[sdiy] History of SDIY?

MTG grant at musictechnologiesgroup.com
Wed Jun 6 00:55:49 CEST 2018

Yeah my Gnome was a dog too.  And so was my Radio Shack shortwave radio 
although it worked better than the Gnome.  And my uncle was a tech in 
the air force, so yeah, questionable stuff.  Not sure how my interest 
survived those early misadventures.

But someone mentioned Larry Fast (Synergy). The work he did for himself 
was pretty cool.

On 6/5/2018 2:21 PM, David G Dixon wrote:
> I would say that, for the current generation of synth DIYers, Ray Wilson is
> infinitely more important than John Simonton.
> When I was 12 (back in 1977), a neighbor kid bought a PAiA Gnome kit, and we
> tried to put it together.  My dad was a ham radio guy, so he had some
> electronics gear in our basement, and I had made some simple crystal radios
> and such.  I remember the documentation for the kit being almost impossible
> to follow.  Specifically, I remember there being something about all the
> transistors being oriented the wrong way in the schematic.  Long story
> short, we never did get that Gnome kit to work, and I gave up on synth DIY
> (even though I was obsessed with synthesizers).
> Fast forward to 2008, when I discovered Music From Outer Space on the
> internet.  Decent circuits, great explanations, and before long I was making
> my own gizmos in my garage.  A couple of years later I was designing synth
> modules professionally.  It's all because of the excellent start I got from
> Ray Wilson (RIP).

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