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Waveform Magazine The Sound of Mewsic (Project 7) – DIY Build

Waveform Magazine Mewsic Box (Project 6) - DIY Build

Sound of Mewsic - Kit

Have you ever found yourself wanting to hear a quick sample of a new module or have your speaker for your “on-the-go” case? Well, the Sound of Mewsic module from Waveform Magazine is exactly what you need. 

(You are probably asking yourself … What is it?) 

It is a small and versatile 10hp speaker module that is a quick and easy build even for the novice builders. For our latest build, we take on Waveform Magazines DIY Project 7… the Sound of Mewsic!

Consisting of a panel, speaker, a pot, a single jack, a tiny PCB and a few other components, the Sound of Mewsic took about 20-30min to complete. 

Let's get on with the build already.... the PCB

Start by placing the power header on the backside of the PCB and tacking it down, making sure you line the notch up with the silkscreen.  Next, place the potentiometer and the audio jack on the topside of the PCB and carefully flip the board over to solder everything into place. Attach the completed PCB to the panel by the jack nut.


Music Thing Modular Mini Drive – DIY Build

Music Thing Modular Mini Drive - DIY Build

Music Thing Modular (or MTM as we shall call it), is a range of eurorack modules designed in Herne Hill, London by Tom Whitwell. The MTM Mini Drive is the latest module of Tom’s and it is beginning to make some waves in the modular community. Like all of Tom’s other modules, the Mini Drive is open source module that is a Drive/Distortion module inspired by the classic Minimoog input gain.

Needless to say, this thing packs a lot of punch in a tiny 4HP size. As Tom puts it “Using this module is a great way to make a polite sound source into something less polite, but always experiment with the levels!”. After seeing the debut of the module, we knew we had to pick one up and get it on the build table. 

Onward....

We ordered our kit from THONK in the UK. As many DIYers know, this is THE place to find all of the MTM kits. The Mini Drive is the first of the MTM series that only comes in a black panel and it has a bulb to show signal intensity. These two things really set the Mini Drive apart from its brethren modules.

Another thing to be aware of is that the Mini Drive kit comes with all surface mount parts come pre-soldered, making this a perfect kit for beginners. 


Evaton Technologies AModulator – DIY Build

Evaton Technologies AModulator - DIY Build

The Evaton Technologies AModulator SDIY kit is a companion module to the RF Nomad voltage-controlled shortwave receiver. What does that mean though?

In crude form the AModulator is a RF amplitude modulator that produces a micro-power radio-frequency signal which the RF Nomad can decode. 

Still not making sense? It’s ok, it didn’t make sense to us until we dove a little more into this sidecar module. 

Simply put, the AModulator allows you to encode any audio signal into an amplitude modulated RF signal, which the RF Nomad can then decode back to audio, with all the artifacts of vintage shortwave sound.

The AModulator SDIY kit consists of two printed circuit boards and thru hole components required to complete the kit. One circuit board contains the actual electronics of the module, and the other circuit board serves as both the faceplate of the module, as well as a touch-plate antenna. 


Neutral Labs NERMAL – DIY Build

Neutral Labs NERMAL - DIY Build

In the world of modular synthesis, there are many companies that offer distortion modules, but few of them really stand out. The Neutral Labs NERMAL is a destructive 3 layer distortion module that is able to modulate frequencies in the audio range to produce some rather unexpected harmonics. 

Known primarily for the desktop synth ELMYRA, the NERMAL is Neutral Labs first stab at eurorack and from what we can tell, it won’t be their last. We were anxious to get our hands on this build and learn all about its unique abilities. 

The Kit and where to get it (in the U.S.)

After seeing a few demos of the NERMAL, we knew we had to track one down. We ordered up from our friends over at Synthcube and within a few days it arrived safe and sound. Upon cracking the box open we were shocked to see the care in separating the components into “sections” or smaller packaging.

Neutral Labs really made it easy to keep the parts from getting all mixed up. They even state on their build document that one needs to go through one bag of parts at a time so that you won’t lose parts or have to double check resistor values. This was pretty rad that they were thinking of the builder.