ARP Pro-Soloist and Pro/DGX -1972/1977    Weight= 18.5 Lbs. Number mfg.= ? MRP=$1350


User Manual:
Reset Proceedures: N/A
Operating System code: N/A
Patches or knob settings: N/A
Circuit Overview: below
Scematics/Service Manual: fdiskc archive
Common Service Issues/Tips: below
Parts Sources: Keys knobs semiconductors misc
Uncommon chips/modules used: 4034 filter sub-module, ROM chips
Modifications:
General Info Links: Vintage Synth Explorer





Circuit Overview:
     Board E needs some clarification. I worked on my second Pro-soloist tonight and after having been puzzled by what I saw in the schematic, see what the problem was. Not that this circuit first generates a clock with gates from Z8 and Z2. This signal is divided in 4 stages which creates address code for the 74150 data select chip and simultaneously can update the memory cells of Z3 when a gate signal is detected, and this data feeds the dac board A along with the other two bits similarly buffered in the other two f/f memory cells of Z3 but which represent octave rather than note value in the codes, and are generated by two more dividers from Z5, a 7473. Z6 a 7403 open collector NAND takes that information to create a octave decoder.
     Here's where the funny looking thing happens. Those open collector outputs go straight to the 4 octave busses (one dedicated to the high C key only). And the switch wires for all note types are tied together. So for instance all the D's are tied to pin 6 of the 74150 which is selected if the address code is 0010. So if the high D gets hit, then there is now a connection between the third octave output of the 7403 and that pin. There is nothing else there. NO PULL UP..no NOTHING! Sadly my unit had a bad 74150 which even w/ a pull up wouldn't work. Once I replaced the chip then the pulses appeared. NOt square of course. THere's a time constant. When an open collector output on the 7403 goes high then a small current from the 74150's input floats the lines up! And since it's a fairly slow process (scan cycle is 100/sec I believe it said) this works just fine normally.
     Anyway there are a few other details on Board E but once those codes are there then the DAC of Board A is able to convert to a control voltage for the VCO with the Portamento and pitch control between of course. Then there is a divide down responding to the octave code for both a Frequency to voltage converter (which is fed back to the non-inverting input of the op amp driving the vco's CV) and for the actual generated signal to be conditioned on by a pulse and saw step shaper. And these signals are fed to Board C where they are filtered for the various sounds.
     The panel switches for patch selection create a static digital code on a group of wires that form an address buss for a set of ROM chips. These chips are programmed to give the proper high or low outputs on various lines that each alter the active components in the feedback loop of an op amp or the like. Thus changing for instance the filtering characteristics of a circuit. Tones generated can then be routed through the Moog filter copy 4034 module or not, also depending on the setting of a bit in a ROM chip for that particular patches address. Aftertouch can control all attributes but panel knobs only allow control of brilliance of the filter, AT amount, portamento amount, vibrato speed and volume. A reiterate switch is also present. The PRO/DGX model had improved switching, but lost the moog ripoff filter design. The rare 'Soloist' was the first product and I don't know much about it.






     The only one I've worked on, mine, there were several issues. The most significant was that some of the sounds wouldn't work at all. Looking in the service manual at the functions which the ROM chips were activating for each of those, (very nice manual!) the common link was obvious. They all use the moog filter copy 4034 module. I found Parts
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