Winetree

Re: 500 series Sontec / GML type eq
« Reply #20 on: June 03, 2015, 07:16:08 PM »
Seeing this turned into a feeler thread.
I'm in for a pair.


fizmo

Re: 500 series Sontec / GML type eq
« Reply #21 on: June 03, 2015, 08:20:10 PM »
I'm in for pair.

Re: 500 series Sontec / GML type eq
« Reply #22 on: June 03, 2015, 09:25:12 PM »
Also in for a pair  8)

Pip

Re: 500 series Sontec / GML type eq
« Reply #23 on: June 03, 2015, 09:52:21 PM »
I'll join the I want a pair army as well.
Pip
New York City
http://geosonixlab.com

Biasrocks

Re: 500 series Sontec / GML type eq
« Reply #24 on: June 03, 2015, 10:35:19 PM »
Put me down for a pair.

I have an Igor Sontec here that I've been using on the master bus for a number of years. I definitely worked on improving on his design by using premium opamps and increased p/s bypassing. Made a huge difference.

Curious what improvements you've realized.

Mark
http://SharktankPro.com

"I'd rather use an SPX90 than a UA plugin....." Joe Barresi

okgb

Re: 500 series Sontec / GML type eq
« Reply #25 on: June 04, 2015, 12:31:41 AM »
I'm in!
GKB Audio / Greg Boboski

Bassniac

Re: 500 series Sontec / GML type eq
« Reply #26 on: June 04, 2015, 06:21:29 AM »
I am in for a pair...

Cheers

mrcase

Re: 500 series Sontec / GML type eq
« Reply #27 on: June 04, 2015, 07:13:19 AM »
Interested in a pair.

pvision

Re: 500 series Sontec / GML type eq
« Reply #28 on: June 04, 2015, 07:34:17 AM »
The only thing I'd change is the eq in/out switch mid-panel. It breaks up the nice symmetry of the panel and (I would think) is an obstacle to using it quickly

Nick Froome

tskguy

Re: 500 series Sontec / GML type eq
« Reply #29 on: June 04, 2015, 08:35:23 AM »
I am in for a pair as well!!!!! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D


bruno2000

Re: 500 series Sontec / GML type eq
« Reply #30 on: June 04, 2015, 09:26:33 AM »
If you are going to make this available, I would like a pair as well.
Thanks!
Best,
Bruno2000

onlymeeee

Re: 500 series Sontec / GML type eq
« Reply #31 on: June 04, 2015, 11:05:39 AM »
@Biasrocks That's interesting yes..  there's quite a few changes on that version compared with the original schematic..   It differs quite a bit..  I've stuck to the original schematic...  http://www.gyraf.dk/schematics/Sontec_MEP250a.GIF

In regards to bypassing, I've done ceramics (100nF) on every IC power pin to ground.  And also an extra 2 larger low impedance electrolytic/tantalum on +V & -V to ground on each filter / and the 2 main amp opamps.  (47uF) 
The layout can also have a big impact on bypassing needs too.  As this is very compact, I was able to keep power rail impedances very low throughout..
On the rails going to the filter section, there's also space for a bit of extra filtering (resistor/inductor/ferrite etc) if it needed some extra filtering/isolation, however I've not found it needs anything so jumpered them.. the footprints are still there though.. 

How does that compare with your findings?

Opamp wise, I've stuck with NE5534 & TL071 for the filters, as I know for certain these were in the original..    However I'm sure curiosity will get the better of me at some point and I'll try some more modern ICs here..

Regarding the two main amp opamps,  I tried to keep as close to the written specs as possible but with an IC, and I think I chose ones too similar, as they all nulled around the same level as a second pass with the same IC did..   They were OPA134, O1641, OP827. 
Which did you try?
 

@pvision  I think the flash hit the switch and made it seem more prominent than it is real life..  The bushing is recessed behind and doesn't reach the front of the panel.. and the metal shaft only extends around 5mm..  so it quite tight to the panel to not get in the way..  It being diy of course..  experimentation is the spice of life!  Nothing to stop you say using the hole as an LED and wiring the switch somewhere else...  ;)


Regarding kits!  Ok.. well it seems there's quite a lot of interest..  So I'll order a batch of PCBs & metal..   and I think what could be best is if I stocked the knobs too..  and the centretapped pots..  So that you would only have to purchase one order from Mouser, and one order from Omeg,  (they have a minimum order of 10 which is perfect for a pair)  Also I have a part number with them, so it's easy to order. 

I forgot to mention power.. !    Current draw is about 50mA..   and it can either use solely 16V rails..  or 16V rails for ICs and 24V rails for DOAs...  or if you use a zener to drop the voltage a little, it can use solely the 24V rails. 

petermontg

Re: 500 series Sontec / GML type eq
« Reply #32 on: June 04, 2015, 11:20:19 AM »
Awesome would it be possible to get without the metal. I would like to rack mine in a 2U case.

That would put some of the front panel details on their side if I did.
Or maybe for those wanting to build a racked stereo pair you could order some metal with the details set for that option.

Just a throught.

jasonallenh

Re: 500 series Sontec / GML type eq
« Reply #33 on: June 04, 2015, 03:49:34 PM »
Two please  ;D
Successful builds:
G-Calrec
G-Pultec
GSSL
Igor's 4kCC
Poctop's u87
Matador/Chunger C12 (almost)

pvision

Re: 500 series Sontec / GML type eq
« Reply #34 on: June 04, 2015, 04:20:39 PM »
Awesome would it be possible to get without the metal. I would like to rack mine in a 2U case

I'd be in for a pair I could build into a 2U case

Nick Froome

qmp audio

Re: 500 series Sontec / GML type eq
« Reply #35 on: June 04, 2015, 04:28:52 PM »
Very nice.  I'm in for a pair too if you're making them available!

Biasrocks

Re: 500 series Sontec / GML type eq
« Reply #36 on: June 04, 2015, 05:26:30 PM »
Ok,  back in the memory banks...

I added extra large capacitance on the filter board, I think 100uf was specified I think I went with 470uf on the rails. I'm sure I added extra decoupling on the I/O boards as well.

I also upgraded all the filter opamps to LME49860 which I beleive Harpo recommended, instead of the OPA2604's which I found sluggish and smeared in comparison. Iirc there are ceramic p/s bypasses on each opamps in Igor's design.

I'm pretty sure I used Tantalum's for all audio paths as I see you have.

I used a Forsell 992 discreet (now discontinued) on the inputs and a John Hardy 990 on the outputs, huge difference there too.

With those changes, it went from screechy and shrill to a most pleasant piece of kit.

Mark

@Biasrocks That's interesting yes..  there's quite a few changes on that version compared with the original schematic..   It differs quite a bit..  I've stuck to the original schematic...  http://www.gyraf.dk/schematics/Sontec_MEP250a.GIF

In regards to bypassing, I've done ceramics (100nF) on every IC power pin to ground.  And also an extra 2 larger low impedance electrolytic/tantalum on +V & -V to ground on each filter / and the 2 main amp opamps.  (47uF) 
The layout can also have a big impact on bypassing needs too.  As this is very compact, I was able to keep power rail impedances very low throughout..
On the rails going to the filter section, there's also space for a bit of extra filtering (resistor/inductor/ferrite etc) if it needed some extra filtering/isolation, however I've not found it needs anything so jumpered them.. the footprints are still there though.. 

How does that compare with your findings?

Opamp wise, I've stuck with NE5534 & TL071 for the filters, as I know for certain these were in the original..    However I'm sure curiosity will get the better of me at some point and I'll try some more modern ICs here..

Regarding the two main amp opamps,  I tried to keep as close to the written specs as possible but with an IC, and I think I chose ones too similar, as they all nulled around the same level as a second pass with the same IC did..   They were OPA134, O1641, OP827. 
Which did you try?
« Last Edit: June 04, 2015, 05:36:51 PM by Biasrocks »
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dmp

Re: 500 series Sontec / GML type eq
« Reply #37 on: June 05, 2015, 10:33:16 AM »
Interested in a pair.

Re: 500 series Sontec / GML type eq
« Reply #38 on: June 05, 2015, 01:44:11 PM »
I would be into 4

buckethead

Re: 500 series Sontec / GML type eq
« Reply #39 on: June 05, 2015, 04:06:03 PM »
Amazing, interested in a pair  :)

Best regards,
Mathias