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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!


Synthrotek VCO – DIY Build

Synthrotek VCO - DIY Build

As you get more and more involved in the modular world, you will hear the statement “you can never have enough VCO’s” We have found that this statement is very true and it was time to add another to our rack… the Synthrotek VCO from their slider series of eurorack modules. VCO’s or otherwise known as Voltage Controlled Oscillators are a must have for any modular artist as they are often used for drones or other audio sources.

Compact and backed by the Curtis CEM3340 reissue chip, the Synthrotek VCO is an analog voltage controlled oscillator with a wide frequency range and 8 trackable octaves. Let’s get onto the build…

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One thing you will notice with the Synthrotek VCO kit is that it is a partial kit and not a full on DIY kit. A “partial” kit usually means that most of the tiny stuff has been already soldered and you only have to solder the bigger hole-through components; this kit is just that.

Please note …. this doesn’t mean that the kit is for beginners though!


Reverse Landfill Veratrum – DIY Build

Reverse Landfill Veratrum - DIY Build

Reverse Landfill’s modules never cease to amaze us and lo and behold they have done it again with the Veratrum; a noise and texture voice with brutal chaos. What is it you ask?

The Veratrum was a intership project between Reverse Landfill‘s own Martijn Verhallen and Freek / FRUKU. It took over 4 months to develop and in the end the Veratrum Noise Module was born. 

Veratrum contains 5 oscillators that go through a “pseudo” ring modulator and this in turn creates chaotic drones and swarming sounds. It has 2 audio outputs (square swarm & filtered) and one LFO output which when used at really low frequencies, blips and clicks seemingly are on the attack. 

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Completed Front - Veratrum

The Reverse Landfill Veratrum eurorack module also features two touch pads that control the volume and pitch of two oscillators. Its unique look and cryptic control surface mirror that of its brethren modules produced by Reverse Landfill. Now let’s get on with the build shall we?

Links and more links…

Below are a series of links that have been provided by Reverse Landfill to help assist with the use, building and buying of the Veratrum.

Of course, we are here for you as well if you have any questions while building the module. Just hit us up on our Contact Page.


Erica Synths Modulator II – DIY Build

Erica Synths Modulator II - DIY Build

Completed Front - Modulator

Following our last build of the Erica Synths Mixer II module, we decided to go back to back by taking on the Erica Synths Modulator II. This DIY module is essentially an LFO with simultaneous triangle and square wave outputs. It is a clockable S&H module with external CV input and noise source. It is also one of the new kits currently being offered by the gang over at Synthrotek.

Apart of the DIY series from Erica Synths, the Modulator II is unique in that it not only has one noise source, but two. Noise sources come in the form of “backpack” PCBs that one can swap for different tones of noise. You have the choice of transistor-based or Zener diode-based noise generator for massive, full spectrum white noise.

As you start this build, it can easily feel overwhelming upon cracking open the kit being that there are multiple PCBs and a bunch of components. Synthrotek did a great job on this kit by providing a clear BOM which we have scanned and linked below. They also separated all of the components for each backpack PCB so that the parts could be located quickly and partnered with the correct board.

IMPORTANT: Before we jump into the build, take note that this is not a build for novice builders. This is due to the very tight soldering pads, poor layout of the silkscreen and one’s ability to read a BOM. You do not want to go into this build not knowing how to read or build from a BOM, being that there is little to no step by step assembly instructions.

The Erica Synths assembly guide is really generalized compared to most DIY build guides we have seen from other companies (but hey, thats why we are writing this up and recording our videos).


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