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Post by Mojoman » Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:40 am

Okay.....I want to start to learn to build my own stuff.....
Where do I start?
What equipment do I need?
Good first kit?

Thanks!

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Post by Kwote » Mon Jul 14, 2008 12:11 pm

for a comprehensive tools list go here:

http://kwotemusic.blogspot.com/2008/04/ ... trade.html

as far as kits, my first build was a blacet dual linear vca. i'd say any of the half space kits by blacet would be great starting places.

the splitter/mixer, scanner, sequential switch, micro lfo and dual vca are all useful modules and simple to build.

http://blacet.com/store2.html

i've also documented my last three builds if you wanna get some idea of what's involved.

http://kwotemusic.blogspot.com/
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Post by Muff Wiggler » Mon Jul 14, 2008 12:46 pm

yep, i think you're in the right spot! get a GOOD QUALITY soldering iron, a decent DMM, some pliers and wirecutters etc... then dive in and ask any questions you get!

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Post by Cybananna » Mon Jul 14, 2008 7:43 pm

yea, the right and good quality tools really make the difference. It's worth the extra money. It really does make a big difference. As I have said before, I used to hate DIY until I got the right tools, now I love it.

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Post by Mojoman » Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:19 am

Thanks for the help guys....Kwote, I am going to go through your blog builds for sure. That will give me a better idea of what I am getting myself into!

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Post by flts » Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:47 am

I'll third (or fourth?) that good tools are a must - not neccessarily insanely expensive professional tools, but sort of - get something like a low-end Weller soldering station instead of a cheapo Radio Shack one, et cetera. Kind of, you don't need to get all-tube insanely expensive boutique gear to get stuff done, but don't get Behringer either or you'll just lose your inspiration fighting with extra noise and other problems :lol:

Limor / Ladyada has some nice recommendations: http://www.ladyada.net/library/equipt/kits.html ... The "better kit" level is what I'd aim for. One addition: get a workspace/table that's ergonomic (high/low enough to work on comfortably) you can keep tidy, that has enough space, and good light. I can't stress the least point enough - seeing what you're doing in good light will save you from lots of trouble and headache :guinness:

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Post by Kwote » Tue Jul 15, 2008 12:06 pm

i've got a nice fold out table. it doubles as my table for jamming away from home too! cost me 50 bucks at Sears.

for the Soldering a Weller WTCPT is all you need. just barely over 100 bucks and i was rollin.
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