4Swing manual

last update: 6 Juli 2022

A module that has multiple functions, VCO/VCLFO (1v octave), sequencer, clock divider, swing..

The 4Swing refers to "for swing" and it has 4 steps. The module can do quite a bit of different things. It can be a clock divider, VCO, VCLFO, sequencer with swing or without.

I developed it because it wanted a DIY version of the Doepfer A-147, a module I use allot. But then in combination with a simple sequencer/clock divider, basically a setup i use almost always but then in one module, a bit like this module i used to use allot. The Motor Bin module uses a binary clock divider, but the 4Swing uses a 4017 (decade counter/step sequencer), so it's a bit different. The reason for this is that i wanted swing (i used to use Groove allot in LSDj, i think it would be great to have more swing in my eurorack) and you cannot have swing with a binary clock divider.. i think.
Features were added based on things I found on youtube, and other sources. For instance the Swing was partially inspired by a video by Collin Benders.
The individual outputs of 4017 step sequencer was inspired by DAS DING baby 8.
The AND GATE + 4017 trick i got from Peter Edwards sequencer.
The 1v per octave tracking VCO was smth I learned from Moritz Kleins video about it in combination with a VCO I found by Kassu on electro-music forums.

Clock input: Replaces the internal VCO as clock source for the sequencer.
The VCO will still function at the same time, but will be just disconnected from advancing the sequencer.

Clock output: Active steps of the sequencer, voltage level can be set with a 2mm flat head screw driver, the output signal is + voltage and - voltage, between about 0v and the 22v peak to peak. It focuses more on the positive voltage then the negative.

CV output: The voltage at the current step of the sequencer, 0 to +10v.

CV input: -12v to +12v, Controls VCO that drives the sequencer, if tuned can track 1v octave over around 5 octaves.
There is a tune multiturn trimmer potmeter to tune the 1v per octave tracking, it is located left under the reset input.

Reset: Resets the sequencer and the VCO. (see Versions for the difference per versions).

1,2,3,4: Individual gate outputs of the step sequencer, 0 to +10v.

Start: Start or stop the VCO.

Step: Hold the sequencer or make it step forward.

3/4/2: Sequencer length.

Rate: VCLFO or VCO. Low frequency rate or Audio rate.

Schematic (check for mistakes below in PCB layout): 4Swing_schematic.jpg

PCB layout: