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kustom

My project consists of:

5 4051 multiplexer chips (31 pots connected to 4 chips, all connected to "master" 4051)
6 4021 registers (46 buttons)
4 74HC595 registers (27 LEDs)
1 LM324D amp

Now I was thinking of separating the power lines like this

+5V from arduino to 4021+74HC595+LM324D, GND from each of those chips to arduino GND
+9V to 4051, ground from those chips to GND of 9V adapter.

Why? Because I've learned 4051 are really sensitive. When there is nothing connected to Arduino except from those mux chips everything seems to work fine, but the more stuff I add readings become worse.

What should I do? I do not have much experience with grounds and larger schematics like this (larger for me at least) so please advise me.

SirNickity

By "Arduino ground", are you using an actual Arduino board, or making your own PCB?  If you're doing your own PCB, don't run from IC to IC, use planes instead.

Biggest thing is to use 100nF caps on each power pin to ground.  Use a 10uF cap nearby each "group" of ICs to remove any power dips.  If you're making your own board, a 100uF cap at the PSU entry helps too.  If noise is still a problem, you may need to use inductors between noisy components.

CrossRoads

Make sure to connect all power supply grounds together. Your description does not read like you have.
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kf2qd

I would recommend de-coupling caps for every device.

kustom


By "Arduino ground", are you using an actual Arduino board, or making your own PCB? 


This whole project is on one PCB. There are two ground planes - one for 4051 chips and one for the other ones. I attached the picture. Do note that the board isn't finished yet. The first GND plane (upper) will be connected to Arduino and other (lower) to 9V adapters ground. Is that correct anyways?


Biggest thing is to use 100nF caps on each power pin to ground.  Use a 10uF cap nearby each "group" of ICs to remove any power dips.  If you're making your own board, a 100uF cap at the PSU entry helps too.  If noise is still a problem, you may need to use inductors between noisy components.


So I should add caps to mux chips aswell?

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