WMD Multimode VCA

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capable of a number of useful configurations utilizing both VCAs, or as two seperate amplifiers

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Manufacturer: WMD

Category: Keyboards & Synths



The MMVCA is capable of a number of useful configurations utilizing both VCAs, or as two seperate
amplifiers. It has plenty of headroom in "clean" mode or can be easily overdriven with the soft saturation circuit. You'll want to run everything through the MMVCA.

  • Two Factory-Trimmed OTA VCAs
  • Exponential & Linear Response
  • Bipolar CV Attenuators
  • Intelligent Normaling
  • AC / DC I/O Signal Coupling
  • Variable Saturation/Soft Clipping
  • Sum Outputs
  • Inverted Outputs
  • Green CV LEDs
  • Signal LEDs - Blue (+) / Red (-)
  • 20Vpp Clean Output Range
  • +40mA/-40mA Current Consumption
  • 10 HP
  • Skiffable

Controls and I/O

CV A & CV B - These jacks and bipolar CV attenuators control the CV for each VCA. Set the knob to the center for no CV. Spin CW for normal CV operation, CCW for inverted CV operation. The CV A jack is normaled to the input of the CV B jack. The CV B jack will be disabled by setting B CV Source to -A. Green LEDs on the top right and left sides indicate the strength of the CV signal applied to each VCA.

In A & In B - These jacks are for the injection of any signal. They can be DC or AC coupled.

Out A & Out B - These jacks are the phase matched outputs for each side. These can be DC or AC coupled. The two bicolor LEDs at the top marked A and B will indicate output strength and polarity. Red for negative voltages, and blue for positive.

Out -A & Out -B - These jacks are inverted outputs for each side. If AC coupled, these jacks are buffered after the DC offset removal. The center bicolor LED at the top marked A+B indicates signal strength and polarity. Red for negative voltage, and blue for positive.

Out A+B - This is the summed output of both VCAs.

Out -A+B - This is the summed inverted output of both VCAs.

Bias A & Bias B - These knobs control the ambient amplification of each VCA. In Linear and FTZ modes, set to center will produce no output. In Xfade mode, fully CCW will produce no output.

Linear / Expo Switch - One switch for each channel. Selects the mode of operation for the VCA. Expo mode has a trimmer on the back to set the sensitivity to CV.

AC / DC Switch - This switch introduces capacitors to the inputs and outputs of both channels. AC mode can eliminate the minor DC offset produced by the VCAs. This introduction of capacitors causes a minor rolloff at low frequencies. The -6dB/octave rolloff begins at roughly 85Hz. This frequency was selected to eliminate the settling effect of lower cutoff frequencies.

Xfade / FTZ Switch - This switch is only operational in Linear mode. It introduces a DC offset to the CV of both channels allowing for smooth crossfades between the two channels. Fade Through Zero mode produces a silent center where both VCAs are simultaneously off at 0 volts CV input.

Sat / Clean Switch & Saturation Knob - This switch enables the variable saturation circuit controlled by the knob. When off, the VCAs will hard clip at 20Vpp. When on and Saturation is fully CCW, the peaks will begin to be rounded off starting at 11Vpp. The signal can still hard clip at 20Vpp. Turn Saturation CW and the circuit will compress the waveform more, adding a little bit of nice distortion. Turn Saturation fully CW for thick distorted waveforms with nice round peaks. Fully CW limits the output voltage to roughly 8Vpp.

B CV Source - Selects whether to look at the B CV jack and attenuator, or to override the input with the inverted CV signal from channel A.

B In Normal - Selects whether the signal normaled to the B In jack is the straight signal from A, or the inverted signal from A. Use for Bipolar VCA mode.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Other Notable Things

 The MultiMode VCA is 10HP.

Current consumption is 40mA for the +12 rail; 40mA for the -12 rail.