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Old 12th July 2012, 08:34 PM   #1
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Default PAiA stack-in-a-box guitar preamp kit

http://www.paia.com/prodimages/siabsch.pdf
This looked interesting until I saw the schematic and all those op-amps. Probably an interesting hybrid, but I'm just into tubes for guitar preamp.

I'd like to build their theramin and add some kind of conversion to MIDI perhaps.
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Old 12th July 2012, 08:51 PM   #2
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I might like to modify the envelope follower guitar kit and build it into a tube amp. Tap into the preamp just before after the first tube stage where the envelope hasn't been compressed, convert to voltage control, then a nice voltage controlled filter placed after the preamp, for when the preamp adds its own tonalities and distortion.
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http://www.paia.com/prodimages/siabsch.pdf
This looked interesting until I saw the schematic and all those op-amps. Probably an interesting hybrid, but I'm just into tubes for guitar preamp.
I don't see your problem?, it's got a valve in there to give the distorted valve sound, the opamps are mostly filtering and buffering (pretty impractical to do anywhere near as well with valves).
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Old 13th July 2012, 05:36 PM   #4
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The big problem here is the plate supply voltage of 30V (see the inverters driving the diode-capacitor voltage multiplier circuit). I've read about this type of "low-voltage" tube preamp circuit before (also in the "Art Tube Pre"), it doesn't give the same type of distortion as with a 150 to 250V plate supply voltage.
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The big problem here is the plate supply voltage of 30V (see the inverters driving the diode-capacitor voltage multiplier circuit). I've read about this type of "low-voltage" tube preamp circuit before (also in the "Art Tube Pre"), it doesn't give the same type of distortion as with a 150 to 250V plate supply voltage.
Do you really think the plate supply is 30V? What is the multiplier for then?
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Old 14th July 2012, 12:17 AM   #6
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Do you really think the plate supply is 30V? What is the multiplier for then?
There is that note on the schematic near the output of the multiplier, 30V; 10% tolerance. Doesn't make any sense to me either. I saw an article somewhere once that suggested using the flash supply from an old disposable camera. Something around 200-300V @ 2mA.
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Old 14th July 2012, 12:25 AM   #7
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42v out of the multiplier (allowing for losses).
You could;
Add some more diode/cap stages to the multiplier,
Reduce the values of the plate resistors,
Try other 12A*7 tubes,
Replace cathode resistors with LEDs;

Ie. Hours of fun. Go for it

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The 30V 10% from I can figure is the multiplier capacitor ratting. The supply for the chip from the note says 15V so then we are looking at 75V not counting losses. A little low but not horrid.
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@ Printer2, check this thread at MEF: Charge pump for bias/switching supply?

I know you're a member there. Non-members won't see some of the attachments. A voltage octupler is used to make 56V @ ~1mA from 6.3VAC 60Hz.
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Okay, looking again, that 30V 10% surely IS the cap rating. I found a similar circuit (the "inverter" plate supply circuit is the same) on page 25 that says 42V, though the text on page 24 says 45V:
http://www.paia.com/manuals/docs/930...ead-manual.pdf
The open-circuit voltage may well be 75V, but with a CMOS inverter chip driving the voltage multiplier, it's easy to see how it can drop a lot with a few milliamps of loading.

There's more on "starved plate" tube circuit design here:
PAiA: Tube Sound?
Here's a thread that discusses some differences between the lower voltage "starved plate" design and "full" voltage design:
What Should Be The Cut Off For Calling a Circuit "Starved Plate" - Gearslutz.com
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