[sdiy] History of SDIY?

Rob Kam robkam at gmx.com
Sun Jun 3 00:42:01 CEST 2018

Yes, there’s a low s/n ratio.


From: Synth-diy [mailto:synth-diy-bounces at synth-diy.org] On Behalf Of Roman
Sent: 02 June 2018 22:24
To: Quincas Moreira <quincas at gmail.com>
Cc: synth-diy at synth-diy.org
Subject: Re: [sdiy] History of SDIY?


That's not what we were talking about. It wasn't even about DIY anymore.
Sourcing, cutting, drilling, adapting, printing for your own pleasure and use is one thing. Another thing is taking bad copy of old circuit and selling it for big bucks only because the market is there to take it.

This thread is going nowhere. Only divides us all.



Dnia 2 czerwca 2018 17:09 Quincas Moreira <quincas at gmail.com <mailto:quincas at gmail.com> > napisał(a):

SO, the Yusynth modular I made by etching the PCBs, sourcing all the parts, cutting and drilling each aluminum panel, adapting panel designs in PS and printing on adhesive labels to go over the panels, etc etc etc... That wasn't synth DIY?

I don't get the "Modular is not SDIY  argument at all, in fact I'd say the majority of SDIY being done today is in Eurorack. Even if you get a full kit, there's a lot of learnig, enjoyment and satisfaction in assembling, soldering, calibrating, troubleshooting, modding etc...


On Sat, Jun 2, 2018 at 9:47 AM, Roman <modular at go2.pl <mailto:modular at go2.pl> > wrote:

Except that one line about "sticking bits" I feel exactly the same as Gordon says here.

Could not express it better.




Dnia 2 czerwca 2018 13:15 Gordonjcp <gordonjcp at gjcp.net <mailto:gordonjcp at gjcp.net> > napisał(a):

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.




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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