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Old 4th May 2012, 03:43 AM   #1
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Hello all,
I'm almost done building a talkbox for my keyboard rig. The one thing I haven't finished is making a high pass filter for the high frequency driver in the talkbox. First off, if anyone knows whether or not this is a good idea, your comments are welcome.. (aka do commercial talkboxes do this???)

I have found lots of info online how to make high pass filters, so let me cut to the chase - a 2nd order (12db/octave) high pass filter @ 500hz (for an 8ohm driver) is what I want to build. I found VERY different schematics for the "same" circuit, depending on what website I looked at.

Here is the parts express circuit: (I assume I could just use the top half for my driver)
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and here is another design for the same thing:
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Whoa!! Aside from the complexity of figuring out all the values that I would use to make mine cutoff at 500Hz for an 8ohm speaker, does it really need to be as complicated as the second diagram?? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 4th May 2012, 01:46 PM   #2
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Well, my friend, you should tell what drive units you are using and in what box, then it might be easier to give an opinion of what to do.

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Old 5th May 2012, 12:34 AM   #3
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Alrighty, by drive unit I guess you mean what high frequency driver I'm using? I'm using a Selenium D200 phenolic driver. And by box I guess you mean what enclosure I'm using?? It's an open backed enclosure. Hope that helps.
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Old 5th May 2012, 02:25 PM   #4
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I'm using a Selenium D200 phenolic driver.
If that's all you got?!
Maybe it's more of a mid frequency compression driver? Don't expect too much from it on a full range speaker or at high frequency with it's 25dB attenuation.

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Old 5th May 2012, 02:43 PM   #5
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Use a 1,4 inch exit throat CD with matching horn.
ND1460A - HF Neodymium Driver
XT1464 Constant Coverage HF Horn

If choosing speaker drivers you have to go a long way before diy a crossover. Look here for combos.
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Old 6th May 2012, 08:42 PM   #6
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Ok I'm sorry I've definitely confused everyone with this post. There will be NO horn, NO subwoofer, and NO crossover. It isn't a multi range speaker project. This seemed to be the only place in your forums that filters (or crossovers) were discussed. I really am only looking to make a high pass filter for a single driver.

Just to let you all know what a talkbox is - it just consists of a single mid-high frequency driver that does not connect to any type of horn, instead there is 6 foot long piece of plastic tubing that goes into my mouth so I can "talk", or form the notes I am playing thru my keyboard into more vocalesque sounds.

If I posted in the wrong place my bad I don't know where the best place to talk about high pass filter design (which is like a crossover only simpler, so I thought it would be easy for you guys to point me in the right direction)

So hopefully I cleared this all up. Any help is still appreciated.
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Old 6th May 2012, 09:36 PM   #7
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The talkboxes i've seen using 8 ohm cds had a single capacitor in series with the driver. The value ranged from 22uF to 12uF. I guess you should try it between these values to see what works better.
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Old 7th May 2012, 10:07 PM   #8
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Sweet, that info really started to point me in the right direction. Yeah the parts express website recommended a 28uF cap for my driver so I'm glad to know I'm in the right ballpark. And I'll just go with a 1st order (6 dB/octave) filter cause its super simple to build and will let a bit more bass thru anyways. Thanks!
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