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Music From Outer Space - Your Synth-DIY Headquarters

Music From Outer Space - Your Synth-DIY Headquarters
The "Make: Analog Synthesizers" Book Story A former editor (and published author) at the O'Reilly Publishing Company who was working with O'Reilly's Maker wing, prior to the reorganization that saw Maker Media become its own entity, called me one day. He introduced himself and mentioned that he frequented the MFOS site and enjoyed his time there. He asked if I would be interested in writing a book about Synth-DIY for O'Reilly/Make. I was amazed, excited and down right flabbergasted by the idea. He made no promises but suggested I write up a book proposal and send it to him, indicating he would present it at an upcoming meeting. Two or three months after sending the proposal I emailed to ask if the proposal had gotten rejected and to thank him for his consideration.

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Audio - Do-It-Yourself Circuits DIY-page Welcome to the Gyraf Audio DIY-page..... Please read this first!! The projects described on these pages are not commercial in any way. This means that we DO NOT sell PCB's, kits, or anything like that. The 40 greatest synth sounds When our friends at Future Music magazine compiled a list of the 40 greatest synth sounds of all time in 2008, it was nothing if not controversial. Inevitably, some iconic tones failed to make the cut, but few would deny that the majority of the sounds that were included have attained classic status. Now, for the first time, we can present the full list complete with analysis, audio and advice on how to go about replicating many of these sounds yourself. Read on, be inspired and then go and create a great patch of your own.First up: Goldfrapp's Mellotron classic, Utopia... Our first sound is a much-loved preset.

Museum of Soviet synthesizers. Aelita Photo Description Electric musical synthesizer Aelita (Murom plant RIP). This monophonic synthesizer with 3 oscillators is a modern musical instrument. CMOS Synthesizers Chip Basics For our experiments, we'll use a couple basic chips: 40106 Hex Inverting Schmitt Trigger: This chip contains 6 individual Schmitt triggers. A Schmitt trigger is a comparator circuit that incorporates positive feedback. What this means is that when a high signal (positive voltage defined as '1') is applied to the input pin, the output pin generates a low signal (ground voltage defined as '0). This simple circuit can be connected to a resistor/capacitor pair to rapidly turn on an off.

Synth Secrets The skilful articulation of a synthesized string patch can improve it no end, even one created using very basic building blocks, as we saw at the end of last month. But we can take this approach much further... This is the 51st article in a 63-part series. Read all parts.

ElectroNoize Playshop: 386 Amplifier This project is based on the Little Gem amp ( It’s a 1/2-watt amplifier similar to a bunch of tiny practice guitar amps; it uses a single integrated circuit and just a handful of components. The version we’ll build has a single “gain” control; this is like the drive control on a guitar amp, turning it up will give a “dirtier”, more distorted sound. We’ll use this as an introduction to building circuits on a breadboard, as well as introducing a couple new kinds of components and schematic symbols. Interactive Timeline Travel through time: a complete and interactive timeline of all the synthesizers, drum machines, samplers, and software featured on this site. Glossary of Synthesizer Terms A useful reference guide to help you better understand much of the synthesizer jargon used when talking about synthesizers.

Oberheim OB-Mx The OBMx is a modern synthesizer module with an audio path that is entirely analog. It has an intuitive and powerful interface which makes it easy for anyone to program their own unique sounds. The OBMx claims to deliver the classic Oberheim and Minimoog sounds while being completely programmable and midi compatible. One historical point is that the OB-Mx is, at present, the last synthesizer designed by Don Buchla. Buchla has sort of disowned this unit, though. fun with sea moss (or, basic digital sound devices) by Sebastian Tomczak. Please email for blah-blahing Please note that the construction of a square wave oscillator using a hex inverter integrated circuit and then using it to control a digital binary counter integrated circuit is taken from the excellent reference: pp 111-139. Collins, Nicolas 2006, Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking, TF-ROUTL. Index

20 Tips On Synth Programming We've all experienced the burst of creativity that getting hold of new sounds can bring about - but not being able to afford new synths and sound modules is also a familiar feeling. Simon Lowther offers some tips for creating inspirational new sounds without spending money. Using the same old tired sounds again and again is frustrating, but it's all too easy to assume that the only way to get out of the rut is to open your chequebook, when it may be that you're not exploiting the programming opportunities your existing equipment offers.

4093 Quad Oscillator Kit The GetLoFi Quad Oscillator Kit is based on the 4093 Logic IC configured to create four independent oscillators controlled by knobs. The resulting sound can vary from rhythmic beeping to polyphonic drones. Price: $35 Please order the Quad Oscillator Kit from the Demo: Embedded Systems/PIC Microcontroller Manufactured by Microchip, the PIC ("Programmable Intelligent Computer" or "Peripheral Interface Controller" ) microcontroller is popular among engineers and hobbyists alike. PIC microcontrollers come in a variety of "flavors", each with different components and capabilities. Many types of electronic projects can be constructed easily with the PIC family of microprocessors, among them clocks, very simple video games, robots, servo controllers, and many more. The PIC is a very general purpose microcontroller that can come with many different options, for very reasonable prices. Other microprocessors in this family include the Parallax SX, the Holtek HT48FxxE Series, and some "PIC-on-a-FPGA" implementations. History[edit]