[sdiy] Getting Started with DIY Synths

Jimmy Moore jamoore84 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 11 22:03:25 CET 2020


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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