Tube challenge!

Harry Bissell harrybissell at
Fri Nov 19 08:48:16 CET 1999

With the high impedance of tubes... if you want to get "zero"
interaction through the supply you should go separates.
OTOH individual supplies can get pricey (transformers...)
I don't think tube supplies are necessarily "easy" they just look that
way because of the few components. They often have filter chokes that
must be sized "just right" or they are ineffective (or worse..)

Tubes can be nasty for hum pickup and microphonics, each module will
need real careful design or the adjacent module may interfere.

Tube design is a "black" art (as in arcane, satanic, etc....)

Naw... only kidding !!!

:^) Harry

Doug Tymofichuk wrote:

> Hello, everyone!
> A while ago I sent out a challenge for information on
> building tube synths. I did not receive a lot of responses,
> but the few that I did receive were VERY encouraging. Thank
> you to those that helped with their suggestions and
> assistance! (You know who you are!) Therefore, I have
> decided to do some experimentation and hopefully eventually
> build a modular vacuum tube synth. This will be a
> percussion synth that I will work on in parallel to the
> solid state percussion synth that I have started. And yes I
> will be making some comparisons as I go along.
> I also stated that I would like to see more dialog on tube
> stuff on this forum. So to start this off, a power supply
> question. Do you think it would be better to build
> individual HV supplies for each module, or one BIG supply
> to run the whole thing? By the way, power supplies for tube
> equipment seem to be quite simple and easy to build, so I
> think it's a valid question.
> Thanks in advance!
> ----------------------
> Doug Tymofichuk
> dougt at

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