(n) Modular Synth - Making the case

A modular synth needs a case, so I went to the super store and bought some stuff.

Wood pieces cut and pre-drilled and ready to be glued and screwed.

Screwing the side pieces together...

Mounting the strip of wood that'll hold the panels.

Glue is always good. It's also very tasty!

Glued and screwed.

Finished case, shown from the front.

Finished case after applying the first coat of wax. I like wood wax. Not quite as tasty as glue, but still nice.

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(n) Modular Synth - The Envelope Generator
Now it's time to build the second module (PSU was first). I went for one of the smaller and easy to test/debug ones. Yes I am a pussy.

That's the PCB once more.

All parts mounted. Yay.

My ghetto test panel. Purty, isn't it?

This is how I plan to mount the PCBs to the panel. On modules without pots I am screwed, I guess.

PCB mounted to the ghetto panel and some of the wiring done.

And that's how I test stuff atm.

Turns out, the envelope works nicely and as expected. Hooray #2.

Some updates:

Now with the preliminary panel :-)

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(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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