Newer products, such as the S-2000 synth and F-1 pedal, include "universal" AC power adapters that can be used on 100-240v ac mains, with only a plug adapter needed for different countries.
Older Metasonix products, including the D-1000, S-1000, KV100, and TM modules, are supplied with AC-AC adapters for use on USA power only--120v, 60Hz. In other countries, having 220-230v 50Hz power, these adapters are NOT USABLE. It is STRONGLY recommended that you obtain an AC-AC adapter made especially for your local AC mains power.
The adapter must produce 12 volts AC ONLY!! DO NOT feed DC power to your Metasonix module--you will DAMAGE IT.
We can recommend some adapters that are available in the UK or Europe, should your dealer not be able to provide the proper adapter. The transformer type commonly used to power 12v halogen lighting is suitable, and widely available.
Some adapters that users in Europe have successfully tried :
Maplin L54BR (for powering one TM module or one KV-100 or D-1000 only)
Block HIT60 (for powering three TM modules, two KV-100's or D-1000s, or one S-1000, requires mains lead and LV power leads)
Conrad 570876 - 62 (for powering three TMs , two KV-100's or D-1000s, or one S-1000, requires LV power leads)
Farnell 1453783 (for TM/TX, one KV100, or one D-1000 - needs 2.1mm connector)
(note: the S-1000 includes the special LV lead required. TM modules, KV100, and D-1000 require a 2.1mm coaxial-plug LV lead, which should be commonly available at any distributor or dealer that sells AC-AC power adapters.)
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TM-5 manual, GIF format, pages 1 and 8.
TM-5 manual, GIF format, pages 2 and 7.
TM-5 manual, GIF format, pages 3 and 6.
TM-5 manual, GIF format, pages 4 and 5.
The TM manuals above are formatted so that you can print the GIFs out in landscape mode, back-to-back (for example, print TM1manual.gif on one side, TM1manual2.gif on the other), then staple the 2 sheets together (if it is an 8 page manual), fold down the center, and you have a digest-sized manual exactly like the originals.
MIDI-CV converters with Hz/V, making them usable with the Metasonix TM-3 VCO:
The new Analogue Systems RS370 is an extraordinary complex polyphonic/additive pitch source, arpeggiator, and control system with MIDI-CV and CV-harmonic capability. It is capable of Hz/V control, making it suitable for driving the Metasonix TM-3 VCO. We tried it at 2004 NAMM, and were duly AMAZED. If you are using Eurorack synth modules, the RS370 is the ultimate.
Synhouse MIDIJACK II (USA)--very small--for special installation
Kenton (UK)--well-built and flexible
It's not a MIDI-CV, but we wish to recommend the Encore UEG. It is our favorite CV source: it can be a complex envelope generator, a complex LFO, or an 8-step analog sequencer with variable step times. Support Tony, he deserves it.
Hobbyists and DIYers: IF you are experienced in electronic construction, and IF you aren't afraid of high voltages,
there are some basic tube synthesizer circuits by Eric Barbour, on Ken Stone's website.
Why tubes? Read THIS article:
IEEE SPECTRUM, August 1998
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