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The DIY Links thread

Postby Scottdru » Thu Sep 16, 2004 3:14 pm

OK guys, welcome to the new DIY forum! I'm posting this thread up as a sticky thread, so as we run across new DIY links that will be good to have around for regular reference, we won't have to go searching for them.

Enjoy!

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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby forumuser695516 » Thu Sep 16, 2004 5:14 pm

Fantastique!
Here's one for starters then..
www.paia.com
I've never bought anything from this lot yet, But am often tempted..
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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby forumuser695516 » Thu Sep 16, 2004 5:18 pm

Ahh, and something else that has me tempted (Although i already have a MAQ 16/3 which is very similar)
The P3 sequencer
http://www.colinfraser.com/p3/p3.htm
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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby Jakob Erland - Gyraf Audio » Thu Sep 16, 2004 5:25 pm

Here's what we've managed to collect over at "The Lab":

http://www.prodigy-pro.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1277

..It's a good resource if you're looking for DIY-related information..


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RS Components and Maplin Electronics

Postby Forum Admin » Thu Sep 16, 2004 6:47 pm

Two different but equally useful resources for components etc:

Maplin Electronics

RS Components
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Re: RS Components and Maplin Electronics

Postby Nat » Thu Sep 16, 2004 7:18 pm

And probably cheaper than RS but less easily navigable, is http://www.farnell.co.uk/
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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby Adam Inglis » Fri Sep 17, 2004 5:07 am

Thanks Ian and ScottDru
Good idea for a forum - but are we a dying breed? I guess we'll find out...

Here's my collection from over the years. These have helped me build filters and wahs, mods for my TR909 and SH-09, ext control for my minikorg 700 etc etc

Fantastic resource for guitar related circuits, but of course applicable anywhere...
http://geofex.com/
The Synth DIY grey pages
http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Museum/4459/grey_pages/grypag_index.html
Barry Klein wrote a classic text on building synths in 1982, you can still buy it from him direct
http://members.cox.net/barryklein/
Synth DIY UK
http://www.modulus.synth.net/SynthDIY_UK/
Rick Jansens Synth DIY links
http://dropmix.xs4all.nl/synth-diy/
Fantastic circuits and articles using transformers
http://www.jensen-transformers.com/
Another synth DIY searchable archive
http://www.buchi.de/SDIY/
Troubleshooting and Repair of Audio Equipment
http://repairfaq.ece.drexel.edu/sam/audiofaq.htm
Vintage audio schematics
http://www.audiophool.cjb.net/Techno.htm
E-music DIY archive - great links!
http://www.physicsenterprises.andrews.edu/diy_archive/links.html
Reed Ghazala's Art Of Circuit Bending (as featured in SOS years ago!)
http://www.anti-theory.com/soundart/circuitbend/
Check out Jürgen Haible's homepage for homemade synth modules and FX
http://home.debitel.net/user/jhaible/hj.html
Guitar FX circuits
http://hammer.ampage.org/
Bernie Hutchin's Electronotes probably launched more DIY synthesizers on the world than any other source...
http://electronotes.netfirms.com/
Tips for repairing vintage synthesizers
http://www.oldcrows.net/~oldcrow/synth/
The Synhouse Midijack, for retrofitting those vintage synths...
http://www.synhouse.com/originalmidijack.html
More circuit bending, mentions the SOS article..
http://www.cementimental.com/links.html
The brilliant Robin Whittle, who modded my 303, 808, and DX7 many years ago...
http://www.firstpr.com.au/

Phew! That should get you started....!

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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby mattneighbour » Fri Sep 17, 2004 10:06 am

Ayone interested in DIY MIDI projects has to check out the MIDIbox projects at:

http://www.ucapps.de/

I'm going to get round to making a custom Ableton Live controller one day!!

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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby PRR » Sat Sep 18, 2004 9:01 am

> are we a dying breed?

We are reborn.

DIY was standard practice 1920 to 1970. Then the rise of very good yet low-cost pre-made products (Fisher, TEAC, Gateley, BiAmp, PhaseLinear) cast a shadow. The robust surplus-parts market from VietNam era military and computer systems scrap kept things alive, but that dried up by 1980. DIY became the secret hobby of a few quiet geeks.

But when DIY seemed totally dead, a lot of people woke up to the dull sound of the affordable boxes, and the variable sound of the hand-built boutique boxes. And while some parts have just vanished from the world, some others are in ready supply at cheap prices. And all those vacuum tubes came out of the closets they were hiding in, both old-stock and ex-Communist factories. And the Web let distant strangers share tips in forums like this one, cross-fertilizing each other's ideas and enthusiasm.

It may be better than ever.

It may also be, that some people with zero experience are doing things they probably should not be doing. I just warned a musician away from a transformerless "hot chassis" power supply that is likely to kill him. Such things were common knowledge once upon a time, but common knowledge isn't so common today as it was when every school had a Radio Club and many kids had learned not to stick their fingers in bad places.
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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby UNIT393 » Sun Sep 19, 2004 2:40 am

Gyraf Audio

Excellent site.
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Re: Pabs' DIY Links

Postby Pabs » Sun Sep 19, 2004 11:57 pm

Heres some links that I have plundered from my Internet explorer Favorites folders.


http://www.geocities.com/j4_student/schematics.htm
schematics for all manner of stomp boxes

http://recording.org/users/kev/
Some interesting projects

http://www.maxiespages.com/Articles/Theremin_tech
Schematics for different types of Theremins

http://users.informatik.haw-hamburg.de/~windle_c/TableHooters/
http://www.alien-devices.com/
http://carrionsound.com/
http://www.oddmusic.com/illogic/
Various sites on 'Circuit Bending'

I have more links which I shall post later.

Pabs

[EDIT: Pabs, at your request, I deleted the other thread in which you originally posted these links. Cheers, Scott. ]
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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby mc23 » Mon Sep 20, 2004 2:42 pm

The only site I can find with a quality "48v Phantom Power" circuit and a thorough discussion abot phantom power issues - and loads of other stuff too - very nice schematics!

http://sound.westhost.com

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AX84 DIY Valve Guitar Amps

Postby Matt Downing » Mon Sep 20, 2004 4:57 pm

http://www.ax84.com/ is brilliant for DIY valve guitar amps. I built their P1 amp a few years ago. They have everything you need including a very helpful forum - although be sure to search it first if you think you've got a typically newbie question.

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Re: AX84 DIY Valve Guitar Amps

Postby UNIT393 » Thu Sep 30, 2004 7:49 am

Microphone Pre Amp Kits

Seventh Circle Audio

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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby steveman » Thu Sep 30, 2004 10:02 pm

A couple of Schematic sites here, mainly vintage commercial stuff.

http://www.hylander.com/moogschematics.html
http://www.synthfool.com/schm.html

Synth circuit ideas. Some duplications (Haible's site is mentioned)

http://www.uni-bonn.de/~uzs159/
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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby coool » Thu Oct 07, 2004 9:36 am

this is a fantastic forum, its really got me juices flowing again ....

have you seen this site for OAKLEY SOUND SYSTEMS they sell ready made synth modules which are compatible with MOTM units but also they do just the pcb's and the neccesary preprogrammed chips

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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby chewqbot » Sat Oct 23, 2004 6:59 pm

PRR wrote:>
It may also be, that some people with zero experience are doing things they probably should not be doing. I just warned a musician away from a transformerless "hot chassis" power supply that is likely to kill him. Such things were common knowledge once upon a time, but common knowledge isn't so common today as it was when every school had a Radio Club and many kids had learned not to stick their fingers in bad places.

so true!
im a complete newbie to DIY and so iv just started off circuit bending a couple of cheap casio's& old yamaha psr's. Iv also been trying to make a few pedals-im currently on Failed Attempt no2 at a simple distortion pedal.

for the time being im only making/bending battery powered stuff cuz i know sod all - learnt how to solder over the summer though.
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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby UNIT393 » Sun Nov 14, 2004 12:06 am

Some basic but good stuff here:

Electronics Articles
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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby Adam Inglis » Fri Nov 26, 2004 4:22 am

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/

This one looks cool!, Discovered it when looking for a schematic for a RIAA phono pre amp...
Covers a lot of bases.
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Re: The DIY Links thread

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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby person man » Wed Jan 26, 2005 7:21 pm

you're all gunna laugh I know....

But you can use weed wacker line of different guages for the strings of a double bass (doodle bass). there are some great/good/not-so-good home-made folk instrument tips and instructions here.

he's even got some sound clips of his doodle bass. Not bad either.

http://www.ehhs.cmich.edu/~dhavlena/
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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby Skotchy » Wed Feb 23, 2005 12:17 am

Hello i'm new to the world of DIY synths, currently taking a course on analog electronics at university. I have looked out much of the links, but i can't seem to find an appropriate 1. I'm looking for a diy site or even book, which discusses how to build the main parts of a synthesizer, such as the vca, oscialltor filter section etc, in real detail, step by step, ideally it will also send a package with all the components. i've been in paia but the book their is does not concern the main components of a analog synthesizer. Thanks
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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby forumuser729356 » Tue Apr 05, 2005 8:55 am

Skotchy wrote:Hello i'm new to the world of DIY synths, currently taking a course on analog electronics at university. I have looked out much of the links, but i can't seem to find an appropriate 1. I'm looking for a diy site or even book, which discusses how to build the main parts of a synthesizer, such as the vca, oscialltor filter section etc, in real detail, step by step, ideally it will also send a package with all the components. i've been in paia but the book their is does not concern the main components of a analog synthesizer. Thanks
Any of these work for you?
http://www.tellun.com/motm/diy/diy.html
http://www.musicfromouterspace.com/analogsynth/SOUNDLABMINISYNTH/soundlab.html
http://www.wiseguysynth.com/larry/links.htm
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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby DJ_Finsletown » Thu Apr 28, 2005 1:25 pm

Hi,

Does anyone have any links to articles about creating your own cables? I want to be able to make all types of standard audio cables.

Any help much appreciated.

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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby Scottdru » Thu Apr 28, 2005 2:03 pm

Hi DJ. Actually, there's a great guide to cabling here. I'm surprised this link hadn't been posted in this thread yet.
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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby Jim Y » Mon May 09, 2005 7:26 pm

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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby Martin Walker » Tue May 17, 2005 12:48 pm

Here's a batch from me, to prove I've still got my soldering iron and remember how to use it

A handy one for MIDI info: www.hinton.demon.co.uk/midi/promidi.html

Well-known to the guitar community no doubt, but lots of useful DIY guitar wiring tips, potting pickups, links to homebrew valve amp info, electrical safety tips, and lots more: www.guitarnuts.com/index.php

Tomi Engdahl's Electronics Pages are well worth a read: www.tkk.fi/Misc/Electronics

Here's a huge list of electronic links: www.epanorama.net/index.php

If you want some projects by and for audio fanatics, try: www.diyaudio.com

Even more extreme, here's a huge selection of forums dedicated to various aspects of audio design, including one for esoteric DIY cables: www.audioasylum.com/index.html

Enjoy!


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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby loverocker » Tue Oct 11, 2005 11:41 am

Is it OK to plug one's own site? I started Amp Maker this summer after so much frustration that RS/Maplin/etc are scaling down the high-voltage stuff.

Amp Maker - for valve amp builders (amp kits from £129, cabinets, components, etc)

The first amp kit (the SE-5a) has an online build guide that might be useful to builders of other amps, too. See
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Re: The DIY Links thread

Postby Ynnhoj » Tue Oct 18, 2005 12:44 pm

Hi, I'm making a MIDI controller for a project at university and I'm having real trouble finding anyone who supplies linear faders, be they analogue or digital, that don't cost too much. I'm planning to include about 20 on my controller and so far the only ones I've found give a nice digital output, but cost over £12 each which I can't afford. I hope somebody can point me in the right direction or indeed shed light upon the feasability of making my own analogue faders. Thanks.
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