patched up
patched up

So I haven’t been great at keeping up to date with what I’ve been up to. To be honest I’ve been having to much fun playing with my synth to stop and write about it.

I’ve got quite a few more modules finished now – so many in fact they no longer all fit in my makeshift case. The prospect of building a proper case is looming large on the horizon. Perhaps I ought to build two, at the rate I’m building it won’t take me long to fill them!

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A big pile of boards and components ready for assembly.

I’ve failed massively at keeping the blog up to date since moving so I think an extensive update is in order. For this post I’m just going to concentrate on synth building as that’s what’s been occupying a lot of my time.

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drum on a breadboard

drum on a breadboard
A drum on a breadboard

So, I’m currently enjoying a few days off work and have got some time to play.

This was originally meant to be a short post to update all that’s been happening here in the lab. As it turns out that’s quite a lot so apologies for the slightly epic length of the post. You may want to get a drink and a few snacks before you go any further.

What have I been up to you may wonder?

Well on Sunday like any other attic dwelling mad inventor I’ve come up with a drum circuit. Initially I started by putting another circuit I’d found together on a breadboard and promptly blew up the chip it was based around. Sadly there was no explosions or even a puff of smoke. It just ceased to do anything at all.Read more »

dronesynth with TRG-1

The wiring is done on the voice board and I’ve fired her up to see how she sounds. As the modulation board isn’t installed yet I’ve hooked the TRG-1 up as a modulation source to test how everything works.

dronesynth with TRG-1
dronesynth with TRG-1

There’s a few issues to iron out, the output of the oscillators needs the level increasing and the control voltage sources will need a bit of fine tuning but it all works.
Have spent most of the day playing with it and I’m very happy with what I can do with it. By it’s very nature learning to play the thing will be a series of happy accidents. You just keep tweaking the controls till it sounds nice.
I’ve made a couple of recording of my play. All synth sounds are the dronesynth and all recordings are live.
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