[sdiy] PWM control of Current Sink

Tom Wiltshire tom at electricdruid.net
Wed Jun 24 20:52:47 CEST 2015

Hi all,

Can I get a sanity check please? I've got the following circuit:


The idea of this is to control the PT2399 delay using PWM from a micro controller. The PWM filter provides the current sink with a 0-5V, and the current sink is supposed to sink 0-3mA from pin 6 of the PT2399. Ryan Williams used a similar design, but his current sink was more complicated because he was using an inverting sink as a CV mixer, whereas I have a known CV source with defined limits.


(from http://sdiy.org/destrukto/vc-echo.html)

Trouble is, my version doesn't work. The result I'm getting is a very short delay, as if a large current were always flowing. Changing the PWM duty cycle pushes the PT2399 out of range altogether and kills even the short delay. The PWM-to-CV part seems fine, and I get 0-5V output for my PWM input. The problem is the current sink.

I'm not sure at this point whether I've got a fault somewhere (e.g. it ought to work, but doesn't)  or whether I'm just totally mistaken (e.g. it'd never work, even when well constructed). 

Any pointers appreciated.


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