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PID to control turntable speed?
post Jan 18 2013, 05:09
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I just got a new (well, used) Technics SL-23 with a Shure cartridge, and I love the sound. The only thing is, it has a little trouble keeping speed. It doesn't change audibly but the little strobe-meter moves by the end of an LP.

I just got the idea of using PID controlled by an arduino or raspberry pi to control the motor speed. All I would need to do is add a color sensor and use the dots already on the platter for the calculation. And it would be easy to use a speed controller connected to the motor.

This seems pretty simple and I think it would really pay off.

Has anyone ever done anything like this?

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Glenn Gundlach
post Jan 18 2013, 05:46
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Tach pulses and crystal references are the norm in broadcast video tape machines and film cameras. . Technics did have a crystal referenced turntable back in the '70s. Dr. Richard Greiner, ECE professor at UW Madison said it was "an elegant solution to a nonexistent problem". You did say you couldn't hear anything amiss. You might find variable speed a little more 'interesting' with PID - or maybe not. What you could try is a high count tach wheel on the motor and use a monostable to get a constant width and amplitude pulse, integrate it to a DC level and compare to a precision reference Voltage. You might find that to be sufficiently accurate. BUT and this is very important, a tach wheel that is not EXACTLY centered will have once-around phase and consequently speed errors as designed in WOW. Using DSP and a once around tach to always know where it is in the cycle, you could calibrate out the phase errors even if not centered so it's not as trivial as it seems.

But good luck with it.

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