The Erica Synths Bassline DIY module is a rather complicated beast, with the main PCB weighing in at around 200 components. This results in a rather dense layout. Even with the PDF showing component placement that is supplied with the DIY files, it can be challenge to find the location for individual components.
To assist in building the Bassline module, Infinite Machinery has developed the PCB Map, an interactive guide for mapping components and for assisting in populating the PCB. This app is available to anyone building this module, not just customers of Infinite Machinery.
Infinite Machinery offers the Bassline PCB and Panel Kit as well as the Bassline Bundle. The Bassline Bundle has the PCB and panel as well as two 140YD1201С opamps used by this module, all at a discount price.
The PCB Map works by showing a BOM in a left side navigation panel for the PCBs that make up the Bassline. In the right hand side is a high resolution picture of the PCB being worked on. Selecting a component in the navagiation panel will locate the part on the PCB image by drawing a rectangle around the part's position. The image of the PCB can be zoomed in and out as well as panned using a mouse or touch.
After a component has been installed on the PCB then the checkbox for the component can be checked to indicate that the part has been installed. The installed state of the component is persisted across browser sessions and is restored the next time the app is opened.
Another nice feature of the PCB Map is the ability to filter components using any of the columns. For example filter all the 0.1uf capacitors.
After defining a filter, click the Map All button in the header of the component grid and all the filtered components will be mapped at once. This can be very handy when installing multiple components of the same value.
The Infinite Machinery PCB Map runs cross platform on Chrome, Safari, Edge and FireFox.
Here are some tips and suggestions for building the Kassutronics VCO 3340. This is in addition to the build instructions provided by Kassutronics.
The MMBF4117 should be the first component you solder to the PCB. Althought an SMD component, this component is rather easy to solder for the experienced builder. My technique is to put a small amount of solder on one of the three pads then tack the component in place using one leg, making sure the other legs are positioned property over their pads. Then solder the other two legs in place.
Note that the MMBF4117 uses two 4.7K resistors in its supporting circuit, rather than the 1K. This modification is described in the build instructions.
The Alpha potentiometers need to have their anti-turn tabs removed. This can done using a sharp pair of side cutters.
Inserting the AS3340 and TL074 should be one of the last steps in the assembly. Before doing this step test the power to the IC sockets. Plug in the board to a Eurorack power supply. Pin 3 of the AS3340 should have -5V (or close to it), pin 16 should have 12 volts. Pin 4 of the TL074 should measure +12V and pin 11 -12V.
The panel for the Kassutronics VCO 3340 is made of high quality birch plywood. It has a protective film on both sides of the panel, which will need to be removed before attaching it to the module.