[sdiy] Getting Started with DIY Synths

Mikko Helin maohelin at gmail.com
Thu Mar 12 19:39:09 CET 2020


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On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 8:36 PM Mikko Helin <maohelin at gmail.com> wrote:

> Forgot Ebay:
> https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=eurorack&_sacat=0
>
>
> On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 8:33 PM Mikko Helin <maohelin at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> There are too many Eurorack module suppliers to mention. There must be a
>> list somewhere. It depends much (not so much but a little at least) on
>> which side of Atlantic you live.
>>
>> https://www.ericasynths.lv/
>> https://www.thonk.co.uk/
>> https://www.uk-electronic.de
>> <https://www.uk-electronic.de/onlineshop/index.php?osCsid=fe42d14c3f5987bcde7f7664fcd080a2>
>> https://frequencycentral.co.uk/product-category/eurorack/
>>
>> Then there is the rack stuff like
>> https://www.thomann.de/gb/doepfer_a100_diy_kit_1.htm
>> an a lot more...
>>
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 5:41 PM Tom Wiltshire <tom at electricdruid.net>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> I’d also recommend the Frequency Central DIY modules (they sell
>>> completed modules too). Their stuff is all through-hole parts, so it’s easy
>>> to solder.
>>>
>>> https://frequencycentral.co.uk/product-category/eurorack/
>>>
>>> Full disclosure: I used to do some PCB design for Rick some years ago,
>>> and we’ve worked on some modules together too.
>>>
>>> ==================
>>>        Electric Druid
>>> Synth & Stompbox DIY
>>> ==================
>>>
>>> On 11 Mar 2020, at 21:03, Jimmy Moore <jamoore84 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>> 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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