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General Questions / Re: Add Rough Cut tilt EQ to 4:1 ?
« on: November 09, 2021, 03:32:31 AM »
I found the simplified Diamond Compressor schem. It was actually in my Diamond folder, d'oh. It doesn't show the EQ part but it does show one approach to simplifying it. Courtesy of Fred Briggs.

Unfortunately, my 4:2 project seems to be a bust. Just can't figure out what's wrong. I breadboarded the envelope section and it works as it should. On two built PCBs, no envelope response. Possibly something could have gone with the boards themselves but I don't see any defects. Last thing to do is compare voltages on the PCB and breadboard to see if it has any clues. If not, I'll just set it aside for another time.

Sorry about the 4:2 project!

Yes I remember that simplified Diamond comp.
I actually prefer the Afterlife/4:1 by a large margin, because it can get subtler levels of compression (the Diamond, even at minimum, still compresses quite a bit) and to my ears it has more headroom (I powered the Diamond at 18v, but the 4:1 at 9v).

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General Questions / Re: Add Rough Cut tilt EQ to 4:1 ?
« on: November 07, 2021, 05:23:05 AM »
So, from what I have been able to grok the 470k resistor connected to vRef is either about reducing current consumption or possibly minimizing current offset between the inverting and non-inverting inputs of the op-amp. Whether that came directly from experimentation or as a "design practice" I don't know. What I do know is that if you are buffering the Vref supply is that you don't need it. Just connect the non-inverting pin to vRef directly. It's already a much lower impedance source than the typical voltage divider via two resistors.

On the buffers - IIRC this is something I looked into when I started on the project but I don't remember exactly what I arrived at. Certainly you can simplify those parts to a single emitter follower and I think some worked out a project that did that (although I don't remember who).

My advice is to breadboard the circuit and really thoroughly investigate these issues to arrive at the solution that has the fewest parts for the best results. I don't see any reason you cannot couple the ICI.2 output directly to the Tilt EQ without the buffer stage but I'm also not smart enough to say that without actually testing it, haha.

One other piece of advice I can give: play with C7 (your schem). Using a higher value there can increase the overall sustain but the biggest impact it has is how quickly the compression turns on. When you put in larger values the opto LED starts lighting up a bit slower. This can actually be a good thing because the response of the compressor delays slightly and makes it more musical, IMO. IOW, it's not quite as immediately squishy but has more "bloom", if that makes sense.

Thanks for the explanation about the 470k to vref!
Yeah, I dont see any reason to use a buffer before the tilt EQ, but Im not smart enough either haha

About the 100uf cap, I remember reading a lot about it on freestompboxes (where people believed it was 100n at first) and midwayfair recommending to socket it and maybe use a switch for different decay settings (22uf, 47uf, 100uf etc.)
But after trying different options I'm happy with 100uf there usually.

Oh by the way, I'm pretty sure you can remove R22 and R27 on the Rough Cut as they're bypass resistors (and see how you can bypass the tilt eq and keep just the inverting opamp) : http://revolutiondeux.blogspot.com/2012/06/diamond-compressor.html
(pic attached)

Anyways, I'll let you know if I breadboard it! Thanks a lot for all the info!

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General Questions / Re: Add Rough Cut tilt EQ to 4:1 ?
« on: November 06, 2021, 04:04:32 PM »
I think it would work. I'd stick the other half of the OP275 as a Vref buffer like the RoughCut. R28 may need to be lowered in value - not sure about that. The one drawback I can see is that the 4:1 is very bright as is and the tilt eq may end up boosting those highs into unpleasant territory. Also, with the 4:1 having separate clean and comp controls you'd have to kind of reset both for volume output depending on how bright the EQ is.

I have a second version (the 4:2 for 1590B instead of 1590G) that I've been working on that reduces the clean and comp to a single blend knob, but it does not have any eq. I'd show the schematic for that but it turns out I'm having a problem with it that I haven't solved yet.

Quick drawing of a possible evolution for the 4:1
Clean & comp = MIX
Master Volume
Tilt EQ at the output like the Diamond
Sensitivity trimpot (thanks midwayfair)
And buffered vref  ;D

I never understand when the + pin of an inverting opamp needs to be connected to vref through a resistor (470k in the EQ section here). And why did Diamond use two transistors instead of one as a buffer... no idea haha! Oh well!

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General Questions / Re: Add Rough Cut tilt EQ to 4:1 ?
« on: November 06, 2021, 01:55:55 PM »
No, you're right. I was misremembering the buffer thing. You do have one half an opamp leftover so maybe there's something else to use it for. On the 4:2 I used an extra op-amp as an output gain control.

The 4:2 the problem I am having is that the LED is not responding to the envelope detector. It just stays at full brightness (I tested this part out before soldering in any opto). I need to look at it again - I think something was throwing voltages off. It's been a week and that feels like last month already.

Oh yeah that's odd. Is it the same envelope circuit as the Afterlife/4:1?
I think a mix section followed by a gain stage, similar to the VFE Bluepring or your Florist, would work well for a comp. Maybe I should try that and incorporate a tilt EQ the somewhere on the signal path (but would it affect only the compressed signal, or the general output, that's my question of the day haha)

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General Questions / Re: Add Rough Cut tilt EQ to 4:1 ?
« on: November 06, 2021, 10:55:15 AM »
I think it would work. I'd stick the other half of the OP275 as a Vref buffer like the RoughCut. R28 may need to be lowered in value - not sure about that. The one drawback I can see is that the 4:1 is very bright as is and the tilt eq may end up boosting those highs into unpleasant territory. Also, with the 4:1 having separate clean and comp controls you'd have to kind of reset both for volume output depending on how bright the EQ is.

I have a second version (the 4:2 for 1590B instead of 1590G) that I've been working on that reduces the clean and comp to a single blend knob, but it does not have any eq. I'd show the schematic for that but it turns out I'm having a problem with it that I haven't solved yet.

Thanks for the quick reply!
I dont understand the part about buffering vref, I dont see it on the Rough cut schematic.
I also dont understand why R28 should be lowered, but thatís quite easy to try! :)

Usually I lower the impedance of the 4:1 to a pretty standard impedance, and I dont find it overly bright! But I see what you mean about the volume thing. Though I do like to have two seperate volumes now! But yeah maybe a simple clean blend would work well.

Whats the problem youíre having with the 4:2? Sure I cant help you but you never know! :)

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General Questions / Add Rough Cut tilt EQ to 4:1 ?
« on: November 06, 2021, 08:23:06 AM »
Hey,

So the 4:1 is by far my favorite compressor. I prefer it to the Diamond, especially for acoustic guitar.
But I remember enjoying the tilt EQ for electric guitars, and I got an idea: why not add the tilt EQ to the 4:1 ?

So here's my idea (sorry for the poorly photoshop schematic)
And for reference, the schematics for the 4:1 and the Rough Cut (Diamond compressor)

What do you guys think? That'd work right? Added bonus: no more phase reversal, since the tilt EQ reverses phase, as does the 4:1. Now maybe I could put the EQ on a switch, and when off, add an inverting buffer, so the signal is alway in phase whether the EQ is on or off. We'll see... :)

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Build Reports / Re: Deathklaw with Modulation
« on: October 08, 2021, 01:37:28 AM »
Thanks for all the info, yeah I noticed there was different smd sizes!
Between all the madbean delays and the deadastronaut ones, I think I will come up with something eventually :)
Thanks!

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Build Reports / Re: Deathklaw with Modulation
« on: October 07, 2021, 03:19:47 PM »
Wow that's so beautiful, amazing job! I would love to hear it too!
What modulation circuit did you use? Lately I've been thinking of building a Deathlaw with a little less filtering on the repeats and adding the modulation section from the Dirtbaby.

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General Questions / Re: 3pdt-05 board -9 problem
« on: July 29, 2021, 02:36:44 AM »
Iíve seen an old MXR unit that delivered 10v instead of 9. And Ive read somewhere about some units producing random voltage spikes.
Anyways, Iíd use tc1044s (max input voltage 12v)  or lt1054 (15v) instead if it happens again!

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General Questions / Re: What am I doing wrong? (Clean blend and hiss)
« on: July 04, 2021, 03:57:20 PM »
That serial res I recomended not to have clear wire here, when pot is at minimum :@)
I am really wonder how that second version will work.

BTW, with Gain pot at max. 50kOhm and paralelly 470pF cap, lowpass will have knee at 6,8kHz. For most gui FX top freq at EQ settings is 6,4kHz. That cap is ideal with that gain pot.

Hey thanks a lot for all your help and your patience! Its really great!
I'll let you know how it works! It's not gonna be before a few weeks I think (I have other projects too... and work... and a family... :D) but I will let you know for sure.

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General Questions / Re: What am I doing wrong? (Clean blend and hiss)
« on: July 04, 2021, 03:46:12 PM »
Yes I already replaced the 100p in parallel with the gain pot (50k) with a 470p. It made a difference, but not enough. Larger values cut too much high end.
I don't think a series resistance with the gain pot would make a difference in noise...
The opamp is on a socket yes, but I've never had any issue with sockets!

I think my second version is not very elegant but I trust it to be less noisy (only buffers, no gain stage)

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General Questions / Re: What am I doing wrong? (Clean blend and hiss)
« on: July 04, 2021, 03:30:38 PM »
ok. Try that 4580 and compare with common opamp, like 1458, 358 or 082...

4580 doesn't make any difference.
Maybe the noise is acceptable... But I just dont like it :D

So I'm gonna try this instead. Two opamps so a bit more space needed, but that way I'm pretty sure the clean signal is gonna stay clean, with no added noise whatsoever. And I'm sending an inverted signal to the overdrive (that reverses the signal) then returning it through a buffer. It should be clean!
Clean pot is 100kB.

(I'm pretty sure I could get rid of C7 and R14, I'll have to check)

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General Questions / Re: What am I doing wrong? (Clean blend and hiss)
« on: July 04, 2021, 10:24:01 AM »
So, finally, if nothing will help (controll or exchange those caps and resistors), try super low-noise opamp: RC4580. If nothing changes in compare even with common standard-noise opamps here, it is clear that you must order better quality res and caps. Nothing bad. Concept is good. Only details will ask more.

Thanks! Ill try a 4580, I think I have some in my drawer.
Otherwise yes I could try and change the caps, Iíve used mostly mlcc on this board. But Ive never had issues with them so far... resistors are pretty standard 1%.

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General Questions / Re: What am I doing wrong? (Clean blend and hiss)
« on: July 04, 2021, 03:43:22 AM »
And you did it at pcb? If you have only prototype at breadboard, then I must warn - breadboard always add big noise to signal!

Yes I used a pcb directly, thinking it would be fine!

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General Questions / Re: What I am doing wrong? (Clean blend and hiss)
« on: July 02, 2021, 04:00:16 PM »
That concept is good. Only here is source of noise - maybe opamp is not able to deliver noise level you desire (in this case none concept will work), maybe still try to block VR at noninverting (+) input with 100n cap or so, against to ground - maybe noise is going from power supply! Thats all I can offer now.

Yes sorry I forgot to say I tried it! Didn't make a difference...

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