Sweet Sixteen

old version

This module is a eurorack version of the 16n Faderbank, implemented with 16 CV inputs and some other smart add ons. Almost everything is in the front panel.

There are 16 channels, which can be used as:

  • Midi controller

  • Manual CV generator (0 to 8v range)

  • Attenuator

  • CV to Midi CC

  • i2C controller

  • CV to i2C data


  • Midi trs out

  • Jumpers on the back to swap between 'Arturia/Novation' and 'Korg/Makenoise' Midi trs standards

  • USB Midi out (usb midi class compliant device)

  • 4 switches to enable bi-polar CV to Midi/i2C conversion (one for every 4 channels)

  • i2C via mini jack on front panel and pin header on the back of the module.

  • 16 inputs

  • 16 outputs

  • 16 faders

  • 16 bi-color leds to show what's going on in every channel

The Midi CC number and channels can be different for the TRS jack and the USB port. The firmware has been tweaked to allow also Pitch Bend, which is pretty handy because you can get much better resolution through Midi (from min to max values Midi CCs have 128 steps and Pitch Bend has a resolution of 16.384 steps).

The voltage generated by every fader is up to 8v, which is good enough to control eurorack modules (like wide open/close the cutoff frequency of a filter etc).

In the midi CC messages, 0 volts will correspond to a value of 0, and 8 volts to a value of 127. But the CV to Midi can handle also negative voltages, for such task there are 4 slide switches (1 for every 4 faders) that swaps the internal voltage reference in a way that, when activated, 0 volts will be the middle position of the midi controller, -4 volts the minimum value and +4 volts the maximum. Those switches only affect the Midi/i2C outs, CV outs won't be affected by them in any way.

If you plug in a bigger voltage source (like a -5v+5v LFO or a 10v envelope) the fader will work as attenuator, so you'll be able to adapt how that signal affects the Midi CC out, covering the whole Midi CC range, saturating the waveform or just affecting it briefly.

Panel USB port is type B, which seems to be stronger than mini or micro ones.

i2C could connect directly to an ER-301, monome Ansible or a monome Teletype.

The Teensy can be powered via the internal regulator or the +5v eurorack rail (selectable via a jumper on the back).

The partial kit comes with all SMD populated, so only through hole components requires soldering work.

size 24 HP

  • 92 mA +12V

  • 86 mA -12V

This module is a derivative work of the "16n Faderbank" by Brian Crabtree, Sean Hellfritsch, Tom Armitage and Brendon Cassidy. CC-BY-SA

there's a new 16n firmware from Tom Armitage (fully compatible with the Sweet Sixteen) has some cool features like a web application to config the midi controllers & channels, learn more about it here

if you like bare aluminium panels with cute minimal design Pusherman has it for the Sweet Sixteen at a very reasonable price, check it here.


photo by mopoco

photo by @phonk