[sdiy] Getting Started with DIY Synths

Mikko Helin maohelin at gmail.com
Thu Mar 12 19:33:30 CET 2020


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.
>
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>
> 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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