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ABDX-PIF build
« on: January 07, 2018, 10:20:25 AM »
If you kind and extremely patient folks will indulge me again, I find it very self-motivating to report on what I build while I'm still building it.   :)

I recently received an Aquaboy Deluxe board as a generous PIF from Brian.  I'm having a lot of fun putting this thing together.

Here's what I have so far, the completed main board and a 15V charge pump board:



I've opted to use Xvive Audio MN3005 reproductions for the BBDs, a MN3101 clock, and an NE570 compander.

For the enclosure, I can't bring myself to mount the input and output jacks on opposite sides of a 1590BB (just a personal quirk, not a negative judgment), so instead, I'm working on a landscape orientation with offboard pots (even though it will pretty much take up the exact same width on a pedalboard).  Here's a rough idea of what I have come up with so far (I love Inkscape):



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Re: ABDX-PIF build
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2018, 10:44:57 AM »
Looking good! I dig that layout a lot. Any reason for an smd NE570 other than that it's probably what you already had?

Also, what vactrol is that? It's the same one that's used in the new micro-tron. I've been curious what it was but could never find it anywhere.

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Re: ABDX-PIF build
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2018, 11:05:10 AM »
Thanks!

Through-hole NE570s are no longer in production, so the SMD version is far easier to procure, and I need to keep sharpening my SMD skills to be ready for the future.  ;) I don't actually have a solid reasoning other  than that (a Coolaudio v571d would have worked instead). No cost savings here, as the adapter board cost as much as the chip.  ;D

The vactrol came from Smallbear:
http://www.smallbear-electronics.mybigcommerce.com/photocoupler-coolaudio-vtl5c3/
« Last Edit: January 07, 2018, 12:00:31 PM by EBK »
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Re: ABDX-PIF build
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2018, 01:11:07 PM »
For future reference you can get many adapter boards a bit cheaper through OSHpark rather than the proto-advantage stuff.

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Re: ABDX-PIF build
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2018, 01:38:43 PM »
For future reference you can get many adapter boards a bit cheaper through OSHpark rather than the proto-advantage stuff.
I did look at OSHpark first.  One problem is that this is a 300-mil wide chip, and I wanted to adapt it to a 300 mil DIP.  Most adapters create a much wider DIP footprint.  The Proto-Advantage board has pads for surface mount headers on the bottom to keep the pins narrow.
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Re: ABDX-PIF build
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2018, 11:21:13 PM »
Thanks!

Through-hole NE570s are no longer in production, so the SMD version is far easier to procure, and I need to keep sharpening my SMD skills to be ready for the future.  ;) I don't actually have a solid reasoning other  than that (a Coolaudio v571d would have worked instead). No cost savings here, as the adapter board cost as much as the chip.  ;D

The vactrol came from Smallbear:
http://www.smallbear-electronics.mybigcommerce.com/photocoupler-coolaudio-vtl5c3/

Ah, thanks for that. I thought only xvive did a "real" VTL5C3. Interesting.

Looking forward to seeing your completed build. If I'm lucky maybe I'll get mine built before 2019!

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Re: ABDX-PIF build
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2019, 03:56:05 AM »
I'm blowing the dust off of this long-neglected project of mine. I still don't think I'll finish it soon, but some progress is better than no progress, right?

Anyway, I've finished tweaking my graphics design (I think).



Now I just need to figure out how I am going to actually make this real (I could always give PPP a bajillion dollars to make it.).  :P

Here is the internal arrangement from my fit test:

I'm 80% confident this will work in this configuration.
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Re: ABDX-PIF build
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2019, 07:26:06 AM »
Trivia for the day: the male symbol comes from the Roman god, Mars (it's supposed to be a shield and spear.) The Romans were heavily into Mars as a god.
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Re: ABDX-PIF build
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2019, 07:54:23 AM »
That symbol is in a layer named "Mars" in my Inkscape file.  8)
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Re: ABDX-PIF build
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2019, 11:29:49 AM »
Enclosure has been drilled.

Next, I plan to polish this up and give it some sort of candy blue coating.  I've been experimenting with dyed Polycrylic, which shows some promise.


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Re: ABDX-PIF build
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2019, 10:41:12 PM »
Wow- that is a clean layout, indeed.  Well done sir, I'm looking forward to seeing how that finish turns out.

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Re: ABDX-PIF build
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2019, 01:27:15 AM »
Looking like a sweeeeet thing coming there...! Tasty. Dig the graphics too. Noice.
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Re: ABDX-PIF build
« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2019, 02:41:46 PM »
Looks awesome, I cant wait to see more pics!

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Re: ABDX-PIF build
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2019, 08:39:43 AM »
The most important thing that science produces is data, even when the result is a failure.  I got a ton of clumping in the Polycrylic when I tried to dye it darker.  Trying one more time.
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Re: ABDX-PIF build
« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2019, 08:48:43 AM »
Maybe clear, tinted epoxy, sanded back to a mirror finish?
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