Favorite quad op-amps for synth design?

harrybissell at prodigy.net harrybissell at prodigy.net
Thu Mar 23 16:32:46 CET 2000

Re: The New fangled shit hot...

Hope I misunderstoon... didn't mean the op-07 didja???

OP-07 is OLD OLD OLD...
SLOW SLOW SLOW... Its really no better for audio than
the 741, of which it is a greatly improved version...

Use when you need very low offset voltage and fairly low
bias current... and speed of .3V/uS

Don't use for audio.


 ---- On Mar 22 "Batz Goodfortune" <batzman at all-electric.com> wrote: 
> Y-ellow Alex.
> 	The NE5535 (Single) and NE5532(Dual) are almost identical in performance
> to the LM833 (Dual) or LM837 (Quad)
> The only major difference is that the NE5534 (Single) is a quasi
> un-compensated op-amp. Rather like an LM301 (I think)
> That is to say, It's frequency compensated for gains below 3 (I think.
> Correct me if I'm wrong) but in practice you need to use a compensating
> network around it. This is great for tailoring it's specs in critical
> applications but largely un-necessary when using any of the other op-amps
> mentioned here.
> The NE5532 and LM833 are on the whole, interchangeable. So it really comes
> down to what you can get hold of.
> I used LM833s traditionally because I could never get NE5532s at anything
> like a reasonable price. Even in quantity. I think AUD$5 bux for a dual
> op-amp is just a little on the outrageous side. No matter how quiet it is.
> Where as the LM833s were costing me something under a dollar.
> However I note that in some US cattledogs they're selling them both for
> much the same price so it comes down to what ever you can get the best deal
> on.
> You can't get an LM833 in a single or uncompensated package. So in that
> case you'd need to use an NE5534. On the other hand you can't get an NE5532
> in a quad package so you'd have to use an LM837.
> But as a guide. I've built more mixers than I care to remember. I've used
> all these things in combination. They all work. They all do a good job. If
> you  really really need to have the highest possible quality microphone
> solution you might opt for  using an SSM2017 as the mic pre-amp. Other than
> that, use any of the above for any job in a standard mixer and it'll be
> just fine.
> What else? Oh yeah. A bit of a disclaimer. There are some new fandangled
> audio op-amps I haven't tried. Like this mythical OP-07. They're spoze to
> be shit-hot. If you can get hold of those sorts of things at a reasonable
> price they're probably worth looking at. I can't get hold of them easily so
> I've never looked into them.
> In practice these days though, the best tends to cost no more (and
> sometimes less) than the worst. For example a 741 now costs more than an
> LM833. Why would you want to use one? If a circuit specifies a couple of
> 741s, or even a TL082, You can generally just whack in an 833 in it's
> place.  (assuming you're designing the circuit board from scratch of
> course) Unless, as someone previously pointed out, that the original
> circuit was designed around the characteristics of that op-amp. 
> In a mixer this is very unlikely. Back in the dim dark days it was a case
> of. "You mean this is the best we can expect? Wish we had a real audio
> op-amp. I guess those LM301s will just have to do then." And for anyone
> who's ever had to use an LM301 in an audio circuit. My condolences.
> Hope this helps.
> Be absolutely icebox.
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