RuudNL

Re: Roger Mayer RM57 build?
« Reply #300 on: January 27, 2019, 10:41:13 AM »
My version of the Roger Mayer limiter.
There is a solution for every problem!

http://www.vansteenisaudio.nl


Re: Roger Mayer RM57 build?
« Reply #301 on: January 27, 2019, 10:57:33 AM »
looking neaaaaaaat ! Wish i knew how to make such good looking panels...

thomasdf

Re: Roger Mayer RM57 build?
« Reply #302 on: January 27, 2019, 12:06:06 PM »
Beautiful RuudNL! Very classy & efficient design !

Would you mind sharing more info (transformers, build info) and maybe your PCB design?
I have quite a lot of unfinished project but this one has been on my wishlist for quite a while now !

Vac11

Re: Roger Mayer RM57 build?
« Reply #303 on: January 27, 2019, 02:12:26 PM »
Beautiful build Ruud! Congrats! Could you share schematic?

Spencerleehorton

Re: Roger Mayer RM57 build?
« Reply #304 on: January 28, 2019, 12:48:23 AM »
That looks so nice!!! Congrats

Could we see it in action?

My version seems fine just runs better if frequency is cut at 50hz to stop it distorting a little.

Is there a way of cutting at this frequency? Say with a capacitor on a switch?
And where in the circuit would I go?
I would think it would need to go before q10?

I suppose this would be classed as a sidechain right?

I am aware that to find this capacitance the equation would need resistance and voltage but don’t know where I could implement it?

Any ideas?
« Last Edit: January 28, 2019, 02:55:37 AM by Spencerleehorton »
website: www.mohawkstudios.co.uk
email: [email protected]

If it hisses its probably the wrong impedance!!!
Or a snake!!!

RuudNL

Re: Roger Mayer RM57 build?
« Reply #305 on: January 28, 2019, 04:48:18 AM »
Here is the schematic of the 'modernized' version I am using.
If you would like to use side chain filtering, this can be done at the point C8/P3.
(Even inserting a lower value capacitor would work here.)
I don't have problems with serious LF distortion, as long as I don't use extreme fast release times.
The standard release can give 'agressive' limiting (when using a fast release time), but sounds very pleasant at medium or longer release times. The 'composite' release acts more as a leveller, without audible pumping.

I have added an extra resistor in series with the input, because otherwise the circuit was too sensitive with +4dB signals.
I used a quad OpAmp for the circuit. (TL074)
Signal to noise ratio is 81 dB ('A' weigthed, re. +4dBv), good enough for me.
Maximum distortion is 0.4% THD @ 400 Hz (10 dB limiting)

For stereo, it is important to match the FETs. (I found two pairs from 20 pcs.)
I used a multiturn trimpot for the FET bias, because this setting is pretty sensitive.
« Last Edit: January 28, 2019, 05:08:13 AM by RuudNL »
There is a solution for every problem!

http://www.vansteenisaudio.nl

RuudNL

Re: Roger Mayer RM57 build?
« Reply #306 on: January 28, 2019, 04:58:34 AM »
And the PCB layout, as seen from the copper side.
There is a solution for every problem!

http://www.vansteenisaudio.nl

RuudNL

Re: Roger Mayer RM57 build?
« Reply #307 on: January 28, 2019, 05:02:12 AM »
And for those who can use Sprint6 files, here is the project file:

http://www.vansteenisaudio.nl/RM58.lay6

You can download a free Sprint viewer here: http://www.abacom-online.de/updates/Sprint-Layout60_Viewer.exe

Note: on the PCB design I have omitted C8, because there is no significant DC offset at the output of the OpAmp.
(And if there is an offset, this can be compensated with the 'Detector balance' trimpot.)
« Last Edit: January 28, 2019, 05:54:22 AM by RuudNL »
There is a solution for every problem!

http://www.vansteenisaudio.nl

Vac11

Re: Roger Mayer RM57 build?
« Reply #308 on: January 28, 2019, 05:21:01 AM »
Oh thank you very much! Can you pleas also post how did you solve the VU meter, bypassing and input output balancig/debalancing? Do you designed your own circuit for VU meter? Which VU meter did you use?

Thank you

Milan

RuudNL

Re: Roger Mayer RM57 build?
« Reply #309 on: January 28, 2019, 06:01:19 AM »
The VU meter I used is a pretty standard one (I think it was a Monacor), for the measurement of the output level it is simply connected through a 3.6K resistor to the output. (Driving impedance is low here, so no extra distortion from the rectifier in the VU meter.)
For the gain reduction measurement I am using an experimental circuit.
Without signal, the VU meter indicates 0 VU and moves back when gain reduction occurs.
At the moment I am still optimizing this circuit, because there are a few (small) problems:
- The '0 VU' drifts a little with temperature (You can see the small holes between the meters for '0 VU' calibration.)
- Indication isn't really exact. (At 5 dB a bit too much, at 10 dB a bitt too little.) Not a real problem, error is in the 1 dB range, but I would like to see the exact amount of gain reduction.

Inputs and outputs are unbalanced at the moment, because the inserts on my mixer are unbalanced.
Will be continued...
There is a solution for every problem!

http://www.vansteenisaudio.nl


RuudNL

Re: Roger Mayer RM57 build?
« Reply #310 on: January 28, 2019, 06:54:39 AM »
This is the circuit I use at the moment for the gain reduction meter:

The negative voltage on the inverting input of the OpAmp is amplified and inverted.
P1 and P2 are adjusted in such a way that the VU meter indicates 0 VU without any gain reduction.
If gain reduction occurs, the FET will conduct more and the voltage on the non-inverting input of the OpAmp will get lower.
This will result in a lower voltage for the VU meter.
The trick is to adjust P1 and P2 in such a way (they interact!) that the indication of the gainreduction is about right, and the meter is still on 0 VU without any gain reduction.

If someone gets crazy and uses more than 20 dB gain reduction, the polarity at the output of the OpAmp would change, making the needle rise again! To prevent this, a diode is placed between the output of the OpAmp and the meter.
Values are still experimental.
« Last Edit: January 28, 2019, 06:57:40 AM by RuudNL »
There is a solution for every problem!

http://www.vansteenisaudio.nl

thomasdf

Re: Roger Mayer RM57 build?
« Reply #311 on: January 28, 2019, 12:06:58 PM »
Thanks for giving us the key to the gold mine :)

Spencerleehorton

Re: Roger Mayer RM57 build?
« Reply #312 on: January 29, 2019, 02:23:26 AM »
Yes I second that thomasdf, I will build your version and compare to my original design.
I’ll also try and implement the side chain on both.
« Last Edit: January 29, 2019, 10:45:52 AM by Spencerleehorton »
website: www.mohawkstudios.co.uk
email: [email protected]

If it hisses its probably the wrong impedance!!!
Or a snake!!!

Re: Roger Mayer RM57 build?
« Reply #313 on: January 30, 2019, 06:07:39 AM »
RuudNL, how did you sorted the balancing/unbalancing of the unit ?

RuudNL

Re: Roger Mayer RM57 build?
« Reply #314 on: January 30, 2019, 12:35:15 PM »
RuudNL, how did you sorted the balancing/unbalancing of the unit ?

My version is unbalanced (as was the original RM58), because I use it on the inserts of my mixer and those inserts are unbalanced.
But I suppose the best way to add balanced inputs and outputs, is to use the well knows THAT line receiver/transmitter chips.
Or real transformers, if you like...
There is a solution for every problem!

http://www.vansteenisaudio.nl

Re: Roger Mayer RM57 build?
« Reply #315 on: January 30, 2019, 02:12:43 PM »
OK just wanted to check.. I'm going unbalanced as well ;) Or might try some laying around transformers just to see what happens !

RuudNL

Re: Roger Mayer RM57 build?
« Reply #316 on: February 01, 2019, 06:41:54 AM »
A quick demo video with my "RM58". Different release settings and pretty heavy limiting!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltjhpPj-_yE
There is a solution for every problem!

http://www.vansteenisaudio.nl

Re: Roger Mayer RM57 build?
« Reply #317 on: February 01, 2019, 07:05:51 AM »
Sounds neat ! Well done  :)

Rob Flinn

Re: Roger Mayer RM57 build?
« Reply #318 on: February 01, 2019, 10:44:24 AM »
That sounds really good !
regards Rob

kosi

Re: Roger Mayer RM57 build?
« Reply #319 on: February 01, 2019, 11:14:25 AM »
I second that, sounds impressive !  In your video, I was hoping you move the Attack  too ;)


 

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