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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lego robot!

studio robot
lego robot!

Well, a lot has happened since my last post. With very little warning I discovered I had two weeks to find a new place to live and move. Luckily it’s all worked out well but it’s been pretty full on. I’m never overly keen on moving as it involves moving my records and equipment. It’s times like this you wish you had lighter interests. 🙂

So what have I been up to?

The studio is pretty much back together although I have less space here so I’m still moving bits around to get it as compact and workable as possible.

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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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voice board wiring
spaghetti 1 - voice board wiring

Just a quick update with some pictures to show how my drone synth is coming along. The design is now finished and two of the three boards are built.

The panel layout is sorted and I’m currently putting it together on a plastic panel to see how it works out. I have a metal panel but will see how the thing performs before going wild with a drill as there’s over 100 holes.

I’m currently thinking I may try a version with different oscillators but am doing my best not to get distracted and finish this first.

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