Tuning

tip

The timer circuits are independant, so you can tune their notes in any order.

Tuning the POLY555

  1. If it's already assembled, remove enclosure top and keys
  2. Turn on your chromatic tuner or app and place it by the speaker. Turn the POLY555's volume up so the tuner can hear it.
  3. Holding any S* switch, adjust its respective RV* trim pot with a small flathead screwdriver until its note is correct. See frequency table below.

Frequency table#

SwitchTrim PotNoteFrequency
S1RV1F3174.61
S2RV2F#3185.00
S3RV3G3196.00
S4RV4G#3207.65
S5RV5A3220.00
S6RV6A#3233.08
S7RV7B3246.94
S8RV8C4261.63
S9RV9C#4277.18
S10RV10D4293.66
S11RV11D#4311.13
S12RV12E4329.63
S13RV13F4349.23
S14RV14F#4369.99
S15RV15G4392.00
S16RV16G#4415.30
S17RV17A4440.00
S18RV18A#4466.16
S19RV19B4493.88
S20RV20C5523.25

Using an oscilloscope#

Referring to the schematics, we can see the 555s' outputs converge on RV21.

Attach your oscilloscope probe to its left leg to view the raw square waves before they get sent to the 386. Ground is RV21's right leg, on the speaker, and a bunch of other places!