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fuzzylogic
Hi all!

Lately I've been toying with the idea of building a communal modular synth that can be stored in a central location and booked by anyone - sort of like a more simple, DIY and free version of what Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio are doing. This is very much a pipe-dream at this point but, as part of figuring out whether it's a feasible idea, I'm trying to work out what specs/modules this community system would need. This would be targeted to people that can't afford/don't have space for their own systems and also a way for beginners to develop an understanding of synthesis and modular workflows. As such, I thought keeping to simple modules - lots of utilities and VCO/VCF/VCAs - would be good (especially as the plan is to SDIY most of the modules myself). But that's pretty vague and I thought asking here might flesh it out. Maybe I'm missing something? Maybe there's a really great kit/module you want to recommend? Maybe the way you learned was totally different to what I'm assuming? Maybe you've got an approach for the project that I haven't thought of? Whatever it is, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks! help love
chachi
that’s the model of the synth library here, check them out:
http://s1portland.com/
sduck
The public library in Lawrence, Kansas has someting like this - https://lplks.org/browse_program/sound-vision/

I can't remember who it was now, but their modular synth was built by a member of this forum.
JohnLRice
sduck wrote:
The public library in Lawrence, Kansas has someting like this - https://lplks.org/browse_program/sound-vision/

I can't remember who it was now, but their modular synth was built by a member of this forum.
Jason from FreeState FX I believe!
http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2016/05/21/modular-synth-jam-at-the- lawrence-public-library/
Synnic
You might try contacting the folks who do the S1 Portland Synth Library about how they are set up.

Be sure to think about how to handle replacement costs/repairs for gear both from the normal wear and tear of multiple users and covering accidental damage.
fuzzylogic
Wow that's awesome that the public library got involved! The modular there looks like a nice system, too! Something that looking at both of these links is making me think about: maybe a few small 60-80HP cases designed for different purposes would be better than one big rack. More people can use them at one time, so booking would be a little easier, plus a dedicated "learner's" case would mean we could keep options a little less overwhelming for people that just want to try it out? hmmm.....

I'd heard of the synth library before, but totally forgot they were a thing! Thanks for reminding me! Their model seems really good and it does allow for replacement/repair costs, which I hadn't factored in Dead Banana
Eric the Red
The library in Ann Arbor, MI has a synth lending program

https://aadl.org/musictools
Yes Powder
I rememember seeing a video of the Lawrence KS public library synth a couple years back
I wish one of my local libraries would get in on this. Just a simple all-Doepfer system would be really cool. I’d donate to that! I know at least a few people who would go and check it out, and I’d even be interested in it just to use a system that’s laid out differently than my own.
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