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Post by needspeed » Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:11 am

This community has helped me so much, so I will do my best to give back, but in the end we are all in this together. I have not done this before, so please bare with me and any help is always appreciated as I know I will make mistakes ......Steve

Since this build began, almost all of the activity has been over on Facebook group Deckard's Dream Build Group. I am not sure why/how it happened but it did. If you want to join, just mention Muffs in the do you have friends in the group question.

Roman announced a second run of DIY kits will be produced as Rev2.1 boards. No information as to what has changed except for the voice cards will be less deep and fewer V2164s will be required

Rev1.2.5 Firmware and Bootloader Rev2.0 has been released as well as a pictorial build guide - All firmware and technical documentation can be found here: Downloads

Roman has release schematics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Per Roman: Firmware is online. Some of prebuilt units had a power sequencing problem (10bit DACs did not initiate sometimes), I'll update the BOM with 2 capacitor changes on the PSU board. BOM not officially updated but changes are noted below in the Minor changes/bugfixes/improvements section

Per Roman: Do not use Mac to format drive on DDRM as it looks like Mac adds some invisible files in a folder, that conflict with the firmware. Please Format and load with PC[/b]

1/6/2017 - BOM updated to REV1.1 - See link below

See here for header polarizing key to prevent incorrect PSU and Voice card insertion. - very critical

Per Roman you can bridge them as follows:
Image

News on Panels and case from Andrew is that all the remaining Panels and Cases have been shipped in mid-late April 2018.

Update Log:
Created 10/4/2017
Updated 10/5/2017 - Shopping Cart Section
Updated 10/8/2017 - Added link to DDRM Wiki provided by ledman(Thank You)
Updated 10/11/2017 - BOM updated to REV1.0.6
Updated 10/12/2017 - REV1.0.6 CHANGED 1N5817 TO BAT85S - See below
Updated 10/19/2017 - BOM updated to REV1.0.7 - See below
Updated 10/20/2017 - Voice Card - R40, R45, R151 and R146 not on BOM
Updated 10/29/2017 - Roman has published the DDRM bootloader. Firmware to follow which is scheduled for Tuesday 10/31/2017 - Date missed waiting on new date
11/2/2017 - SynthCube has slider caps for sale - see below
11/5/2017 - Reggie Barns posted an updated Mouser cart - see below
11/6/2017 - Headers must be keyed with polarizing key to prevent incorrect PSU and voice card insertion
11/10/2017 - Firmware is available - see link below
11/11/2017 - BOM Update - see below as Official BOM has not been published yet
11/23/2017 - Do not use Mac to format and load firmware onto the DDRM
12/4/2017 - Roman has update the BOM to REV1.0.8
12/8/2017 - Roman has published schematics see link below
1/8/2017 - Roman has update the BOM to REV1.1
4/1/2018 - New production firmware has been released - see below
6/20/2018 - Firmware updated to 1.2.5 - see below

This BUILD thread is only for the Deckards Dream V1. PCB Board details to follow once received.

General DDRM discussion thread:
Initial Build Discussion - viewtopic.php?p=2656598#2656598

Major changes:


Minor changes/bugfixes/improvements:
Roman is now recommending using TL06x chips in place of TL7x on the voice cards to eliminate need for fan and provide a notable decrease in power consumption

CRITICAL BOM UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!
BOM REV1.0.8 has been published including the below changes.
PSU Board Changes per Roman:
C12 should be 1uf, c13 - 330uf 6.3V or higher 8MM DIA /3.5 LS
C13 increased delays the boot of +3.3v digital rail, c12 reduced makes 5v analog rail boot faster, so, DACs start with no problem
Without change sometimes they don’t start, since digital 3.3v comes to sac before 5v. It happened on 1/5 of built units
These should be OK - double check my work though:
330uF
1uF

Per ultravox - REV1.0.6 CHANGED 1N5817 TO BAT85S ON THE MOTHERBOARD
Per Roman: Pcb footprint too small, I forgot to change, new part easier to install. They work same

Voice Card - R40, R45, R151 and R146 are not represented on Roman's BOM
All is fine per Roman as follows: these are not installed, i left them for possibility of a filter adjustment. which won't be required after the final EG tweak i made couple weeks ago. Me: So leave empty no jumper. Roman: yes, we have decided to keep them on a pcb just in case, but they dont need to be populated

Known bugs/issues: (This is also a backup to this Muffs site for all documentation)
DDRM Wiki

Knownissues:
Reported by jimfowler: Rev. 1.0 Motherboard - Looks like C188 shows up twice and C186 is omitted. They are both 4.7uF Roman posted clear image below to clarify

Image


Schematics:
DDRM Schematics


BOM
Click here -> BOM R1.1 See UPDATE LOG at the bottom of the spreadsheet
REV1.1.0 CORRECTED THE AMOUNT OF DIP16 SOCKETS
REV1.0.9 TL074 CHANGED TO TL064, TL072 CHANGED TO TL062. HEAT SINK, THERMAL PAD, COOLING FAN AND MOUNTING HARDWARE ARE OPTIONAL IF TL06X OPAMPS ARE USED. VOLUME KNOB AND SLIDER CAPS PART# CHANGED.
REV1.0.8 CHANGED C12 TO 1uF, C13 TO 330uF ON THE PSU BOARD
REV1.0.7 CHANGED R2 ON THE OUTPUT BOARD TO 22R, CHANGED C6 ON THE MOTHERBOARD TO 10uF - CRITICAL CHANGE[/b]
REV1.0.6 CHANGED 1N5817 TO BAT85S ON THE MOTHERBOARD
REV1.0.5 ADDED USB A TO USB B ADAPTER
REV1.0.4 CORRECTED 30K MOUSER PART # IN A VOICE CARD
REV1.0.3 CHANGED HEAT SINK QUANTITY, C2 ON OUTPUT BOARD IS 100uF NOW
REV1.0.2: ADDED ST LINK PROGRAMMER

PCBs
http://www.deckardsdream.com/shop

Firmware
You will need to purchase/borrow a programmer as follows: ST-LINK

Build Info and Firmware

Per Roman: Do not use Mac to format drive on DDRM as it looks like Mac adds some invisible files in a folder, that conflict with the firmware. Please Format and load with PC

Latest Bootloader is: DD-BOOTLOADER-REV2.0.hex
Latest Firmware is: DD-FIRMWARE-REV1.2.5.bin
All firmware and technical documentation can be found here: Downloads

On initial setup, you will need to also download DD-FIRMWARE-REV1.0.zip to get the latest factory patch bank as it is not bundled with the latest firmware REV1.2.5


Shopping Cart Links - Contributed by the community

Posted by Reggie Barns: Here's the Mouser cart for BOM 1.0.7 that I've been updating since 1.0.2. It only contains Mouser parts per the latest BOM and not the parts from eBay, Synthcube, Thonk, etc. https://www.mouser.com/ProjectManager/P ... 9ba27b85b3

Posted by ultravox - not official or complete: https://www.mouser.com/ProjectManager/P ... 9ba27b85b3

SynthCube has full and partial parts kits - http://synthcube.com/cart/ddrm-deckard- ... ption=true

Thonk has carried some of the rare chips
Some folks have been working on a Mouser Cart, so look forward to further contribution from this group
Farnel I do not know of

Synthcube added slider caps for those that need them http://synthcube.com/cart/ddrm-slider-pot-caps-set

Case and Panel
Case and Panel - Cases have been shipped and more are available
Wooden Case: Ross Lammond (UK) http://www.lamonddesign.co.uk/index/
Ross Lammond is building the cases for Roman for all the pre-built units

Official Build Guide
Build Guide


issues/frequently/ questions/answers:


As we learn more about the upcoming expander I will update here:

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DDRM Onlineshop:
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I have of course built the one I used to test and adjust filter behavior. There is nothing particularly hard to do in a production DIY DD build since the fine-pitch SMT parts are already installed, it is just a lot of parts overall and will take a while. I did have to solder all of the DACs and STM32 CPU but even then it was not terribly difficult--one just needs a 0.5mm tip soldering iron and a flux pen.

Building the panel/slider board can get a little greasy as the slider lubricant seems to easily transfer to the board during handling, but q-tips and 90% IPA keep that under control.

One thing to pay careful attention to is chip orientation as a number of parts install in various directions. Use sockets for V2164s and CEM3340s.


More later,
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Post by synthcube » Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:16 am

excellent, thank you for organizing this!
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Post by Jruss993 » Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:18 am

This is awesome Steve. Thanks for taking this on. I am so excited for this project!

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Post by oldcrow » Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:37 am

I have of course built the one I used to test and adjust filter behavior. There is nothing particularly hard to do in a production DIY DD build since the fine-pitch SMT parts are already installed, it is just a lot of parts overall and will take a while. I did have to solder all of the DACs and STM32 CPU but even then it was not terribly difficult--one just needs a 0.5mm tip soldering iron and a flux pen.

Building the panel/slider board can get a little greasy as the slider lubricant seems to easily transfer to the board during handling, but q-tips and 90% IPA keep that under control.

One thing to pay careful attention to is chip orientation as a number of parts install in various directions. Use sockets for V2164s and CEM3340s.


More later,
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Post by livewire » Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:37 am

Thanks for taking this on!
Nice to see that there will be a first post with all the major links right there.
Another great idea is the alternative documentation repository site.
Will there be a mirrored site for DD in case Muffs goes down?
I would hate to not be able to get my DD build thread fix.....daily! :cry:

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Post by needspeed » Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:39 am

livewire wrote:Thanks for taking this on!
Nice to see that there will be a first post with all the major links right there.
Another great idea is the alternative documentation repository site.
Will there be a mirrored site for DD in case Muffs goes down?
I would hate to not be able to get my DD build thread fix.....daily! :cry:
You bring up a great point on mirroring, let me think on it as I agree it is important. Agree that life without Muffs seems empty....Steve
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Post by ultravox » Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:05 pm

Hi needspeed, nice work getting the build thread started. :tu:
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Post by secrethero303 » Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:19 pm

Thank you for setting this up, Steve. Looking forward to this build. :mrgreen:

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I will have all my parts tomorrow, should see PCBs soon

Post by needspeed » Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:43 pm

I am getting the remaining parts from SynthCube tomorrow and will post pics. I also will cross reference to Romans latest BOM. For those sourcing you own it will be interesting to know what substitutions you may find for out of stock items......Steve
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Hi All, in an effort to keep a central repository of all the documents, FAQs and build information, there is a wiki started at https://www.dsl-man.de/display/DDRM/DDR ... d+Doc+Home

That way folks can pose other this here, and if they need the docs, BOM, Schematic etc they can find it in one tidy place.

I will post material from Roman or Black Corp as soon as they send it to me, or if you folks want something important for the build added, it can go there as well.

I also linked some sites like this one.
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Post by ultravox » Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:16 pm

I made a Mouser cart for BOM Rev1.0.3. I didn't substitute any of the backordered items, I'll just wait for them to arrive. https://www.mouser.com/ProjectManager/P ... 9ba27b85b3

The cart doesn't include items that the BOM says are sourced from eBay, Small Bear, synthcube, etc.

There are 668 ceramic SMT caps in the BOM. I'm guessing these are preinstalled but it doesn't say so in the BOM, so I ordered them. If they turn out to be preinstalled then its no big loss due to the low cost.
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Post by synthcube » Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:21 pm

ultravox wrote:
There are 668 ceramic SMT caps in the BOM. I'm guessing these are preinstalled but it doesn't say so in the BOM, so I ordered them. If they turn out to be preinstalled then its no big loss due to the low cost.
we've included those in the kits as well, having assumed they are not installed per the BOM
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Post by needspeed » Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:02 pm

synthcube wrote:
ultravox wrote:
There are 668 ceramic SMT caps in the BOM. I'm guessing these are preinstalled but it doesn't say so in the BOM, so I ordered them. If they turn out to be preinstalled then its no big loss due to the low cost.
we've included those in the kits as well, having assumed they are not installed per the BOM

Per Roman we get the supreme joy of affixing them as part of the build. So get ready for some SMD soldering....... Steve
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Post by needspeed » Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:03 pm

sixbyseven wrote:Hi All, in an effort to keep a central repository of all the documents, FAQs and build information, there is a wiki started at https://www.dsl-man.de/display/DDRM/DDR ... d+Doc+Home

That way folks can pose other this here, and if they need the docs, BOM, Schematic etc they can find it in one tidy place.

I will post material from Roman or Black Corp as soon as they send it to me, or if you folks want something important for the build added, it can go there as well.

I also linked some sites like this one.
:nana:
Awesome and thank you........ Steve
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Post by cupwise » Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:09 pm

ultravox wrote:I made a Mouser cart for BOM Rev1.0.3. I didn't substitute any of the backordered items, I'll just wait for them to arrive. https://www.mouser.com/ProjectManager/P ... 9ba27b85b3

The cart doesn't include items that the BOM says are sourced from eBay, Small Bear, synthcube, etc.

There are 668 ceramic SMT caps in the BOM. I'm guessing these are preinstalled but it doesn't say so in the BOM, so I ordered them. If they turn out to be preinstalled then its no big loss due to the low cost.
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Post by needspeed » Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:15 pm

cupwise wrote:
ultravox wrote:I made a Mouser cart for BOM Rev1.0.3. I didn't substitute any of the backordered items, I'll just wait for them to arrive. https://www.mouser.com/ProjectManager/P ... 9ba27b85b3

The cart doesn't include items that the BOM says are sourced from eBay, Small Bear, synthcube, etc.

There are 668 ceramic SMT caps in the BOM. I'm guessing these are preinstalled but it doesn't say so in the BOM, so I ordered them. If they turn out to be preinstalled then its no big loss due to the low cost.
AWESOME!
Just check the latest BOM which is 1.0.5 Roman has a change log at the bottom and not much has changed.......Steve
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Post by sixbyseven » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:39 pm

ultravox wrote:I made a Mouser cart for BOM Rev1.0.3. I didn't substitute any of the backordered items, I'll just wait for them to arrive. https://www.mouser.com/ProjectManager/P ... 9ba27b85b3

The cart doesn't include items that the BOM says are sourced from eBay, Small Bear, synthcube, etc......
Do you mind if I link to it on the DDRM wiki?

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Post by sixbyseven » Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:00 pm

[quote=...Words of Wisdom:
From oldcrow
I have of course built the one I used to test and adjust filter behavior. There is nothing particularly hard to do in a production DIY DD build since the fine-pitch SMT parts are already installed, it is just a lot of parts overall and will take a while. I did have to solder all of the DACs and STM32 CPU but even then it was not terribly difficult--one just needs a 0.5mm tip soldering iron and a flux pen.

Building the panel/slider board can get a little greasy as the slider lubricant seems to easily transfer to the board during handling, but q-tips and 90% IPA keep that under control.

One thing to pay careful attention to is chip orientation as a number of parts install in various directions. Use sockets for V2164s and CEM3340s.


More later,
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Haha, I just did a STM32F407 64 pin... the hardest fricken hand soldering thing I ever did. The secret, lightly pre tin the pads.. and use some sort of magnifier cam thingy. I might invest in a higher end model though.... because I still had a short between a IC pin and the carrier pins... You won't need to do this for the DDRM, but if you ever get a chance, the pins are easily bent. I tried the slide-solder method... disaster and destroyed a processor and a carrier. I lightly tinned the pads, aligned the processor with super thin pins and then touched each pad, one-by-one until it was down. When building the DDRM synth... I would consider protecting all of the fine lead SMT devices with some tape and a thin sheet of foam. Then work carefully around them. You would not want to drop any solder near them.
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Post by oldcrow » Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:44 pm

The essential item for any SMT soldering is a flux pen. It is ten times easier soldering using one vs. without one. I use the water soluable flux pen model, Kester 2331-ZX such as http://www.techni-tool.com/488CH450

Even for the 688 pieces of 0805-size 100nF ceramic bypass capacitor it will help. Be sure to invest in an 0.5~0.7mm soldering iron tip set for your model, though 1mm tips are fine for 0805.

DD builders will not need to worry about soldering the fine-pitch parts, but in situations where I have to do this I always start with the most difficult component as nothing kills your day after spending 7 hours on a board build only to discover the CPU you soldered in last is rotated 90 degrees from the correct position. :bang: :bang: :deadbanana: I did not do that to the DD, but I have done that elsewhere. This is why I have a hot-air rework station :sb:

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Haha, I just did a STM32F407 64 pin... the hardest fricken hand soldering thing I ever did. The secret, lightly pre tin the pads.. and use some sort of magnifier cam thingy. I might invest in a higher end model though.... because I still had a short between a IC pin and the carrier pins... You won't need to do this for the DDRM, but if you ever get a chance, the pins are easily bent. I tried the slide-solder method... disaster and destroyed a processor and a carrier. I lightly tinned the pads, aligned the processor with super thin pins and then touched each pad, one-by-one until it was down. When building the DDRM synth... I would consider protecting all of the fine lead SMT devices with some tape and a thin sheet of foam. Then work carefully around them. You would not want to drop any solder near them.

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Post by ultravox » Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:30 am

sixbyseven wrote:
ultravox wrote:I made a Mouser cart for BOM Rev1.0.3. I didn't substitute any of the backordered items, I'll just wait for them to arrive. https://www.mouser.com/ProjectManager/P ... 9ba27b85b3

The cart doesn't include items that the BOM says are sourced from eBay, Small Bear, synthcube, etc......
Do you mind if I link to it on the DDRM wiki?
Sure, share the link! I just updated it to Rev1.0.5.

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Post by fuzzbass » Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:09 am

ultravox wrote:There are 668 ceramic SMT caps in the BOM. I'm guessing these are preinstalled but it doesn't say so in the BOM, so I ordered them. If they turn out to be preinstalled then its no big loss due to the low cost.
Get ready for some sm soldering, sir. These are not among the "pre-installed" parts on the most recent BOM. I really wish Roman had baked these on - I would have gladly paid for it. But I'm committed now I guess.

If anyone has a reflow oven, I will pay to have the voice cards cooked. I am really not looking forward to 1300+ hot air joints.

edit: He is selling completed synths. Why wouldn't he have these placed during fabrication? I have asked him for clarification on FB.
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Post by needspeed » Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:13 am

fuzzbass wrote:
ultravox wrote:There are 668 ceramic SMT caps in the BOM. I'm guessing these are preinstalled but it doesn't say so in the BOM, so I ordered them. If they turn out to be preinstalled then its no big loss due to the low cost.
Get ready for some sm soldering, sir. These are not among the "pre-installed" parts on the most recent BOM. I really wish Roman had baked these on - I would have gladly paid for it. But I'm committed now I guess.

If anyone has a reflow oven, I will pay to have the voice cards cooked. I am really not looking forward to 1300+ hot air joints.
I understand Tony it will be tedious. I have no experience with reflow but would love to hear from someone who does, as these are double sided boards that already have SMDs affixed, so I wonder how you add components without disturbing the ones already there......Steve
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Post by fuzzbass » Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:56 am

needspeed wrote:I understand Tony it will be tedious. I have no experience with reflow but would love to hear from someone who does, as these are double sided boards that already have SMDs affixed, so I wonder how you add components without disturbing the ones already there......Steve
Per BOM, pre-installed parts are on main board along with 102 of these caps. The rest (566) are on boards with no pre-installed parts. If someone has access to a laser cutter to make solder masks, and a reflow oven, that should make quick work of this. (that is assuming they are all on one side of the board - I guess we don't know that yet)

Meanwhile, I asked Roman is this is just a BOM oversight. If all of these need to be manually installed, his production cost for completed units is going to balloon.
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