Stab Frenzy wrote:
otto wrote:Memo to no one:
Who said going modular was expensive? This board provides a complete, basic synth you just need to wire add controls, jacks, enclosure, power supply. You could format the panel or panels to fit in the modular system of your choice or build it as a stand-alone semi-modular. While you’re at it, get 2 and double everything! 100 euros is cheap. Your enclosure and panels can be as cheap or expensive as you’d like.
The controls, jacks, enclosure and power supply are the only expensive things in any synth. I've done heaps of DIY electronics and usually the cost is 1/3 board and components, 2/3 controls, enclosure etc.
No doubt. However, when you have control of the enclosure, knobs, etc. you can make it as cheap or expensive as you want. Make your own panel and it can be the cost of sheet metal and whatever material you use for markings, from printed paper to etching to lazertran, etc.. Knobs can be had cheap if you look around. I picked up a ton of little “moog” or boss style knobs (like the ones used on the Dark Energy) for about .20 each on ebay. Yoo can get on group buys for pots and jacks, etc.
The real point is that even if you pay full current rates for knobs, pots, jacks and get a $150 (WAG) panel from front panel express, etc. your still talking peanuts for a full, basic modular. You would have to be trying to spend $500 on this project and if you went ultra cheap and were resourceful I’ll bet you could easily do it for $300ish (assuming their price estimate is correct which places it around $150USD). Price modulars, even Doepfer themselves. That’s cheap even if you go the expensive route.