Mark Burnley

META - Useful Information for Newbie DIYers (and others!)

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Forum Links:

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=56
Why Green Pre rotary switch?- understanding why a rotary switch is used for gain setting rather than a pot.

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=27
SSL Servo Files- Dr Frankencopters epic account of modifying an SSL compressor using servo circuits. Forum post has useful description of why you'd use a servo circuit in an audio application.

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=58
Oh no.... another newbie!!! : )- some useful tips for a DIY beginner.

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=22
PRR's 24vdc supply.... 48v phantom- interesting thread with links for getting +48V from lower supply voltages.

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=4
Simple FET Compressor- ideas and links for simple FET compressor.

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=91
opamps on +24V PSU, How to...?- explanation and schematic showing voltage-divider biasing for op-amps off a single rail supply.

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=139
-20db Pad circuits? Various solutions?- explanation of designing pads, along with links.

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=985
Metalwork Tips 'n tricks on that tricky but essential DIY topic.

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=802
Newbie Question- DI box is going to be my first project  Great thread for DI ideas including Bo Hansens DI design  :thumb:

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=954
Universal Power Supply for your Projects! Nice design from Tekay

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=775
The B7 Class-A Discrete Op-Amp [email protected]'s B7 discrete op-amp design- a fine original DIY project from the DOA guy!

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=713
Steak Juice Dripped Into My Mackie! Not a Hammer Horror, but some useful (and entertaining!) advice for cleaning contaminated PCB's/equipment.

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=875
Mu Metal shielding Useful info and links for shielding your DIY equipment.

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=912
Jung Regulator and othet "Fancy" PSU's Improved "Jungian" voltage regulators. Direct link to article of "super regulator" in EDN:

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=810
Advice for newbies re: toroidal mains transformers Toroidal Transformer positioning advice from Thermionic.

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=1247
Mastering Compressor Discussion as to which compressor should be the first DIY project to build- a tough decision  :?

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=173
and:
http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=917
PCB/Schematic Layout Software Discussions about who finds which package best.

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=715
PCB Making Kit Questions- some good info on DIY PCB's including exposure lamps etc.

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=1119
Transformer Z?- Common transformer questions about voltage v. impedance ratios.

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=2955&start=0
Bench Power Supplies- with a link to Ethans Split Variable Bench PSU. Vital DIY kit!

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=3387
Good Basic Electronics Tutorials- Good step-by-step guide to basic principles. Op-amp section particularly good.

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=5165
noob with a couple questions- typical intro to The Lab and DIY.

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=6462
Op Amp Questions- FET Vs BJT when it comes to op-amps.

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=6425
Questions re: Design of Neve BA283- great overview of the workings of the Neve BA283 circuit.

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=6440
My first schematic- design of 990-style mic pre with good design insights.

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=6509
Using a oscilloscope- includes link to PDF oscilloscope guide.

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=6571
Web info on testing transformers...- some nice info on testing unknown transformers from pucho812.

http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=6703
Resistor wattage differences- So Watts the difference?

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External Links:

http://www.gyraf.dk/gy_pd/gyraf_diy.html
Gyraf Audio DIY pages- many great DIY projects ready to build.

http://sound.westhost.com/projects.htm
Rod Elliots Electronic Projects- lots of simple but useful building-block projects for audio use. Including the epic call to arms for all DIYers!!

http://www.tubecad.com/
Tubecad Homepage Lots of interesting tube/valve data and design information.

http://users.ece.gatech.edu/~mleach/
W. Marshall Leach Jr. Audio Electronics Maybe not entirely a newbie site, but I love it!

http://www.dself.dsl.pipex.com/ampins/webbop/opamp.htm
D. Self- Designing With Op Amps Designing with op amps...in Douglas Selfs inimitable style!

http://www.national.com/onlineseminar/index.html
National Semicounductors Free Online Seminars If you've got an hour spare, some of these are well worth investigating, especially the op amp basics.

http://www.ethanwiner.com/meters.html
Ethan Winers Peak Meter Article Interesting article and constuction of peak reading meter.

http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/
All About Circuits erm, what more can I say?

http://www.discovercircuits.com/index.htm
Discover Circuits A good collection of schematics and links.

http://www.svetlana.com/docs/tubeworks.html
Svetlana How A Vacuum Tube Works The tube people tell you how they work!

http://home.comcast.net/~walt-jung/wsb/html/view.cgi-home.html-.html
Walt Jungs Homepage Great resource of Walt Jung articles. His "Op Amp Cookbook" is a personal favourite for no-nonsense design tips.

http://www.capacitors.com/picking_capacitors/pickcap.htm
Picking Capacitors Fantastic article from Walter G. Jung and Richard Marsh.

http://sound.westhost.com/pots.htm
Beginners' Guide to Potentiometers Rod Elliotts guidance through all manner of "pot" information.

www.national.com/rap
The Bob Pease Page Excellent practical advice from my (second!) favourite Electronics Guru. His articles make fascinating reading- not always directly electronics related, but immensely thought provoking!

http://www.recording.org/users/kev/signaltracing.htm
Signal Tracing Could be useful for fault finding? (shameless plug!  :oops: )

http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/deltaharmonic/Technical/Transformer_Connect.gif
How to wire a mains power transformer- Handy chart.

http://recforums.prosoundweb.com/index.php/mv/msg/1429/0/0/0
John Klett on Ohms Law- Possibly the most important thing you'll ever learn...

http://www.uneeda-audio.com/dbtbl.pdf
dB Table- in PDF format. Keep one nearby, or get it tattooed!

http://mp3forkidz.com/mic/index.html
DIY Mics using electret capsules- surprising quality for the price. Great beginners projects.

http://www.freewebs.com/tekker/harveygerstmicthreads.htm
Harvey Gerst- "The Big Mic Thread"- a big thread on mics by Harvey Gerst. Good info.

http://www.johnhardyco.com/pdf/OutboardMicPreamps.pdf
Outboard Mic Preamps- what's the deal? by John Hardy- Console v. outboard mic pre's.

http://focus.ti.com/lit/an/sloa093/sloa093.pdf
Filter Design In 30 Secs

and:

http://focus.ti.com/lit/an/sloa097/sloa097.pdf
Designing Gain and Offset in 30 Secs- two of many useful PDFs to download from TI.

http://www.jeffrowland.com/techtalk.htm
Jeff Rowland Tech Papers- plus links to some of the most used Jensen PDFs.

http://sound.westhost.com/project44.htm
Variable Dual Lab PSU Project- Another from Rod Elliotts great electronics resource.

http://www.analog.com/library/analogDialogue/
Analog Devices "Analog Dialogue" e-magazine- An Devs extensive library of tech info.

http://www.rane.com/ppt/analogtutorial.ppt
Analog Tutorial- Rane Powerpoint presentation of Analog Engineering.

http://www.iguanalabs.com/maintut.htm
Iguana Labs- Beginners Tutorials- Another good set of beginners guides, with how-to-use meters and breadboards etc.

http://www1.electusdistribution.com.au/images_uploaded/pcboarde.pdf
Etching Your Own PCB's PDF- Very good article on DIY PCB's.

http://www.audioxpress.com/resource/audioclass/index.htm
Audioxpress "Audio Classroom" series of articles- Classic Norman Crowhurst and  Joseph Marshall articles. As quoted by NYD: "Crowhurst's "Voltage Amplifiers" chapter from that series is essential reading for anyone who wants to design a tube preamp. It's one of the clearest explanations of load lines I've seen." Praise indeed!

http://physics.umbc.edu/~mcmillan/PHYSICS340/Labs2005/lab_index.html
Lab Manuals- some PDF an MSWord downloads from a university course- good info on test equipment etc.

http://www.rane.com/library.html
Rane Technical Library- Lots of useful PDF and HTML documents covering a range of pro audio/sound engineering topics.

http://www.tkk.fi/Misc/Electronics/circuits/line_to_mic.html
http://www.uneeda-audio.com/pads
Building Pads- Bring that level down to size. Plug 'n play guides.

http://www.canford.co.uk/techzone/dB-dBu-dBV%20ComparisonTable.PDF
Canfords dB Comparison table- Keep it on the bench.

http://www.shure.com/support/technotes/app-transform.html
Shure Audio Transformer Introduction- Basic audio transformer primer.

http://www.jblpro.com/pages/tech_lib.htm
JBL Technical Library- Basic and not-so-basic info from JBL.

http://www.jblproservice.com/navigation/Vintage%20JBL-UREI%20Electronics.html
JBL Vintage Manual Downloads- the #1 UREI resource. Grab some manuals and examine the classics of yesteryear.

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NEW- Online Calculators:

http://www.epanorama.net/index.php?index=jscalculator
General Formula Calculations- Handy online calc.

http://www.epanorama.net/index.php?index=ohms
V/R/I/P Calculations- All the basic calculations.

http://www.sengpielaudio.com/calculator-db-volt.htm
dB Calculator- Get to grips with dB conversions.

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My Latest Favourites:

http://www.aimspice.com/download.html
AIM-SPICE Simple to use SPICE program- hours of fun!

http://nleinternet.net/alteclansingunofficial/publications/techletters/index.html
Altec Lansing Publications Awesome retro-tech information brought to my attention by NYDave. This is an especially handy PDF:

http://nleinternet.net/alteclansingunofficial/publications/techletters/TL_133.pdf
Standard Pads Pad design info and dBm voltages at different impedances etc.

http://www.muzique.com/lab/main.htm
Jack Ormans Lab Notebook Great stuff- dare you take the distortion challenge  :wink:

http://www.tvhandbook.com/support/TVHB_updates.htm
Standard Handbook of Video and Television Engineering Really great PDF chapters of this book- seemingly for free. Check out some of the articles lower down the page under the heading "New Chapters:Audio/Radio"
 :shock:

http://www.datasheetarchive.com/
Datasheetarchive- Awesome datasheet resource.

http://members.aol.com/sbench102/caps.html
The Sound Of Capacitors- Can you hear it? Steve Bench explains...

http://www.valve-museum.org/
Valve Museum- You've gotta love this!

http://www.tubecollector.org/links.htm
tubecollector- Useful info.

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Please add anything you want to see here below!

 :thumb:

Thanks,

Mark
« Last Edit: October 14, 2011, 02:12:43 PM by Ethan »
O_O tape is life O_O


gyraf

META - Useful Information for Newbie DIYers (and others!)
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2005, 08:09:42 AM »
..cleaned..
..note to self: don't let Harman run your company..


gyraf

META - Useful Information for Newbie DIYers (and others!)
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2005, 05:41:27 AM »
..note to self: don't let Harman run your company..

peterc

META - Useful Information for Newbie DIYers (and others!)
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2006, 03:55:03 PM »
Good PCB instruction page:

http://www.fullnet.com/u/tomg/gooteepc.htm

Peter
If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.

babyhead

META - Useful Information for Newbie DIYers (and others!)
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2006, 12:10:35 AM »
http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=13016

A great PRR farm vs. V=IR analogy.

 :guinness:

gyraf

META - Useful Information for Newbie DIYers (and others!)
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2006, 05:17:05 AM »
Max's "How to make PCBs with a laser printer "

http://max8888.orcon.net.nz/pcbs.htm

Jakob E.
..note to self: don't let Harman run your company..

Freq Band

META - Useful Information for Newbie DIYers (and others!)
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2006, 04:10:49 AM »
Datasheet Archive (listed above) now allows you 60 searches in 24 hours (it was 50).
http://www.datasheetarchive.com/
I don't know about you, but I've reached that limit, often.
TIP: go to UK Datasheet, and get 50 more!!
It looks like a mirror site.
http://www.datasheets.org.uk

=FB=
Facebook is an unfortunate way to receive news, and a good place to receive rumors.

smallbutfine

META - Useful Information for Newbie DIYers (and others!)
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2006, 01:03:20 PM »
Just an addition to gyraf's excellent pcb link: Move a brush in circles over the pcb instead of moving the etchant. The physical contact will speedup the process and helps to prohibit overetching... :idea:
"In the past we suffered from crimes, today we suffer from laws."
Tacitus

www.audiomh.de

peterc

META - Useful Information for Newbie DIYers (and others!)
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2006, 06:23:58 PM »
Here is a method for avoiding fuse blowing when testing a faulty piece of gear

Quote
Right. This is an old guitar-amp fault test. Have you got a domestic lamp holder and a 15W light bulb? What you do is take the lamp holder and connect two pieces of wire to the screw terminals, as if you were going to make a lamp pendant. Connect one wire from the bulb to the Live terminal of the IEC connector and take the other wire coming from the bulb to the Live input terminal of the transformer. This way, the bulb is placed in series with the Live supply.

Then connect the Neutral wire as usual. Wire the primaries as before, and leave the secondaries disconnected but safe/insulated.

Okay, the theory behind this is that the bulb acts as a "variable load". It takes quite a bit of current to fully light a bulb compared to a transformer primary with an unloaded output. If there is a problem with the transformer- shorted primary winding, shorted secondary winding etc etc, when connected to the mains a larger-than-normal current will flow, thus blowing the fuse. With the bulb in series with the primary, the fuse doesn't blow (as long as the fuse is rated to run the bulb okay- 15W bulb @ 115V is just over 100mA) because the current passing through the transformer primary is enough to light the bulb, and the current is dissipated as heat/light in the bulb.

This can be a useful test with guitar amps which "keep popping fuses" because it allows you to see exactly how bad the "inrush current" is. If the bulb is glowing at full brightness, as if it's plugged directly into the mains, it means that there is a helluva short causing a large current to flow. If the bulb glows dimly, then the current flowing isn't so bad. If the bulb doesn't glow at all/is very dim then perhaps things are okay.

This may help check whether the fault lies within the transformer, or maybe a fuse fault. You may have "superfast" acting fuses, or some odd type that don't like your particular transformer at power-up! This is a cheap test before you shell out the loot for a new transformer.

If you are at all unsure what you're doing with this, don't do it. If you do, make sure all your connections are safe and well insulated. Keep the bulb and holder supported off the surface too.


Peter
If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.


peranders

META - Useful Information for Newbie DIYers (and others!)
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2006, 08:09:56 AM »
http://home.comcast.net/~walt-jung/wsb/html/view.cgi-home.html-.html
Walt Jungs Homepage Great resource of Walt Jung articles. His "Op Amp Cookbook" is a personal favourite for no-nonsense design tips.

Notice that Walt Jung has moved. -> www.waltjung.org The link is also changed.

Delete this post when the moderator has corrected the URL.   :grin:

BTW: I have started a link collection with a good link software. Your are free to add.
http://sjostromaudio.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_bookmarks&Itemid=26
/Per-Anders

Purusha

META - Useful Information for Newbie DIYers (and others!)
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2006, 04:38:06 AM »
Howdy, can you add this thread into this META please http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=231290#231290
Regards as always, Purusha

clintrubber

META - Useful Information for Newbie DIYers (and others!)
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2007, 07:31:32 AM »
Nice introduction to all things electronic:

http://www.elfa.se/en/fakta.pdf

Enjoy!

  Peter

SonsOfThunder

META - Useful Information for Newbie DIYers (and others!)
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2007, 09:08:13 PM »
This link is dead:
http://www.jeffrowland.com/techtalk.htm

This would be the corrected link:
http://www.jeffrowland.com/Technology/

HTH!
Charlie
"The sow would rather have her ear than a purse." - PRR

12afael

META - Useful Information for Newbie DIYers (and others!)
« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2007, 12:21:16 PM »
Standard EIA Decade Resistor Values Table

E3     50% tolerance (no longer used),
E6     20% tolerance (now seldom used),
E12   10% tolerance,
E24     5% tolerance (and usually 2% tolerance),
E48     2% tolerance (also for inventory cost control in place of E96),
E96     1% tolerance,
E192   0.5, 0.25, 0.1% and higher tolerances.

http://www.logwell.com/tech/components/resistor_values.html
heavy metal is the law!!!

lernith

Re: META - Useful Information for Newbie DIYers (and others!)
« Reply #15 on: March 05, 2009, 07:53:59 PM »
Here's some stuff on front panel making...

sonicmook56 worked hard on this one, thanks!   http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=28366.0
Some tips on engraving:  http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=28223.0
My favorite: http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=28508.0

kazper

Handbook for Sound Engineers, Fourth Edition (Hardcover)
« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2009, 02:42:25 PM »
Picked up this book used and it's blown me away at the simple explanations of stuff we talk about all the time. It even has some of past and preset lab members names in it under articles I believe..



http://www.amazon.com/Handbook-Sound-Engineers-Fourth-Ballou/dp/0240809696/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238869999&sr=8-1


« Last Edit: April 04, 2009, 02:43:56 PM by kazper »
Intentionally left blank

Hairball Audio

Re: META - Useful Information for Newbie DIYers (and others!)
« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2009, 08:56:47 PM »
I just picked up the 2nd edition 2 weeks ago.

AMAZING book to have.

Mike
Hairball Audio, LLC
DIY Parts and Kits
https://hairballaudio.com

Top secret stuff and upcoming releases:
http://instagram.com/Hairballaudio
http://facebook.com/hairballaudio

mnats

Re: META - Useful Information for Newbie DIYers (and others!)
« Reply #18 on: October 23, 2010, 09:50:20 PM »
Signal tracing link above @ recording.org is dead.

Now hosted at Kev's DIY Factory: http://www.diyfactory.com/data/mbsignaltracing.htm

JBVries

Re: META - Useful Information for Newbie DIYers (and others!)
« Reply #19 on: November 23, 2010, 02:01:41 AM »
Above National Semiconductor link is dead....

http://www.national.com/analog/training#audio
A little bit of the sonic mayhem I bring to the table.....

http://www.soundcloud.com/jbvries


 

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