So I designed this 1:1 clone of the MFOS SVF and I cannot get it to work. The cutoff pot and the CV inputs don’t do anything, the outputs all output the “same” unfiltered and pretty qiet noise.
I checked all solder points and swapped all ICs and transistors, sadly that didn’t do much.
was hoping someone has some experience with the circuit.
Well it’s hard to tell that they are connected on pin headers, for me A1_5 and A2_5 are different and not connected. So turn the cutoff pot and measure the output of the opamp to see if you get a voltage swing before the exponential converter
It was one of my first PCB projects and I would definitely do some things differently now. I had the two PCBs in separate KiCad projects. Like you I was using global labels for the power rails — it’s much better to use KiCad’s power symbols, for better readability and to better enable use of the electrical rules checker which is valuable in locating schematic mistakes.
It would also improve readability if you used descriptive labels like “SIGNAL” and “OUTPUT” rather than “A1_1” and “A1_4”. Though eventually I figured out how these labels just connect to similarly named labels nearby.
If there’s a schematic mistake I don’t see it, then again I just got up. Have you carried out all the recommended checks here?
Check also the connectivity from the transistors to the power rails and ground.
So a bit of context would have helped on how you constructed the boards with a connector between them. Have you measured the output of the opamp from the CV inputs or the emitter of the transistor that drives to the two current sources. Could it be somthing as simple as a transistor in the wrong way around or the wrong type used. I’m home now and before I was checking on my phone, now I can see things clearer and the schematic looks OK, can’t see any reason why it wont work.
Thank you for checking I’ll try to debug it the next few days, sadly I only had like 2 hours for building and debugging today. I need to prepare a test rack to do it properly. But you (and I mean both of you) checking the schematic is reassuring and I’ll keep you posted!