[sdiy] Getting Started with DIY Synths

Mikko Helin maohelin at gmail.com
Thu Mar 12 19:36:29 CET 2020


Forgot Ebay:
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=eurorack&_sacat=0


On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 8:33 PM Mikko Helin <maohelin at gmail.com> wrote:

> There are too many Eurorack module suppliers to mention. There must be a
> list somewhere. It depends much (not so much but a little at least) on
> which side of Atlantic you live.
>
> https://www.ericasynths.lv/
> https://www.thonk.co.uk/
> https://www.uk-electronic.de
> <https://www.uk-electronic.de/onlineshop/index.php?osCsid=fe42d14c3f5987bcde7f7664fcd080a2>
> https://frequencycentral.co.uk/product-category/eurorack/
>
> Then there is the rack stuff like
> https://www.thomann.de/gb/doepfer_a100_diy_kit_1.htm
> an a lot more...
>
>
>
> On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 5:41 PM Tom Wiltshire <tom at electricdruid.net>
> wrote:
>
>> I’d also recommend the Frequency Central DIY modules (they sell completed
>> modules too). Their stuff is all through-hole parts, so it’s easy to solder.
>>
>> https://frequencycentral.co.uk/product-category/eurorack/
>>
>> Full disclosure: I used to do some PCB design for Rick some years ago,
>> and we’ve worked on some modules together too.
>>
>> ==================
>>        Electric Druid
>> Synth & Stompbox DIY
>> ==================
>>
>> On 11 Mar 2020, at 21:03, Jimmy Moore <jamoore84 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> AI synthesis modules are good ones to start with
>>
>> https://aisynthesis.com/
>>
>> Abe is a great guy
>>
>> On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 2:55 PM Lena Kolb <lenakolb2204 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Can you recommend some specific kits which are as cheap as possible? I'm
>>> still a student, so I don't have a lot of money.
>>>
>>> Am Mi., 11. März 2020 um 21:50 Uhr schrieb Pete Hartman <
>>> pete.hartman at gmail.com>:
>>>
>>>> They are generally very small SMD, so I would say probably not.
>>>>
>>>> It would depend on your soldering experience.
>>>>
>>>> Ptee
>>>>
>>>> On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 2:31 PM Lena Kolb <lenakolb2204 at gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Are the Mutable Instruments Modules good for beginners. I've heard
>>>>> they are open source
>>>>>
>>>>> Mikko Helin <maohelin at gmail.com> schrieb am Mi., 11. März 2020, 19:49:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Yes, it would be a good idea to first first build a small rack with
>>>>>> some selected ready-built Eurorack modules (Doepfer, Behringer etc.) and
>>>>>> then start filling the empty space with DIY modules. It might be useful
>>>>>> also to check things like Expert Sleepers Silent Way VST (
>>>>>> https://www.expert-sleepers.co.uk/silentway.html) and find a
>>>>>> compatible audio interface (ES-3/6,
>>>>>> https://www.expert-sleepers.co.uk/es3.html).
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 4:03 PM Florian Anwander <
>>>>>> fanwander at mnet-online.de> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> @all Lena answered directly to me, but not to the list:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Hi Lena!
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Here are my suggestions:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Start with Eurorack modular stuff. The biggest problems for a
>>>>>>> beginner are not the electronic things, but the mechanical stuff.
>>>>>>> Also you can rely on existing working parts (housing, modules and/or
>>>>>>> the powersupply) and add your diy modules then.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Start first with a kit that is delivered with PCB and parts. Thonk
>>>>>>> should be a good place to start. https://www.thonk.co.uk
>>>>>>> In my beginnings nothing made me more proud than a working device I
>>>>>>> soldered from a kit.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Then you may continue with building a module on a stripboard /
>>>>>>> veroboard / breadboard pcb using a given schematic (potential sources for
>>>>>>> schematics were already named on the list). Software like VeeCad may help
>>>>>>> you to design the pcb. Sourcing the parts,  developing the layout on the
>>>>>>> stripboard and creating an own panel will be the challenging tasks here.
>>>>>>> After that you may either develop your first own circuit, or start
>>>>>>> modifying other circuits.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Florian
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Am 11.03.20 um 13:15 schrieb Lena Kolb:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> My Knowledge is mainly musical, but I've soldered stuff a few times.
>>>>>>> No smd soldering yet.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Florian Anwander <fanwander at mnet-online.de> schrieb am Mo., 9. März
>>>>>>> 2020, 11:49:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Hi
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> what knowledge do you have about synths, electronics, and/or
>>>>>>>> soldering?
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> It is something different whether you are musician "only" or
>>>>>>>> whether you
>>>>>>>> are skilled with soldering electronic kits like guitar pedals.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Florian
>>>>>>>>
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