Pre-Amplifier And Inverter Slew Module
An inverter is an example of a 'Voltage Processor'. It produces no signal of its own, but affects those presented to its input. The result of the process depends upon the nature of the source signal and, since CVs as well as audio signals may be inverted, a wide range of effects can be generated.
For example, you could present a keyboard CV to the Inverter. This means that, as you play up the keyboard (and, therefore, as the keyboard CV increases) the voltage generated by the inverter will decrease. One obvious use for this is to make the pitch of an oscillator descend rather than ascend as you play up the keyboard. Alternatively, you could also pass the inverted CV to a VCA so that high notes are quieter than low ones. This allows you to cross-fade between sounds as you play different notes.
You can also invert audio signals so that the resulting signal is 'out of phase' with respect to the original. On its own, this has no audible effect, but when the signals are combined they can create cancellation and 'phasing' effects. Modulating and/or delaying one of these signals generates many other complex sounds.
As you turn the control clockwise, the signal will remain inverted but the gain will steadily decrease until, at the 12 o'clock position, the input is fully attenuated and no output is generated.
If you continue to turn the LEVEL control beyond the 12 o'clock position, the original signal will be passed without inversion. The amplitude of the output will increase from 0 until, at the maximum clockwise position, it will be 10 times the amplitude of the input signal.
Slewing may be used to modify both CVs and audio signals, and the exact nature of the transitions is determined by the waveform of the signal presented. Portamento is a perfect example of slew applied to a CV: the slew circuit smooths the transitions between the stepped CVs normally used to determine pitch, thus making one note 'glide' to the next rather than jumping abruptly as it would otherwise do.
Applying slew to audio signal generates a quite different effect: it acts as a low-pass filter. This is because, above some frequency determined by the slew rate, the circuit can no longer reach the peaks and troughs of the signal before the next cycle is received. The higher the frequency presented to the input, the more the signal is attenuated, until DC is obtained. The frequency (in Hertz) at which the cut-off begins is the inverse of the slew rate (in seconds). On the RS70 the maximum slew rate is extremely fast, so the cut-off frequency reaches well into the audio band. This means that you can use the inverter in the RS70 as an auxiliary low-pass filter.
A pre-amp is the only module that, in normal use, amplifies signals within the Integrator. (Although VCAs are called "Voltage Controlled Amplifiers" they should, more accurately, be called "Voltage Controlled Attenuators".) A pre-amp is most often used to amplify weak external signals so that they can be correctly processed within the Integrator. The RS70 will accept virtually any such signal, and it can also be used to amplify signals generated within the Integrator itself.
The maximum signal level is ±10v peak-to-peak. If the amount of gain applied causes the signal to exceed this, clipping will occur. In other words, the amplitude of the resulting signal will not increase further, but the waveform will be affected, and distortion will occur. This distortion can be used creatively if you wish.