[sdiy] CV input op-amp circuit

David G Dixon dixon at mail.ubc.ca
Sat Dec 5 00:23:50 CET 2020

Just to clarify, my design did not require an inverting opamp.  The operation was all done in a single opamp.  I just showed two opamps in the picture because one was processing -5V and other +7V, to show that the proper voltages were obtained.


From: Ian Fritz [mailto:ijfritz at comcast.net] 
Sent: Friday, December 04, 2020 1:26 PM
To: David G Dixon
Cc: synth-diy at synth-diy.org
Subject: Re: [sdiy] CV input op-amp circuit

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IMO, everyone should at some point go through the derivation of the equations for the generalized opamp summer. This often makes it easy to avoid using unneeded inverting stages. One thing to watch, though, is that the resulting equations assume zero impedance voltage sources for inputs.  Usually you have to take source impedances into account.


On Dec 4, 2020, at 12:03 PM, David G Dixon <dixon at mail.ubc.ca> wrote:

Hello Christian,
It seems to me that your circuit will invert the CV, which is not what you want.
Here's how I would do it:  First, I calculated that the range of -5V to +7V is 12V, and the range of 0 to 3V is 3V, so you need a gain of 25%.  This alone would change the range to -1.25V to +1.75V.  Hence, this needs to be shifted by +1.25V.  So, you need a circuit that will apply a gain of 25% and a shift of +1.25V.  I am going to assume that you have a -5V reference source available (or an inverted +5V reference).  So, the -5V reference requires a gain of -25%.  So, what circuit will apply a (non-inverting) gain of 25% to one input, and an (inverting) gain of -25% to another input?  This one, with 5% resistors:


Or, a slightly more accurate version with 1% resistors:

The CV comes into the + input through a 4:1 voltage divider which applies a gain of 20%.  However, the 1:4 ratio of feedback to inverting input resistors applies a gain of 125% to the non-inverting input, and (125%)(20%) = 25%.
The -5V reference comes into the - input through feedback/input resistor ratio of 1:4, which applies an inverting gain of -25% to that voltage, creating a level shift of +1.25V.
The convenient aspect of this is that both pairs of resistors have a 4:1 ratio.  The closest 5% standard values are 33k and 8.2k.  The closest 1% values are 102k and 25.5k.
Doc Sketchy


From: Synth-diy [mailto:synth-diy-bounces at synth-diy.org] On Behalf Of Christian Maniewski via Synth-diy
Sent: Friday, December 04, 2020 5:31 AM
To: synth-diy at synth-diy.org
Subject: [sdiy] CV input op-amp circuit

Hi all!

I’m trying to come up with an op-amp design for a CV input. I want to transform a signal ranging from -5V to +7V to a more MCU digestable 0-3.3V. I came up with the circuit you’ll find attached.

I have seen other approaches, where an offset reference is injected in the feedback loop, while the positive op-amp input is grounded. Are there any disadvantages to my approach or is it also valid?

Thank you so much!

I’ve been following this email list for some time now. This is my first question and first email entirely. Please bear with me.


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