(n) Modular Synth - The PSU
The first module I assembled was naturally the PSU. Makes testing a lot easier if you have power ;-)

This, again, is the bare PCB for the PSU.

That's the assembled PSU. You think the heatsinks will be big enough? ;-)

Top-down view of the PSU, the two power LEDs (one per rail) are not yet connected. Duh.

The fused mains socket and switch. All nicely isolated because I don't really like electrocuting myself. 230VAC is ouchy.

And that's the whole thing with the transformer. Done.

Tested and working nicely. Phew. that's a good start. Let's hope the rest works out as well.

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(n) Modular Synth - Ready, Set, Go!
I'll document the building of my modular synth here. It's mainly going to be pictures, because I am too lazy to type.

Sooo, the parts and PCBs got here. This is one of the three boxes of parts I got. All the parts were ordered from reichelt, musikding and farnell. I got the the knobs off ebay.

This is the pile of parts. Thank god reichelt (where I got most of the parts) ship all the different values in different bags. Conrad has a tendency to just throw all the stuff into a box....

That's the PCB which contains 9 modules. Yes, it's missing the part names, because I am an idiot :-)

And that's the PCBs after I cut the up with a handsaw.

All of them have my logo, teehee.

Moving on to the different modules:

The PSU. +-15V regulated at ~1A.

A headphone amp. Always handy.

An envelope generator.

VCA with uni-/bipolar option.

Steiner VCF, bwowowowow.

MIDIbox CV + aout_ng + DIN module. My MIDI2CV module. More info on it can be found at http://www.ucapps.de and http://www.midibox.org

The VCO, would suck not to have one, eh? Why did I take this pic with the PCB turned 180? Dunno.

An LFO. Can you ever have enough CV sources?

And that's a mixer. Whee.

Well that's the PCBs. Next up: Assembling and testing them.
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Basic Gallery Test Entry
Do you see those pictures? Does the MouseOver work?

If not - get a real browser with matching OS ;-)

Known to work:
- Firefox 3 on XP
- IE 7 on XP

Known to not work:
- IE 6 on XP

Yours does (not) work? Feel free to add a comment!
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Just some DIY stompbox pictures
Just some pictures of stompboxes I have built.

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theGIMMICK - pictures of the prototype
This is a picture of the prototype taken with my webcam. Sorry for the lousy quality; higher resolution pictures will follow soon.

Here we go - better pictures:

Want more pictures?
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Commenting - it is allowed you know.
If you feel like dropping me a line with ideas/suggestions/comment - feel free to do so. Actually, it would even be much appreciated; after all, this is why there is an "add comment" link ;-)


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theGIMMICK - Related files
This is a list of files for theGIMMICK guitar tuner. Read More...
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theGIMMICK - User manual
This is a minimal user manual for theGIMMICK guitar tuner. Read More...
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theGIMMICK - pic-based DIY guitar tuner
Whee! Fresh project, just finished :-)

theGIMMICK is a DIY PIC16F84A-based chromatic guitar tuner. The PCB is roughly 40x60mm so the whole thing can be built into a regular sized stomp box.

A mockup of how it could (and will as soon as I get the case delivered) look in a stomp-box case:

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Another majorly uniteresting blog. Bleh.
Okay, don't get me wrong - I still hate blogs. And I solemnly swear I won't start rambling about, erm, stuff. I just chose this platform because I'm too lazy to actually maintain a "regular" webpage.


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