Category Archives: SDIY

Synthesizer Do It Yourself

New cabinets for 5U modular synth

Inevitability I have been building a lot of Buchla stuff last couple of years but I also built a few 5U modules. As my 5U modular cabinet was pretty much filled up I finally reached that inevitable point in time: the cabinets were completely full and I still had a couples of modules which had […]

Music Thing Modular custom 5U panels

After watching a few demos of Music Thing Modular modules I decided to build them myself. However, these modules are in Eurorack format and I don’t have any Eurorack. So I designed 5U panels for them and ordered those via Schaeffer AG in Germany. Not the cheapest solution but the quality is great and the […]

Buchla 296e tutorials

Some time ago I did build this Buchla 296 clone. It is a rather complex module. I played around with the vocoder function (which is great fun) but I didn’t really know how to use this module to it’s full extent. Until now… Buchla advocate Todd Barton made a series of tutorial videos on the […]

Reviving a silent Korg DW8000 synthesizer

A lucky find Some time ago I bought a Yamaha EX-5 on eBay. As it was located close by I drove there to pick it up myself. While talking to the seller she mentioned she had more stuff for sale. The Korg DW8000 was the only thing I was interested in. I tested it and […]

Building a new 50U Buchla cabinet

A couple of years ago I built a small 18U Buchla cabinet for a couple of Buchla 200 series modules I had build together with some Buchlaesque modules to go with them. However, this cabinet cannot house any more modules and it was time to build something new. Something bigger. I decided to go for […]

Custom cabinet for Buchla Easel

Buchla Easel analogue synthesizer clone I have been working on finishing my Buchla Easel analogue modular synth the last couple of months. That included designing a custom cabinet to house the modules. My “Easelesque” instrument contains 3 modules: the Buchla 208 Music Easel, the Buchla 216 Touch Controlled Voltage Source and the Buchla 277 Signal […]

Ralf's Weird Sound Generator

The Weird Sound Generator

Some time ago I promised Ralf and David, the sons of two friends, we would do an electronics DIY soldering project together. They were always drooling over my modular so I wanted to built something with them to get them a little soldering experience. They were very enthusiastic and eventually decided upon “something that makes sounds and […]

And We Have A Winner!

Today I found out that the Light Painting Buchlaesque photo I posted a couple of weeks ago was selected as picture of the week for the I Dream Of Wires Modular Synthesizer Photo Contest! I’m really excited about that. Check out the post on Matrixsynth or the I Dream Of Wires Facebook page for more […]

Light Painting Buchlaesque

Experimented with light painting today. This photo was taken at 40mm with a shutter speed of 20 seconds and an aperture of f14. ISO was at 400. While taking the picture the room was pitch black and I used a small flash light to paint the light during exposure. I entered the I Dream of […]

Prototype PCB is here!

Today I received the prototype PCBs for the mutant timbre / modulation section. They’re looking good! The final version will be blue (of course). More to follow soon…