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Quickly Characterizing A Tone Knob Using Exponential Sweeps

Quickly Characterizing A Tone Knob Using Exponential Sweeps

A quick video to show how quickly a tone knob can be characterized using features that have been introduced in the last few releases. 
QA401 Release 1.760

QA401 Release 1.760

Release 1.76 for the QA401 should be out early next week and features the ability to build and apply masks to acquired data and deliver a pass/fail...
Basics: Power Amps

Basics: Power Amps

This post covers some of the more important points to consider when measuring power amps. From the setup to the measurements, if you are looking to...
Characterizing LDO Noise: Part 3

Characterizing LDO Noise: Part 3

This is Part 3 of 3 parts.Part 1 of this article is located here.Part 2 of this article is located here. In Part 2 of the examination of LDO noise...
QA401H, REST and Python

QA401H, REST and Python

Release 0.99 of QA401H is up at Github. Release 0.99 moves a step closer to shipping the headless version of the QA401 control software, and measur...
Characterizing LDO Noise: Part 2

Characterizing LDO Noise: Part 2

This is Part 2 of 3 parts.Part 1 of this article is located here.Part 3 of this article is located here. Previously we used the QA350 microvolt DV...
Automated Amplifier Testing with Tractor

Automated Amplifier Testing with Tractor

We previously went through a quick characterization of a tube guitar amplifier in the blog post located here, with a promise that we’d come back an...
Release 1.726 Graph Types

Release 1.726 Graph Types

The graphing plug-ins have been re-named and re-organized for 1.726. This post will highlight the types of graphs than can be created. Until the do...
TI TPA3255 EVM

TI TPA3255 EVM

Later this week 1.726 will release, with a lot of changes to plug-ins and graphing of stepped tests. The aim over the last month has been to dramat...
Fast Tube Amp Characterization

Fast Tube Amp Characterization

A look at how to quickly characterize a low-cost, 5W guitar amplifier.  And in case you missed it previously, a video looking at automation and me...
Rapid USB DAC Evaluation

Rapid USB DAC Evaluation

DACs--the standalone kind and not the integrated-circuit kind--have been part of home systems for more than a decade now. They can pose a bit of a ...
Quantifying Fuzz

Quantifying Fuzz

In release 1.709 for the QA401, the ability to graph distortion versus level for a given frequency was added. This is achieved using the new Test P...