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mrtunes 6th May 2012 05:39 PM

best prototyping program for beginners
hi there, i'm still having a hard time learning how to read schematics, so i'm looking for a program that would help in this regard. i like the idea of fritzing, but it seems to be heavily weighted on the arduino side, in terms of the examples that are there.

is there something similar, but has more general examples? maybe something that has no examples, but just helps me figure out the schematic?

marce 7th May 2012 08:54 AM

The Art of Electronics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Understanding a schematic is pretty fundamental to designing, fault finding and laying out PCB's.

tvrgeek 3rd June 2012 01:16 PM

The "program" you are looking for is actually called an Associates of Arts in Electronics Technology.

Wiki is your friend. True. But it really comes to this: Understanding a schematic means you can understand a circuit. Either you start as a kid building kits, ham and stereo amps out of found junk and blew enough up you were forced to understand the equasions, or you get some formal education in electronics. ( I started early and have a degree). Yes, I am the generation that started with a crystal radio built from scratch. By scratch, I mean only wire and a single diode. If you are really good at self learning, just start reading about basic DC electricity and go where the links take you. There are still "teach yourself electronics" lab kits designed for basic learning. I had help; building Heath kits as my dad is a EE. We spent many an hour at the chalk board from about age 8. If you need a classroom and a lab, go take a couple of trade school classes. I have been at it a very long time, but let me tell you, something as simple as a power amp can be very clever and not obvious to what is going on. Smart folks get a lot of mileage out of simple tricks. I could show you the circuits for GCR two track correction, (old computer digital tape circuit) and I only know a handful of people who could ever figure out what it is, let along how it works. I have worked on many boards that used the actual traces for components, transformers, caps and delay lines. ( look inside a cell phone) Once you get the basics, then you can pick up books like Jones for tunes, Self for amps, Jung for op-amps, and so on where they are focused on our audio hobby.

sreten 3rd June 2012 01:23 PM

SPICE-Based Analog Simulation Program - TINA-TI - TI Tool Folder

Hi, might help, rgds, sreten.

tvrgeek 3rd June 2012 04:52 PM

Simetrix is a bit easier to learn,LTspice kind of the default. Really good training as it is cheaper to "smoke" parts in a sim than on a breadboard.

vacuphile 22nd June 2012 11:24 PM

Agree with the above. LTspice is the way to go.

kevinkr 23rd June 2012 01:08 AM

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tsiros 23rd June 2012 01:12 AM


Originally Posted by marce (


davidsrsb 23rd June 2012 02:25 AM

Simetrix (lite version is free) is easier to use than LTSpice, but does not come with the example circuits that the latter does.

sreten 23rd June 2012 02:27 AM


The Art of Electonics is a great tome, but becoming more out of date,
but still IMO reflects an attitude to understanding not "knowing" and
as such is a worthy read for anyone interested in real design.

Whatever a free SPICE emulator is also the place to go, like TinaTi.

rgds, sreten.

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