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Building A Big Modular Synth From Scratch - A DIY Video Diary

Postby rofilm » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:02 am

Building a big modular synthesizer. My Diary – part 1: From clumsy to skilled / from soldering simple cables and plugs to building a wall of synth modules / a daring challenge / a tough mission or a desperate attempt? / I´ve set out for a destination far, far away! And this is my diary. Watch part 1: The Beginning
https://youtu.be/f_gAkRFvS5E

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Re: Building A Big Modular Synth From Scratch - A DIY Video Diary

Postby rofilm » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:03 am

Building a big modular synthesizer. My Diary – part 2: The first kit has arrived. Just for doing some exercises. Now I´ll find out if my soldering skills are sufficient to start building a modular synth. But let´s have a look what´s in this little kit at first.
https://youtu.be/q1X6i6w-ib0
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Re: Building A Big Modular Synth From Scratch - A DIY Video Diary

Postby blinddrew » Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:47 pm

Can't watch these at the moment but looking forward to seeing how this goes. :)
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Re: Building A Big Modular Synth From Scratch - A DIY Video Diary

Postby rofilm » Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:06 am

Building a big modular synthesizer. My Diary – part 3: Soldering the circuit – and some thought while doing so. If it works, then the next step will be into real Eurorack.
https://youtu.be/O775ywVOQbY
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Re: Building A Big Modular Synth From Scratch - A DIY Video Diary

Postby rofilm » Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:52 am

Building a big modular synthesizer. My Diary – part 4: Power supplies for modular synthesizers - looking for the best alternative.

https://youtu.be/Gqsiv5rCiEY

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Re: Building A Big Modular Synth From Scratch - A DIY Video Diary

Postby Folderol » Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:15 pm

Interesting project.

I would suggest you get a pair of much smaller wire cutters. Preferably with one side almost completely flat for close trimming.

Also, it's generally a good idea to fit and solder small groups of components, rather than all at once. You should start with the smallest and most robust ones.
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Re: Building A Big Modular Synth From Scratch - A DIY Video Diary

Postby rofilm » Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:49 am

Hello Folderol!
And thank you for commenting! Yes, the wire cutter is not the best one for this purpose. I´ve got me another one in the meantime. Strange enough, I found it at a garage sale, where a nice lady sold cosmetics! It´s a nail cutter (foot nails)! And it works perfectly.
My adventure is continuing. Here is the documentation:
Building a big modular synthesizer. My Diary – part 5: Building the first power supply and a makeshift case only for testing..... and having a look at power busses
https://youtu.be/i3JOQmxYPXU
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Re: Building A Big Modular Synth From Scratch - A DIY Video Diary

Postby Folderol » Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:30 am

Hmmm. You seem to have used green/Yellow wire for all the connections. This is a definite NO. That cable should only ever be used for earth/ground wiring.
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Re: Building A Big Modular Synth From Scratch - A DIY Video Diary

Postby blinddrew » Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:52 am

Just catching up now, after watching your first video i would have suggested a Rakit module as a starting point. :)
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Re: Building A Big Modular Synth From Scratch - A DIY Video Diary

Postby Dan LB » Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:38 pm

Folderol wrote:Hmmm. You seem to have used green/Yellow wire for all the connections. This is a definite NO. That cable should only ever be used for earth/ground wiring.

This ^^^

NEVER USE GREEN/YELLOW WIRE FOR LIVE OR NEUTRAL CONNECTIONS!
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Re: Building A Big Modular Synth From Scratch - A DIY Video Diary

Postby rofilm » Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:18 am

Building a big modular synthesizer. My Diary – part 17:
Success at last! The clock divider works. And I´ve made a clock generator too – on the way.
https://youtu.be/QunRDNjoHvc
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Re: Building A Big Modular Synth From Scratch - A DIY Video Diary

Postby rofilm » Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:44 am

Building a big modular synthesizer. My Diary – part 18:
Finishing the clock generator - a quite flexible one by the way - and solving some mechanical problems. I love goofing round with my new module! Enjoy your day! Rolf
https://youtu.be/G5C07p0n9gk
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Re: Building A Big Modular Synth From Scratch - A DIY Video Diary

Postby rofilm » Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:15 am

Building a big modular synthesizer. My Diary – part 19:
A mysterious mistake is hiding in the deepest depth of the module.
https://youtu.be/wRkHa1Abriw
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