Re: [Build] CAPI BT50, 500 Series EQ (a la 550), Official Support Thread
« Reply #120 on: September 25, 2020, 01:06:45 PM »
Hi Jeff/All, I'm building a BT50 and all has been well so up until I just snapped a lead off one of the 6 deck grayhill switches. I'm having a bear of a time trying to find the correct replacement part to order, can anyone offer some guidance on how to narrow this down on mouser? Thank you in advance.


myers1st

Re: [Build] CAPI BT50, 500 Series EQ (a la 550), Official Support Thread
« Reply #121 on: September 25, 2020, 02:30:22 PM »
You can actually disassemble those grayhills... depending on which deck it’s on (hopefully away from the switch) you *might* be able to solder on a super fine like cat5 cable or cut resistor lead to extend it down to the PCB.  I know those pins are small so it might be tough.  It’s be a shame to have to replace that as they’re really expensive.  Also it’s next to impossible to find Grayhills right now, I think they have prioritized their production for medical equipment currently.

Anyway, I hope you sort it, the BT50s are freaking amazing, I rue the day I ditched 500 series and sold mine...

Re: [Build] CAPI BT50, 500 Series EQ (a la 550), Official Support Thread
« Reply #122 on: September 25, 2020, 03:01:23 PM »
Oh, interesting! luckily its on the last row away from the switch. I will give that a try and report back. Thank you!

Re: [Build] CAPI BT50, 500 Series EQ (a la 550), Official Support Thread
« Reply #123 on: September 25, 2020, 04:07:23 PM »
Well it seems like it's going to be OK! I chipped away some of the grey plastic around the broken off lead, exposed enough to get some solder onto, installed the switch, and passed through a bit of trimmed off lead, flowed some solder down there and it seems to be good. The same position produces continuity from my hacked lead to the pole as it did for the rest of the rows. Thank goodness!

Re: [Build] CAPI BT50, 500 Series EQ (a la 550), Official Support Thread
« Reply #124 on: September 25, 2020, 11:42:30 PM »
Another update, got it all assembled and it works like a charm! This thing sounds seriously good. Need to build another as soon as they come back in stock. Thanks all!

myers1st

Re: [Build] CAPI BT50, 500 Series EQ (a la 550), Official Support Thread
« Reply #125 on: September 26, 2020, 12:31:44 AM »
Ha, nice save, glad it works! 

critterkllr

Re: [Build] CAPI BT50, 500 Series EQ (a la 550), Official Support Thread
« Reply #126 on: February 11, 2021, 11:58:33 AM »
Has anybody modded their BT50s? I LOVE the weight it gives me on kick, but I'm only finding two of the eq bands useful for me in this application. I was wondering if somebody could point me in the right direction on figuring this out.

I'd like to:

1) Change one of the High Frequency options to 3khz (preferably 15khz since I can't imagine using that on kick ever). I'd like to know which caps are responsible for each frequency in the high frequency switch.

2) Widen the Q of mid frequency range for -6db, -9db, and -12db. Which resistor/s are responsible for this? Am I right in thinking that I could raise the resistance of MR2, MR3, MR15, and MR5? I'd like to have a larger Q for scooping out 400hz.

critterkllr

Re: [Build] CAPI BT50, 500 Series EQ (a la 550), Official Support Thread
« Reply #127 on: March 31, 2021, 12:02:36 PM »
One of the great things about this design is the ease of recall, and that you can undo any eq decision you made by reversing. I decided to make a recall sheet for my projects. Hopefully this will be helpful to somebody. If you want just a single channel, let me know and I'll attach it.

Re: [Build] CAPI BT50, 500 Series EQ (a la 550), Official Support Thread
« Reply #128 on: April 11, 2021, 12:37:15 PM »
Hello, Ive got a pair of BT50's I built a few years back. They're great! The issue I'm having is that I built 2 and they have slight level differences and also one seems to have a permanent hi and low frequency roll off. I can see it in Qclone even when the eq is not engaged. Any ideas what could be causing this? For clarity, it's less of a cut than when the filter buttons are engaged and yes, the filter buttons do still seem to work normally.

I also have a pair of LC 40's I built at the same time and they're identical in Qclone, which makes me think I have an issue with one of the BT50's.  Any help is much appreciated!

***Update***

I have realized that I had a dysfunctional op amp.
« Last Edit: April 12, 2021, 06:32:53 PM by brianmatteson »

Re: [Build] CAPI BT50, 500 Series EQ (a la 550), Official Support Thread
« Reply #129 on: April 13, 2021, 06:49:14 PM »

Hi all, I ran into a BT50 issue on my 4th build.  The first three all worked great.  This last BT50 has a very bad distortion/fuzz that happens even in bypass after a preamp.  The fuzz actually gets slightly better when the BT50 is engaged.  It sounds like a massive overload, like just an awful fizzy distortion.  The distortion gets worse when the cut/boost knob is increased, so, more boost = more fizz.  Additionally, there is a 50% volume drop no matter if the bad unit is bypassed or engaged.  So, assuming the preamp stays consistent:

Preamp  -> bad BT50 (not IN) -> DAW shows a 50% volume drop
Preamp -> bad BT50 (IN) -> DAW shows a 50% volume drop
Preamp -> good BT50 (IN or not IN) -> DAW shows normal volume

So, it looks like even having the bad BT50 in the signal chain causes a volume drop. 

I've swapped out opamps with known good ones, and the exact problem persists.  The original opamps were placed into one of my working BT50 and everything sounded normal.  So I'm pretty confident I don't have a simple/typical opamp issue.  If I need to start tracking down my signal, can anyone point me in the right direction - like what tools do I need?  I don't have an oscilloscope or anything like that, just a soldering iron and multimeter.  Did I miss the BT50 test point documents?

I'm currently checking all my resistors, solder joints, etc. 

Any ideas?  Thanks!


Potato Cakes

Re: [Build] CAPI BT50, 500 Series EQ (a la 550), Official Support Thread
« Reply #130 on: April 15, 2021, 09:06:26 PM »
Hi all, I ran into a BT50 issue on my 4th build.  The first three all worked great.  This last BT50 has a very bad distortion/fuzz that happens even in bypass after a preamp.  The fuzz actually gets slightly better when the BT50 is engaged.  It sounds like a massive overload, like just an awful fizzy distortion.  The distortion gets worse when the cut/boost knob is increased, so, more boost = more fizz.  Additionally, there is a 50% volume drop no matter if the bad unit is bypassed or engaged.  So, assuming the preamp stays consistent:

Preamp  -> bad BT50 (not IN) -> DAW shows a 50% volume drop
Preamp -> bad BT50 (IN) -> DAW shows a 50% volume drop
Preamp -> good BT50 (IN or not IN) -> DAW shows normal volume

So, it looks like even having the bad BT50 in the signal chain causes a volume drop. 

I've swapped out opamps with known good ones, and the exact problem persists.  The original opamps were placed into one of my working BT50 and everything sounded normal.  So I'm pretty confident I don't have a simple/typical opamp issue.  If I need to start tracking down my signal, can anyone point me in the right direction - like what tools do I need?  I don't have an oscilloscope or anything like that, just a soldering iron and multimeter.  Did I miss the BT50 test point documents?

I'm currently checking all my resistors, solder joints, etc. 

Any ideas?  Thanks!

Take a multimeter and test for shorts between your power, audio, and ground connection points on the gold fingers of the edge connector on the PCB. Also test the voltage a the DOA sockets with no op amps installed. It sounds like one of the op amps is not getting enough voltage or missing one side. Also double check your transformer wiring in regards to level drop.

Thanks!

Paul

Re: [Build] CAPI BT50, 500 Series EQ (a la 550), Official Support Thread
« Reply #131 on: April 16, 2021, 10:46:16 AM »
Thanks Paul!  I'm still learning here, so I dug through some of your older/related posts and will give it a go.  Had to order a testing Jig from Jeff, so as soon as that arrives, I will get rolling.  It will probably do me good to take a few days and read through all the info. 

Re: [Build] CAPI BT50, 500 Series EQ (a la 550), Official Support Thread New
« Reply #132 on: April 20, 2021, 11:31:10 PM »
Take a multimeter and test for shorts between your power, audio, and ground connection points on the gold fingers of the edge connector on the PCB. Also test the voltage a the DOA sockets with no op amps installed. It sounds like one of the op amps is not getting enough voltage or missing one side. Also double check your transformer wiring in regards to level drop.

Thanks!

Paul


I checked the faulty unit transformer wiring a few times just to be sure (I'm a bit colorblind which makes all of this stuff extra fun).  The wiring is correct and matches that of my functional units.  So I think I'm ok there. 


I set up my system like it suggests in the VP28 test point guide using Pro Tools and its signal generator plugin with the 400Hz signal at +4dBu, 1.228V.  I wasn’t too sure initially if I was doing things correctly, so I tested a functional Gar2520-loaded VP28 at all the test points and basically replicated all the values listed in the Proper Results section of the VP28 guide.  So, I’m guessing I was on the right track.

I unhooked the VP28 from the test jig and switched over to a fully functional Gar1731-loaded BT50 without changing anything on my DAW/signal generator.  So, like the VP28 test points, these were from the AC voltage reading.  Got the following results:

TP1: 0.311V
TP2: 0.311V
TP3: 0.311V
TP4: 0.306V
TP5: 0.306V
TP6: 0.304V
TP7: 0.303V
TP8: 0.299V
TP9: 0.459V
TP10: 0.300V
TP11: 0.298V
TP12: 0.300V
 

I then looked at the faulty BT50.  I first took the Gar1731s out of the previous BT50 and stuck them in this one.  The faulty BT50 gave essentially the same test point results except at TP9, which read 0.500V (versus the 0.459V in the functional unit).  I removed the opamps and checked the DC voltage at the +V and -V sockets and got 15.05V and -14.40V.  I checked the functional BT50 and got the same readings, 15.05 and -14.40 on that unit. 


I measured the total V output from an XLR cable exiting the back of my 500 Lunchbox, and there was a big difference here.  The functional BT50 had 1.36V out versus the non-functional at 0.166V.  For the sake of comparison and to check my technique, I ran a similar check using the same slot and cables and using a functional VP28 and got 1.298V which is essentially spot on with the VP28 test point docs.   

I spaced and forgot to check the shorts at the edge pin connectors.  I’m a bit confused to the best way to do that, any advice?  In the meantime, I will do some digging.  Gonna head back to the studio tomorrow and try some things. 

Thanks for any advice or critiques!
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