Synth & Eurorack Parts / DIY

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P-JB-IN-U-DUST Dust Cap - For DC Power Jack, Low Profile Size
Dust cover for smaller low profile DC power jacks. This cover is simple to install and can help protect the power jack on effects pedals and other electronics using this style of DC jack. Jack sold separately.
$0.30
S-H750-X Power Jack - DC Panel Mount, 5.5mm External, 2.1mm Internal
Colors Available:
New!:
½" panel mount with solder lugs. Round plastic with normally closed switch. For barrel plugs with a 5.5mm external diameter and 2.1mm internal diameter.
Starting at $0.75
S-H750-DUST Dust Cap - For DC Power Jack, Standard Size
Dust cover for standard size DC power jacks. This cover is simple to install and can help protect the power jack on effects pedals and other electronics using this style of DC jack. Jack sold separately.
$0.30
P-Q-AS394H Transistor - AS394H, Matched Pair, Alfa, TO5-8 case, NPN
The AS394H is a junction isolated ultra well-matched monolithic NPN transistor pair with an order of magnitude improvement in matching over conventional transistor pairs. Electrical characteristics of these devices such as drift versus initial offset voltage, noise, and the exponential relationship of base-emitter voltage to collector current closely approach those of a theoretical transistor. Extrinsic base and emitter resistances are very low, giving very low noise and operating over a wide current range. To guarantee long term stability of matching parameters, internal clamp diodes have been added across the emitter-base junction of each transistor. These prevent degradation due to reverse biased emitter current, the most common cause of field failures in matched devices.
$4.25
P-JBLB-SI-U Power Jack - Lumberg, DC Panel Mount, Snap-in, 5.5mm External, 2.1mm Internal
Snap-in Lumberg panel mount barrel jack with solder lugs. This high quality jack is a similar size to the Lumberg low profile jack but easily snaps into place with no need to thread a nut inside the chassis. For use with barrel plugs with a 5.5mm external diameter and 2.1mm internal diameter.
$1.55
P-Q-AS194DE Transistor - AS194DE, Matched Pair, Alfa, SOIC-8, NPN
The AS194DE is a junction isolated ultra well-matched monolithic NPN transistor pair with an
order of magnitude improvement in matching over conventional transistor pairs. Electrical characteristics of these devices such as drift versus initial offset voltage, noise, and the exponential relationship of base-emitter voltage to collector current closely approach those of a theoretical transistor. Extrinsic base and emitter resistances are very low, giving very low noise and operating over a wide current range.
To guarantee long term stability of matching parameters, internal clamp diodes have been added across the emitter-base junction of each transistor. These prevent degradation due to reverse biased emitter current, the most common cause of field failures in matched devices.
$4.50
P-Q-AS3046 Transistor - AS3046, Array of 5, Matched Pair, 14-Pin DIP, NPN
The AS3046 is Alfa’s version of the CA3046 IC. The AS3046 consists of five general purpose silicon NPN transistors on a common monolithic substrate. Two of the transistors are internally connected to form a differentially-connected pair. The transistors are well suited to a wide variety of applications in low power systems. They may be used as discrete transistors in conventional circuits however, in addition, they provide the very significant inherent integrated circuit advantages of close electrical and thermal matching.
The AS3046 is available in a 14-pin DIP package.
Features
  • Matched pair of npn transistors
  • VBE matched less than ±1 mV
  • 5 general purpose monolithic transistors
  • Wide operating current range

Applications
  • Filters
  • Custom designed differential amplifiers
  • Temperature compensated amplifiers
$3.99
P-Q-AS3080E OTA - AS3080E, Linearizing Diodes, Alfa, 8-Pin DIP
The AS3080E is Alfa’s version of the CA3080 IC. The AS3080E is a gain block which is the operational-transconductance-amplifier (OTA). The AS3080E has differential input and a single-ended, push-pull, class A output. Amplifier bias
input may be used either for gating or for linear gain control. High output impedance and transconductance (gM) is directly proportional to the amplifier bias current (IABC). Linearizing diodes are provided at the inputs to reduce distortion and allow higher input levels. The result is a 10-dB signal-to-noise improvement referenced to 0.5 percent THD.
The AS3080E is notable for it’s high slew rate (50V/µs), which makes it especially useful for multiplexer and fast unity-gain voltage followers.
$3.95
P-Q-AS3280 OTA - AS3280, Dual, Linearizing Diodes, Alfa, 16-Pin DIP
The AS3280 is Alfa’s version of the CA3280 IC. The AS3280 consists of two variable operational amplifiers that are designed to substantially reduce the initial input offset voltage and the offset voltage variation with respect to changes in programming current. This design results in reduced "AGC thump," an objectionable characteristic of many AGC systems. Careful design of critical places of the circuit reduces the amplifier dependence upon thermal and processing variables.
The AS3280 has all the generic characteristics of an operational voltage amplifier except that the forward transfer characteristics is best described by transconductance rather than voltage gain, and the output is current, not voltage. The magnitude of the output current is equal to the product of transconductance and the input voltage.
$7.95
P-Q-AS3310 Integrated Circuit - AS3310, VC ADSR, Alfa, 16-Pin Dip
The AS3310 is Alfa’s version of the CEM3310 IC. The AS3310 is a self-contained, precision ADSR type of envelope generator intended for electronic music and other sound generation applications. Attack, decay and release times are exponentially voltage controllable over a wide range, and the sustain level is linearly voltage controllable from 0 to 100% of the peak voltage Vp. All four control Inputs are Isolated from the rest of the circuitry so that the control pins of tracking units may be simply tied together.
On the negative power output, there is an internal Zener diode at 7.4 volts ± 10%, which allows the chip to supply a maximum voltage of ± 15 volts with a current-limiting resistor REE, and a minimum positive supply voltage of + 11 volts and a minimum negative supply voltage of -5 volts.. A series current limiting resistor must be added between pin 6 and the supply.
$5.85
P-Q-AS3340A Integrated Circuit - AS3340A, VCO, Alfa, 16-Pin Dip
The AS3340A is Alfa’s version of the CEM3340 IC. The AS3340A is a completely self-contained, precision voltage controlled oscillator, featuring both exponential and linear control scales and up to four buffered output waveforms: triangle, sawtooth, square, and pulse with voltage controllable pulse width. Full temperature compensation makes these VCOs extremely stable, and eliminates the need for a temperature compensation resistor. The highly accurate exponential and linear control inputs are virtual ground summing nodes, allowing multiple control voltages to be mixed within the device itself.
Also included is provision for hard and soft synchronization of the frequency, and an output for easy adjustment of high frequency tracking. Special care in the design ensures oscillation start-up under any power-on sequence and supply conditions.
An on-chip 7.4 volt Zener diode allows the device to operate off ±15 volt supplies, as well as +12, -5 volt supplies.
$7.95
P-Q-AS394CH Transistor - AS394CH, Matched Pair, Alfa, TO5-8 case, NPN
The AS394CH is a junction isolated ultra well-matched monolithic NPN transistor pair with an order of magnitude improvement in matching over conventional transistor pairs. Electrical characteristics of these devices such as drift versus initial offset voltage, noise, and the exponential relationship of base-emitter voltage to collector current closely approach those of a theoretical transistor. Extrinsic base and emitter resistances are very low, giving very low noise and operating over a wide current range. To guarantee long term stability of matching parameters, internal clamp diodes have been added across the emitter-base junction of each transistor. These prevent degradation due to reverse biased emitter current, the most common cause of field failures in matched devices.
$4.95
P-Q-AS395H Transistor - AS395H, Matched Pair, Alfa, TO5-8 case, PNP
The AS395 dual monolithic PNP transistor offers excellent parametric matching and high frequency performance. Low noise characteristics (1 nV/√Hz typ @ 1 kHz), high bandwidth (190 MHz typical), and low offset voltage (100 µV max), makes the AS395 an excellent choice for demanding preamplifier applications.Tight current gain matching (3% max mismatch) and high current gain (100 min), over a wide range of collector current, makes the AS395 an excellent choice for current mirrors. A low value of bulk resistance makes the AS395 an ideal component for applications requiring accurate logarithmic conformance. To ensure the long-term stability of the matching parameters, internal protection diodes across the base-emitter junction clamp any reverse base-emitter junction potential.
$5.50
P-QLM13700 OTA - LM13700, Dual, Linearizing Diodes and Buffers, 16-Pin DIP
The LM13700 series consists of two current controlled transconductance amplifiers, each with differential inputs and a push-pull output. The two amplifiers share common supplies but otherwise operate independently. Linearizing diodes are provided at the inputs to reduce distortion and allow higher input levels. The result is a 10-dB signal-to-noise improvement referenced to 0.5 percent THD. High impedance buffers are provided which are especially designed to complement the dynamic range of the amplifiers. The output buffers of the LM13700 differ from those of the LM13600 in that their input bias currents (and thus their output DC levels) are independent of IABC.
$2.35
P-Q-AS194H Transistor - AS194H, Matched Pair, Alfa, TO5-8 case, NPN
The AS194H is a junction isolated ultra well-matched monolithic NPN transistor pair with an order of magnitude improvement in matching over conventional transistor pairs. Electrical characteristics of these devices such as drift versus initial offset voltage, noise, and the exponential relationship of base-emitter voltage to collector current closely approach those of a theoretical transistor. Extrinsic base and emitter resistances are very low, giving very low noise and operating over a wide current range. To guarantee long term stability of matching parameters, internal clamp diodes have been added across the emitter-base junction of each transistor. These prevent degradation due to reverse biased emitter current, the most common cause of field failures in matched devices.
$4.50
P-Q-AS3046D Transistor - AS3046D, Array of 5, Matched Pair, SOIC-14, NPN
The AS3046 is Alfa’s version of the CA3046 IC in an SOIC package. The AS3046D consists of five general purpose silicon NPN transistors on a common monolithic substrate. Two of the transistors are internally connected to form a differentially-connected pair. The transistors are well suited to a wide variety of applications in low power systems. They may be used as discrete transistors in conventional circuits however, in addition, they provide the very significant inherent integrated circuit advantages of close electrical and thermal matching.
The AS3046D is available in a 14-pin SOIC package.
Features
  • Matched pair of npn transistors
  • VBE matched less than ±1 mV
  • 5 general purpose monolithic transistors
  • Wide operating current range

Applications
  • Filters
  • Custom designed differential amplifiers
  • Temperature compensated amplifiers
$3.95
P-Q-AS3080ED OTA - AS3080ED, Linearizing Diodes, Alfa, SOIC-8
The AS3080ED is Alfa’s version of the CA3080 IC in an SOIC package. The AS3080ED is a gain block which is the operational-transconductance-amplifier (OTA). The AS3080ED has differential input and a single-ended, push-pull, class A output. Amplifier bias input may be used either for gating or for linear gain control. High output impedance and transconductance (gM) is directly proportional to the amplifier bias current (IABC). Linearizing diodes are provided at the inputs to reduce distortion and allow higher input levels. The result is a 10-dB signal-to-noise improvement referenced to 0.5 percent THD.
The AS3080ED is notable for it’s high slew rate (50V/µs), which makes it especially useful for multiplexer and fast unity-gain voltage followers.
$4.75
P-Q-AS3280D OTA - AS3280D, Dual, Linearizing Diodes, Alfa, SOIC-16
The AS3280 is Alfa’s version of the CA3280 IC in an SOIC package. The AS3280D consists of two variable operational amplifiers that are designed to substantially reduce the initial input offset voltage and the offset voltage variation with respect to changes in programming current. This design results in reduced "AGC thump," an objectionable characteristic of many AGC systems. Careful design of critical places of the circuit reduces the amplifier dependence upon thermal and processing variables.
The AS3280D has all the generic characteristics of an operational voltage amplifier except that the forward transfer characteristics is best described by transconductance rather than voltage gain, and the output is current, not voltage. The magnitude of the output current is equal to the product of transconductance and the input voltage.
$7.95
P-Q-AS3320 Integrated Circuit - AS3320, Multi-Mode VCF, Alfa, 18-Pin Dip
The AS3320 is Alfa’s version of the CEM3320 IC. The AS3320 is a high performance voltage controlled four-pole filter with on-chip voltage controllable resonance IC. The four independent sections may be interconnected to provide a wide variety of filter responses, such as low pass, high pass, band pass and all pass. A single input exponentially controls the frequency over greater than a ten octave range with little control voltage feedthrough. Another input controls the resonance in a modified linear manner from zero to low distortion oscillation. For those demanding applications, provision has been made to allow trimming for improved control voltage rejection. Each filter section features a variable gain cell which is fully temperature compensated, exhibits a better signal-to-noise ratio and generates its low distortion predominantly in the second harmonic. The device includes a minus two volt regulator to ensure low power dissipation and consequent low warm-up drift.
$5.95
P-Q-AS3360 Integrated Circuit - AS3360, Dual VCA, Alfa, 14-Pin Dip
The AS3360 is Alfa’s version of the CEM3360 IC. The AS3360 is a dual general purpose voltage controlled transconductor intended for such applications as voltage controlled amplifiers, filters, and waveform generators. Each transconductor independently provides both linear and exponential control scaling over greater than a 100 dB range. Complete with virtual ground summing inputs, wide voltage compliance current outputs, and control inputs referenced to ground, the AS3360 requires exceptionally few external components and is extremely easy to use. Because of its inherent ultra-low control feedthrough, no trimming is required.
$5.95
R-VAV-BX Potentiometer - Alpha, Linear, 9mm, Vertical
Linear taper, vertical mount, Alpha pots with a 6.35mm shaft diameter. These 9mm pots are popular in DIY guitar pedals, synthesizers, and other projects. Mounting nut and washer included.
$1.85
P-QBC108C Transistor - BC108C, TO-18 case, NPN
BC108C NPN silicon transistors. The BC108C is a popular NPN choice for fuzz pedals and other effects such as vintage silicon Fuzz Face builds and Big Muff clones.
  • NPN polarity
  • Collector emitter breakdown voltage 25V
  • Collector base breakdown voltage 30V
  • Collector current 200mA
  • Power 0.75W
  • Transition frequency 150MHz
  • TO-18 case
  • Weight 0.35g
$0.95
P-H54-DRESS-WIDE Nut - Wide Dress Nut, Threaded Through, For Mini Toggle Switches
Threaded through wide dress nuts for use with mini toggle switches. This wide based nut is not capped allowing the nut to thread past the top of the switch’s bushing. The uncapped top can be useful where internal depth is an issue such as parallel PCB mounting. These plated dress nuts feature a wide chamfered edge for a professional and unique look. These work on any 1/4-40 UNS threaded bushing. Two sides are flatted for use with a tool when fastening.
$0.89
W-SC-DRESS-X Nut - Switchcraft, Dress Nut / Sealing Nut, ⅜”-32 UNEF-2A
Switchcraft shouldered hex nuts for ⅜”-32 UNEF-2A threaded bushings. These nuts include a rubber grommet for use in sealed systems and also add a unique look to any build such as pedals or amplifiers. The large nut (W-SC-DRESS-1) is intended for panel or chassis thicknesses of 0.05” through 0.09”. The small nut (W-SC-DRESS-2) is intended for panel or chassis thicknesses of 0.095” through 0.125”. Rubber grommet included.
$1.50
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