[sdiy] SynthDIY vs guitarDIY?

Vinicius Brazil brazil.v at gmail.com
Tue Sep 6 06:52:34 CEST 2016

In the late 60 I won from my father my first guitar.
A used custom made guitar, a 7 years old guitar, but I had no money to buy
pedals. I began to borrow friends pedals to study them.
That's how I made my first distortion.
I perked and ended up doing phasers, flangers, etc.
I got carried away and joined the electronic engineering university.
In 1974 I joined a French electronics company and met the Elektor Synth by
engineers who worked there.
At the end of the 70s (78/79) I already had assembled my first semimodular

Conclusion: The music took me to the electronics.
Starting there I have worked with development of dedicated equipment to
many industrial areas, dedicated equipment and systems to control and
tests, equipment for studios, etc.

8 years ago a friend who found out what I had done in the 70s (pedals and
synths) encouraged me to enter the world Euro Rack.

I reviewed my old projects and here I am.

On Mon, Sep 5, 2016 at 8:47 PM, <rsdio at audiobanshee.com> wrote:

> I also got my start making guitar pedals; because I couldn't afford to buy
> them. Electronic Projects for Musicians was a special order from my local
> book store, and I have the original cover from Guitar Player Book - not the
> glossy new one from Amsco. I had the pleasure of meeting Craig Anderton in
> the nineties when he visited Seattle to talk in front of a bunch of
> electronics nerds calling themselves the Northwest Cyberartists.
> In addition to Electronic Projects, PAiA articles and a Polyphony magazine
> subscription kept my interest piqued with various synth module circuits.
> Those resources were great for both sound design basics (e.g. how to
> synthesize percussion with a modular) and circuits. I have to admit that my
> first ADSR build was DoA, probably a victim of CMOS static discharge death.
> Everything since then has worked.
> Before long, I had advanced to turning my Apple II clone into a digital
> delay with 4-bit sampling and 8-bit DAC. By the time I got to college, I
> had an 8-bit ADC and software that worked like an oscilloscope, and was
> designing a 4-voice digital sampling card for the Apple II bus.
> Anderton's book is great, because it covers a wide spectrum from teaching
> basic soldering skills to building modules like the parametric EQ that
> would work equally well for guitar or synth. Decades later, I'm still using
> the Bipolar AC Adaptor from that book to provide power for synth module
> designs.
> Brian
> On Sep 4, 2016, at 3:25 PM, Michael E Caloroso <mec.forumreader at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > That should read Craig ANDERTON, d at mn autocorrect.
> >
> > MC
> >
> > On Sun, Sep 4, 2016 at 6:23 PM, Michael E Caloroso <
> mec.forumreader at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> One of my first DIY projects was an EQ circuit out of a guitar
> magazine, which I installed in my bass guitar.  Then I got a copy of the
> Craig Anderson Electronic Projects book and built some keyboard accessories
> from there.  It progressed to a PAiA 47xx modular which I gigged with for
> three years from 1981 to 1984 until I discovered my first Moog.  From there
> it was primarily modifications and maintenance of gear, with the goal of
> making them more reliable for gigging.  I still have that first Moog
> (Source) and piles of other analogs I bought back then.
> >>
> >> MC
> >>
> >> On Sun, Sep 4, 2016 at 12:01 PM, Jarno Verhoeven at ziggo.nl <
> jarno.verhoeven at ziggo.nl> wrote:
> >>> I am originally a bassplayer, I started DIY electronics with high end
> audio, but soon realised most of these projects are way too complex, and
> often rely on esoteric/ unobtainium components. I then started building
> effects pedals, talk about other end of the spectrum, but I never really
> used them as lugging around an effects board on top of my 100 kilos of bass
> amp seemed superfluous, especially for the odd song.
> >>> That's when I realised building "audio Lego" (ie. modular synths) is
> way more interesting :-)
> >>>
> >>> > Op 4 september 2016 om 17:20 schreef Magnus Danielson <
> magnus at rubidium.dyndns.org>:
> >>> > I've seen people over the years start out with stomp-boxes to then
> >>> > continue with synth modules as they feel they have mastered the
> >>> > soldering iron enough to take on larger projects.
> >>> >
> >>> > Cheers,
> >>> > Magnus
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