[sdiy] History of SDIY?

Gordonjcp gordonjcp at gjcp.net
Sat Jun 2 13:11:40 CEST 2018

On Thu, May 31, 2018 at 09:47:00AM +0200, pinoaffe wrote:
> On 05/31/2018 09:08 AM, Gordonjcp wrote:
> >Modular isn't really synthesis though.
> why?

I should really have written "synth DIY" rather than synthesis there.

For the same reason that softsynths aren't.  You're not really making anything, you're just sticking bits together.

The whole modular scene has gotten ridiculous, with folk charging
obscene amounts of money for badly-made clones of 1970s and 1980s synth
sections, no real appreciation of how they go together as a whole.  It
seems like what you do is find a circuit on someone's website, rip off
their PCB layout, snotter it together because soldering technique
doesn't matter as long as you can find proper genuine 1982 JRC4558
opamps because nothing else sounds quite the same, and then stick an
eyewatering front panel on and give it a stupid name.

Maybe that's what I'm doing wrong, maybe I should stop doing audio
routing stuff and concentrate on selling shitty vactrol lowpass gates
built on Veroboard for €450 a throw.  Ladies, gentlemen and those who
don't fit either category, I give you - the LimeElephantCustard
CocoCuckooDingleDingleDingleberry!  <muffled car alarm noises, getting
more and less muffled occasionally> Doesn't it sound amazing?  Get yours


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