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Beginners guide to electronics?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 3:04 am    Post subject:  Beginners guide to electronics?
Subject description: I want to build my own synth/tone generator...
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Hi,

I am interested in building my own electronic instruments and have no idea as to what I should do. I will need to learn some basic electronics and find good sites/books that can help me with this process.

I have thought about using guitar pick-ups, contact mics and VCO's as a starting point but have no idea how to make this really work. I would also like to tear old electronic equipment of mine into pieces and salvage connectors, circuit boards and dials etc.

Can anyone offer any guidance on this subject? Does anyone know of a quality resource on this area of electronics?

Any assistance is greatly appreciated:)

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

welcome We are glad to have you here but please don't cross posts. A moderator will move any misplaced post to the appropriate forum.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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Hi,

I am interested in building my own electronic instruments and have no idea as to what I should do. I will need to learn some basic electronics and find good sites/books that can help me with this process.


coming here was a good start.. check out your local library, used book stores, and, of course, the forums
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

'Electronic Projects for Musicians' by Craig Anderton... is a book that should help you build some basic projects.

http://paia.com/PAIA/ is a place where you can order the book's projects in kit form.

Good luck!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Alexander wrote:
'Electronic Projects for Musicians' by Craig Anderton... is a book that should help you build some basic projects.

http://paia.com/PAIA/ is a place where you can order the book's projects in kit form.

Good luck!


Agreed! This is an excellent book that gives a lot of great projects and explains a lot about them. Couple that with the kits from Paia and you're on to a winner -- get the book get the book!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 4:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Why not build a Sound Lab Wink or two Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Or a WSG,
by the time you get one of those happening, you'll have the start of a decent toolkit, and enough component recognition to give you extra confidence to take on something bigger.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Uncle Krunkus wrote:
Or a WSG,
by the time you get one of those happening, you'll have the start of a decent toolkit, and enough component recognition to give you extra confidence to take on something bigger.


I agree. My WSG was the first thing I ever built, and the first time I ever used a soldering iron. A real confidence booster and learning experience!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 2:48 pm    Post subject: great stuff :) Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks for all the posts and apologies for posting in the wrong place Embarassed

Whats a WSG?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Sorry Moom,
The WSG is the Whacky Sound Generator which Ray Wilson came up with: -
http://www.musicfromouterspace.com/analogsynth/YOUR_FIRST_SYNTH/YOUR_FIRST_SYNTH.html
It's not very musical (debatable) but it's lots of fun, and a good way for a complete beginner to get started with DIY synths.
You only need a soldering iron and about AUS$20 worth of other parts to get some weird sounds pounding through your stereo.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks for that.

A few people have advised that site for the learning curve aswell.

All help has been greatly appreciated.

Cheers,

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