[sdiy] Incremental encoder to up / down counter or pots and an ADC

Mike HEQX mike at heqx.com
Tue Nov 29 17:28:34 CET 2016

Hi List Folks,

  I'm building a sequencer and I want to use these Bourns illuminated 
incremental encoders to select the note values instead of pots.


My issue is spending over 3 dollars for this interface chip to drive an 
up down counter per step.


Is there a cheaper way to do this or is it easier to go back to using 
pots and a flash ADC.


On 11/29/2016 9:51 AM, Vladimir Pantelic wrote:
> this comes to mind:
> https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/ca/a9/a3/caa9a38108d49eb6b94343e195ad561f.jpg
> On 29.11.2016 15:23, Mike HEQX wrote:
>> I like the idea of an earth grounded mesh on the wall behind the
>> recording rig. It can't hurt even on a good day. This lath screen is
>> what comes to mind.
>> http://thestuccoguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Close-Up-View.jpg
>> On 11/29/2016 4:55 AM, Oakley Sound wrote:
>>> Wow. Thank you for all the replies and help. I got several PMs too and
>>> even a phone call.
>>> To answer a few questions:
>>> I have done the ferrite clamps and they seem to work on the hi-fi when
>>> added to the speaker and main cables. But I have yet to test this when
>>> he is outputting at full power.
>>> 20W causes a noticeable buzz on the Event monitors in my music area
>>> even with the audio cables unplugged and ferrites on the mains cable.
>>> At 60W then the buzz is so loud it's unusable and VCOs go out of tune.
>>> 60W is the maximum power output of his rig. I've no idea how much ERP
>>> is being developed.
>>> I've not asked him to see what happens when the antenna is pointed in
>>> any other direction. But when he was doing the tests it was around 45
>>> degrees away from pointing directly at my house wall. Getting him to
>>> test it with a dummy load sounds a good idea - although it should be
>>> noted that the same rig driving a different but omnidirectional
>>> antenna causes no problems.
>>> We do share the same power and phase. The substation (step down
>>> transformer) is up a pole just outside my back garden and I'm the
>>> closest in the village to it. When pointing at my house his antenna is
>>> also pointing straight at the overhead power lines that feed my house.
>>> I will look into adding some capacitance across the bridge rectifier
>>> diodes of the modular power supply.
>>> His hi-fi is unaffected by it although it's more modern and the beam
>>> was not pointed across his house at the time of testing.
>>> His antenna is probably about as high as it can go on a single
>>> unsupported pole. We're both in bungalows and the antenna is about as
>>> high as the apex of his roof.
>>> With the exception of the modular and the Event monitors everything
>>> that is affected is old and was built before the letters EMC meant
>>> anything. The Events are also liable to picking up mobile phone
>>> interference so I think it may be worthwhile getting some more 'rad
>>> hard' replacements for these.
>>> I may try some grounded chicken wire to create a shield but from
>>> various answers it seems that this may have little if no effect unless
>>> I go for the full cage which is impractical. However, that idea I had
>>> of buying an old shipping container and converting it to a home studio
>>> is starting to become more and more attractive.
>>> Tony
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