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Recommended high quality eurorack DIY brands

Post by waldenpotato » Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:09 pm

I’ve recently built a bunch of eurorack modules from Oakley Sound Systems and Weston Precision Audio. I’ve also printed and built a handful of Mutable Instruments modules using OSH Park.

I’ve really enjoyed building these because the projects are high quality and I trust the engineering behind them. I’m curious, does anybody recommend any other brands for DIY projects?

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Post by Voltcontrol » Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:13 pm

Random Source springs to mind!
Gaun Yersel!

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Post by NeolithicElectrophones » Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:27 pm

All of NLC.
Timo Rozendal.
ST modular.
Jakplugg stuff.
Anything from Neutron sound.

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Post by Randy » Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:34 pm

Had lots of success with PM Foundations so far.

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Post by NeolithicElectrophones » Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:39 pm

Randy wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:34 pm
Had lots of success with PM Foundations so far.
Second this. Great quality boards and documentation. If you're up for a big project,OP, the reSEMble is well worth the soldering hours.

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Post by Whelm » Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:10 pm

Manhattan Analog has yet to be mentioned. I also quite enjoy Fonitronik.

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Post by wiperactive » Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:26 pm

L-1 Synthesizer sell high quality kits giving results comparable to Cwejman.

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Post by rosch » Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:01 pm

thanks for the tip about the ReSEMble, irresistible

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Post by steviet » Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:06 pm

Big fan of Antumbra!
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Post by spoor » Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:46 am

Also
Fonktronik
Befaco
Music Thing Modular

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Post by Quinie » Tue Nov 17, 2020 4:33 am

Feedback modules build/manuals are very good.

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Post by snowtires » Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:04 am

steviet wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:06 pm
Big fan of Antumbra!
Cool modules, terrible documentation and zero support

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Post by devinw1 » Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:43 am

Thank you for the support and good feedback, waldenpotato!

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Post by waldenpotato » Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:58 pm

Randy wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:34 pm
Had lots of success with PM Foundations so far.
I've messaged the owner a few times and he's always been very helpful. What do you think of the quality of the front panels? I've never used the pcb material for front panels yet and am curious if they feel as sturdy as metal ones.

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Post by Randy » Tue Nov 17, 2020 4:51 pm

waldenpotato wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:58 pm
Randy wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:34 pm
Had lots of success with PM Foundations so far.
I've messaged the owner a few times and he's always been very helpful. What do you think of the quality of the front panels? I've never used the pcb material for front panels yet and am curious if they feel as sturdy as metal ones.
When I first started using PM Foundations stuff, I was certainly an aluminum panel bigot, and I even made my own aluminum panels for the earlier modules. But, in the long term (like five years), I've had no issues with the PMF panels. I was really nervous about the panel for reSEMble, which is quite large but again, so far, no issues.

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Post by stepvhen » Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:25 pm

If the modules are anything like their documentation, North Coast Synthesis. I haven't bought any myself (yet, plan to once I get some more rack space), but I have poured over the schematics and docs endlessly. They also offer kits for the DIY modules, so you wont have to worry about getting the specific transistors, polystyrene caps, or other particular parts.

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Post by veets » Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:13 pm

I've been happy with the PCB/panel combos I've purchased from Frequency Central. But I think Befaco makes some of the nicest of the complete kits that I've seen.

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Post by efluon » Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:23 am

Dannysound has some classics that are very nice!

(The Befaco stuff is great, but you need to be aware of pcb distances, i.e. standoffs and headers or frontpanel components might not have the same height. Also some of the parts may be a little more difficult to source)

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Post by tassie tiger » Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:45 am

I've also found the same with Befaco - good, but can be a little sparse on BOM detail if you're buying your own components, and the board layouts are sometimes a bit tricksy when you've got stacks like the Rampage.
Have had good experiences with Frequency Central, Feedback, AmazingSynth, Kassutronics.

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Post by waldenpotato » Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:01 am

tassie tiger wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:45 am
I've also found the same with Befaco - good, but can be a little sparse on BOM detail if you're buying your own components, and the board layouts are sometimes a bit tricksy when you've got stacks like the Rampage.
Have had good experiences with Frequency Central, Feedback, AmazingSynth, Kassutronics.
I like the documentation Kassutronics has and the blog posts, etc. How were the quality of the boards?

I’ve emailed AmazingSynth a handful of times and the owner has always been very responsive and helpful. I haven’t purchased any boards though.

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waldenpotato wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:58 pm
Randy wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:34 pm
Had lots of success with PM Foundations so far.
I've messaged the owner a few times and he's always been very helpful. What do you think of the quality of the front panels? I've never used the pcb material for front panels yet and am curious if they feel as sturdy as metal ones.
Honestly don’t notice any difference in practice. If you’re sitting there trying to flex just the panel itself, the PCB material has a little more give. But once you have a functional PCB fastened parallel to the panel, and the panel itself installed into a rack, they feel plenty sturdy.

The PMFoundations style, with the labels written in standard PCB font, is......an aesthetic. I kinda dig it and have leaned into the look with my own rack, but it’s not the most “professional” look. (OTOH, I like that modules from a bunch of different designers share the same basic aesthetic; it may not be fancy but it is more consistent-looking than dozens of totally different-looking fancy panels.)

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Post by tassie tiger » Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:20 am

waldenpotato wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:01 am

I like the documentation Kassutronics has and the blog posts, etc. How were the quality of the boards?
I've not seen many of better quality. Good amount of copper (or whatever it is) and nice and crispy.
Take a look at the Quantizer board https://store.kassutronics.net/eurorack ... ntizer-p-1
Just my opinion though.

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Post by waldenpotato » Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:22 am

tassie tiger wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:20 am
waldenpotato wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:01 am

I like the documentation Kassutronics has and the blog posts, etc. How were the quality of the boards?
I've not seen many of better quality. Good amount of copper (or whatever it is) and nice and crispy.
Take a look at the Quantizer board https://store.kassutronics.net/eurorack ... ntizer-p-1
Just my opinion though.
Thanks for sharing. I've also emailed the owner of Kassutronics and he was very helpful.

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Post by jochem » Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:25 pm

I have built a couple of kits i bought from Thonk, they were all nice to build: Music Thing Modular, befaco, Dannysound, AI synthesis.
Synthrotek, David Haillant and some stuff on Tindie.com was also fun.

In 4u there is Slightly Nasty, which has great documentation.

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Post by snowtires » Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:36 pm

Jaytee wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:18 am
waldenpotato wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:58 pm
Randy wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:34 pm
Had lots of success with PM Foundations so far.
I've messaged the owner a few times and he's always been very helpful. What do you think of the quality of the front panels? I've never used the pcb material for front panels yet and am curious if they feel as sturdy as metal ones.
Honestly don’t notice any difference in practice. If you’re sitting there trying to flex just the panel itself, the PCB material has a little more give. But once you have a functional PCB fastened parallel to the panel, and the panel itself installed into a rack, they feel plenty sturdy.

The PMFoundations style, with the labels written in standard PCB font, is......an aesthetic. I kinda dig it and have leaned into the look with my own rack, but it’s not the most “professional” look. (OTOH, I like that modules from a bunch of different designers share the same basic aesthetic; it may not be fancy but it is more consistent-looking than dozens of totally different-looking fancy panels.)
About how I feel about Nonlinear Circuits' panels. They're so ugly/diy looking, I don't get why they seem to put bare minimum effort into designing them.

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