July 3rd – July 4th: Closed for Holiday

4th of July We will be closed for the next couple of days celebrating the holiday with family and we hope each and every one of you have a safe July 4th!  Normal business hours will resume on July 5th and look forward to sharing some updates with you all upon our return from holiday. 

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Modular Building Weekend: Music Thing Modular – Turing Machine Mkii Build

Turing Machine MkiiThats right, you heard it… we are taking on the Music Thing Modular Turing Machine Mkii DIY kit from THONK.  We are really excited to take on this kit as its the beginning of a very expansive set of modules… and, knowing us, we will be buying them all and doing a time lapse of each of the builds.  

So, with that being said the Turing Machine Mkii will be the rest of several builds in this series over the course of the summer 2018.  Our buddies over at THONK will be happy when they see our orders come through to say the least!

There is only one way to ensure that you know when we are going to do one of the builds and you know what that is… 

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Time Lapse Build: Synthrotek DS-M

Synthrotek Drum Synth Module: DS-M Time Lapse Build

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We take on the Synthrotek Drum Synth Module otherwise known as the DS-M in our latest Eurorack Modular Build. The DS-M is a full featured drum synth that can emulate virtually any drum sound with a twist of a few knobs.  It is a complex, modifiable analog drum synth loosely based on the Coron DS-8 according to the Synthrotek website.  It a relatively moderate build with stand up resistors and intricate soldering points needed.  We recommend if you are new to soldering, to start out with something other then this.  

During our build, we made sure to double check each resistor prior to populating the board.  As usual, diodes and caps are directional based whereas the resistors are not.  This 8hp module packs a big punch just like its predecessor the DS-8.  Changes to the original DS-8 include the following:

  • VCA-like trigger input (more voltage = louder output)
  • Trimmer-adjustable attack
  • LED trigger indicator
  • 1v/o tracking (C0-C4)
  • Triangle core oscillator
  • Additional noise color switch setting (3 settings instead of 2)
  • More distinct noise timbres
  • Louder, improved noise circuit
  • Really LOW bass frequencies 
  • Total range ~4Hz to 2.6kHz

As well as being an amazing little drum synth, this module is also a fully functional monophonic synth that has the following features:

  • 1v/o tracking (C0-C4) 
  • Adjustable attack and decay envelope over the VCA 
  • Built-in LFO circuit
  • Sweep circuit
  • Noise circuit

You can plug in your CV or keyboard directly from your MIDI-2-CV converter and you are ready to go!  You can also use it stand alone as a monophonic synth if you choose to do so.  

DS-M Features:

  • Width: 8hp
  • Depth: 1.75″ (44mm)
  • Power connection: 10 Pin Keyed Eurorack
  • Current Draw: +12V: 20mA, -12V: 10mA (5V not used)

Hint:  The magic really happens when you connect 2x DS-M’s together…. 

To purchase the fully assembled DS-M, click here: http://store.synthrotek.com/DS-M_Analog_Drum_Synth_Module?Affid=15

If you would like to purchase the full DIY kit of the DS-M, click here: http://store.synthrotek.com/DS-M_Analog_Drum_Synth_Module_DIY_Kit?Affid=15

If you just want to purchase the DS-M panel and PCB combo, check out this link: http://store.synthrotek.com/DS-M_Analog_Drum_Synth_Module_PCB_and_Panel_Combo?Affid=15

Video Details:

Music: Deep_Purple

Artist: maKo

Album: oRigiNs

Released: 2001

Remastered: 2018

Genre: Dance/electronic

Producer: maKo


Modular Building Weekend: Synthrotek DS-M

Synthrotek DS-MWe take on the Synthrotek DS-M for this months modular build.  

Where: fiN Studios – Sacramento CA

When: 5/26/18 – 5/28/18

 

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Time Lapse Build: Radio Music Module

We take on the Radio Music Module by Music Thing Modular in this latest build.  While this little module seems like a quick and easy module, there are some tidbits you definitely want to pay attention to when building it.  Its multi-PCB and aluminum panel contain cause some headaches to some due to the snug panel fit and close soldering points.  

The Radio Music Module houses a Teensy module which allows you to program and flash the firmware on the module itself.  This can be useful if you would like to swap out firmware and give the module a facelift with the Chord Organ firmware if so desired. 

Please Note:  You will need to purchase a MicroSD card and a Micro-B cable to setup this module.  I would suggest buy genuine SanDisk or Kingston brand MicroSD cards (32GB maximum) on Amazon or elsewhere.  32GB cards will give you approx. 108 hours of lossless audio in 16bit 44.1khz. The total file limit per card is 1200 files. 

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You can check out the build documents and documentation here – https://github.com/TomWhitwell/RadioMusic/wiki

GUIDE: Preparing the Teensy – https://github.com/TomWhitwell/RadioMusic/wiki/Preparing-the-Teensy

Download the latest software here – http://polyfather.com/radio_music/

Full project details and documentation here – http://github.com/TomWhitwell/RadioMusic/

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