[sdiy] Lowest distortion neede for VCA - linearizing the LM13600/13700 & other dual VCAs

Phil Macphail phil.macphail at liivatera.com
Tue Sep 17 15:17:45 CEST 2013

TI lists the LM13700 at $0.40 for 1000-off pricing, and Cool Audio have
the V2164 at $1.60 for the same quantity. So if you know what you are
doing you can make a cheaper (but larger) VCA with the LM13700, although
there isn't much in it. There is also a further refinement to the Simms
design that really isn't for the faint-hearted that can improve the
distortion further - implementation is tricky so at that point the V2164
is probably a better choice.


On 17/09/2013 15:33, "Neil Johnson" <neil.johnson71 at gmail.com> wrote:

>ASSI wrote:
>> The I/V conversion you care about is done by the input resistor.  The
>> produces a matching current to compensate the input current via
>Interesting, thanks for clarifying.  Ultimately, the question really
>is: is this really cheaper than 1/4 of an SSM2164 (or CoolAudio V2164
>clone) these days?  Maybe 18 years ago when this circuit was posted.
>Certainly a lot more PCB area (16pin DIP + 8pin DIP + transistor +
>passives) compared to 1/4 of a 2164.
>> (on the road :-)
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