LM324-No output or no amplification.

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  1. afsciguy

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    Jan 15, 2011
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    Hello!

    I am designing a microphone array beamformer for a science fair project for which i need eight identical amplifiers. I cannot get the LM324 quad op-amp to work properly. I first built an inverting op-amp design with 1k input resistance and 100k feedback resistance, but only got unity gain. I built a non-inverting op-amp with 1k resistance between the inverting input and ground, and a 10k feedback resistor from output to the inverting input (circuit diagram attached; ignore resistance values in diagram). The circuit worked splendidly for a moment, then stopped producing output totally as if it had burned out. Yet when I switched in a different 324 there was no change. I have similar problems with most Op-Amps. Any ideas on how to fix this or pointers on Op-Amp use in general? I am using a capacitor-coupled electret mic for input.

    Thanks!
     
  2. bertus

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    Apr 5, 2008
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    Hello,

    You showed us only a part of the schematic.
    What are you using as powersupply?
    Is it a single or dual powersupply?
    What are the voltages from the powersupply?

    Bertus
     
  3. Wendy

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    Mar 24, 2008
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    We need your complete schematic to be able to really help.

    The LM324 is an old part, it can't do audio very well at all. A TL084 is much better, but has its own set of limitations.
     
  4. SgtWookie

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    Jul 17, 2007
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    AudioGuru posted this electret mic preamp awhile back:

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    If the sound quality isn't important, and you have at least 9v available for Vcc, you could use a TL082 dual opamp. They're available at your local Radio Shack.
     
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