AJH Synth - Sonic XV - BLACK


Version in black vintage design

The Sonic XV is a -24dB per octave steep diode filter with voltage controllable resonance. The filter circuit originates in the less-known vintage synthesizer Musonic Sonic V which has a quite different character from transistor ladder filters. The module features addtionally a 6dB low pass and a band pass output as well as voltage controllable wave shapers at the audio intput and in the resonance loop (!)



Two waveshapers have been added to hugely increase the sonic versatility of this module. There is a breakpoint based wavefolder on the input, with drive level that can be manually adjusted or voltage contolled. A three-position bias control switch allows extra waveshape variations.
A second waveshaper is connected to the resonance circuit, which adds distortion and waveshaping to the resonance loop signal, again the drive can be adjusted manually or under full voltage control. A wet/dry mix control allows resonance waveshaping to be added from 0 to 100%.

At high levels of feedback (between positions 8 and 10) the filter will self-oscillate and produce a sinewave output without any audio input, however the filter will only self resonate at higher frequencies (2KHz and above) unless the Resonance Waveshaper is used, in which case the self resonant level can be extended down to around 150 Hz. When the resonance waveshaping is used the resonance waveform is no longer a sine wave, the exact waveform depends upon the various Resonance control settings.

If a control voltage is patched to the 1 V/Oct input when the filter is self resonating, the resonance wave can be played in the same manner as a VCO with a tracking range of 3 - 4 octaves. The CV scaling is not temperature corrected so it may drift with changes in ambient temperature. Please also note that the tracking scale changes if the Resonance Waveshaper is used, by default the scaling is calibrated for waveshaped resonance.

These additions take the diode ladder fllter core way beyond it’s original function, it becomes a “filter” module that can add harmonics and shape waveforms rather than simply filtering them.


audio input, band pass output, -6dB low pass output, -24dB lowpass output
CV inputs: Cutoff, 1V/octave, Resonance, Resonance Waveshaper, Input Waveshaper


3U Eurorack module, 14HP wide, 34mm deep
current draw: 70mA at +12V and 55mA t -12V

0.2 kg
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