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Old 9th January 2013, 10:29 AM   #1
benhu is offline benhu
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Hi there,

I'm trying to figure out how I could ever wire several jacks in serie/parallel (no idea) together so I can have multiple input going through only one output.
The purpose is building a vibraphone pickup like this k&k sound system:

Vibraphone Amplification - K&K Sound

or this self-made system:

Homemade vibraphone pickups

I found this schematics on a forum but I'm not able to understand any single thing. How could I start from this drawing to finalize my mixer in the real world ?
Click the image to open in full size.
Does somebody out there know how to "link" those jacks ?
Thank you so much,

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Old 9th January 2013, 11:25 AM   #2
sreten is offline sreten  United Kingdom
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Many variants of the standard mixer circuit, you can keep adding
input channels to the virtual earth mixing point, pin 2 of ICa.

You might need to add active buffers on each input for high
input impedance to suit the piezo's, TL074 or similar.

rgds, sreten.

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Old 9th January 2013, 03:50 PM   #3
JMFahey is offline JMFahey  Argentina
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1) forget about the mixer posted above, it has absolutely useless 10K input impedance.
And inadequate 4 channels only.

2) you will need a lot of individual Piezo Preamps, such as this:
Click the image to open in full size. which is good for 2 piezos, and then mix their outputs.

How many Piezos will you need?

Is it acceptable to have just a single "main" volume? (I guess so).
Because that will simplify design *a lot* .
Don't think you need individual note volume adjustment, do you?

Then I may suggest a general, *many* inputs mixer.

What will you drive with it?
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Old 6th August 2013, 02:37 AM   #4
JJP9727 is offline JJP9727  United States
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I'm looking to do a similar thing. However, my instrument is only one octave (basically just a less shrill glockenspiel). I don't know anything about all this technical stuff, but i'd love to learn for this project.
I think what im looking for is to wire 12 piezos together (one under each bar) and then output them all as one channel. I want to do it as cheaply as possible as well. Suggestions?
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