[sdiy] Getting Started with DIY Synths

Mikko Helin maohelin at gmail.com
Wed Mar 11 19:47:59 CET 2020

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>

> @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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