Build a Modular Synth in a Month

Modular Synth in a Monthvia Axehole: Experimentalist Anonymous has posted a journal of building a modular synth in a month.

“During the month of January, 2006, I built an analog modular synthesizer from the ground up. At Oberlin, where I go to school, January is a time for students to work on individual projects of their choice. It has always been a dream of mine to build a modular synth, as I not only wanted one but also thought of it as sort of the “next step” after pedal building. I started on January 4th and ended on Febuary 4th (at 2 in the morning no less!), so it really did take a month to build.”

There are currently 12 modules in the synth, as follows (from left to right):

  • Voltage Controlled Oscillator 1
  • Voltage Controlled Oscillator 2
  • Dual Logarithmic/Linear Voltage Controlled Amplifier
  • Dual Low Frequency Oscillator
  • Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release Generator 1
  • Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release Generator 2
  • Voltage Controlled State Variable Filter
  • Sample and Hold and White Noise Generator
  • Dual DC Mixer
  • Triple Guitar Interface
  • Voltage Controlled Lowpass Filter
  • Power Supply/Switch

Total price: $785.15

Pretty impressive DIY project for one month!

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