DIY Electronics Guides

As part of our mission to help others build their own synthesizers, we have created a number of DIY Electronic Guides on a variety of subjects.

Build a Modular Synth on a Budget

Build a Modular Synth on a Budget I am not a rich person, but if you saw my modular system, you might think I was. When I decided to pursue modular, I knew I would have to do so on a budget, so I developed a system to build a modular synth on a budget. Build Three,...

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How to Build a Cheap Eurorack Oscilloscope

I had been hearing a bit of buzz about the DSO138 Digital Oscilloscope, and I wanted to make a demo video for the AI003 Looping ADSR Envelope Generator DIY Kit, so I figured I would give it a shot. I already have an older Tektronix scope that I love on the bench, but...

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Resistors: DIY Guide

  Resistors are one of the most common electronic parts that you’ll use, and their primary purpose is to add resistance to a circuit. The higher the resistance, the lower the current will be in the circuit. Typically a resistor is used to either limit current or...

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Capacitor Conversion Chart

Eventually in your DIY Synthesizer journey, you'll come across a situation when you'll have to convert between uF, nF and pF. Paper and electrolytic capacitors are usually expressed in terms of uF (microfarads). Mica capacitors are usually expressed in terms of...

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How Potentiometers Work

Potentiometers are the components beneath the knob that actually do things. This article will teach you how Potentiometers work. A potentiometer, or pot, is a three-terminal resistor with a rotating contact that forms an adjustable voltage divider. In our AI002 DIY...

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