Working on Space Explorers really got me in the synth mindset. I plan on/am working on designing a standalone tabletop synth a la the Space Explorer, but my intense search into synth parts yielded something I would not have expected.
That's right folks, a modular synthesizer. I had shied away from the vast world of modular mainly due to cost and how addicting I knew it would become, but building my own modules allowed me to develop things I wanted within my budget and on my own time. You can see in my case that I've got a few oscillators, some LFOs, and some different logic gates, as well as a few mixers, a sequencer, and some delay/reverb. My current pride and joy is the set of drum modules that I've made, since I'm a particularly big techno fan and look forward to breaking out a few tracks along those lines.
The case is full, but I'm already noticing what's getting use, and what will be replaced, and already have a few modules ready to take some space over.
Here's a jam I did when the case wasn't as full. One of the synth voices is coming from my volca keys.
Stay tuned for more info on synth happenings. I'll probably be posting a few more demos in the coming days. I haven't forgot about pedals! More on that front soon also.
I'm now building custom space explorers, available over in the etsy shop! You can either work with me on a design, or allow me to go nuts on the artwork for you. This one was sent to Allan in Wyoming. If you haven't already, check out my previous post on these guys: http://www.sonusfluxa.com/news/heterodyne-space-explorer .
Synth # 2, its a brilliant design from Beavis Audio (the site is currently down but check out the version saved by the wayback machine), a DIY hero, and a great inspiration upon my introduction to the world of electronics.
This synth uses 4 oscillators off of a CMOS chip, running a different ranges to produce different sounds. Each oscillator has a frequency knob, as well as a mix knob, and a switch to go between resistor mixing and diode mixing. To the left of the LED, we have (from bottom to top) a filter to further shape the sound, the power switch, and a voltage starve knob, to glitch up the oscillations real nice. All of this means a ton of options and variety in the sounds coming from this alien. The demo below is the synth by itself, but it sounds great with reverb and delay added.
Beavis also added to this circuit, producing the Heterodyne Peyote Space Explorer. I've built this as well, but am still troubleshooting it. I'll be sure to add a video of that once it's all set. In the meantime, enjoy.
Here's my build of the Devil's Triangle Drone Synth, designed by paulinthelab. Check out his site, he's got a ton of great circuits he's designed and posted for the general public to build, both audio related and otherwise.
This is a relatively simple drone box, with control over the frequencies of the oscillators, and a kill switch for each one. You can get harmonious sounds out of it, but I think it really excels when you have dissonance between the oscillators, or a bit of phasing. This is great as a base to layer further synth sounds over.