Reference

Schematics

Datasheets

ADC

ADS1110

16-bit ADC

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ANALOG

LM13700

Dual Operational Transconductance Amplifier (OTA)

This is the heart of most of my voltage-controlled designs. See my writeup on the chip.

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TL07x

General purpose JFET Operational Amplifier (Op-amp)

This is my go-to op-amp. Solid, easy to use, audio quality. Comes in single, dual, and quad packages. Note that the power supply pins on the TL074 are opposite what you’d expect! They don’t make good comparators because they aren’t rail-to-rail, and they have pretty high power supply requirements so they may not be usable in all situations.

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MN3102

Clock driver for BDD

Paired with an MN3207. Technically you can generate the clocks yourself, but you also need a 14/15*Vdd power input so you might as well use it.

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MN3207

1024-stage BBD

Supports delays from 2.56ms to 51.2ms

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VTL5C

Vactrol

A vactrol is an LED coupled to a light-dependent resistor.

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Xvive5C3

Vactrol

A vactrol is an LED coupled to a light-dependent resistor.

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DAC

DAC8571

16-bit DAC

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TLV5620

Quad 8-bit DAC

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MAX5134

16-bit SPI DAC

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MAX5215

16-bit I2C DAC

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DIGITAL

PC817X

Photocoupler

Useful for MIDI

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DM74LS74

Dual Flip-Flop

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Quad Bilateral Switch

I don’t like using these. They have weird voltage requirements, and when the switch is off they connect the output to VSS (which is the negative rail in most dual-ended power supply circuits). I prefer the DG403.

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DG403

Dual SPDT Bilateral Switch

These only come in SMD packages but they are better than the CD4066.

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555

Multi-purpose timer

Ubiquitous timer. Can be used as a delay, square wave oscillator, etc. Calculator

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SN74LS155

Dual 1-4 demultiplexer

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JACK

35RAPC4BHN3

Stereo 3.5mm jack

These are very easy to find. They are stereo with plug switches for both tip and sleeve. I’ve designed a breakout board for these. However I’ve started to prefer the Thonkiconn jacks instead as they are vertical and match the Alpha 9mm pot height.

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Thonkiconn 3.5mm jack

Very popular in Eurorack

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Purchase

LED

HT16K33

16*8 LED Controller Driver

Used by many 7- and 14-segment display modules, for example Sparkfun and Adafruit. Adafruit Arduino Library

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SM460281N

10mm 7-segment display

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POT

Alpha 9mm pot

9mm pot

Popular in Eurorack. Come in Single/Dual and Linear/Audio taper.

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Purchase

Alpha 9mm pot (dual gang)

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EG2301

DPDT slide switch

Just a little shorter than Alpha 9mm pots but if you seat them a little high they’ll do fine.

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MD100AM2B

Motorized slide potentiometer

These are used in DAW controllers where the sliders can sync with the software. Haven’t found a use for them (yet).

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Bourns PDB18

Mini instrument potentiometers

Used in guitars. Available in linear and audio taper in several configurations.

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Bourns PTV09

9mm potentiometer

Competitor to the Alpha ones

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REGULATOR

LM317

1.5A adjustable voltage regulator

Output voltage is set with a pair of external resistors. For a hard-coded 5V output with no extra parts, use the LM7805.

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LM337

Negative adjustable voltage regulator

Same as LM317 but for negative voltages

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LM7805

1.5A 5V voltage regulator

Output fixed to 5V

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TLE2426

"Rail Splitter" virtual ground

Given a power input, these will output a stable voltage half-way between them. This is very useful for creating dual-ended power supplies needed for most op-amp circuits in situations where your power supply is limited (e.g. a 9V stompbox).

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SWITCH

MTS mini toggle switch

13mm toggle switches with comparable hight to Alpha 9mm pots

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TRANSISTOR

2N5457

N-Channel JFET

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2N7000

N-Channel MOSTFET

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AOD4286/AOI4286

100V N-Channel MOSFET

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BS250

60V P-Channel MOSFET

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DMMT5401

PNP matched-pair BJT

These can be a lot more useful than hand-matching transistors, but they are SMD.

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DMMT5551

NPN matched-pair BJT

These can be a lot more useful than hand-matching transistors, but they are SMD.

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FQP13N

60 V N-Channel MOSTFET

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J175

25V N-Channel JFET

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J175

30V P-Channel JFET

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