[sdiy] Uniformly distributed noise generator?

cheater00 . cheater00 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 10 13:37:16 CEST 2013

Reason why I asked about analogue implementations:
- they're very likely simpler
- they might function via some inherent property of a part or circuit,
which is then ideal
- you don't have to code anything, and in ten years it'll actually be
possible to repair or replicate it
- parts count very likely much smaller..
- analog noise is truly random, not pseudo-random

Yeah, a shaper sounds like a way to do this. Some sort of tanh thing.
But I wonder if there isn't a specific circuit that inherently creates
uniformly distributed noise, similar to how we get white noise via the
inherent properties of what ever semiconductor is used. I have a
feeling something like this must exist, after all it's a basic concept
in statistics, and a lot of stats got done on analog computers for
many decades.


On Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 12:34 PM, Richie Burnett
<rburnett at richieburnett.co.uk> wrote:
>> Richie,
>> indeed, I thought of using a digital source myself, but was hoping the
>> analogue gods here could come up with something fully analogue. I'm
>> certain there's something out there..
> You could probably pass your analogue Gaussian distributed noise through a
> soft-clipper with an s-shaped saturation-type curve to modify the histogram
> towards a more even amplitude distribution.  I'm not great on probabilities
> and maths though so I won't try to work out what shape that function might
> need to be!
> -Richie,

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