John Broskie's Guide to Tube Circuit Analysis & Design

30 November 2020                                                                      Post 521

 

 

Class-G and Class-H
Spies, Soviet spies in particular, were given to interpretation, the analysis and appraisal of what their espionage uncovered. This habit drove their controllers back in Moscow crazy. Earnest and well-taught, the Marxist spy would report that the workers at a Sears store in Sacramento were ripe for revolution, as they had realized that they lived as alienated beings, as they had come to see that the more they produced, the less they had to consume; their efforts only serving to devalue themselves, because their labor and productivity were estranged from them. In Moscow, his controller tossed the report into the wastepaper basket.

The new spying rule became: only blueprints, documents, and photographs were of value; no interpretation would be allowed. Much like that spy-director, when I read the technical descriptions of audio gear in audio reviews, I don't want circuit interpretations or rehashed advertising copy, only schematics. But then, without the Murray Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect always holding sway, I would never read any audio magazine. What is the Gell-Mann amnesia effect?

“Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect works as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward-reversing cause and effect. I call these the ‘wet streets cause rain’ stories. Papers full of them.

In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story—and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read with renewed interest as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about far-off Palestine than it was about the story you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.”

                                         —  Michael Crichton, Why Speculate (2002)

I often encounter amplifier reviews that hold statements such as the following, "the second stage is a cathode follower that splits the phase so that the push-pull output stage can be driven," or "the 200W class-A amplifier only draws a modest 40W from the wall socket." Please, please let me see the schematic. I will do the interpretation, analysis, and appraisal of how the circuit works.

For decades now, Glass-H, unlike class-G, made no sense to me, as I only had audio magazine descriptions to study, no schematics. Forty years ago, I first encountered a class-G amplifier schematic in a great little book, Design of VMOS Circuits with Experiments, by Robert T. Stone and Howard M. Berlin. The book was written in 1980 and power vertical MOSFETs were the hot topic of the day. Filled with interesting audio circuits, such as a transformer-coupled single-ended 4W power amplifier that held two active devices, a small-signal FET and a power MOSFET, the book eclipsed all the audio magazines I was reading. In fact, the first MOSFET-based power amplifier I ever built was based on this design from the book.

I feared current limiting and I desired a higher idle current, so I doubled the number of output MOSFETs and used a lower 44Vdc B+ voltage (in addition, the heatsink I used came with six pre-drilled holes for TO-220 mounting). The amplifier sounded far closer to a tube-based amplifier than a transistor-based amplifier. One problem, however, was that it was noisier than my other solid-state and tube amplifiers. (Today, I would make the necessary Aikido mojo inclusions.) Their book even showed a class-D amplifier that used MOSFETs in the output stage, but at the time I thought that there was no way the 2nd-order low-pass filter on the output could sound anything but turgid and thick in the highs, although it would probably make a great bass amplifier.

The class-G amplifier the book showed was complicated, but it made perfect sense. A class-G amplifier was simply a class-AB amplifier that idled under a lower bipolar power supply voltages, but then experienced expanding rail voltages, as greater output voltage swings approached the lower rail voltages.


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In contrast, descriptions of class-H amplifiers I had encountered in audio magazines were varied and confusing. The rough idea I formed was that a class-H amplifier somehow dynamically increased its bipolar power supply rail voltages due to increased voltage demands. One name for this arrangement I have seen is "envelope-tracking power supplies." I assumed that a TRIAC was used to vary the amount of the wall voltage that the power transformer saw at its primary. The only problem with this idea was that the 60Hz wall voltage was far too slow, as a crescendo might instantly appear, but the wall voltage could only slowly charge up its reservoir capacitors. Perhaps, I thought, the lag didn't much matter in a PA amplifier, which seemed to be the only widespread application that class-H amplifiers found.

Then in audio magazines, I read that class-H amplifiers delivered a two-step power-supply rail voltage, that unlike class-G output stages, which delivered an expanding, linear rail voltage only a few volts higher than the output voltage, the class-H amplifier output stage switched between a low idle voltage and a high maximum-output voltage, say between +/-20Vdc and +/-40Vdc.

This some-and-more arrangement reminded me of a turbo charged car engine. (Actually, a supercharged engine is the better analogy, as the supercharger's kick works on the square of the engine's RPM; the turbocharger's, the cube of the RPM. If we double a power amplifier's output voltage swing, we get four times more power, not eight times as much.) One description I read stated that the advantage the class-H amplifier held over the class-G amplifier was that a single power supply could be used in a class-H output stage, as we could switch a power-supply reservoir capacitor's termination from ground to the B+ voltage to create a higher rail voltage on the fly.

The assumption here is that dynamic music is the input signal, not sustained sinewaves. Alas, today's highly compressed pop music comes closer to sustained sinewaves than a Beethoven symphony. How would the switching be accomplished? Relays are far too slow and can suffer from arcing. In contrast, transistors and MOSFETs can be switched on and off quickly and safely. (By the way, the new fourth-gen SiC MOSFETs look very promising.)

When the center MOSFETs are fully on and the top and bottom MOSFETs are fully off, the B+ voltage is 39.3V; in contrast, when the top and bottom MOSFETs are fully on and the center MOSFETs are fully off, the B+ voltage is 79.3V.

Searching books on class-H amplifier topologies never yielded a schematic. In Douglas Self's book, Audio Power Amplifier Design Handbook, he describes class-H amplifiers thus:

Class-H
Class-H is once more basically Class-B, but with a method of dynamically boosting the single supply rail (as opposed to switching to another one) in order to increase efficiency [12]. The usual mechanism is a form of bootstrapping. Class-H is occasionally used to describe Class-G as above; this sort of confusion we can do without.

G. Randy Slone wrote in his book, High-Power Audio Amplifier Construction Manual,

Class-H amplifier is another attempt at improving the efficiency of a class-B amplifier. It achieves the same basic results as in class-G, but instead of switching between two of power supply rails, class-H amplifier architecture dynamically adjusts the power supply levels to accommodate the power output requirements. In principle, this amounts to increasing the power supply voltage when higher output power is desired.

Class-H designs overcome the added cost and complexity of dual output stages and commutation networks as compared to class-G designs. But the technique of dynamically varying the power supply is a tricky one. This has usually been accomplished through a type of bootstrap control, but other methods have also been attempted with varying degrees of success. Again, as in the case of class-G, the modest efficiency benefits hardly seem worth the effort.

Earlier in his book, Slone explains how the urge to create more efficient power amplifier is misplaced, as the 50% efficiency of a class-A amplifier towers over loudspeaker efficiencies that usually fall between 0.05% to 1%. If loudspeaker efficiency was closer to 3% to 5%, we would be deliriously happy with 4W amplifiers.

Note that Self and Slone flip the meaning of classes G and H, but Bob Cordell doesn't. As well all know, an expert is someone who agrees with you. Well, in regard to classes G and H, Cordell is an expert. In his book, Designing Audio Power Amplifiers, he gives the following explanation.

Classes G and H
The quest for higher efficiency has led to the development of other types of output stages, the better-known variants being class G and class H. The class G and class H output stage configurations are designed to reduce output stage power dissipation by effectively changing the rail voltage applied to a conventional class AB output stage as a function of the instantaneous program amplitude. These amplifiers are popular in professional audio applications where the sonic penalties sometimes associated with these designs are not such a big problem.

Conflicting Terminology
In class G, the rail voltage is elevated in a linear way to a higher voltage once the program peak output level requires it. Class H is very much like class G, but the power supply for the output stage is switched abruptly to higher levels when the signal waveform exceeds a certain threshold. The U.S. and Japanese naming conventions for these classes is sometimes reversed, as explained in Ref. 8.

Yes, he is right, as I have noted that the naming conventions are flipped in Japan and other countries, which apparently include England, based on the Self quote. Teemu Kyttälä's book, Solid-State Guitar Amplifiers, testifies the G & H confusion:

Class-H takes the rail-switching concept even further creating an “infinite number” of supply rails. Basically, to achieve this the rail voltage is modulated so that it is only few volts higher than the output signal at any given time. Note: In USA, the meaning of class-G and H definitions is reversed!

The most recent material I have read on class-H amplifiers was a white paper by Texas Instruments, Benefits of Class-G and Class-H Boost in Audio Amplifiers, SLAA888–April 2019, by Scott Bryson.

ABSTRACT
Internally boosted Class-D audio amplifiers such as the TAS2562 offer extended output power as well as efficiency gains over designs that implement a fixed boost. The Class-G and Class-H modes improve overall efficiency which ultimately extend operating battery life. In addition to extending battery life, these modes improve the overall user experience in portable personal electronics by increasing the available output power.

Yes, TI has made a class-H amplifier version of the class-D amplifier, but rather than doing the two-steps of power-supply rail voltage (which the paper names as class-G), they implement four steps (which TI views as being a jagged version of class-H operation; and people wonder why I drink).

Yes, greater amplifier efficiency is a BIG DEAL in a cell phone or tablet, but not at all important to the average audiophile. If it were, we wouldn't see 1W 300B-based OTL amplifiers being made. I searched patents online and I found what appears to be the first class-H amplifier design and which begins in the most amusing way:

Number 3,319,175 from May 9, 1967, presented by Hugh L. Dryden, the deputy administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), for invention of Manuel Kramer's "Electronic Amplifier with Power Supply Switching."

Wow! Are we suppose to salute, when reading this patent? The patent points out that:

The invention described herein was made in the performance of work under a NASA contract and is subject to the provision of section 305 of the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, Public Law 85-568 (72 stat. 435; U.S.C. 2457).

Those were the days, when NASA was busy landing on the moon and designing high-end audio amplifiers. How we have stayed from the path…

Since the design is transformer-coupled, there is no reason that it could also be applied to tube-based amplifiers. Here is what the patent says:

ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE
An apparatus for increasing the power conversion efficiency of electronic amplifiers by means of power supply switching. The apparatus utilizes a multilevel D.C. voltage supply. Comparator circuits continuously monitor the voltage across the load connected to the amplifier output and compare it with reference voltages of the power supply. In accordance with load voltage demands, a switching circuit associated with each comparator selectively connects a power supply voltage across the power amplifying element of the amplifier whereby the minimum voltage of the available power supply voltages sufficient to maintain linear operating characteristics of the amplifier is applied across the power amplifying element.

Compared to most patents, this is a startlingly clear exposition. A more recent patent was 2003's US 6,614,310 B2, by Texas Instruments, which details an amplifier with a digital input signal, which it then evaluates the expected peak output swings and implements a time delay before sending the data stream to an internal DAC. The result is that the amplifier sees the two-step power-supply rail voltages automatically, as the amplifier knew beforehand when the switching to the higher rail voltages would be needed. Clever.

Think about this, your power amplifier has no idea of what incoming signal is going to appear at its input. Your LP might skip or summon a big pop; you might scan through radio stations or play CD. In contrast, the digital amplifier knows what will be required of it, as it scans the ones and zeros before passing the data on to the DAC. In other words, it deals with a past event, not a present one. Imagine if you could buy stocks today, after having read tomorrow's Wall Street Journal.

I am reminded of my idea of a sledding-bias, from posts 126 and 128. The idea was that since digital signal sources were effectively dead, we could perform an audio autopsy on the signal before passing it along to the power amplifier, whose idle current we would dynamically alter to meet the known and expected demands. My suggestion was that imbedded within the FLAC or MP3 digital file's header would be a map of expected peak current flows. The DAC would read this map and send out two analog output signals to the power amplifier, one of them the music signal and the other the slow-moving map content. As the crescendo approached, the amplifier's output stage would see its idle current increase before the crescendo arrives, the result being class-A amplification throughout, as none of the output devices would ever completely cut off. In the following schematic, we see a sledding-bias single-ended power buffer.

We could take this sledding arrangement one-step further and modulate both the amplifier's power-supply rail voltage and bias current on the fly, as the expected demands approached. What would happen if you skipped ahead to the next track? As the new map information was loaded, the amplifier's B+ voltage and idle current might be off for a second or two, as the new map was implemented—or a few-second pause would be required, as the amplifier reads the data and creates a map. An added subtlety would be for the sledding amplifier to read your current volume setting and normalize the map's values to it, so soft background playing would not waste the power that would be required for audiophile demos. Of course, a fast switching power supply would be needed to create the dynamic power-supply rail voltages and needed bias voltages.

Another interesting patent was THX Ltd's 2014's US 8,723,605 B2, which detailed how two class-B amplifiers dynamically shift the bipolar power supply's rail voltages for the main power amplifier.

By the way, National Semi's LM12CL's 1999 datasheet shows how one amplifier can drive the other amplifier's power-supply rails.

Amplifier A1 sees a fixed bipolar power supply, while amplifier A2 sees a floating bipolar power supply, which amplifier A1 drives up and down to double effectively its rail voltages. This approach was used back in the late 1970's by Technics in their "Super Class-A" amplifiers. See post 449 for more details

A class-B amplifier drives a class-A amplifier's power supply. See post 449 for more details

Well, I was reading an old copy of the late American electronics magazine, Radio Electronics, from October of 1977, when I came upon an article by one of my favorite electronics writers, Len Feldman, "Class-H Variproportional Amplifier." Hot dang. I finally got to see a schematic.

I grant that it looks confusing, but then so did the Rosetta Stone at first. Such an amplifier will require two bridge rectifiers, but not configured as shown. Complementary output transistors, i.e. NPN and PNP, could be used; moreover, I would have shown only two output transistors, for the sake of clarity. The LC filters formed by the inductors and capacitors that feed the amplifier's frontend are a nice touch. This leaves the switching transistors that expand the power-supply-rail voltages. Instantly, I was sure I could read the designer's mind. He or she wanted to overcome the harsh and abrupt switching glitches that the typical class-G amplifier experienced, as its switching transistors remained off at idle, whereas these common-emitter switching transistors could idle at a light current along with the main output transistors until they needed to fully switch on to raging current flows. A complete schematic drew itself in my mind. Once a trip voltage was met by the output, the required switching transistor would slam on, producing the two-step power-supply voltage. I was wrong.

As I read the entire article and saw the many scope traces for the Sound craftsmen MA5002, the subject of the article, I realized that this was actually a class-G amplifier, as the expanding rail voltages linearly tracked the output voltage swings. My mental schematic erased itself. My trickle-flood arrangement needed to be replaced by something more elaborate, alas. Here is Feldman's conclusion:

To summarize the differences between Class-G amplifiers and the "Class-H" design: A Class -G amplifier uses two sets of output transistors, each powered by a different supply voltage. When a signal exceeds the power -supply level applied to the low -power output transistors, the higher -powered transistors (using a higher voltage supply) are switched on while the lower -powered pair are switched off. The Class-G approach, therefore, also reduces power dissipation at all operating levels, but requires two types of output devices, with one type operating while the other is cut off. In the Soundcraftsmen vari-proportional system, only one type of output device is used, and it must have a sufficiently high rating to handle the full output of the amplifier in which it is used. However, for most of its operating time, it is powered by a lower supply voltage than might be safely applied to it, and its internal dissipation is thereby reduced and the efficiency is therefore increased significantly.

Clearly, with solid-state amplifier design having reached a point of lowest possible distortion, reduced transient distortion and more-than-adequate bandwidth capability, designers seem to be turning their attention to increased efficiency and, thereby, lower cost and greater value for the consumer. Chances are we'll be running out of the alphabet soon if amplifier design innovations continue at their present pace.

My conclusion is that class-G topologies offer more potential than those based on class-H. In addition, it makes little sense to try to squeeze out a tad more efficiency from class-AB amplifier. Douglas Self pointed out that class-G would make far more sense with a class-A amplifier. In other words, a class-A amplifier would run the heavy required idle current for big watts, say 100W, which would equal 2.5A for a push-pull solid-state output stage; the amplifier's bipolar power supply, however, would provide only +/-16Vdc and, thus, only 80W at idle, not the 270W we would expect from a 100W class-A amplifier; as the output swing rises beyond the capacity of the +/-18Vdc power supply, the next power-supply rail of +/-32Vdc would engage; then, further along, the last rail of +/-48Vdc engages.

 

 

 

Three-Rail Class-G Power Supply
Okay, having just made the suggestion that 100W class-A/class-G amplifier should be possible, I will show how the power supply will work. We begin with three sets of bipolar power supply rail voltages, +/-16Vdc, +/-32Vdc, and +/-48Vdc. Next, we add four power MOSFETs and a bunch of super-fast rectifiers and four zener diodes. The needed resistors and capacitors are generic, with the two 470-ohm resistors being rated for 3W.

It's not as complicated as it might appear. Here is simpler, with only two sets of rail voltage, version.

The class-A amplifier's input stage and VAS (voltage amplification stage) derive their power-supply rail voltages from the +/-48Vdc rails. At idle, the class-A amplifier power amplifier's power-supply rail voltage is only +/-18Vdc and its output stage draws 2.5A, while each MOSFET draws 60mA. As the output voltage swings up, the top zener will develop a voltage at its anode sufficient to trip the threshold voltage needed to forward bias the rectifier that attaches to it. Once this rectifier is forward biased, the MOSFET will begin to release a higher voltage at is source, which will eventually grow high enough to forward bias the rectifier at its source, causing the amplifier's positive rail voltage to climb with the rising output voltage, while at the same reverse biasing the rectifier that attaches to the +16V power-supply rail, thus decoupling the amplifier from that lower-voltage rail. The same happens in a negative direction, as the amplifier's output swings negatively.

Engaging the third power-supply rails requires the two extra power MOSFETs and two extra zener diodes, which are needed to stagger the engagement of the MOSFETs, as we want the topmost and bottommost MOSFET to engage when the inner MOSFETs can no longer provide sufficient rail voltage to the amplifier. In other words, as the 40Vpk output sinewave completes is cycle, all six power-supply rails will have engaged sequentially, with small overlaps. None of the MOSFET will ever cease conducting, as the 470-ohm resistors always see a fairly fixed voltage drop.

(Because the third rails will experience the greatest current flows, we might have to double up on their power MOSFETs. A 5A peak current flow is not all that big a deal to a modern power MOSFET, but a higher power output, say 400W, requires both 80Vpk and 10A peak, so at least two MOSFETs should be placed in parallel, possibly even more.)

This SPICE-generated graph shows the current flow relations through the cycle at full output, i.e. 40Vpk into an 8-ohm load. You can see that the two 48V rails deliver the most current and for most of the cycle. With only 16W of output, the +/-48Vdc rails provide no current into the load. Now the +/-32Vdc rails do the heavy lifting.

By the way, if leave the 470-ohm source resistors out of the circuit, we end up with all the problems that most class-G amplifiers must contended with due to the transistors or MOSFETs switching off and then switching on, which gives rise to glitches and oscillations due to lead inductance and stray capacitances. Preexisting workarounds were klutzy extreme, often involving such band-aid fixes a chokes and snubber networks. The shared source resistor, in contrast, is a 50-cent solution. Another by the way, Nelson Pass in 1994 patented something similar, US5343166A. His patent showed how a constant-current source could bridge the two outer cascode MOSFET sources, thereby providing a current path, even if one of the center output stage devices shut off completely; thus preventing the outer MOSFET from even shutting off.

At the bottom of section of the patent we read, "Alternatively, the high source impedance of the current source could be provided by a resistor."

Let's return to the idea of a 100W class-A/class-G amplifier that runs of three sets of bipolar power supply voltages. We naturally assume equal voltage divisions between the power-supply rails; and of course, they need not be. For example, we could run dissimilar voltage jumps, such as +/-8Vdc, +/-28Vdc, and +/-48vdc. This array of voltages would greatly reduce the heat generated at idle, for at idle the 2.5A current flow produces only 40W of dissipation from the output devices. The first few watts of power output will be powered by the +/-8Vdc power-supply rails; thereafter, the second tier power-supply voltages kick in, and then the third power-supply rails engage. The result is something very close to Nelson Pass's cascode output stage, as after the first 6Vpk of output voltage swing, the output MOSFETs will see a fixed source-to-drain voltage. Here is what a one possible raw power supply would look like.

The remaining question is, What do the VA rating need to be for each power transformer? I would use 100VA for the center transformer and 300VA for the outer transformers. In other words, this would still be a massive power amplifier. We haven't cheated physics in any way. We must pay for every class-A watt we get. We will pay in transformer heft and in heatsink size. This would not be one of the old Carver magnetic-field power amplifiers that a child could hold in one hand.

Speaking of the old Carver magnetic-field power amplifiers, they were technological wonders. I marveled at the prodigious bass they could summon. Most of my audiophile friends foolishly scoffed at them. Why? Craver wanted to deliver Ferrari performance at Fiat prices.

Today, he makes Ferrari-grade tube-based amplifiers at Ferrari prices. Had he renounced his populist passions and produced Ferrari amplifiers from the start, based on his magnetic-field power amplifiers designs, he would have made less money, but gained unsurpassed high-end-audio status. Long ago, I was often asked what I thought of Bob Carver. My answer was that I thought he was brilliant and one of my heroes, but that he had missed a prime marketing strategy, i.e. start at the high-end before you sell at the low-end, as brand cachet, prestige, reputation can pour down, but never up.

The Volkswagen Phaeton is a good example of the unidirectional flow of status. The car was Volkswagen's first high-end luxury sedan, meant to compete against the German prestige brands of BMW and Mercedes-Benz. It flopped. As far as the public was concerned, it was still a Volkswagen, albeit a very nice VW, but not worth $95k, even if it held a twelve-cylinder engine and did 186MPH.

In contrast, Mercedes-Benz made and still makes budget cars, which carry a higher price tag due to the status of the high-end Mercedes-Benz cars pouring down. Status is everything. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb has pointedly asked, Have you ever met a Harvard graduate who didn't let you know he was a Harvard grad in the first 10 minutes of meeting him? (Actually, I have met one and only one exception: my wife.) Every Mercedes-Benz owner I have known has always referred to his car as "his Benz" or "his Mercedes," never as "my car." For example, "My damn Mercedes had flat tire yesterday."

As I remember from having read a white paper from Carver Inc. that Craver's amplifier used a TRIAC to regulate the AC voltage going into the power transformer's primary, which in turn resulted in regulated power-supply rails, of which there were three, say +/-30V, +/-60Vdc, and +/-90Vdc. He then used some class-G/class-H arrangement to switch between the three voltages. The result was an insane amount of watts, as in 800W or more, but the amplifiers weighed no more than a 30W solid-state power amplifier. The assumption behind his amplifiers was that we listen to only a few watts on average with occasional huge peaks, which require brief bursts of hundreds of watts. As a result, smaller transformers, capacitors, and heatsinks could be used. In other words, his amplifier could not drive a shaker table for an hour at full output. Had Carver gone all-out, high-end at first, his amplifier would have held a 50lbs power transformer and beer-can sized capacitors and massive extruded heatsinks—and it could have driven that shaker table for an hour without sweating. Later, he could have sold his smaller and less expensive amplifiers—at a higher price, as the luxury status would have poured down and over them.


Bob Carver's 1984 patent US4445095A

The more I think about the Carver magnetic-field power amplifiers, I zero in at the relatively small heatsinks they used. I haven't done the math, but it's possible the class-A/class-G amplifier arrangement might allow a far smaller heatsink than we might imagine. In fact, we could optimize for the smallest possible heatsink that still allowed 100W of class-A output, by mathematically setting the optimal three (or more) power-supply rail voltages. So many ideas, so little time.

 

 

 

Music Recommendation: Paul Lewis  
I became aware of the many excellent reviews that UK pianist Paul Lewis was receiving about ten years ago. My son recently asked who were the current best Beethoven-piano interpreters. My list included Lewis, which prompted me to see what Amazon Music streaming service had to offer. This album's cover caught my attention (and probably for the same reason that women wear red dresses). I just wanted to sample the first track. But I was hooked. I had to hear the entire album. The next day, I was still humming the melodies.

If you have only heard the orchestrated version of Mussorgsky's piano composition, you are in for a treat. Of the orchestral versions, French composer Maurice Ravel's 1922 version is the one most often performed, but other translations exist by other composers, such as Sir Henry J. Wood (1918), Leopold Stokowski (1939), and Vladimir Ashkenazy (1982). If you haven't heard Stokowski's version, hunt it down, as it is fun listen, especially the 7th movement, "Ballet of the Unhatched Chickens."

//JRB

 

 

 

 

 

    

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WARNING: THESE THREE PROGRAMS WILL NOT RUN UNDER VISTA 64-Bit or WINDOWS 7 & 8 & 10 or any other 64-bit OS.

I do plan on remaking all of these programs into 64-bit versions, but it will be a huge ordeal, as programming requires vast chunks of noise-free time, something very rare with children running about. Ideally, I would love to come out with versions that run on iPads and Android-OS tablets.

 

//JRB

 

   

 

 

 

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