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Thread: Teensy with PCM5102a Module via I2S

  1. #1
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    Teensy with PCM5102a Module via I2S


    I purchased an inexpensive PCM5102a module from ebay.

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    I put a teensy on a breadboard with it, and connected it using the information on this page

    I used this code to hopefully passthrough the USB->I2S
    #include <Audio.h>
    #include <Wire.h>
    #include <SPI.h>
    #include <SD.h>
    #include <SerialFlash.h>
    AudioInputUSB            usb1;           //xy=200,69  (must set Tools > USB Type to Audio)
    AudioOutputI2S           i2s1;           //xy=365,94
    AudioConnection          patchCord1(usb1, 0, i2s1, 0);
    AudioConnection          patchCord2(usb1, 1, i2s1, 1);
    AudioControlSGTL5000     sgtl5000_1;     //xy=302,184
    void setup() {                
    void loop() {
    Here is the breadboard
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    I'm relatively new to this, but I had great success wiring up an Audio Shield to the teensy and proving my application. The above situation is not working. Does anyone have any advice on what I should do to get this to work? Could it be the "long i2s lines" issue? I don't know how much shorter I can get.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Update: I figured it out.

    PCM5102A / Teensy 3.6
    VCC = Vin
    3.3v = NC
    GND = GND
    FLT = GND
    SCL = GND (also works connected to 11 /MCL)
    BCK = BCK (9)
    DIN = TX (22)
    LCK = LCRLK (23)
    FMT = GND
    XMT = 3.3V (HIGH)

    There is a noticeable difference in sound quality over my PC port or audio shield.

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    And now I'm going to work on getting the ADC working. I'll post my results when I know.
    Last edited by JayShoe; 07-11-2018 at 02:44 PM.

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    I got the ADC working now too on my project. It's a PCM1808 module, another cheap board from ebay.

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    Here are the connections for the PCM1808 module.

    FMT = GND
    MD1 = GND
    MD0 = GND
    GND = GND
    3.3V = 3.3V
    5V = VIN
    BCK = BCK (9)
    OUT = RX (13)
    LRC = LRCLK (23)
    SCK = MCL (11)
    GND = GND
    3.3V = 3.3V

    Here is a picture of the breadboard now. Yes, it's a mess but I managed to make it work.

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    It sounds really nice! I'm actually quite impressed by the quality of the sound overall. My application is a simple passthrough USB Audio and I2S input through to the outputs.

    *** On a side note, I seemed to have lost the ability to edit my posts. I hope it wasn't because I deleted a photo in the earlier post. Maybe it's a time-out setting once you've edited? Moderators, can you explain why I've lost that ability and possibly reinstate? I look forward to contributing. Thanks!

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    everyone loses the ability to re-edit a post after 2 hours. This was done to prevent some ravage individuals from mass deleting their posts when they were upset

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    Hello Teensy,

    Would it make sense to create a Teensy Audio Bridge? Would anyone else be interested in that?

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    From my experience with my project, and digital audio projects in general it seems that there should be some type of standardized connector for I2C/I2S Audio Connections. From my initial analysis, it appears that the Teensy 3.6 could have 4+ I2C/I2S lines exposed (more research?). If used in tandem with TDM multiplexed lines this could result in an insane amount of inputs/outputs connected to the Teensy.

    I've seen other projects with similar connectors, but I haven't seen an I2S bridge before like what I'm talking about. What's different from the bridge I'm thinking about is that it would have no functionality other than simplifying connections to other sound modules. FreeDSP has a standardized connector but it's almost always fixed to the existing codec/DSP card. I've attached a PDF of their connector diagram (FREEDSP-HEADER-CONNECTOR.pdf). More details can be found at this link.

    The Teensy Audio Bridge connectors would enable system designers to plug in modules with ease. Just solder the end of a ribbon cable onto the module to the right pins, and then connect it to the expansion connector of the bridge. For modules designed for this project the correct pins would be in the right spot making connections even easier. The project may also encourage designers to release more reference modules (codec, adc, and dac, bluetooth, ethernet, hdmi, etc) which would further expand the possibilities of DIY audio engineers to create the system they want/need.

    Possible Features??
    - Single 8+ pin connector to supply power, data, clocks, control, and gpio to any audio module.
    - Optional external 12v dc power supply? (for op amps? more power? cleaner power than USB?)
    - Regulate and Filter the power for high quality 12v?, 5v, 3.3v supplies to each port?
    - Assist with filtering DGND and AGND possibly?
    - Optional external clock? Crystal?
    - Long I2S isolation?
    - TDM modules can have a daisy chain function for daisy chaining the multiplexed I2S lines?
    - Memory socket/port?
    - ?
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