Favorite quad op-amps for synth design?

harrybissell at prodigy.net harrybissell at prodigy.net
Wed Mar 22 20:12:17 CET 2000

The quads also share power supply pins, so you cannot
decouple the supply separatly. If I want to be sure that two circuits will not interact through close proximity, or power supply coupling, I use duals or singles...

Try a VCO using a quad for both the "pulse width" comparator, and the sine wave shaper. You will have some
pulse in your sine wave almost guaranteed !!!

H^) harry

 ---- On Mar 22 "Batz Goodfortune" <batzman at all-electric.com> wrote: 
> Y-ellow Buck 'n' y'all.
> 	One more thing. You asked why people tend to use duals instead of quads.
> There are two reasons for this. 1 is board lay out flexibility and the
> other is the economy of scale.
> Firstly, if you're having trouble fitting all your components round a quad
> package then it's probably better to use 2 dual packages instead and spread
> it out like.
> From a manufacturing/costing point of view, if board space isn't a big
> issue in the particular design, it works out cheaper to buy a bucket load
> of one component type (package) than it does to buy 2 different types which
> do basically the same job.
> In production you might get 10 cents per op amp using 10,000 dual package
> in a production run. On the other hand you might get 11 cents having to
> split that over a combination of quads and duals. If this is  not going to
> kill your board space expenditure then you may as well use one package type.
> You could go so far as to try and use an audio op-amp for other duties
> around the home if the economies of scale and application warrants it.
> Sometimes you might see an audio op-amp used for something you consider to
> be a waste of a good component. But when the economies of scale are
> factored in it probably makes sense.
> If you follow me.
> It makes more sense to buy a lot of one thing and get it cheaper than to
> buy lots of different things  just because it seems more esthetically
> pleasing from a design point of view.
> Hope this helps.
> Be absolutely icebox.
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