[sdiy] clickless muting

Tom Wiltshire tom at electricdruid.net
Mon Oct 29 11:10:55 CET 2012

You can use analog switch ICs for this, as a variation on the JFETs. There are modern ones which have zero-crossing detection and fancy tricks and claim to be clickless (haven't used them - can't judge myself) but I've used typical 40xx switches (particularly 4053) for this job. You can use a LPF'd voltage on those too, with good results.

I wouldn't say there's any problem with running audio through a panel switch, but it won't get you anywhere close to silent switches, and I'd avoid relays for the same reason. Anything with bouncy bits of metal banging together.


On 28 Oct 2012, at 20:44, David G Dixon wrote:

> Hey Team,
> Does anybody here have any insight into good ways to achieve "clickless"
> muting of audio signals?  My first inclination was to send a large (and
> slightly LPFed) positive voltage to a 2164 VCA (i.e., to use it as a
> switch), but I don't think that the 2164 VCA shuts off hard enough for true
> muting.
> Of course, the easiest way would be simply to put a toggle switch in the
> audio path.  However, I'm a bit concerned about feeding an audio signal
> through a panel switch.  (Am I right to be concerned about that, or is this
> a safe thing to do?)
> As usual, any and all help most appreciated!
> Cheers,
> Dave Dixon
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