Welcome to the Sequence 8 assembly instructions! This guide will walk you through the process of assembling your eight step modular sequencer.
Please note: this build MUST BE DONE WITH LEAD SOLDER.
Check your kit against the BOM and verify that all components are present – if anything is missing we will ship it to you free of charge.
Resistors & Diodes
Begin by soldering all resistors and diodes into place, taking care to align the stripe on the diodes with the corresponding markings on the silkscreen. Resistors are non-polar components and may be inserted in any orientation.
Sockets, Capacitors, & Voltage Regulator
Next install the sockets, capacitors, and voltage regulator. Electrolytic capacitors are polar components and the longer leads must be inserted through the positive via, but ceramic capacitors may be installed in any orientation. Align the flat edge on the voltage regulator with the corresponding marking on the silkscreen.
Solder the 220nF capacitor between pins 4 and 11 of IC4 (TLV274) on the back side of the logic board using the above photo for reference orientation.
20 Pin Headers
Insert the 20 pin male headers into the logic board PCB and 20 pin female headers into the control board PCB. Seat the shorter side of the pins into the PCB and then solder into place.
Insert your power connector of choice (Eurorack 16-pin male shrouded keyed header, 4-Pin FRAC header, 2.1mm right angle DC jack, or 9V battery clip) and solder into place on the logic board – all four connectors are shown above for reference. The ON/OFF switch is only necessary for 9V/2.1mm D/C jack users. Now that you are finished soldering all of the components onto the logic board, you may insert all of the ICs into their respective sockets.
Potentiometers, Jacks, LEDs, & Front Panel
Next remove *all* nuts/washers from the potentiometers and switches and insert them into the control along with the audio jacks. You will only need the nuts – and only one nut from each SPDT switch – so dispose of or use the washers and extra nuts as you see fit. Remove the nubs/tabs from the potentiometers prior to installation:
At this point all pots, switches, jacks, and LEDs should be seated (but not soldered) into the control board PCB. Lift the board off of your workspace, push the LEDs through the PCB until they are flush with the board, and carefully place the front panel over the unsoldered components. Screw the nuts into place, taking care to avoid undue component stress from overtightening. “Finger tight” or tightened to the point of slight resistance is sufficient. After you have fastened all of the components to the front panel, you’ll want to guide the LEDs into their respective holes. Make sure that the long leg (anode) goes into the square via.
Now you may solder all components on the control board into place. By seating all of the components to the faceplate before soldering, you are able to keep the faceplate and control board PCB from flexing.
All that is left is to connect the control board PCB and logic board PCB together – make sure to match the 1/2 & 19/20 pin markings on the silkscreens. Now you are ready to test your circuit and get sequencing!
Eurorack & Frac Users: brace the logic board when inserting 16 pin IDC or 4 pin Molex power cables – the board will flex when inserting the cable due to the socketed headers that connect the control board and logic board.
Before you start this test, make sure that all knobs on the Sequence 8 have been rotated fully counter clockwise and that all 3 toggle switches (Hold Hard, Clock Swich, Random) are in the down position.
—TESTING CV OUTPUTS—
When you first turn on the Sequence 8 it should be running on its internal clock. Let’s make sure that all 3 CV Outputs are working correctly. Begin by plugging in a cable into the Sequence 8’s CV 1 Output and plug the other end of the cable into the 1V/Oct Input on an Oscillator, and make sure to monitor the output of the oscillator.
Since all 8 of the sequence knobs are rotated fully counter clockwise and the CV 1 input is set fully counter clockwise, you should get a stable tone out of your Oscillator. Rotate Step 1’s knob fully clockwise and leave the CV 1 attenuator set fully counter clockwise. You should still get a stable tone out of your Oscillator when it passes the voltage for Stage 1. If the Oscillator changes pitch even though the CV 1 Attenuator is turned down all the way, then you might have built the Sequence 8 with unleaded solder, which we recommend against doing at the very top of the Assembly Instructions.
Flip the HOLD HARD switch into the “UP” position and press the red STEP switch to reach Step 1 on the Sequence 8. From your Oscillators resting position you should notice the pitch change 5 octaves as you rotate the CV 1 Attenuator from fully counter clockwise to fully clockwise.
Repeat these same steps for the Sequence 8’s CV 2 and CV 3 Outputs. While you are plugged into the CV 3 Output, press the STEP button to advance to Step 2. Rotate the Step 2 knob clockwise and confirm that it is also going to 5V. Do this same thing for Steps 3 through 8.
You should be able to confirm that all 8 steps can pass a minimum of 0 volts to a maximum of 5 volts and that all 3 CV Output Attenuators are working correctly. Now Flip the HOLD HARD switch into the “DOWN” position.
—TESTING CLOCK IN / CLOCK OUT—
TESTING INTERNAL CLOCK:
Slowly rotate the RATE C (Course) knob until you notice the pattern going quite fast. Now rotate the RATE F (Fine) knob from fully counter clockwise to clockwise. You should notice that the RATE F knob will make fine adjustments to the internal clock and that the RATE C knob makes course adjustments. When both knobs are rotated fully, you should see all 8 LEDS for all 8 steps light up. It doesn’t go quite into audio range, but it does go pretty fast. Now hold down the red HOLD MOM (Hold Momentary) switch and you should notice (via the LEDs on the front panel) the sequence has stopped at one of the 8 steps.
TESTING EXTERNAL CLOCK:
Flip the CLOCK SWITCH into the “UP” position. Using an external clock source, the Sequence 8 can go a bit into audio range (somewhere above 1kHz). Test this by plugging in an external clock source or square wave from an LFO and run it into the CLK IN jack on the Sequence 8. Monitor the CLK OUT and turn the LFO /Oscillator / Clock Generator up quite high as you should hear an audio pitch. Now monitor one of the CV Outputs and make sure its Attenuator is set fully clockwise. Set some step knobs up the right way and you get some crude waveshaping sounds! Now flip the CLOCK SWITCH into the “DOWN” position.
While the Sequence 8 is running on its internal clock, flip the RANDOM switch into the “UP” position. Slowly rotate the RNDRATE (Random Rate) knob clockwise until you will notice the (via the LEDs on the front panel) the sequence start to move around randomly. This random behavior acts subtly at lower settings and will great faster as the knob is rotated clockwise. NOTE: This does not effect the CLOCK OUT. Now flip the RANDOM switch to the “DOWN” position.
While the Sequence 8 is running on its internal clock, press the red RESET switch and you should notice the sequence resetting back to Step 1.
Now plug in a cable into the RESET output and plug the other end into Step 2’s Reset input. The sequence should be holding on Step 1. When you plug into Step 3’s Reset input, it should be holding on Step 2. Step 4’s Reset input should hold on Step 3. Step 5’s Reset input should hold on Step 4. Step 6’s Reset input should hold on Step 5. Step 7’s input should hold on Step 6. Step 8’s Reset input should hold on Step 7.
At this point you should be able to confirm that the Sequence 8 is working correctly. If you are having issues with your build take a look at our Troubleshooting Guide. If you’d like to know more about your Sequence 8, we suggest you take a look at the manual. Thanks for choosing Synthrotek!