Prototype Audio Controller

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This prototype audio controller uses the power supply and audio level meters mentioned in previous projects. It is designed to be half of a two-part system in which the audio signals from all your audio devices come into a central audio controller. Here the signals are processed and controlled and then fed into the other part of the system, which is the power amplifier. 

In the photos you can see I have milled out the Prototype cabinet and installed the front and back panel parts. Inside the cabinet I have also installed the power transformers and power supply board. Notice my Prototype Audio Level Meters are used in this project, as is the Prototype Audio Controller Power Supply. You can see in the photo that there are four stereo inputs as well as a separate tape monitor section and finally the output to the Prototype Power Amplifier.

As you can see, audio input selection is made via a control knob. However, the actual switching of the stereo signals is being done by the LM1037N audio switcher IC. The tape monitor was handled via a pushbutton, which pulsed a 555 timer. The output of the 555 went into a flip-flop which toggled two micro relays which switched signals between inputs to two audio op-amps. The audio op-amps used a dual power supply from the +12 VDC and -12 VDC of the triple power supply.

Looking at the last photo, from left to right there is a power switch, power LED, level meters, selector knob, selection LEDs, tape monitor button, tape monitor LED and volume control knob. This unit worked great for about a year, but then started doing some strange things. The problem was eventually traced to some issues with oxidation of the traces on the Prototype Audio Controller Main Board and the unit was eventually decommissioned and disassembled.

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