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vpme.de Zeroscope – DIY Build

vpme.de Zeroscope - DIY Build

The Zeroscope is a small 6hp two-channel Eurorack oscilloscope module made by vpme.de. We have had this kit for some time now and decided it was finally time to jump in and put this little thing together. The kit was purchased at Synthcube and it contained all of the necessary parts to assemble the module.

Since this was an SMD build for the most part, we did not record a time lapse video of it, but decided to share pics of the build instead. We also recommend that you polish up on your SMD technique if you are not familiar these types of modules. Parts are very small and require a very steady hand to finesse things correctly. 

Zeroscope Kit

Neutral Labs MEG – DIY Build

Neutral Labs MEG - DIY Build

As many of  you know, we have a thing for unusual musical equipment or modular gear. There are a few manufacturers out there that really turn our heads and open our wallets. It easily goes without a doubt that Neutral Labs is one of these manufacturers. As you may recall, Neutral Labs created the Elmyra, a small desktop synth inspired by the Lyra-8. They also created the NERMAL eurorack module which quite literally mangled anything we threw at it.

Their latest module, the MEG is a waveshaper like no other that we have in our racks. It was a definite must have kit to get as soon as it was announced. 

What is the MEG?

The MEG is a waveshaper plain and simple, but it is very unique. Unlike normal waveshapers, that fold the wave back in on itself, the MEG shifts parts of the wave up or down. This shift is also adjustable and pulse-width modulation (and more) is also inherently added. Now, this sounds really confusing and trust us… it was when we heard it too. Thankfully Neutral Labs sent over this diagram to show how this folding occurs. (see below). 


Analog Lab.Swiss Dual Sub101A – DIY Build

Analog Lab.Swiss Dual Sub101A - DIY Build

Here at fiN Studios, we are continuously looking for new and exciting modules, synths or pedals to build. Not only do we utilize them in our own racks, we enjoy helping promote other artists or instrument designers. 

One of our most recent finds is the Analog-Lab.Swiss Sub 101A Duo which is a dual sub-oscillator eurorack module. There is even have a single version of the 101A if you only wanted one. We opted for the Dual Sub101A and have to admit, we are glad we did. 

What is the Sub101A?

The Sub101A is a 6HP Eurorack Module who’s circuit adds a square wave sub-oscillator to your rack. In layman’s terms, it adds more bass or low end to the output of anything going into it. This is accomplished by tracking an oscillator signal from a VCO and then generating a square wave that is -1 or -2 octaves below that. Needless to say, it goes low!!

You can also mix between the 2 sub-octaves which can give the output a sound similar to the famous Roland SH-101 pulse.

Let’s get on with the build!!

Sub101A Kit

Neutral Labs Elmyra – DIY Build

Neutral Labs ELMYRA - DIY Build

As we bring in the new year, we took a look back to see what we were missing in our studio. We were looking for something unique, something with guts, something to kick a little more ass in the upcoming year.

The neutral labs Elmyra was our answer. This synth was going to be a new type of build for us since this synth was a standalone and not a modular one. We were up for the challenge. In case you were looking for our previous build of the NL NERMAL, it can be found here.

We picked up our white paneled Elmyra kit from our friends over at Synthcube, who also offer the black paneled version as well. It runs on USB power which gives the synth a lot of flexibility. Beginners can rejoice too, its a fairly simple build that took a little over an hour to complete. With that being said, let’s jump into the build. 

What is the Elmyra?

With our love for the SOMA Lyra-8, think of the Elmyra as a “smaller” version of it. According to the neutral labs website, the Elmyra is “a digital/analog hybrid drone synthesizer and platform for sonic exploration inspired by the widely beloved Lyra-8”. It is played in the similar fashion as the Lyra-8 as well with its 6 metal finger pads. With a 10-bit audio resolution, its oscillators gives it a gnarly gritty soundscape…. just right for our tastes. 

As with our previous neutral lab build (the NERMAL), the documentation is clear and concise. It is available via the neutral labs website, along with a user manual and schematics. Another cool thing about the way the kit is packaged is that all of the components are grouped into bags so that all of them can be identified without having to look up resistor codes. Talk about a considerate thing to do for the builder!