[sdiy] Getting Started with DIY Synths

Lena Kolb lenakolb2204 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 11 20:26:16 CET 2020

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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