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Re: Waveulator ME Saturator Construction Information

Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2023 9:52 am
by dagoose
GR20, all good! It was indeed the 7805 regulator acting up.

Re: Waveulator ME Saturator Construction Information

Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2023 10:07 am
by mediatechnology
Great! Glad you found it with the GR-20.

I'm wondering if R48 could be made 30K (was 49R9) to make the 10K pot span 0 to -2.5V for 0 to +3 dB make-up gain.

I owe us all assembly instructions for the GR20. That's been on my list for over a month now.

Re: Waveulator ME Saturator Construction Information

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2024 9:40 am
by dagoose
I got it up and running! Sounds great so far.
I might need to do some small tweaks here and there, but so far I'm really happy with it :)
I had some brandnew cinemag transformers laying around for years, finally I have use for it. They are on the input and can be bypassed.
They sound really really clean, maybe a bit to clean. :lol:
The LED meter has some scratches on it, so I will replace those I hate these things.
For some reason I wanted it to be gold. I think that worked out nicely and kitschy. :D

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And for those wanting the logo, here you go!
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Re: Waveulator ME Saturator Construction Information

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2024 11:04 am
by mediatechnology
Nice job!

I love the gold panel and the way the knob's reflection provides a glow around the dial.
I realize that a 12 step switch starting from 0 naturally "goes to 11" but I can't help - particularly with the Waveulator - to crack up laughing as I think of Spinal Tap.

Is the meter running on bar or dot mode from the +15V rail?
If in bar does the 7805 need heatsinking?

Thanks for that logo!

Re: Waveulator ME Saturator Construction Information

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2024 2:28 am
by dagoose
Thanks :)
Yes, the gold looks cool for some reason. Normally I'm not a fan of such shiny things, but it just begged for it.

The 7805 is running on the 24v line (with a diode in series wuith some bypass caps) from the meanwell modules pre-regulators (lm317/337).
I was afraid that it would run warm since it had to go from (just under) 24 to 5v, but all good. I also think it's stays cool enough because in practice only like 2 or max 3 leds (so like 1dB) would light up anyway. More then 2dB of GR is not something I would use in pratice. Maybe on some material, but I just racked it up so I don't know for sure yet. :D

I had to make some mods for the onboard bypass relay since i also had to power the relays for the hard bypass and cinemag bypass which are 12v relays in series, so 24v. I removed the 24v regulator and other parts around it and have it running on 24v directly. The 24v comes from the meanwell (IRM20-24) module which also powers the 7805.

Stepped switches was some work. I ended up using all 10k linear switches with some added resistors here and there (need to check out what I did use in the end). The log for the threshold just didn't work, it was way to course for mastering. Now it's just working in a small range.
Same for ratio, 10k lin with added resitors so that it's only working in a really small range. We are talking mastering, it's subtle (most of the times).

And yes, they go to 11! hahahaha! Actually, I did build a varimu compressor years ago, that even goes louder, it goes to 11 and a half, which is 0.5 louder. loud is good! :lol: