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The Power Supply

Schematic Overview:Power Supply


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The power supply is relatively simple to understand. The power comes in at 9V AC, and goes to the rectifier From here, it is split into 2 sections The 5V and 6V, and the 12V and 5.333 Volt. At each section there are SmoothingCapacitors and ByPassCapacitors.

See the jumpers page for a list of which jumpers go where.

Block Diagram

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The Rectifier and Smoother

The power input into the x0xb0x is 9V Alternating Current. This needs to be converted to Direct Current, before getting regulated to its proper voltage. This is done by the 4 1N4001 Diodes with what is called a bridge rectifier. You can see how a bridge rectifier works on the left hand side. While the Bridge Rectifier has in fact made sure our current is DC, it is in a state called "Full Wave Varying DC". We don't have a smooth line of direct current, rather, we have a series of camel humps, where the voltage goes from 0V, to +9V back to 0V.

C3 and C5, the monstor 2.2F Capacitors Perform a Smoothing operation. When the voltage starts on its downward drop from +9V to 0V, the capacitors discharge, and the voltage drop is minimized. The DC waveform looks a lot smoother, and more like gentle waves rather than camel humps, and the varying voltage is quite minimal compared to the rectified output.

Regulated Voltage

The voltage regulators are very complex beasts. Essentially they take the gentle waves of the smoothed DC, and turn them in to a (relatively) perfect line of a specified output voltage.

After the power is rectified and smoothed by C3 (a 2.2F cap) it is sent to the 7805 voltage regulator. The .1mf Caps before and after the regulator seem to be ByPassCapacitors (to further smooth the waveform from any kind of interference) and are part of the application suggestions in the 7805 datasheet. This then becomes the +5V supply. This suplly draws 33mA average and 40mA max dependong on what kind of LEDs you use.

The smoothed waveform is also sent to a 78L06Z, a low current voltage regulator. Again, with .1mf Caps before and after. This becomes the +6V supply. The 6V rail draws 14mA average, irregardless of volume or whether or not notes are being played. One possibility of why this is, is that the la4140 is an inefficent amplifier.

Doubled and Tuned Voltage

After the power is recitifed and smoothed by C5 (the other 2.2F capacitor) it is sent through an RcNetwork (100 Ohm and 100uF) before providing power to the Op Amp.

The power also goes through another RcNetwork (1K Ohm and 100uf), before sent to the voltage reference circuit. This is taken from the LM336Z datasheet. TM6 allows to adjust the "breakdown voltage" of the Voltage Reference. D45-47 are used to "obtain a lower tempurature co-effient". This is then sent to an op-amp set up to be a VoltageFollower, to eliminate any loading effects. (This makes sure that 5.333 volts is available throughout the entire circuit?)

The 5.333 volts is sent to a NonInvertingAmplifier, with a 2.2K and 1.8K resistor. This provides a 2.222 voltage gain to the 5.333V, equaling a voltage of 11.851V, giving us the 12 Volt power supply. Capacitors C60 and C61 seem to be ByPassCapacitors

This supply draws between 14mA average and 16mA max when playing notes. When silent, the draw is at 10mA.

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