[sdiy] Getting Started with DIY Synths

sleepy_dog at gmx.de sleepy_dog at gmx.de
Sat Mar 14 00:49:02 CET 2020

Am 13.03.2020 um 23:43 schrieb Lena Kolb:
> I mean I already have a pretty good Keyboard, it's an Arturia Keylab
> Essential 61 Key. Its has some faders and encoders. As I'm doing quite
> a bit of mixing too, a midi controller
I wouldn't go that far, calling it that *bites tongue* (an Artirua
keylab I once tested had rather wobbly keys and a pungent smell, but I
know I care more than others about that, heh)
Not that the ones I listed earlier were better, other than the Roland
one, maybe.
Was some examples just in case.

> with motor faders and some additional control would come in quite
> handy. There's stuff like the Presonus Faderport or the Icon Platform
> X, or if you want to go High End

Or, lower end, Behringer still has you covered

> theres the Avid Artist Mix. That's something i would want to build. Do
> you guys have any Experience with this kind of stuff. And btw, my main
> DAWs are Cubase and Pro Tools on Windows

As for DIYing a MIDI controller, there's this platform "MIDIbox NG" that
has a readily available open firmware, and you can put different
components together to your liking. Supports encoders, pots, apparently
LED rings, too.

I now read  Kylee Kennedy's message and would have to agree.
Even with a starting point like the MIDIbox stuff, this might be quite a
huge detour from your synth DIY stuff.

But anyway,

Here are some people's projects based on that - does *not* include
motorized faders


A forum, looks somewhat active

I've never tried any of that stuff.

It is not a coincidence that most people use reotary encoders on those
things, or rotary pots,
but not faders.
Drilling round holes into front panels is one thing. Getting slits in
there for faders another. I guess that's a job for a CNC router.
The mechanical part is perhaps the one part that makes this all more
expensive than just buying e.g. one of the Behringer things.

- Steve

> <sleepy_dog at gmx.de <mailto:sleepy_dog at gmx.de>> schrieb am Fr., 13.
> März 2020, 19:03:
>     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:
>     https://www.ebay.de/itm/Behringer-BCR2000-mit-Zaquencer/283808528500
>     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.
>     https://www.thomann.de/intl/m_audio_oxygen_49_mk4.htm
>     https://www.thomann.de/intl/novation_launchkey_49_mk2_b_stock.htm
>     https://www.thomann.de/intl/roland_a_500_pro_b_stock.htm
>     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...)
>     https://www.thomann.de/intl/miditech_i2control_37_black.htm
>>     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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