NGF-E project ADSR

This is my take on the ADSR. Because this one is for my Next Generation Formant project i started with the original Elektor Formant ADSR schematic and added my changes to the design. All parts are updated to today (2017/09) available parts. The connections are the same as in the original to keep the possibility for internal wiring. If you don't need those features just leave them out. This PCB provides all functions as in the original Elektor Formant ADSR. I have made a few changes to fix some shortcomings of the original. A triple range switch was added for finer adjustment of the ADSR CV-output signal. The attack rise time is shorter now as in the original. The gate input is buffered. The fixes a fault in the original when working with analog sequencers. The output voltage is slightly raised to reach really 5V. Due to the design of the original Elektor Formant ADSR the output of the original ADSR keeps a residual voltage of about 0,5V. I have put an adjustable compensation in my design to correct this and keep the original behavior if needed as well.

Specs and features



NGF-E ADSR schematic

NGF-E ADSR schematic


This is a close clone of the Elektor Formant ADSR. Here i only describe the changes i have made. The description of the other parts of the circuitry can be found in the original Elektor Formant documentation. The gate signal input resistance is raised from 33kOhm to 1megOhm with the input buffer IC1A. This protects against double triggering with the falling edge of the gate signal when using sequencers. R12 is used to fix the input to a defined potential when no signal is attached to the input. R33 and R36 in combination with a push button give you the single shot feature. C1 was lowered to 6n8 from 10nF. In combination with C2 and the raised charging voltage through IC1B/R9 this makes for faster attack time. The load capacitor of 10u was replaced with three selectable capacitors of 2,2uF 4,7uF and 10uF. This make for a finer adjustment of the response times of the ADSR. The voltage divider R24/R25 was adjusted to ensure that the output level of 5V is reached when the offset option with TR2 is used. If this feature is not used R25 should be lowered to 5k1. Construction conditioned the output at IC1D only reaches a minimal voltage of about 0,5V. To compensate for this i added IC2C. With TR2 you can trim the output down to zero volts. If the ADSR is not used the output voltage is now at -0,5V. If you don't want to use this feature just turn TR2 to ground and you will have the original behavior of the original Elektor Formant ADSR. The current consumption was lowered with using the TL064 and a low current led.



  • The calibration of the sustain level with TR1 is done as described in the original documentation.
  • With TR2 you can compensate for the residual voltage. In idle mode adjust TR2 for about 0.3..0,5V at the output

Special parts



NGF-E: ADSR documentation download

NGF-E ADSR stuffed PCB

NGF-E: ADSR stuffed PCB


NGF-E: ADSR front view


NGF-E: ADSR back view

2017 September

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