Is using PWM tones from Arduino amplified by a HiFi amplifier safe? Can I damage the amplifier or speakers because the PWM signal is not a "real" audio signal? Taken in consideration that I do not clip the signal and using a RC Low Pass Filter to filter out inaudible frequencies and using a LM386 amplifier chip to amplify and control the volume?
I am developing a synth/sampler project based on the Arduino Uno r3. This is my first electronics project ever and because of that reason I have some questions which I can't find a definite answer for on internet.
The synth has two function. It has a tone generator using the ToneAC library. With code I have mimicked LFO and VCO functions, using potentiometers I can adjust the frequency and LFO speed realtime. The other function is that I can trigger samples stored on a SD card using the TMRpcm library. The lowest frequency which can be played is 100hz and the highest 3100hz.
The device will be used in nightclubs on high end sound-systems and PA. I am afraid I will damage the equipment with my device because I do not send a pure audio (AC?) signal.
Currently the flow is like this:
PWM output (pin 9, 10) -> voltage divider to 2.5v -> RC Low Pass Filter 15Khz -> LM386 amp with volume control -> mono jack output -> mixing desk -> amplifier -> speakers
(the TMRpcm and ToneAC library share the same pin (9), I have fixed this by disabling the TMRpcm when the ToneAC is playing and vice versa. The mono jack is wired as follow. pin 9 goes to plus side of mono jack output, pin 10 to negative side. The TMRpcm pin 9 also needs to go to plus side of mono jack output, and mono jack negative needs to go to ground. Because I disable the ToneAC at that time I consider port 10 grounded because it not generating any sound so there is no signal/voltage running out of it, aka the IO pin is set to LOW)
I am hoping that using the voltage divider I am within range of the Audio Line levels of a default mixers Line-IN (like Pioneer, Behringer, etc). The RC Low Pass Filter is used to filter of inaudible frequencies and clean up the sound a bit, the LM386 audio amp is used to amplify the signal and (hopefully) make it a real audio signal.
Because I lack a lot of knowledge in this field and because I do not own a oscilloscope I can't say for sure if my output signal is harmful for the equipment and was hoping to get some guidance on my project on this forum.