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DIY Monitor Controller?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Gib, Sep 10, 2007.

  1. Gib

    Gib Active Member

    I was looking into a few things. Is it possible to just use an Dual Ganged Audio Taper in between my DAW output and my active monitors. I am currently using a Behringer crap mixer to adjust control room monitoring levels and I hate the sound it gives my speakers. I was thinking about making a little box with inputs, outputs, and then wiring the Pot properly to just get a passive stereo attenuation knob. Would this actually work at all? Or am I just wasting my thoughts on this one?
  2. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    2 words- stepped attenuator.

    Ganged pots will not give you the accuracy between the left and right sides. If one pot is slightly different than the other. A switch with hand selected resistors will work better.
  3. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Guest

    These are within .5dB


    You can always adjust your monitors internal trims after.
  4. Gib

    Gib Active Member

    Thanks for that bit of direction!
  5. Gib

    Gib Active Member

    Does anybody know where to get stepped audio attenuators for a decent price then? I really didn't think that the cost was going to be as high as i have seen around after looking. :eek:
  6. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    You can try to make your own, hows your electronics?
  7. Gib

    Gib Active Member

    I'm at least adequate at electronics and soldering, if not much better. Ive made all my own snakes, cables, some decent condenser mics and other things as well. I'm open to any suggestions and ideas. I actually welcome diy projects, and not only to save money. They are usually fun and help one self to learn more about things rather than just buying it.
  8. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Cool, ok so get some 0.1% surface mount resistors, or at least 1%. I would grab a meter and match them by hand. Resitors like:

    Grab a Switch Like:
    http://rocky.digikey.com/WebLib/ElectroSwitch/Web Data/C4 Series.pdf

    You want a switch that does both left and right at the same time So you a double pole (DP). You need a few postions maybe 12, so thats a DP12T

    For values check out this site:

    PM if you need more info- But this should get you thinking.
  9. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    go to groupdiy and do a search
    but here is an example of many threads

    JLM Audio for the HAL
    uses the Texas PGA2320

    Mikkel has some ideas
    looks like he has moved
    I'll see if I can find the new place
    this could be it
    I can't make either of these work at the moment
    perhaps a server issue

    ESP may help with ideas

    the Factory has a couple of ideas but I've been so slack so they are no where near adequate yet
    I haven't written up the MK2 project withthe VCAs
    MK1 is just as per the GoldPoint or DACT sort of thing

    GoldPoint and DACT
    look for the DIY pages

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