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Voltage controlled oscillators (VCOs) are the heart of any synthesiser. The quality of the VCOs ultimately determines the performance of the synthesiser.


The two principal requirements of a synthesiser VCO are stability and good tracking. Stability means that if the control voltage applied to the VCO remains constant, then the frequency of the VCO should also remain constant and not drift. Tracking means that the VCO must follow the prescribed logarithmic 1 Volt/Octave characteristic as closely as possible. In particular, where several VCOs are used they should all have similar characteristics. These parameters are particularly important in a chording instrument where a number of VCOs are used simultaneously. In a synthesiser using only one VCO slight drift or deviation from the 1 Volt/octave characteristic might not be noticed since the ear is not particularly good at judging absolute frequency, unless a person has `perfect pitch'. In any chording instrument however, even slight mistuning is immediately apparent due to the formation of beat notes.


The ASM321 is a sawtooth-based design substantially borrowed from Electronotes.




  • 2x adjustable Logarithmic FM Inputs
  • 1x fixed 1V/Octave FM input
  • 1x Linear FM Input
  • 1x Sync Input
  • 1x PWM Input
  • Sawtooth Output: 5V p-p (centred around 0V)
  • Square Output: 5V p-p (centred around 0V)
  • Triangle Output: 5V p-p (centred around 0V)
  • Sine Output: 5V p-p (centred around 0V)
  • COARSE/FINE tuning range: ~0.3Hz to ~3.9kHz
  • FINE tuning range: +/-0.8 octave




This Module is available to buy as - 


  • A fully assembled module with 3.5mm sockets. (Eurorack 1/8" Standard)
  • A fully assembled module with 4mm sockets. (Banana Jack)
  • A full DIY kit, all parts and components to build your own 3.5mm sockets.
  • A full DIY kit, all parts and components to build your own 4mm sockets




Width: 17hp

Depth: 60mm

Contents: Panel, PCB/s, Components, Ribbon Cable, Screws

Build and Technical Information: Click Here

Elby Designs ASM321 Basic VCO Oscillator DIY KIT Eurorack Synthesizer

3.5mm or 4mm Jack
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  • Warranty/Returns.

    1-Year warranty against defects, and manufacturing faults. (Click for more)

  • Additional Notes.

    This module is available to buy with 3.5mm (1/8" Jack) sockets or 4mm (Banana Jack) sockets.