I’m looking for some fun diy kits in the music world. I did the sonic potions lxr1 kit over the panini and that was fun. Made a couple megacommand lives for fun. Did a keyboard mod with doepfers mke and a couple rando teensy projects. Wondering what else is out there in the world of diy kits (chip shortage be damned).
Could be pedals, synths, etc
If you have any suggestions id love to hear em.
I built a Shruthi (now Phoenix) a long time ago and it’s a great synth. XT version is even better. Designed by Mutable Instruments. There is also a polysynth elsewhere on the site. Ambika. https://www.tubeohm.com/phoenix-shruthi.html
I’m currently loving Eurorack DIY. Befaco is a great place to start. Thonk is a great place to buy their stuff.
I was really really excited about Deckard’s Dream when it was first announced and they listed the “kit” for $999. Turns out that was just the PCBs and you still need another $1500 in parts. Too rich for my blood. Also a massive project that will likely have issues at some point. I prefer it when everything just works when I plug it in for the first time
I’ll plug Eurorack one more time on this topic specifically. There are SO MANY more options for DIY in eurorack it provides a ton more opportunity to dodge the shortages and keep you busy building. Lots of companies have stashes of the out-of-stock stuff for their kits. Also lots of eurorack is pure analog which doesn’t have the same issues with shortages (though they still exist, e.g. fancy opamps). You’ll also learn a lot more about electronics because the circuits are more basic and finer-grained. You’d be a lot more likely to end up designing your own useful module in eurorack than trying to build an entire synth on your own. If you really want to learn about electronics and synthesis the Mortiz Klein/Erica stuff is amazing:
(forgive me if you are already an EE and this bores you)
Not boring at all, quite the opposite. I’ve held off on modular for so long because i know my brain is gonna go over board with it. I def would jump in heavy with erica synths too, i love their all black on black vibes. Plus eurorack always has these useful bits like this for example ML:2 – Circuit Happy, LLC
Not a kit but compelling none the less.
Also, for me personally i dont think it matters if its digital or analog, the datasheets for the components are often the same level of confusing for me but i’m learning by doing and reading.
I held off too until a year ago or so for the same reason. I finally took the plunge “because my son was interested and I wanted him to learn electronics/synthesis” . Now I am hooked and my poor Elektrons sit gathering dust because I spend my hobby time building synths instead of playing them. Oh well, I really enjoy it. Still, I recommend eurorack to anyone technically-minded even if you’re not going to DIY. You just learn so much more about synthesis doing full modular (semi doesn’t count).