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handsfelloff
Hey wigglers!

This is my first appearance here so hello! Although I have been lurking around the muff street corners trying to absorb as much diy electronics knowledge floating around here from the many experts.

I wanted to start a thread to share quality diy electronics learning material to help people like myself wanting to build and understand diy circuits.

From my point of view i am after some comprehensive step by step self learning course material that does not jump in at the deep end or bail out at the shallow end. Rather guiding the novice through circuit principle physics and theory backed up with practical experimentation taking them to a level where a schematic makes sense and having and idea how to implement design ideas. Plus make some useful and interesting circuits along the way!

heres some I have found that will hopefully be useful and help get the ball rolling..

(novice - intermediate)
http://www.allaboutcircuits.com
my favorite at the moment. this really fulfills my above wishes from the basics to building tube preamps
all the way making sense of the theory with practical experiments. everything you need to start. very nice resource we're not worthy

http://www.kpsec.freeuk.com
Good for an uncluttered insight into the basic circuit components and simple physics/math theory

(intermediate/advanced)
http://users.ece.gatech.edu/~lanterma/ems/
Electronics for Music Synthesis Course Online (Listed by B13 previously)
A great video resource a full uni course online!
Funny guy....he prances around when he gets excited about circuits
A pity he left auto focus on which can make his board work hard to follow...but hey its free!..Also to bear in mind after scribbling math equations on the board and saying "anyway you guys know all this but any questions?" its futile to raise a hand... so this is a course for people who have the basics under their belt. however even for the novice its worth watching some then jumping to the Internet to find ask questions..

Anyway hello wigglers hope this is of some use and I will watch out with interest for any other resources. Plus will add more to this thread as I come across them

Cheers!
Roycie Roller
Welcome! They are some nice links there- Aaron Lanterma's course looks well worth investigating. The freek website is a favourite for CMOS information & theory (schematic symbols, etc). I found Curious Inventor's soldering videos very helpful when i started out-

http://curiousinventor.com/

I tend to bookmark stuff i _plan_ to come back to, but instead i find that i do all my learning when i've got a pcb in front of me that needs to turn into a working circuit, and i learn from the BOM's, notes, and others' trials & errors, while making many of my own along the way (errors). I'm kind of gleaning my way to a self-built modular. But ultimately i want to be at a level where i'm confident enough to build a tube synthesizer (hopefully by the end of 2009).
There are some really exciting DIY circuits being researched and shared on the electro-music forum, and of course Bridechamber seems to be an ever-expanding one-stop shop for excellent kits.

If there's one thing that i see referred to all the time as a benchmark for DIY synth circuits, it's Electronotes-

http://electronotes.netfirms.com/
Roycie Roller
Holy crap, i just stumbled across this goldmine-

http://www.educypedia.be/electronics/analog.htm
det3
This is something I've maintained and advertised on the Synth-DIY list in the past:

Det3 Synthesizer Book List

I've got everything in there from general engineering books for AC/DC and semiconductors up to bad-ass digital processing and crazy filters.

Plus, if I'm missing anything in print or in treeware format, please let me know.
auricle
Hi, this is my first post. Hello all!!

I'm just starting to dip my toes into electronics as I plan to build some modules from other people's designs and perhaps even design my own one day.

This thread is a great resource and I'm learning a lot from some of these links. Can I recommend to make this post a sticky?
Luka
yeah sure
i think this has merit as a resource
Luka
ok ive been working on some circuits today and had some little calculators that helped me a bunch

resistive divider calculator

basic ohms law calc

parallel and series resistance

resistor power dissipation


also a page that has come in extremely hand is

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operational_amplifier_applications
handsfelloff
Some great links guys.

A few more fish from my daily web trawls...


Impedance a practical understanding and nice tutorials

http://gaussmarkov.net/wordpress/thoughts/input-and-output-impedance/

A nice practical explanation (not too in your face math) on the input impedance subject.
Also generally a good practical happy electronics focused on guitar stompbox for beginners and another perspective for intermediate refesh(helped me audibly click on the impedance subject). Also check out the other electronics tutorials some nice simple and uncluttered circuit explanation.


PCB Layout design

http://alternatezone.com/electronics/files/PCBDesignTutorialRevA.pdf

A Brilliant guide to get you on the right road to designing your homebrew-professional pcb's.

DIY PCB on a shoestring it works well and really cheap

http://myweb.cableone.net/wheedal/pcb.htm
http://www.riccibitti.com/pcb/pcb.htm

A couple of simple step by step tutorials tp great consistantly good pcb etches with toner transfer and magazine paper. Much cheaper than press N peel infact just the cost of toner ink! I can say it works just as well.

Hope these are of use.

Enjoy!
fracinfrucer
I have been looking at the faceplate etching thread and wondering if there are any good resources or books for teaching metal work that would apply to DIY? I wouldn't know where to begin trying things like some of you are doing. I have wondered how people get silkscreened letters on their own DIY creations, even just drilling holes in metal, etc. I have noticed most DIY metal work books are focused towards jewelry making.

I've never even drilled holes in metal and from what I've found online you need to use a drill press, place a piece of wood behind where you will drill, drill front to back, etc... and I was wondering where all of you started since it seems more complicated than I thought. Or am I overcomplicating things? Thanks for any suggestions!
vinnui
Faceplate etching:
How to etch aluminum panel labels/designs with a reusable acid mix
fracinfrucer
Yeah, ignore me. I think I just had a mental block hoping I wouldn't need to buy a drill press for what seemed in my mind such small jobs...
frijitz
Here's a halfway decent tutorial on how to use a scope:
http://www.bkprecision.com/support/downloads/pdfs/OAGuide.pdf

grin

Ian
eighthday42
Just found a really good source for soldering techniques. A bunch of short professional how to videos. Link below.

http://www.solder.net/technical/tips.asp
talks
Useful links! thumbs up
schmidtc
This MIT open courseware electronics class is pretty goo.

http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science  /6-002-circuits-and-electronics-spring-2007/video-lectures/
Fuubjuh
Coolness Thx
decaying.sine
schmidtc wrote:
This MIT open courseware electronics class is pretty goo.

http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science  /6-002-circuits-and-electronics-spring-2007/video-lectures/


Nice. thumbs up
J3RK
http://www.falstad.com/circuit/e-index.html

This one is interesting. Can't remember where I found it, (probably here somewhere.)
Juxwl
Wow! This is what I've been looking for. w00t
satindas
MIT OCW just got a whole lot better, the full 6.002 course is up for grabs online and for free !!!!

https://6002x.mitx.mit.edu/
causticlogic
Great information!
I'm starting to get bit by the DIY bug. A month or so ago, I had this dream about this polyphonic, semi-modular synth box that I am determined someday to create.
Realistically, I'm a ways off from that but these resources will give me a good start on trying reverse engineer my "dream synth".
Someday...
twisted
craque
I realize that these aren't "online" resources but I'm rarely "online" when I'm tinkering/building/breadboarding so they do me very well.

Everything listed here except for the first book were published after I started into the DIY world of audio, and after spending literally DAYS of searching and reading electronics tutorials and articles online, they have become my 'go-to' stack for reference and inspiration.

1. If you aren't familiar with Forrest Mims, get familiar with him. I just picked up Vol I. of his "Engineer's Mini Notebook" series, which is titled: Timer, Op Amp & Optoelectronic Circuits & Projects. It should have been titled: The Building Blocks of Analog Modular Synthesis, and I wish I had discovered it five years ago when I first started into building this stuff, cause it is indispensable. All the "how do i build a 555 timer?" and "how do i correctly power an opamp?" or "what frequencies do i get if i change these resistors?" questions that you search for hours on the Internet? It's all in here - there's even a chapter on photocouplers - aka 'varactors' - which are used a lot for CV audio systems.

2. Another specific project-oriented book but much more glossy and full of awesome examples and a DVD (which I haven't gotten around to watching yet, shame on me) is Handmade Electronic Music by Nicolas Collins. This one is specific to DIY audio hacking and electronic building, covering everything from building oscillators (different chips than the Mims books!) to circuit bending and experimental electronics.

3. Make has started releasing awesome print publications (I have two of the Maker's Notebooks and love them). The one I've found the most applicable and helpful to audio DIY is by Charles Platt and is one of the first: Make: Electronics. Simple, easy to understand tutorials on the foundations of... well, making stuff. With Electronics.

4. Finally the most general of all of them but something that is a great learning resource for a wide range of electronic applications, by Michael Jay Geier, How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic. The title doesn't lie. Every chapter is basically a Cliff's Notes on that particular subject or piece of equipment, summarizing how it works, what might go wrong with it or often does, and how to troubleshoot and fix it. It also includes quick introductions to fundamentals of physics and other things related to electronic parts and machines... and most importantly to us, a wonderful introduction to oscilloscopes and how to both choose and use them.

All these books together will probably cost you as much as a good VCO module! lol But they are worth it, I highly recommend any of these to the DIY audio muffer.
executiveBlaster
http://sound.westhost.com/articles.htm

This "DIY Audio Articles" page is great! Very in depth, lots of subjects. Some great info on being electrocuted (how not to, of course) as well.

Cheers!
lysander
MIT course on semi-conductors, from physics to circuit design:
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science  /6-012-microelectronic-devices-and-circuits-fall-2009/
http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/34219
iopop
Transistor matching the easy way

http://home.comcast.net/~ijfritz/projects/transmat001.pdf
jonah
I came across this site the other day. Some interesting looking projects.

http://www.milton.arachsys.com/nj71/index.php?menu=2&submenu=6

Also, modules:

http://www.milton.arachsys.com/nj71/index.php?menu=2&submenu=0
Memory_Leak
@ craque

Cheers for the tips on those books....grab them all from eBay...over the last month 8_)
Looking for a copy of VCO Chip Cookbook by Thomas Henry any ideas ?
stevelew
This is great stuff, folks, keep it coming!
thispoison
Thanks for this - impossible to find this stuff out there in webland.

Needle in a haystack scenario.

zombie
billowing
Memory_Leak wrote:
@ craque

Cheers for the tips on those books....grab them all from eBay...over the last month 8_)
Looking for a copy of VCO Chip Cookbook by Thomas Henry any ideas ?


I see it's been a few months since you posted this, but if you are still looking I suggest buying the pdfs on Magic Smoke Electronics. While you're at it, get the Electronic Drum Cookbook! Circuits in both of these books are easy enough to make and experiment with a solderless breadboard, even if you are just beginning.
Also, Horowitz and Hill's "The Art of Electronics" is a great read and resource. The third edition of the book "might be coming out in late 2013".. happy soldering!
darkarena
Bernie Hutchins' Electronotes remains the most indispensable resource for synth diyers everwhere. just buy everything he sells, build it all and become the next synth diy overlord.
DomMorley
eighthday42 wrote:
Just found a really good source for soldering techniques. A bunch of short professional how to videos. Link below.

http://www.solder.net/technical/tips.asp


FYI that link has moved: http://www.solder.net/technical-info/soldering-tip-videos
decaying.sine
darkarena wrote:
Bernie Hutchins' Electronotes remains the most indispensable resource for synth diyers everwhere. just buy everything he sells, build it all and become the next synth diy overlord.


File as one of the truest first posts ever!
doefat04
Thanks
wotwot
getting started was fun with http://www.fluxmonkey.com/electronoize/ and http://milkcrate.com.au/_other/sea-moss/

i found the opamp section of http://www.play-hookey.com/analog/ very useful for beginners, and http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/electronic/etroncon.html#c1 too.
JT
Thanks for the good sites! Now I am encouraged to solder razz
seanpark
Analog Devices has some really amazing stuff freely available on their website. You can also buy expensive paper copies if you'd like.

http://www.analog.com/library/analogdialogue/technical_books.html
ear ear
Lots of useful soldering info in this thread.
electrony
Very handy, thank you!
Lutin
So I was looking at the schematic for various clones of the Buchla 292 LPG, and I could not wrap my head around what it actually does. After a google search I found this paper on creating a digital model of it, and they included a very illuminating analysis. Graphs and everything smile

http://dafx13.nuim.ie/papers/44.dafx2013_submission_56.pdf
gelder
The EMS videos in the link from the OP have been broken for some time but they have recently been uploaded to youtube...

EMS 2006 - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXnFQqfHz_iEV6EkjumBGEv6O-NMyKy Vk&feature=mh_lolz

EMS 2008 - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXnFQqfHz_iHvvUlt5jV162WUmvnzpo La&feature=mh_lolz

EMS 2010 - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXnFQqfHz_iFcdOTqI-6_FpOf73LWGN nt

EMS 2011 - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXnFQqfHz_iHHFepUHj2r-tWKyfouxX 3H

TEXTBOOK - http://musicthing.co.uk/modular/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Musical-App lications-of-Microprocessors-2ed-Chamberlin-H-1987.pdf

Many thanks to the people in this thread that made it happen > https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=106106&postdays=0&po storder=asc&start=0
Moog$FooL$
uhh-uummm..... am i just noticing this thread for the first time? hmmm.....

very frustrating very frustrating very frustrating angry
tapehead
Thanks for all the links!
LUNGS YA MUM
Good job on the EMS links.
dielater
Seconded. This is an awesome thread.
JensenR30
I'm sure many are aware of Ray Wilson, but I would like to bring up his book, Make: Analog Synthesizers.
http://www.amazon.com/Make-Analog-Synthesizers-Ray-Wilson/dp/144934522 0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367955744&sr=8-1&keywords=make+analog+synthe sizers

This book helped me get a basic grasp of what analog synthesizers are.
A lot of his circuits make some pretty nice sounds/filtering, and they aren't too complex.
I think this book is pretty good for beginners.

Also, of course, his website, Music From Outer Space is awesome
http://musicfromouterspace.com/
Cata
gelder wrote:
The EMS videos in the link from the OP have been broken for some time but they have recently been uploaded to youtube...

EMS 2006 - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXnFQqfHz_iEV6EkjumBGEv6O-NMyKy Vk&feature=mh_lolz

EMS 2008 - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXnFQqfHz_iHvvUlt5jV162WUmvnzpo La&feature=mh_lolz

EMS 2010 - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXnFQqfHz_iFcdOTqI-6_FpOf73LWGN nt

EMS 2011 - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXnFQqfHz_iHHFepUHj2r-tWKyfouxX 3H

TEXTBOOK - http://musicthing.co.uk/modular/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Musical-App lications-of-Microprocessors-2ed-Chamberlin-H-1987.pdf

Many thanks to the people in this thread that made it happen > https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=106106&postdays=0&po storder=asc&start=0

Oh man, this is fantastic! I've been looking for these for a year now!
isopropylalcohol
hello guys,

first post smile

I read these following websites:

http://www.tauntek.com/DIYMinimoog.htm
https://sites.google.com/site/minimoogwiki/

some weeks ago and it has been all I have been thinking about since.

thanks for the great resources in this thread, going to spend a lot of time reading and learning now I reckon

M
captjrab
I'm learning DIY circuits and stumbled upon a really great iOS app called the Keysight Electronics Handbook.
Its packedwith useful info, logorithms, glossary and more. And its free.
lvn
Is understanding calculus vital to building your own circuits?
okelk
lvn wrote:
Is understanding calculus vital to building your own circuits?


up to some point...

it's definitely very useful and for some things even necessary, but a lot can be done if you're just able to apply ohm's law, kirchoff's law and some trial and error prototyping.
synchromesh
Dunno if this counts as a learning resource, but it looks pretty handy for beginners (even if they're not producing their own SMT boards). Via Upverter:

rotallicso
There are definitely some great useful resources listed here already. As others have mentioned, googling is not as rewarding as usual, it really takes those with insights to find (and share) the location of those needles in the haystack ... anyway, i'm still curious to establish if there's a front-runner or indeed a real-world benefit to using any of the free circuit simulators available - i'm thinking beyond examples where you could derive the answer from first principles and looking for something where you may be able to predict (and scope) the output of e.g a circuit using a 555 timer chip ?
.
any thoughts on this are welcome
.
ps: cutting to the chase scene, any links (or thoughts) to a proven simple chip-less circuit that i could 'passively' embed in a cable to convert a gate-on to a trigger/pulse (along the lines of those that convert v-trig to s-trig) ?
Elest
I am searching for some information regardin the synthesis domain, such as how voltage / digital are best to be handled and I am also on the search for some materials of the electronic side, as they are shown here but slightly more pointed to technical / functioning issues despite of how they have to be implemented throught the parts, etc.
vintpreaudio
This is all very good stuff by handsfelloff. I've been around electronics a very long time-every day is a schoolday
akrylik
My favorite web page for filter design:

http://sim.okawa-denshi.jp/en/Fkeisan.htm

TI just released a nice little pocket reference for analog engineers:
smilinggoat
Kadenze.com does free courses on arts and technology crossovers with lecturers from CalArts and other universities. If you want grades and feedback, it's $7/month for unlimited classes. Great stuff.
Scolbio
Craque, you just reminded me that i have gots to read some mim! How can i think i understand any of this when i still haven't?

Damn
downpour
Does anyone know where i can learn how to buy cable from amazon.

I need to connect pots and jacks to my circuit boards.. so far I've only found cable that is far too thick to work with and stuff that is so thin as to seem like i probably shouldn't use it for audio signals.
I've spent ages searching local stores and amazon and had no idea finding cable would be so difficult. There's far too much of it and i know have even less of an idea what i'm looking for than when I started.
Gnwearb
Hello all, brand newbie here. Has any one tried the electronics course from Linda.com.

Thanks
Flatscan
Just wanted to thank everyone that contributed here.
There's was a hell of a lot of reading to be done both before and after my first kit build, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have even finished without this thread.
Musicology of Dreams
This is one Electronic Book Master Piece in pdf format :
from simple to complex circuits,
lots chapters about Diy techniques, filters , vco's and audio amplifiers.
Highly recommended

http://iate.oac.uncor.edu/~manuel/libros/ElectroMagnetism/The%20Art%20 of%20Electronics%20-%20Horowitz%20&%20Hill.pdf

and comprehensive guide by Craig Anderton" Electronic project for Musicians "

https://www.msu.edu/~dougl126/Electronic%20Projects%20for%20Musicians. pdf

Download take time so patience it's fat book's This is fun!
Cheers
HipDestroyer
This video series helped me understand a few things:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC8A1AD995AB64055
Rob Kam
Synth DIY wiki info for DIY modular synths and other electronic musical instruments and related equipment.
Hazium
Rob Kam wrote:
Synth DIY wiki info for DIY modular synths and other electronic musical instruments and related equipment.


Thanks SlayerBadger! !
shredsickgnar
Great thread I've learned so much. Watched the whole class and now I'm off to the races.
Chickenbone
Bumping this for later research.
leterell
one more approach to learning here, especially suited for me because the info is somewhat compactly presented, and there are simple, also for me in real life quickly doable schematics for alot of things, for example a simple unity gain audio mixer in the op amps section.
a good way to get going before looking into more optimised designs.

http://www.learnabout-electronics.org/index.php

i mean, i tried to delve into a couple of textbooks, but that somehow always ends before i get through the initial 10 pages of filosofy from the author... Dead Banana
HipDestroyer
Haven't seen Maker.ie's site mentioned here:

Maker.IE Resources - particulalry this is good for simple stuff.
Maker.IE blog
HipDestroyer
Oh shit, just noticed Doepfers amazing DIY page as well. Really great info on there:

Doepfer DIY
Vactrol Basics

applause
Chickenbone
HipDestroyer, thanks for the links they are super practical!
Stalker
Brilliant thread razz
HipDestroyer
Stuff to add to the list.

The sequence15 blog is an amazing source I stumbled upon randomly. It has some great stuff for us newbies:

Sequence15
* Electricity for Synth-DIY'ers: Transistors
* Electricity for Synth-DIY'ers: Operational Amplifiers
* Diodes
* Electricity for Synth-DIY'ers: Inductors and Coils
* Electricity for Synth-DIYers: Capacitors
* Electricity for Synth-DIYers: Resistors
* Electricity for Synth-DIYers: Volts and Amps

About capacitors:
* Coupling Caps
* Capacitors
* Bypass capacitors: no black magic here
spoor
The companion to the Art of Electronics 3rd edition, “Learning the Art of Electronics — A Hands-on Approach", is out shortly:

http://artofelectronics.net/student-manual/
eelburn
would strongly recommend satellite ccrma to those with more of a DSP programming background. great resource for prototyping embedded instruments !

https://ccrma.stanford.edu/~eberdahl/Satellite/
alangave
Hello, my little contribution... : How to fix Davies clone 6,3mm vs 6mm shaft potentiometer... to avoid eccentric shaft.
p.m.a.
Great resource! I've got an old price of gear with some nice components, and would love to learn how to break it down and build a custom module. It's a Roland SP-808. It has an oscillator and a really cool back of effects.
c1t1zen
EMS 2006

I've been served notice of a copyright claim to songs used in this lecture. I disputed them seeing as it's fair use to demo parts of music for learning. Response from reviewers was denied...they probably have automated this part of the process also.

If anyone has issues with playback let me know, I'll find a place to re-post.
I have these courses all backed up.
rk202
Just watched the first two lectures, which were very informative, then the links quit working. Fair use doesn't seem to apply to popular music in the age of internet spiders from lawyers. Hope the lectures can be reposted, even if you have to cut the recorded examples. Thanks for keeping on trying! thumbs up
graymesh
I've just joined and am learning about modular. Thanks for posting all of the cool resource info.
alicemusik
I'm new here and beginner at eurorack DIY. I was wondering if there is any place to start/simple example circuits to start with for voltage to frequencies conversion? I know that it might be a popular question in that forum, but I can't found anything yet. Just to be more detailed, I'm using the pitch out and gate cv out of a micro brute to my new VCO prototype (555 IC based) but without any kind of conversion circuit, I can't seem to have accurate pitch/notes out of my VCO. Thanks for your advices!
EATyourGUITAR
this was expensive ($100) until I found it on ebay for $12 shipped in mint condition hardcover. years waiting to buy this book and now I have it.

ADMST
great resources, thanks to all
Dodah
Can anyone recommend good hardware to experiment on? Thinking in thr way of cheap kids keyboards etc Rockin' Banana!
mAyple
Anyone know if this is even possble? screaming goo yo
(am new aa)
legolasara
Hello dear DIYers.I found some metarial for you.Here is the online courses about Analog Electronics.These lessons are from METU which is the best university in Tukey.Instructor has very awful pronunciation i hope you can understand.Also you can download lecture notes in PDF format.

Analog electronis course page:
http://ocw.metu.edu.tr/course/view.php?id=105&lang=en

(TOPICS: Basic single-stage transistor amplifiers and frequency responses. Multi-stage amplifiers. Feedback in amplifiers. Differential pair stages. Current mirrors. Operational amplifiers. Power amplifiers. Power supplies and regulators.)


Fundamentals of Electrical and Electronics Engineering course page:
http://ocw.metu.edu.tr/course/view.php?id=131&lang=en

(there is NO video lesson in this course,just lecture notes)

(TOPICS: Basic Principles of Electricity, Circuit Analysis, AC Circuits, AC Power, Phasors, Three Phase Systems,Transformers, Magnetic Circuits, Electrical Safety)
tomasfromthetrees
Hi Wigglers!

Im a long time synth noodler and forum lurker, but finally making the jump into DIY and would like to ask for a bit of help.
I ordered musicpcb Gristleizer and Echo Base delay PCBs.
I have the pdf guides from musicpcb, but i'm a little confused by the BOM.
Is there somewhere on the forum where someone who has built one might be able to check over my BOM before I order it?

Thanks in advance!
edgek8d
Great thread! applause

I knew you guys would have what I was looking for.

My iron (Hakko) and other needed tools showed up yesterday, and I'm waiting on a little Thonk EQ and attenuator modules. Then I have Penrose Quantizer lined up, followed by a Turing Machine II+ Volts. If all goes well, the plan is to then add a dual LPG, Befaco Rampage and then get on the TWO59 VCOs and waveshaper (saving these for last). That alone is a nice setup, in addition to what other modules I already have. I just can no longer keep buying brand new $500 modules, and I'm hoping the labor of love will only increase my understanding of, and interest in modular synthesis. I'm new to west coast stuff, and that's basically the goal with the DIY.

That should be enough to keep me busy for a while, eh?

I've wanted to do this for a while, and have some time off for a few months starting now. I will devour these resources and rely on my conscientiousness and obsessiveness to get the job done.

I'll keep you guys posted on how things go. Can't wait to get a work station set up, and get started
quincas
Hello Wigglers smile

I just wanted to add my new SDIY Channel to this thread.
I''m making weekly videos of kit reviews and tutorials, enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BOnvSQpoGY
r3y3s
great channel
spoor
Yeah, more please!
ccastellanossf
quincas wrote:
Hello Wigglers smile

I just wanted to add my new SDIY Channel to this thread.
I''m making weekly videos of kit reviews and tutorials, enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BOnvSQpoGY


cool
tapelooper
Wouldn't the hyve synth project be a great way to learn smd soldering? [video]https://youtu.be/qMDURsBLIOY[/video]
skot
tapelooper wrote:
Wouldn't the hyve synth project be a great way to learn smd soldering? [video]https://youtu.be/qMDURsBLIOY[/video]


Yes and now you get 2 PCBs for the price of one. But this is the last day to get one on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/skotwiedmann/hyve-touch-synth-mak e-the-future-of-musical-expres
dlabtot
Cool beginner DIY video series from Befaco:

DIY Eurorack 101:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3n7DvbqbaY&list=PLvOOmV1VYjwh4zG5UtvW L8nOFc-gF7z4b
Multi Grooves
Multi Grooves wrote:
GryphonP3 wrote:
I have 3 of these in my racks.

[...]



I'm attempting to put one of these [Zlob VCA] together but have a basic question:

This image (taken from the build guide) looks like the top side of the resistors leg has been soldered:



Is it just solder that leaked through from the underside or am I missing something?
Looking at the underside of the board I saw no trace lines either which added to my not sure-ness...
the_conman
Wow this thread is amazing, thank you all. The EMS lectures are gold.
I've been getting into DIY for the past 6 months, just mainly Kits for now. But I've started designing my own eurorack audio mixer using eagle and I'm having trouble looking for parts ie: sliding potentiometers, Does anyone know of any good librarys for snyth related parts.
Thanks

PS: sorry if this is the wrong place to ask, Im pretty new to Muffwiggler.
AnalogFan
alangave wrote:
Hello, my little contribution... : How to fix Davies clone 6,3mm vs 6mm shaft potentiometer... to avoid eccentric shaft.


cool to know, thnx.
but are those the one from Thonk?
Semeionart113
Hello everyone, I'm trying to build a simple synth to play around with and learn how they work. So far I've built this monophonic circuit by a guy named Pete Mcbennett who appears to have abandoned his YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/yZSkNASlMjM
That's the link to the video...heres the schematic. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzxodk3UiKRgSXc0OVBWQnNfM00/view

Everything was built and worked first try, problem is that when you hit more than one key it gives some higher note that isn't even in the octave range I've tuned it for. I've gathered that this isn't exactly a standard vco type tone generator. I've searched everywhere trying to find some information on how note priority is implemented into this type of circuit. Would it be mechanical? Maybe breaking connection to lower notes when higher note is played? And information to help me push this project forward would be so greatly appreciated. This is my first post by the way, happy to find a community of like minded people.
schenkzoola
I just did a quick ctrl-f of this thread, and I didn't see the EEVblog listed as a resource for learning electronics.

Many of the topics covered aren't particularly useful to the crowd here, but many of them are.

https://www.eevblog.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/EEVblog

Op amps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FYHt5XviKc&list=PLvOlSehNtuHu2FviAaZa iyXwN41G4b1Lf

Soldering: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSZbkR9vNzI&list=PLC7B2B77C240A3B12

Capacitors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlvqUts9H9c&list=PLvOlSehNtuHvpVeLXSGl S7EBlY3zKfIXh
Mostin77
Plenty of really good stuff here for the electronics side of things...I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed!
So I’ve been building kits now for a little while and have decided to learn a bit more about electronics so I can understand how the circuits work (hopefully). I’m currently going through the online course that was posted here along with some forest mims books and random searches for data sheets etc on the internet.
One thing I know is I hate breadboarding, it seems really fiddly and I soon lose track of what’s going on. I’m guessing there is some software that would do the same but in the software realm? Any recommendations?
What about all the other parts of the diy? Panel and PCB design? I think I’m ready to get into learning how to design my own circuits, pcbs and panels. Any pointers for resources for those would be much appreciated.
KurtP
Wow, this is a great list for someone who is just getting into DIY. Thanks for all these resources! Because of this list, I've got up the courage to get a MFOS PCB and have ordered the parts I need for my first project. It's peanut butter jelly time!
aabbcc
Any good resources for calibrating and troubleshooting synths? I.e Something that talks about how to properly use an oscilloscope (got a rigol ds1054z) since I think my re-303 is sound a bit weird due too improper calibration
justin0xffffff
this is awesome! Thank you!
sbmani
finally snagged a copy of allen strange's book via PDF >> happy to share via private message, this just shot up in popularity thanks to make noise
GilgaFrank
Excellent discussion of several classic DCO designs

GilgaFrank
Analog Devices delivering a series of videos on filter design. This is a playlist so don't stop after the first one!

ericzbd
And here I was thinking I would have to buy a $200 book to learn this stuff Rockin' Banana!
OVILSKY
Very helpful ! Thanks
Flamil
This is old but a gold mine!
Mostin77
Anyone know of any decent audio books or podcasts for learning this sort of thing?
retoid
I've been putting together a spreadsheet to consolidate some audio electronics DIY information/resources.

Electrical Audio & Synthesizer DIY Learning Resource Hub
djthopa
retoid wrote:
I've been putting together a spreadsheet to consolidate some audio electronics DIY information/resources.

Electrical Audio & Synthesizer DIY Learning Resource Hub


Thanks a lot for this! Rockin' Banana!
francescopaolomollo
Hi,
I'm quite new to this and I'm really bad with schematics.
Could please someone help me with this simple schematic?
Would be perfect to see how it works on breadboard or even a "simple" draw

Many Thanks in advance
Ikben
Roycie Roller wrote:
Holy crap, i just stumbled across this goldmine-

http://www.educypedia.be/electronics/analog.htm


That is now a 404 (July 2018).
rompler808
Ikben wrote:
Roycie Roller wrote:
Holy crap, i just stumbled across this goldmine-

http://www.educypedia.be/electronics/analog.htm


That is now a 404 (July 2018).


Archive.org has a record of that page with links intact:
Electronic course material, Analog electronics
PlusMinus
Whouw, this is awesome, how deep is this rabit hole?
dub halley
Hi All
Thanks a lot for this wonderful thread !!!! applause
Very cool stuff !
johnstilton
A lot of the older links are unsurprisingly broken such as a lot of the technical articles by Ken Stone which seem to be held in high esteem here.

After a lot of pecking I found a meta-archive of a lot of the CGS designs here:

http://www.elby-designs.com/webtek/cgs/cgs.htm

Does anyone else know where some more of the scholarly articles may be archived?
johnstilton
Some interesting articles and examples I have also found that I didn’t see in this thread, including an article about CEM/SMM ICs:

https://electricdruid.net/category/projects/
Revok
The CGS stuff can all be found on archive.org. https://web.archive.org/web/20150315062321/http://www.cgs.synth.net:80  /

Here's a couple other good ones if you haven't seen them yet:
https://www.birthofasynth.com/index.html
https://www.schmitzbits.de/
dub halley
johnstilton wrote:
Does anyone else know where some more of the scholarly articles may be archived?

Hi
it's not exactly scholarly articles, but, it's a fantastic goldmine of resource which explain what happen in electronic circuit ....

No math formulas just see what happen with voltage, current and resistor in real time.
And you can change all the value to understand what happen ....

It s wonderful !! nanners
Thank you J3RK for the link ! thumbs up

falstad

J3RK wrote:
http://www.falstad.com/circuit/e-index.html

This one is interesting. Can't remember where I found it, (probably here somewhere.)
dub halley
Another link to learn ... w00t
http://www.co-bw.com/Index_DIY_Synth.htm#learning
ashleym
Not for every beginner! I had a search for Lockhart here and I couldn't find anything so I thought I would post this

Serge Lockhart wavefolder analysis
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