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Synthrotek VCA – DIY Build

Synthrotek Crossfader (CF) and 2hp Buff Mult - DIY Builds

We all know that you can’t have enough VCA’s in a modular system. The gang over at Synthrotek recently released a new VCA module in their slider series and we had to pick one up. This kit is different from most of the other Synthrotek kits we have assembled in the past, in that it is an SMD kit. With that being said, this module and/or build is not for the novice builder. 

You will want to have a few hours of practice on SMD before jumping into this one. 

The slider series by Synthrotek looks great and along side the other slider modules, the VCA fits right in. As with most SMD builds, we generally use a digital microscope, but on this build we did not. We not only used our normal 60/40 solder but we also used solder paste on some of the build. Let’s get on with the build shall we?


Synthrotek Crossfader (CF) and 2hp Buff Mult – DIY Builds

Synthrotek Crossfader (CF) and 2hp Buff Mult - DIY Builds

In December 2021, we highlighted a few smaller modules produced by Synthrotek. These modules included the Power Pak, Adapt 1/4 and a Stereo Buffered Mult. The new Crossfader Module (CF) and the new Buffered Mult from Synthrotek are two new modules that join their line of utility modules and we had the opportunity to put them on the build table. 

Just like the previous utility modules, the Crossfader module is a quick and easy build. There are very few hole-through components to complete the module. The Buffered Mult on the other hand, has SMD components and requires finesse when assembling. A novice builder would want to steer away from the SMD soldering until they have had some practice. 

One thing remains true about both of these modules though. Being that both of these modules have a very small footprint in your rack, it is a no-brainer on why they both are“must haves”. Let’s get on with the builds. 

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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.


Synthrotek Power Pak, Adapt and S. Mult – DIY Builds

Synthrotek Power Pak, Adapt 1/4 and Stereo Buffered Mult - DIY Builds

In the vast world of modular synthesis, one has to have many tools at their disposal to get the sounds they desire. Synthrotek has recently released a set of modular tools (modules) that have small footprint in ones case, but provide a big impact to some common simple issues. 

We picked up the Stereo Buffered Mult, the Power Pak as well as the Adapt 1/4 (Quarter); an adapter module that allows you to mix and match cable types/sizes. If you would like to jump to a particular build, use the quick links to the right.

For the most part, these builds are quick and any novice builder could tackle these as their first DIY projects. The panels are the standard black with a green PCB and of course the gang over at Synthrotek provide a printed BOM with each kit. Relatively inexpensive, you can purchase them below or directly from Synthrotek. 

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