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Minimize noise with Digital Pots.
« on: April 04, 2013, 04:28:33 PM »
I'm thinking about using eight 10k digital pots on a Boss GE-7 to replace the sliders.  I've read in various places that zipper noise could be a problem but I don't plan on changing the values while playing.  The other issue is possible noise from the Arduino board.  Has only got advise on using digital pots on in a project like this.

Digital Larry

Re: Minimize noise with Digital Pots.
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2013, 09:39:16 AM »
I'm going to guess that if you really wanted a programmable graphic EQ pedal, and you put any sort of value on your time, you would simply buy one:

However, that's not always the driving force behind our desire to do things here, is it!   ;)

I'd suggest reading this for general info about Maxim digital pots:

I bought some awhile back hoping to do something with a Launchpad and some analog effects blocks, but that hasn't happened yet.

Anyway, my off the top of the head summary of possible issues with digital pots in audio:

1) Resolution (# of steps)
2) Voltage range - some/most of these are not going to be happy with negative voltages or voltages that go above the supply rail.
3) Taper - most I've looked at are linear taper, which would be preferable for a graphic EQ.
Digital Larry
DSP tinkerer and former transistor twister


Re: Minimize noise with Digital Pots.
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2013, 02:55:40 PM »
I want to try a midi controlled guitar amp and I'm thinking of using an arduino to control a set of digital pots hacked into a Boss Eq-7.  The EQ would then be put right after a cathode follower in the amp utilizing it as an FX send as in the Slo-100.  The output of the EQ then would be the FX send out of the amp into what ever else you want in the loop.