + 5 volts) have a output inverter to mirror the outgoing waveform. The LFO 3 is going into audio range (0,5 Hz to 310 Hz) and have a FM - CV input for the speed modulation, cool for drum sounds. The 2 waveforms are: triangle and square. The voltage output is here - 5 v to + 5 volts.

The TINYSIZER Midi Section is a MIDI-CV / SYNC Interface, with which you can control any module which has CV and gate / trigger input sockets by MIDI. It provides a pc editor, 4 CV outs, CV 1 MIX IN to mix pitchbend or other signals to the CV 1, 6 GATE outputs (4 gates for controller funktion) The interface also has a clock output, controlled by MIDI clock. This can be divided down to provide a variety of clock outputs, and enable older sequencers or drum machines to be synced to Midi with GATE 5 start and stop trigger, GATE 6 for the midi clock signal. The red LED show all the receiving Midi data and the incoming gates,sync or trigger signals. Midi channels can be learn by touching the pushbutton switch.

Trigger /Gate mode with adjustable pulse time for all Gate outputs All parameters are editables by System Exclusive messages "MIDI Learn" to setup quickly MIDI channel, reference note & controller Flash Memory to keep config setup when power is off. Config software (PC) available to edit MCV876's setup by SysEx message.

The TINYSIZER mixer is designed as a 2 way mixer with independent outputs. A normal mixer is going to a single end. Here you can get every audio or modulation signal in separate ways with single inverted channels, i.e.: you will use the IN 1 input and adjust the incoming signal with the IN 1 pot. You will receive a mix signal at the MIX 1 OUT, an inverted signal at the MIX 1 OUT (mirror), a signal at the ALL OUT and a overload distortion Signal at ALL OUT X 10. The MIX 2 have the same behavior and can also handle audio and CV signals. Very nice for offset adjustment, crossfade and panning modulation.

The TINYSIZER multiples multiplier module. Consists of three lines of multiples. These are marked with A, B, C. It has eight (A), six (B) and four (C) inter-connected sockets, so that you can patch more inputs or outputs into any module. Multiples are useful to distribute a single signal like CV, audio or others to multiple receivers. You want to connect CV 1 from the Midi interface to each VCO? You would like to patch key tracking to both VCF and LFO 3?

The TINYSIZER ring modulator analog modular synthesizer module The ring modulator is a powerfull tool to generate metallic sounds and robot effects.
The core function of this module is modulation of the frequency FM of two input signals (X,Y) and their respective audio waveforms. The resulting signal will contain both sum and difference of the input signals while suppressing the original signals at the same time. This TINYSIZER ring modulator module implements a very stable and highly accurate adjusted offset circuitry to generate ringmodulation effects without noise or cross-talk.

The sample & hold module generates a random control voltage CV modulation signal. It is designed to produce 'staircase' voltages. The CV output looks at the scope like a pulse wave with different jumping amplitudes.

The signal present at the sample input is sampled at a rate set by the signal at the S & H TRIGGER input, and held at that voltage at the Sample and Hold output. The exact shape of the staircase depends on the sort of signal at the sample input: an envelope produces rising or falling staircase modulation, white and pink noise or audio signals produce random patterns. Most sounds and effects are living from these modulations. Like the lovely R2D2 from starwars :-). With its S & H VCO frequency modulations FM.

The input for the 3 suboscillators is fix by the VCO 2 SAW output. When you mix the SUB with the original signal the sound become a lot of pressure.
The SUB 1 out: - 1 oct. lower square signal from VCO 2. The SUB 2 out: - 2 oct. lower square. The SUB 3 is coupled with Sub 2 and generates a 25% pulse signal. When you run the VCO 2 in low frequencies, the SUB 2 will act like a gate / clock and you can sync LFO´s or trigger envelopes.

Tinysizer has a total of 4 linear VCAs, one of which includes a pair of knobs on the panel. VCA 1, 2 and 3 all have equivalent circuitry and exactly the same set of inputs and outputs. VCA 4 has more functionality: The amount of amplification is determined by a voltage at the CV input (patch point 15) as well as by a bipolar OFFSET and overall GAIN.

Note: The output of VCA 4 is connected directly to the VCA4 SIGNAL OUT jack socket - the only "prepatch" in the entire system.

Although this socket will often be used as Tinysizer's main audio output, remember that VCA 4 can also handle control voltages-in which case one or two auxiliary outputs can be used for the audio signal(s)This is the mainout of the TINYSIZER for audio (or control voltages) signals, or use it for your headphone.

The TINYSIZER VCF module is the heart of any subtractive synthesizer, and Tinysizer's 12dB/oct, multi-mode design (based on the classic Oberheim SEM state variable filter) is one of the smoothest and most flexible available. It offers three separate outputs (low pass, band pass, high pass), and resonance is voltage-controllable. Distortion is an important characteristic of filters.

The TINYSIZER audio gate, envelope follower and microphone preamp module.

This special section is dividet into 3 parts. The first is the high gain microphone preamp. REASON? It is very hard to connect a mic, guitar or other low signal sources to a modular because of the lacking output voltage. The mic preamp will help and amplifired the low signals for modular levels.
The second part generates a envelope that follows the original input signal amplitude with a 0-5 volt modulation signal. The third is the audiogate processor. It generates a 5 volt gate for every signal that reaches the threshold adjusted by the SENSE knob. The red LED show up the audiogates and the threshold adjustment.

The TINYSIZER ADSR envelope generator includes 2 similar envelopes with the classical A D S R, attack decay susutain release design. The only difference here is the response time in acting. The ENV 1 is made for bright sounds and smooth synthesizer pads. The second one for the snappy punch with drums and bleeps. Every envelope generator have its own inverter output to create pannings and mirror modulations. A blue LED indicate the envelope trigger and levels.

Engine TypeModular
Voices (max)1
LFO3 LFO 1,2 Saw up/down/Triangle and LFO 3 FM
Engine Detailed2 Pink Noise, Pulse, Saw Up, White Noise
Filter (VCF)1 12dB Slope (2-pole), Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
Envelope (VCA)2 Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
FXReverb, Delay
Key typeN/A
AudioMono out
CV-gateCV and Gate I-O
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.


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