[sdiy] Getting Started with DIY Synths

Oren Leavitt obl64 at ix.netcom.com
Thu Mar 12 05:40:37 CET 2020


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On 3/11/20 3:52 PM, Lena Kolb 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 <mailto: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
>     <mailto: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 <mailto: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
>             <mailto: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
>>                 <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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