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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.


Setonix Synth Marsupial – DIY Build

Setonix Synth Marsupial - DIY Build

Following up our last build of the Setonix Synth Boing!, we decided it was time for another back to back build of their Setonix Synth’s newest module, Marsupial. What is it you ask? 

The Marsupial is a dual VCF module that is based around the re-issued AS3350 filter IC. Due to its normalization between the control inputs and the parallel switch, the Setonix Synth Marsupial is a unique filter that can surprise any artist when patching it up. With that being said, let’s jump into the build.

Let's Get This Build Going..

Starting off with the build of this module, we will work on the backside of the PCB first. You will want to solder the 2×5-pin power header, 3-pin Series selection header, and two 25k multi-turn trimmers.

Be careful not to hold the iron on the parts for that long as you can release or damage some of the pre-soldered SMD components.

Don’t forget to place the plastic shunt over two of the three pins of the 3-pin header–”BP” will normalize Filter A’s Bandpass output to the Series switch, while “LP” will normalize Filter A’s Lowpass output to the same.


Setonix Synth Boing! – DIY Build

Setonix Synth Boing! - DIY Build

As many modular manufacturers come and go, we often are intrigued by the not so well known ones. Setonix Synth is one of these, and we have to say that they are coming onto the scene with a HUGE BOING! Located in upstate New York and started in 2021, Setonix Synth derives its name from a little cute marsupial from Western Australia. (thats pretty rad). 

We happened to be surfing ETSY one evening and came across the Setonix Synth Boing! by chance. It was a partial DIY kit and it was very reasonable priced. We ordered it up and waited for it to arrive. Upon its arrival, we knew it would be a fast build due to the SMD components being all tacked down. 

Setonix Synth Boing! - What is it?

The Setonix Synth Boing! is a discrete transistor based low pass gate with some grit. It is a light dependent circuit that uses vactrols and a JFET transistor input and output stages. The Boing also uses an active LED control circuit, thus allowing for negative feedback and some gnarly overdrive…. basically, its a kick ass 4hp module that everyone needs in their rack. 


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.