Getting Started Making DIY Eurorack Modules

The latest episode of the Modular Monthly video series takes a look at getting started making DIY Eurorack modules. 

The video takes a look at getting started with synth DIY and making the Music Thing Modular’s Radio Music module.

Are you making DIY Euro modules? If so, let us know how you get started and if you’ve got projects that you’d recommend!

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10 thoughts on “Getting Started Making DIY Eurorack Modules

  1. I jumped into DIY with no experience whatsoever. My first Euro module was L-1 basic VCO. Surprisngly it didn’t explode when I powered it up. After that I assembled Random*Source Serge VCFQ, Grayscale Algorhythm and Binary (Binary is pretty tough, lots of SMD), L-1 Quad VCA and couple other modules. It feels really good to solder stuff once in a while.

  2. From time to time I build stuff. Mostly on strip-board. Assembling kits is also fun, but I wouldn’t cal the DIY in any strict sense of the word. But it is certainly a good way to stay off the streets and get your hands on some of the stuff that you cannot buy pre-assembled. Soldering is a vital skill for anyone working with electronics. Even if you just fix loose contacts on cables once in a while or add a component or two to a machine you already have, it’s highly recommended that you learn your way around a soldering iron and those kits can be a great way to do that. At least that’s part of how I started, not with synthesizer kits, they sadly didn’t exist back then.

  3. my first DIY build was a pair of 4MS P.E.G. .. slow and steady is the rule

    a good learning experience .. but i would just buy a assembled and tested unit if i had to do it again

  4. Got into the whole DIY thing through repairing/restoring old analog Soviet junk. First Euro module was the random*source Serge VCFQ, which I’m totally in love with! Planning on doing more DIY euro stuff, as I have my eye on a few more r*s modules.

  5. Soldering pcb’s……ummmmm
    if your my age (57) buy a jewelers loupe / magnifying glass
    then you can not only see the bloody tiny bits
    but you can check if your any good at gluing them in the right place properly

  6. I’ve tipped Synthopia many times on my DIY chips but Mr. Synthhead doesn’t seem to care.
    When ever I got something featured it has been by Guest, whoever that might be.

    Anyways my chips are really cool and very DIY friendly.
    For instance the K5 additive oscillator chip.

    Just check them out at: http://janstman.wordpress.com

    1. “I’ve tipped Synthopia many times on my DIY chips but Mr. Synthhead doesn’t seem to care.”

      Jan – we care about covering news of interest and use to our readers and not wasting their time with incomplete or misleading information.

      We’ve covered your products many times – here are three recent examples:

      http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2015/12/30/dsp-synthesizers-intros-6hp-diy-drum-module-pcb/
      http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2015/10/20/ninstruments-sp-12-drumulator-drum-module/
      http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2015/09/13/dsp-synthesizers-dsp-d8-pcm-drum-chip-now-shipping/

      However – as we’ve discussed with you privately, via both email and Facebook messages – you regularly request coverage of your products, but provide information that is incomplete, is incorrect or misleading, and is lacking an audio or video demo.

      If you want to be covered by Synthtopia, our readers expect:

      Accurate and complete information about the product;
      Pricing and availability details;
      Audio or video demos for products that make sounds;
      Complete documentation and usage examples for DIY products; and
      Accurate information about licensing (open source, CC) where appropriate.

      Deal with others professionally, Jan, and they will give you the same respect.

      PS: The URL you provided for your site is incorrect. Here’s the correct URL, for readers that may be interested:

      https://janostman.wordpress.com/

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