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Rectifying an audio signal

Discussion in 'Audio' started by Gandy, Dec 6, 2012.

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  1. Gandy


    Dec 6, 2012
    Hello all, this is my first post. I'm examining the electronics of dynamic range compressors, and I can get most of the steps in the signal flow easily except the very first.

    I'm trying to rectify an unbalanced AC signal (the audio signal) so both the positive and negative waves are positive, i.e. I have to flip the negative's phase and combine the positive and negative so I essentially get an unsmoothed DC signal.

    I know this is easily done with a transformer balanced signal, but I'm trying to do this passively without a transformer – I just can't get my head around how I flip the negative signal so it's positive after splitting it with a pair of diodes, if it can even be done like this.

    Can anybody offer any help?

    Thanks very much.
  2. Harald Kapp

    Harald Kapp Moderator Moderator

    Nov 17, 2011
    Build an OpAmp based rectifier. That will eliminate the voltage drop across the diodes which will otherwise significantly distort the rectified signal.

  3. duke37


    Jan 9, 2011
    Horowitz and Hill (p120 in my 1980 copy) give details of two absolute value circuits if you need something more fancy. I could sketch these out if you wish, the book will not fit on my scanner.
  4. Raven Luni

    Raven Luni

    Oct 15, 2011
    What a lovely little circuit. I wish I had known about this before.
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