Ever considered building yourself a Eurorack modular synthesizer? Those racks of modules, all flashing lights and sonic potential, do look alluring but Eurorack can be alarmingly expensive.
Modular DIY is a healthy industry and many module manufacturers release PCB’s, front panels and complete kits for people to build themselves. Building your own modules from kits is one way of bringing the price down and it can become a fascinating process all by itself. But it can also be quite daunting. Where do you start? How do you go about putting a case and power supply together? How can a novice expect to tackle a serious electronics project?
I’ve recently begun a new series of videos focusing on Modular DIY for the enthusiastic novice on my Molten Music Technology YouTube channel. Starting from the basic question of asking why anyone would want to do this in the first place, they take you through those first steps of getting together the tools and planning out your first rack.
Over time, I’ll be producing videos of every module I build. They include full commentary, and I’ve tried to include the joy of discovery and the success or failure at the end of the build. I’ve done my utmost to create a useful resource to any would-be Eurorack DIY-er, so please let me know what you think in the comments section below.
Currently, there are two videos online:
- Modular DIY 01 – Introduces the concepts, what the plan is, what sort of tools you need and where we go from here.
- Modular DIY 02 – Deals with the power supply and constructing your first case ready for your first module.
So, grab your soldering iron and step into the world of modular DIY.
- MMT Molten Modular webpage.