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diy synth kits?

Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 11:21 am
by pich
Hi I've recently got in to this and as a beginner am keen to learn more, I've just got a drum machine to go with my volca bass and wanted to get a nice little synth to add to the set up, I've seen that you can get kits to assemble and would really love this, I just wanted to know if anymore knew of any good ones the I could buy and make? I don't want to spend loads atm because I've only just started.
Also I wild love some information too... like do you have to run your own sounds through the syntjs or do they produce there own sounds?
And if there is a good starter one that I could buy I might look into that like maybe the volca keys?
I see on YouTube these cool home made boxes that people make but am unsure what they are?
Sorry if I've offended anyone with my terminology but I've only just got into this.
Cheers

Re: diy synth kits?

Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 11:54 am
by meatballfulton
Take a look into Paia for starters.

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Re: diy synth kits?

Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 6:35 pm
by Jabberwalky
Check out the meeblip, shruthi, and go to synthrotek.

Re: diy synth kits?

Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 7:23 pm
by Europanaut
I've had good experiences with MFOS. (Music From Outer Space.)

Re: diy synth kits?

Posted: Fri May 16, 2014 2:56 am
by Percivale
Synthesizers are typically defined as electronic instruments that create sound, so by definition yes synths will produce sound, i.e. it has a sound engine (brain). They can be "told" to play via various methods of inputs, e.g. MIDI, CV/Gate, Keyboard and Drum Pads are some I can think of. Draw the distinction between a synth and an input-only controller, where the latter does not have a sound engine. Some synths can also process external sources of audio input.

Most DIY require solder work. May I suggest Mutable Instruments Shruthi-1. It makes a good start as it:
- is available!!
- allows user customisation
- is well documented/established
- provides choice of filter/card
- is not too costly

Have fun! 8-)

Re: diy synth kits?

Posted: Sat May 17, 2014 11:22 am
by DX21
Get this, or a Duo or a Delay model, h**l all three.
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Study These:
Mono
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Duo
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Delay
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Study these as well:
www.korg-datastorage.jp/Manual/monotron_sch.pdf

http://www.korg.com/download/global/mon ... UO_sch.pdf

http://www.korg-datastorage.jp/Manual/m ... AY_sch.pdf

wire them together, add a piano input and there you go, you have a polyphonic analog synth with delay and filters that you built yourself.

Re: diy synth kits?

Posted: Sat May 17, 2014 12:08 pm
by ellaguru
DX21 wrote:Get this, or a Duo or a Delay model, h**l all three.
wire them together, add a piano input and there you go, you have a polyphonic analog synth with delay and filters that you built yourself.
hey that's very interesting and, on paper, seems faisable for DIY/Benders noob...thanks for sharing; have you got some links on concrete examples of those finished projects, please?

Re: diy synth kits?

Posted: Sat May 17, 2014 1:49 pm
by madmarkmagee
Yea check out mutable instruments, but be warned,there is always an inherent risk you may stuff up the build.



http://mutable-instruments.net/

Re: diy synth kits?

Posted: Sat May 17, 2014 2:22 pm
by ellaguru
madmarkmagee wrote:Yea check out mutable instruments, but be warned,there is always an inherent risk you may stuff up the build.



http://mutable-instruments.net/
thanks.
however i'm searching specifically for that monotron+monotor+monotron+synth/piano/key toy etc hybrid monster project wich DX21 suggested...

Re: diy synth kits?

Posted: Sat May 17, 2014 2:29 pm
by Explorer
http://www.elby-designs.com/contents/en ... ASM-2.html

This one got my attention a few months ago.
Very nice and big(6U),a little "expensive".But you will have fun building it,that's for sure.

Re: diy synth kits?

Posted: Sat May 17, 2014 2:45 pm
by madmarkmagee
ellaguru wrote:
madmarkmagee wrote:Yea check out mutable instruments, but be warned,there is always an inherent risk you may stuff up the build.



http://mutable-instruments.net/
thanks.
however i'm searching specifically for that monotron+monotor+monotron+synth/piano/key toy etc hybrid monster project wich DX21 suggested...
I think Dx21 may be having some fun with people...

trollololololol

Re: diy synth kits?

Posted: Sat May 17, 2014 10:09 pm
by DX21
madmarkmagee wrote:
ellaguru wrote:
madmarkmagee wrote:Yea check out mutable instruments, but be warned,there is always an inherent risk you may stuff up the build.



http://mutable-instruments.net/
thanks.
however i'm searching specifically for that monotron+monotor+monotron+synth/piano/key toy etc hybrid monster project wich DX21 suggested...
I think Dx21 may be having some fun with people...

trollololololol
trollololololol

Suped up:


Ghetto Upgrade


Used as Intended:

Re: diy synth kits?

Posted: Sun May 18, 2014 10:04 am
by ellaguru
hey DX21, thanks!!
i'm very impressive on how it sounds good that "ghetto upgrade". And the "megatron" too...
i have an original ms20; i know, it's a very different machine to be compared to those two, but, damn, they both sound cool to my ears...i'll check on the net if i find some specifications about them, i feel that they're not made by noob indeed, but...

Re: diy synth kits?

Posted: Sun May 18, 2014 12:44 pm
by sneakthief
Some random DIY kit info:

6-Note digital polysynth kit - http://www.audiothingies.com/

FM Synth kit - http://ixox.fr/preenfm2/

EDP Wasp clone kit - http://www.elby-designs.com/contents/en ... Clone.html

Lush One kits - http://lushprojects.com/store/

Re: diy synth kits?

Posted: Sun May 18, 2014 12:46 pm
by sneakthief
Explorer wrote:http://www.elby-designs.com/contents/en ... ASM-2.html

This one got my attention a few months ago.
Very nice and big(6U),a little "expensive".But you will have fun building it,that's for sure.
The ASM-2 is a mother of a build. Took me 400 hours to understand what features I wanted, plan the layout then actually build it: http://sneak-thief.com/modular/