[sdiy] History of SDIY?

Donald Tillman don at till.com
Sat Jun 2 01:48:58 CEST 2018

> On May 29, 2018, at 8:42 AM, Donald Tillman <don at till.com> wrote:
>> On May 29, 2018, at 4:36 AM, Rob Kam <robkam at gmx.com> wrote:
>> Unlike for the history of electronic music http://120years.net/, apparently
>> there's not much documentation specifically for the history of DIY
>> electronic music equipment.
> Sure there is!  It's in the form of hobbyist electronics magazines.  Especially "Popular Electronics" and "Radio Electronics".  And they're archived here:
> http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Popular-Electronics-Guide.htm
> http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Radio_Electronics%20_Master_Page.htm

Here's an example, Popular Electronics Magazine:

Mar 69, Preamp, mixer, frequency counter
May 69, Preamp, guitar sustain
Jul 69, Square wave gen
Sep 69, Color organ display
Oct 69, Sine wave generator
Dec 69, Treble Boost
Jan 70, Wah-wah pedal
Feb 70, Drum Machine
Mar 70, Speech scrambler (ring modulator)
May 70, Sine to Square wave converter
Jun 70, Guitar envelope generator
Jul 70, Multicoupler, Nyle Steiner Wire Music
Aug 70, Preamp, lighting controller
Oct 70, Power amp, equalizer
Dec 70, Pink Noise Generator
Mar 71, Leslie Simulator
Apr 71, Timbre Gate (envelope generator)
May 71, Fil-Oscillator, Power amp
Jun 71, Vox gain rider
Jul 71, Drum machine
Sep 71, Electronic bird calls
Dec 71, Compressor
Feb 72, How synthesizers work, Surf Synthesizer

And Radio-Electronics Magazine started their PAIA Synthesizer articles in May 73.

The archive issues describe the synth DIY scene pretty well.

  -- Don
Donald Tillman, Palo Alto, California

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