Build an Analog Monophonic Synth with KORG MS-20 Synth Kit

January 24, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Korg MS-20 Synth Kit – a limited edition MS-20 Kit is a kit that lets you create a real, full-size MS-20 by assembling the parts yourself.

The MS-20 Kit is a true-analog, 1:1 scale reissue of the MS-20, with both filters built in (the more aggressive early production filter and more mellow late production one). Every details has been replicated, right down to the packaging, which includes a letter from the original MS-20 engineers and the President of Korg, Inc.

Just like the MS-20 mini, development of the MS-20 Kit was led by the original engineers themselves, who spared no effort to perfectly replicate the circuitry of the original unit. When it was necessary to substitute a part, the engineers made the decision based on their own ears, ensuring that the exact sound of the original unit has been reproduced.  According to Korg, the sound of the MS-20 kit has a ‘somewhat bright and extreme quality’ to it, because its sound is that of an original MS-20 in mint condition at the time it went on sale, before any of the components aged.

The MS-20 Kit comes dissembled, and can be put together with simple tools (some included), providing the user with a bit of the experience that often went hand-in-hand with ownership of vintage modular analog gear.

No soldering or understanding of circuit diagrams required. The updated MS-20 also features the same modern connectivity (MIDI and USB MIDI) as the mini.

The MS-20 Kit is a being released as a limited edition product.

Features:

  • A full-size, true analog MS-20
  • Build yourself with simple tools
  • Early and late filters at the flip of an internal switch
  • ¼” patch cables
  • Limited edition

The Korg MS-20 kit is expected to have a street price of about $1,400 and to be available in March.

Buchla DIY Retro Improv – Rambling Space Sounds

December 16, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

More “Space Exploration” :)

Retro electronic Sci-Fi improv………

All sounds straight out of the instrument- no external processing.

The little volume jumps are caused by the 266 QRV affecting a one of the 227 channel inputs.

DIY MIDI CONTROLLERS

December 10, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Just a quick rundown of some MIDI controllers ‘otemrellik’ has built recently for ios music making fun.

Here are some helpful links:
https://github.com/unsymbol/teensy-mi…

http://little-scale.blogspot.com/2012…

I use the 2.0 Teensy board for all my projects:
http://www.pjrc.com/teensy/

DIY time: Home made Touch Synthesizer

December 1, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

HandmadeElectronicInstruments.com

This handmade synthesizer is played by bridging the contact points. There are 15 contact points, each of which plays a higher pitch. It is monophonic and will sound the highest pitch being played and 2 effect points.
There is controllable LFO that is activated by pressing the far left contact point and is fed to the square-wave oscillator producing quick modulation, or an almost distorted throaty sound. In addition to LFO speed there is a low pass filter and volume control. Also the far right contact point will create some interesting effects, responding well to light touches that can zap the frequency well out of audible range.

The contact strip is sensitive to pressure and even the resistance of a particular player’s skin. For example someone with sweaty hands will produce a higher frequency. Please note with excess sweat on the contact points you will find a slight decay, however it’s quirks are easily learned and tamable.

It has a 1/4″ output and is powered by an included 9volt battery. The copper finish will have an aged look especially after being played a bit.

Yocto demo TR 808 clone

November 20, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

All sounds are played by Yocto. More information www.e-licktronic.com
Best quality sound on SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/e-licktronic/s…

The reproduction comes courtesy of E-licktronic, who says it represents an exact reproduction, with a modern sequencer and additional features included – such as the ability to mute each instrument, a roll mode, and the ability to store up to 256 patterns.

Says E-licktronic: “The only difference compared to the TR-808 is the BA662, VCA Clap has been replaced by the modern equivalent BA6110.”

The OCTO is a build-it-yourself model, and ships with all the necessary components to assemble. The clone costs €379,00 and is out now.

For more info, visit E-licktronic.

The Jellyfish – new DIY double delay, with modulation options

October 9, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Plankton Electronics has introduced The Jellyfish – a DIY double delay, with modulation options capable of a wide variety of sounds, from simple delay lines to crazy modulated stereo sounds.

Features:

  • Analog passive filters
  • CV inputs
  • Two LFOs
  • Infinite feedback switch
  • Xdelay function
  • Dry/Wet controls
  • Pseudo-stereo (1 in-2 outs) or mono mixed sound

The Jellyfish is available as a kit for 120 Euro (the case is additional).  Schematics and other documentation are provided on their site – right here >>

Groovesizer Alpha: infinite random, accents, pattern chaining

September 25, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://groovesizer.com
A demo of infinite random mode, accents, and pattern chaining on the Groovesizer Alpha.

The Groovesizer (pronounced groove-a-sizer) is a DIY 8-bit audio platform. It’s a musical chameleon that can take on a number of different roles from sequencer to synth, drum machine, or midi controller. Exactly what the Groovesizer is at a given moment depends on the firmware it’s running. Existing firmware can be freely hacked, or new firmware developed using the beginner friendly Arduino IDE. Firmware is loaded to the board directly from the Arduino IDE, either via an AVR ISP programmer, or by flashing the Atmega chip on an Arduino board and swapping it out.

The Groovesizer is based around a custom PCB that features 6 potentiometers and  5 rows of 8 tactile switches and leds  (4 rows for the sequencer / trigger buttons and 1 row dedicated to control functions). It features an integrated Arduino clone, an 8-bit DAC option, an LM386 amp output, MIDI in/out/sync and is configurable to work with some of the most popular existing Arduino audio projects.

Furthest along in its development is the Alpha firmware which features a 3 oscillator monosynth attached to a 32-step sequencer with 112 memory locations to store patches and patterns.

Tutorial: How to use the microGranny

September 16, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Standuino microGranny is pocket sized handmade granular sampler. It uses microSD card to store samples. You can adjust many parameters of the samples and trigger them by MIDI.
video by Felix Hüsken youtube.com/flx04
more info: standuino.eu/devices/instruments/microgranny/
buy: standuino.eu/buy/buy-fraangelico/

Features:
-basic parameters of sound: pitch, crush, volume, start, cut, repeat
-micro sampling parameters of sound: shift speed(+/-), loop length, shift mode (normal, random)
-lfo parameters of sound: rate, amount, destination (pitch, crush)
-instant loop feature
-micro SD card slot (plays monophonic wav samples)
-8 presets (15 sounds each)
-MIDI input (MIDI through by special connector)
-intuitive interface
-3 digit 7-segment display to keep track of editing
-2 pots to tweak the parameters
-mode switching buttons
-4 perfect response trigger buttons
-hold button
-3.5mm jack output
-volume trim-pot
-size: 11 x 7 x 4 cm
-input voltage 9-12 V
designed by Anymade Studio anymadestudio.com/

Cubasis DIY send effects using Audiobus

September 4, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Cubasis tutorial showing how to use 3rd party iOS effect apps with Audiobus as ‘DIY send effects’ within Cubasis.

AteOhAte Mutant TR-808 Cowbell DIY project — Demo

July 18, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The AteOhAte Mutant Cowbell is a DIY (do it yourself) TR-808 Cowbell module based on the analogue circuit in Roland’s famous drum machine. The circuit has been adapted for use in a modular synthesizer, and, while being able to create the same sounds featured on the 808, can also create other sounds thanks to the modified tunable oscillators and voltage control over the cowbell’s pitch.

You can build one yourself at home (along with many other x0x-based drum modules) once PCBs are available from me at hexinverter.net

I will be releasing the AteOhAte Mutant HiHats at the same time as this project.

Receive an email when PCBs are available by signing up for the mailing list here: http://eepurl.com/pDf_5

Visit the Muffwiggler forum thread for updates on the project: http://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/view…

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