A USB DAC designed using a TI PCM2707:
it was a very fun project and very fulfilling to make something that I actually use everyday. Overall the audio specs aren’t anything amazing, but it definitely is an improvement on the built in audio of my computer.
DIY USB DAC - [Link]
This project was made to fill in the lack of electronic systems out there. Guitars have the gTar, pianos have the roll-up version, but there isn’t really a well known electronic replacement for the traditionally expensive and loud drum sets. The system can further be downsized, perhaps to wrist-strap form, as the only necessary components per “drum stick” is a flex sensor and a microphone, components that total less than $5. We plan to develop this from its prototype form into a more marketable product. Hone your drum skills outside of band practice at a fraction of the price. Do it in the comfort of your home without disturbing the neighbors.
Cheap and modular drum system - [Link]
Long term reliable contact without interference, creaking and hum, moreover in a beautiful coat – these are the Neutrik / Rean connectors.
Connectors have in general one interesting feature – there are many similar or almost the same connectors on the market. Audio connectors are not exception in this. Even though they look the same, many times there are huge differences in price and mainly in quality. If we supposed, that every producer designs and makes his products likewise responsibly, then the cheaper one should be probably a good choice. Naturally, in praxis it isn´t so.
A real difference between a quality and a low-class connector can be known only at a close-detail investigation and comparison, and ideally after a real testing in praxis.
Quality audio connector must be made of quality materials and also with a high precision. Naturally, if a producer wants to achieve success on a market, it´s often simply impossible to use a too expensive connector, which would over-price the whole device.
That´s why you can find in our store the Neutrik / Rean connectors offering a high-end class for a very reasonable price. Company Neutrik specializes already for almost 40 years in audio connectors and in general connectors for audio/ video studios, equipment of concerts (backstage) and similar, that´s why also in loudspeaker connectors, power supply, Ethernet,…
In the Neutrik products can also be found connectors Rean representing even more affordable price level while maintaining a very high quality. Already a short look at details of Neutrik/ Rean connectors will tell us, that we´re dealing with precision connectors. A matter of course is a detailed documentation with an exact description of electrical features and materials used. A comprehensive overview about available types will give you the Rean catalogue and the Neutrik catalogue (22MB). To many sophisticated connectors like for example NYS373 there are also available assembly instructions.
Uncompromising quality audio connectors for a compromising price - [Link]
While trying to open a chinese camera pen, unfortunately the PCB inside it got damaged. Few of the PCB traces got cut and it became useless. After few days, I removed an 8 pin IC with SO8 package from the PCB. I was curious to know what it is, so I googled the part number 25FW406A but I couldn’t find any exact match. I found some part number similar to that and I concluded that it is an SPI flash. Later I got a datasheet from ‘ON semiconductor’ for a similar part -LE25U40CMD which is a 4M-bit SPI flash memory. I soldered the IC on a common board, powered it with 3.3v and interfaced it to a TI stellaris launchpad via SPI port. According to the datasheet the SPI port need to be initialized in mode 0 or 3. I tried few commands listed in the datasheet and got proper response from the chip, the CHIP ID doesn’t matches but that is expected because it is not the same part. I wrote functions for erasing, reading and writing the flash memory and tested it successfully using the launchpad.
Happy Christmas and Happy New Year wishes from Attiny13 - [Link]
If you have old USB headphones you can easily transform them to a USB sound. This card can be helpful during testing of home built devices connected to the speaker or microphone ports on the PC (for example A proof of concept of a simple sonar and Constructing a homemade microphone).
USB sound card made from a broken USB headphones - [Link]
This is my second encounter with LM3886. I was pleased of the sound this chip produced the first time, so I decided to make another amplifier with it. The schematic is based on the schematic in the datasheet of the chip with minor changes.
I removed the time delay capacitor connected to MUTE pin, because it’s better to use separate DC protection schematic which has similar functionality. I made the output inductance L1 by winding 15 turns of enameled wire around the resistor R7. The diameter of the wire must be minimum 0.4mm. The whole was wrapped with heat shrink. I used 47uF/63V non polarized capacitor for C2. It can be regular electrolytic capacitor, but it’s better to use non-polarized or bipolar.
50W Power Amplifier with LM3886 - [Link]
This blog post is about my adventures in implementing a stupidly simple way of transferring data over audio to AVR (and why not other embedded chips too), reaching speeds up to 12kbps with really tiny code and memory footprint, using the internal oscillator of Tiny AVR, with hardware parts that cost next to nothing.
12kbps simple audio data transfer for AVR - [Link]
This project is an audio amplifier based on TDA2050 and LM1875.
This is not an ordinary project, but an attempt to make a PCB that is suitable for TDA2050 and LM1875 and has all the necessary circuitry on board – power supply, speaker protection, delayed turn-on and fast turn-off. This is achieved using the convenient uPC1237 IC.
TDA2050 and LM1875 are pin to pin compatible, the differences in their schematics are the values of a couple resistors and one capacitor. All this allows to make an universal circuit board, suitable for any of these two ICs.
Audio Power Amplifier with TDA2050 - [Link]
An app note from Atmel, digital sound recorder with AVR and DataFlash (PDF!):
This application note describes how to record, store and play back sound using any AVR microcontroller with A/D converter, the AT45DB161B DataFlash memory and a few extra components.
This application note shows in detail the usage of the A/D Converter for sound recording, the Serial Peripheral Interface – SPI – for accessing the external DataFlash memory and the Pulse Width Modulation – PWM – for playback. Typical applications that would require one or more of these blocks are temperature loggers, telephone answering machines, or digital voice recorders.
Digital sound recorder with AVR and DataFlash - [Link]
by MrLeeh @ instructables.com:
I wanted to have my personal, nice looking Mediabox with a big display and remote control. I’ ve been playing around with the Raspberry for a while so I decided this would be the platform of choice for this project. I’ m actually a fan of Steampunk so I decided to use a Steampunkish style for the box.
Raspberry Mediabox Steampunk style - [Link]