[sdiy] Getting Started with DIY Synths

sleepy_dog at gmx.de sleepy_dog at gmx.de
Fri Mar 13 19:01:05 CET 2020

Am 13.03.2020 um 14:19 schrieb Lena Kolb:
> Yeah, i have a midi keyboard. But midi is quite a good idea. I may
> take a look at a midi controller with faders. Like a mixer controller.
> Do you have some links for that

Well, any sort of requirements? Price range?
I remember the Behringer BC...something, they had some with rotary
encoders, and one with faders, but I believe they were motor faders and
hence not very many.
I can't find something like that anymore right now, all I see is "DAW
controllers" which are geared towards, well, controlling DAWs, and not
so cheap either (for a Behringer product - probably because of motor
faders, which are nice... but low in number):

Ok, floating around used. Not faders but rotary encoders:

There'd be enough space to put some printed out stickers for function
names under/above each encoder.

Depending on how much you are attached to your MIDI keyboard (in case of
swap, e.g. buy one, sell the old), or opposed to just getting another one:
There are a lot of MIDI keyboards with quite a number of faders and
encoders and / or pots.


Super cheap if it's really only about the knobs, which are probably not
great, but for experimenting...
(and the keys... eat space and are probably crap, but... since the
"lotsa knobs controller box"es I knew aren't a thing anymore apparently...)

> ShedSynth <shedsynth at gmail.com <mailto:shedsynth at gmail.com>> schrieb
> am Fr., 13. März 2020, 10:50:
>     Hi Lena,
>     this is brilliant: you’re getting every possible answer to your
>     original question.
>     Do you have access to any sort of MIDI keyboard?
>     You might like to look at this:
>     https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-an-Arduino-sound-synthesizer-with-MIDI/
>     That could be a good intro to following a circuit, soldering,
>     working with Arduino and generally bodging things together to make
>     a noise.
>     In fact I was inspired this week by your original message to add
>     MIDI input to a module I built two years ago, and the code from
>     that instructable sounds quite sweet.
>     This is a safer MIDI circuit, you don’t want to fry a borrowed
>     keyboard:
>     https://arduino.stackexchange.com/questions/56279/how-do-i-properly-receive-midi-with-arduino-with-6n138
>     If you don’t want to build an amplifier you can connect to an
>     audio input like this:
>     https://sensorium.github.io/Mozzi/learn/output/
>     Al
>     *From:*Synth-diy <synth-diy-bounces at synth-diy.org
>     <mailto:synth-diy-bounces at synth-diy.org>> *On Behalf Of *Lena Kolb
>     *Sent:* 12 March 2020 22:00
>     *To:* MTG <grant at musictechnologiesgroup.com
>     <mailto:grant at musictechnologiesgroup.com>>
>     *Cc:* synth-diy at synth-diy.org <mailto:synth-diy at synth-diy.org> DIY
>     <Synth-diy at synth-diy.org <mailto:Synth-diy at synth-diy.org>>
>     *Subject:* Re: [sdiy] Getting Started with DIY Synths
>     I'm open to anything. But a complete synth would be pretty sexy
>     MTG <grant at musictechnologiesgroup.com
>     <mailto:grant at musictechnologiesgroup.com>> schrieb am Do., 12.
>     März 2020, 20:20:
>         Did the OP mention modular?  I don't remember seeing that.  It
>         might be
>         more gratifying to start out with a simple "complete" synth.
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