[Lab] Anybody interested in DIY modular synths?
tom.i.burns at gmail.com
Wed Jun 2 15:41:04 EDT 2010
I won't be able to make it tonight but plan on making it for the 16th. I'm
very interested in seeing what other people are working on.
Starting seems to first involve some degree of planning: how big of a synth
would you want to build. That dictates how big of a case and power supply
you need to either build or purchase.
Then for each step after that you have the option to build it (with plans
for free and/or PCBs available for purchase from a lot of places online) or
buy it (the closest place I know of to Ottawa that sells modules or related
stuff is moog audio in either Montreal or Toronto). It caters nicely to
people with a wide range of skill as for each part you can either buy it off
the shelf, buy it in kit form with all the components and PCB
printed&drilled, or go fully DIY and plate/drill your own PCB. I think some
people on this list were talking about making their own PCBs before? That's
definitely a skill I want to learn. The freedom from hand-wiring circuits
is very exciting.
I should mention that building a modular synth (or most any DIY synth) is
not cheap, especially to start. Even with cutting and gluing your own case
out of wood, you're probably looking at $200 before you are ready to put a
module in it, and probably another $500 to get a decent synthesizer going?
People who want to invest less in a synth project should check out the
musicfromouterspace.com weird sound generator, or the
musicfromouterspace.com soundlab mini-synth.
On Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 3:20 PM, Jonathan Rudenberg <jonathan at titanous.com>wrote:
> We're having a meeting tonight at 7PM at ArtEngine, so feel free come.
> It's not about synths specifically, but we talk about and work on all
> types of hardware and software hacking projects.
> On Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 15:11, Simone Pfeiffer <pfeiffe.s at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I have no idea how i got on this list or really have any idea what y'all
> > talking about at all... but now I am curious!
> > So, how does one get started?
> > Cheers,
> > Simone
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