Tag Archives: audio

NS1 Nanosynth the hackable analog synthesizer is back!

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We’ve been playing with NS1 Nanosynth in the last few weeks, when it first appeared under our radars on the Christmas’ Gift Guides (while going sold out in few days, after Synthopia blessed it with this interesting review).  It’s a hackable and customizable analog synthesizer coupled with an Arduino Micro platform.

Personally, it was one of my first steps into modular synthesizers. Nice sounds, easy approach. Peter Kirn is perfectly picturing this amazing compromise here!

Synths: they’re fun to tweak and play. Modulars: they’re fun to patch. Arduinos: they’re fun to hack. Small things: they’re fun to carry around.

But how to track patches? How to share sounds with friends? I was playing mainly with my son, and managed to print out a paper sketch depicting all the different pinout of the synth. I wasn’t satisfied with that, I needed more!

I started writing Sound Machines, about new patches, more sounds. It turned out I made a Fritzing part out of the Nanonsynth, and we started sharing each other patches. This repository holds them, and this is a short review of the best. Enjoy!

 

Here you can listen to the envelope Generator (ADSR) in action:

 

Want to add your very own sounds? You can either add it to their repository or comment here!

Replacement LED driver for AN6877

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Dilshan Jayakody writes:

AN6877 is linear AF level meter IC produced by Panasonic and it is commonly found on many audio equipment. This chip is no longer manufactured by Panasonic and finding replacement chip for AN6877 is also quiet difficult.
The circuit described in this article is design to replace AN6877 base LED drivers and it is based on commonly available components. This replacement LED driver is design using 10, MMBT3904/2N3904 transistors and it can easily modify to get necessary number of outputs.

Project info at Jayakody’s blog and elect.wikispaces.com.

Audio multiplexer with integrated amplifier

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Audio multiplexer with integrated amplifier project by Matt Winslow, built as a capstone project for his masters in EE:

This project is to act as a central hub for switching between audio sources and listening devices. Multiple audio sources can include a phone, computer, TV, etc. The listening devices can include different sets of speakers, headphones, etc. This project aims at reducing the hassle of unplugging and reconfiguring the desired audio source and listening device to just a button press. There is also an integrated volume control knob on the audio mux to conveniently change the gain in the same location as the buttons.

Project info at Winslomb blog.

Check out the video after the break.

Dynamic microphone preamplifier

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Dilshan Jayakody published a new build, a microphone preamplifier:

This is single chip dynamic microphone preamplifier which is design to drive using commonly available 12V single rail power supplies. Preamplifier in this article is build around popular NE5532 dual low noise operational amplifier IC and this preamplifier is specifically constructed to drive professional 600Ω dynamic microphones.
This preamplifier consists with two amplifier stages and initial amplifier is design to get 36dB gain and final preamplifier is used to get 16dB of gain. Preamplifier gain controller is placed in between those two amplifiers and this separation allows reducing clipping in output waveform.

Project info at  Jayakody’s blog and  Elect.wikispaces.com.

48V Phantom power supply

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Dilshan Jayakody has designed and built a 48V Phantom power supply:

Phantom power supply is widely used in audio industry to power the active microphones over single audio cable. Most of the phantom power supplies deliver 48V DC over the balanced audio link and power supply unit described in this article is also based on same technique.
Phantom power supply in this article is based on TL783 high voltage regulator IC and 230V – 50V step down transformer. Like most of the phantom power supplies this power supply is also design to connect in between active microphone and audio mixer devices.

Project info at  Dilshan Jayakody’s blog.

 

Calculator for audio output transformers

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Dilshan Jayakody  writes:

    Audio output transformers are heavily used in vacuum tube and some (older) transistor base audio power amplifiers, but these days output transformer are quiet hard to find and expensive item. For homebrew projects the best option is to construct those transformers by ourselves and this script helps to calculate winding parameters for those transformers.
This “AF output transformer calculator” script is written using Python and it works with most of the commonly available Python interpreters.

The script is available at elect.wikispaces.com.

Details at Dilshan’s blog.