Syncing the Volca’s the DIY way. (Arduino & MCP4921 DAC)

Hello everyone.

I thought I’d share some experimentation I’ve been doing with the Arduino and a 12 bit dac (mcp4921).

I’d been looking for things I could do with it and one obvious thing that came to mind was creating a sync signal for the Volca’s.

I analysed the output of the sync signal from the SQ-1 as best I could with a multimeter and could see that the signal was peaking around 0.32 volts.

Now if I could get the dac to output a voltage somewhere in that range at a regular interval I’d be able to control the Volca’s tempo from the Arduino.

The mcp4921 connects to the Arduino via SPI. Here I’m using pins 10 (CS to dac pin 2), 11 (SDI/MOSI to dac pin 4) & 13 (CLK to dac pin 3).

The rest of the dac pins are configured as follows;

pin 1 to Arduino +5v

pin 5 to Arduino ground

pin 6 Voltage reference to Arduino +5v

pin 7 to Arduino ground

pin 8 dac output to positive on headphone jack

 

Arduino & MCP4921 DAC Syncer for Korg Volca's
Arduino & MCP4921 DAC Syncer for Korg Volca’s
Arduino & MCP4921 DAC Syncer for Korg Volca's
Arduino & MCP4921 DAC Syncer for Korg Volca’s

You can download the Arduino sketch [here]

IPFS hash: QmP92HoznfndYv6Wh9zJPkWP2uvHy9zV5Tmr7QZa1rtPUk

The sketch employs a delay between setting the signal high and low which is set by the value of the variable tempo_delay. The delay is in ms and converting from bpm to the correct ms delay is simply as case of using the following formula. tempo_delay = (60,000 / BPM) /2.

Here are some rough values to get you started.

80 bpm = 376
90 bpm = 334
120 bpm = 250
126 bpm = 238

10 Replies to “Syncing the Volca’s the DIY way. (Arduino & MCP4921 DAC)”

    1. Hey sorry for the slow reply.

      Not been checking the site much recently.

      I think Dropbox changed something with their public folders.

      I’ll take a look today and try and get an alternative uploaded. (If you’re still interested after all this time. :-/)

  1. Hey there! I am also interested in the sketch for this project!
    If you could upload it to dropbox, or maybe to a repository, that would be super cool of you!

  2. Hi,

    Is there a way to share the sketch? That would be great! I want to sync my Volcano to an Arduino based synthesizer if possible.

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