[sdiy] Getting Started with DIY Synths

Florian Anwander fanwander at mnet-online.de
Wed Mar 11 15:03:24 CET 2020

@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.


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 
> <mailto: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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