Presentation: DIY digital Theremin

Posted: 2/11/2017 12:16:04 AM

From: Northern NJ, USA

Joined: 2/17/2012

ESD is electrostatic discharge:

The human body is a walking Van de Graff generator, with a license to kill any components, particularly (but not limited to) insulated gate CMOS inputs.  Gobs of die area is devoted to diodes and the like in an attempt to make CMOS safe to handle with human hands and the like.  Even things like capacitors aren't immune to ESD, and partial degradation is often worse than outright failure.  Ignore it at your peril, you have been warned.  Those who design Theremins tend to not think about ESD, but tying high Q sensitive circuitry to bare metal rods that get man handled is just asking for it (and then some because an ESD discharge could cause many "events" as the tank rings down).  The very least you should do is insulate your antennas.

All modern components are packaged in conductive bags and trays for good reason.

Posted: 2/11/2017 6:59:47 AM

From: Germany, Berlin

Joined: 10/27/2006

Safety first what..? And what do you suggest? At the moment - its still a first version - my antennas go directly to my integrated circuits..


I can make a soundfile without any pitch correction. But I have not spend any time in linearizing anything yet!

Posted: 2/12/2017 1:26:58 PM

From: Germany, Berlin

Joined: 10/27/2006

I build a small testunit. For debugging thats enough. When everything works a better one must be constructed.


You must be logged in to post a reply. Please log in or register for a new account.