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Erica Synths Dual VCA II – DIY Build

Erica Synths Dual VCA II - DIY Build

Completed Rear - Dual VCA II

On with the build....

Fresh off the build table comes Erica Synths Dual VCA II. The module itself is apart of the open source DIY kits that are available via the Erica Synths Github.

Our friends over at Synthrotek have painstakingly taken it upon themselves to part out these kits and package them up to make them accessible by all DIY enthusiasts. VCA’s or voltage controlled amplifiers are modules that every rack contains.

This module is a Polivoks-inspired VCA that is 35mm deep, skiff friendly, has solid mechanical construction and doesn’t require wiring.  Who could pass this one up? We couldn’t! 

In the end, the Erica Synths Dual VCA II is like all other kits in that the BOM is comprised of the basics … resistors, diodes, capacitors, pots and jacks. There might be a few other surprise components in there, but all in all, these are what make up the kit.

Start by laying out all of the components and the x3 boards. This kit contains a control board and a logic board so you will be going back and forth between the two boards when placing components. Resistors, diodes and ferrite beads are first up.

Diodes have polarity so prior to tacking these down, you have to make sure they are placed in the correct orientation. We used top down soldering to make quick work of these. 


Erica Synths Output – DIY Build

Erica Synths Output - DIY Build

As the world of modular continues to grow, there is one module that is a must for any rack or system…. the output module. How else are you going to get your amazing performance to your speakers or interface to record? 

Erica Synths have been around a long time and their eurorack kits give DIY enthusiasts a chance to build their amazing modules. Their open source modules were previously discontinued and hard to come by until recently.

Packed and distributed by Synthrotek  the entire DIY line of modules is now available for you to take on! The Erica Synths Output module is a quick and easy build and is an essential module for any system. 

Before we jump right in...

Erica Synths Output - Completed Front

Since you are dealing with two PCBs on this build, we highly recommend reading the assembly guide when you are putting this module together. Things can get tricky because there are multiple things going on here.


Waveform Magazine Mewsic Box (Project 6) – DIY Build

Waveform Magazine Mewsic Box (Project 6) - DIY Build

As one dives into the modular world, you will find yourself examining or re-examining your setup almost on a daily basis. The case is one of the most important, if not THE MOST IMPORTANT piece to a modular artist. Waveform Magazine did us all a favor by putting together their new Mewsic Box. A 60HP DIY eurorack modular case that not only has style, but also functionality in more than one way. Like any project that Waveform Magazine makes, the Mewsic Box is a unique case; its functionality is more than meets the eye. 

The Waveform Magazine Mewsic Box is an all in one project and it has “optional” add-on’s that can really make this little case stand out.

For instance, how many times have you seen a case with a small plant holder built into a cable hanger? We hadn’t either and just thought this is was too badass not to check out. Another cool option is the ability to house an internal speaker so that you may use the case on the fly.

 If you purchased the Meow Mixer (see this build), you can mount it inside the case so that you don’t take up any extra precious top case space.


Waveform Magazine Meow Mixer (Project 6) – DIY Build

Waveform Magazine Meow Mixer - DIY Build

Completed Meow Mixer - Front

Every quarter we receive a new issue of our favorite magazine… Waveform. In this issue (Summer 2021 – Issue 6), a small 2HP module called the “Meow Mixer” was featured alongside a new modular case kit (aka. The Mewsic Box) as the featured project. The Meow Mixer is a 3-channel powered Eurorack module that has 3 inputs with attenuation, and 1 summed main output with an output volume control.

As with every DIY project that Waveform Magazine releases, the Meow Mixer was unique in that it could be used in conjunction with other DIY projects that Waveform released. This sounds confusing we know … but stick with us on this build and we will explain everything in detail. So, without further ado, let’s jump right into the build of the Waveform Magazine Meow Mixer!