This 5-day intensive course is designed to be friendly to those who are just getting started in electronics and have a curiosity in making their own electronic musical instruments. Students will review the basics of electricity, identify components, learn how to read and write schematics, design and build their own custom modular synthesizers from the 4000 series of CMOS logic integrated circuits.
DIY Synth Building Intensive
Monday through Friday, Feb 7 – 11
11am to 5pm
This 5-day (6 hours each day) intensive course assumes a modest level of electronics knowledge. It is designed to be friendly to those who are just getting started in electronics and have a curiosity in making their own electronic musical instruments. Over the course of the module, students will review the basics of electricity, identify components, learn how to read and write schematics, design and build their own custom digital modular synthesizers from the 4000 series of CMOS logic integrated circuits.
The 5-part course features modules with hands-on activities that will immediately apply concepts to practical projects. Each successive activity will grow in complexity and become increasingly open-ended and self-guided. Students will be given simple example circuits and encouraged to develop their own modifications or extensions based on the concepts and information learned in the related lesson.
With the completion of the intensive, students will have a solid foundation of knowledge in basic electronics concepts, and the ability to create their own electronic musical instruments from scratch using a hand-full of components. The types of applications we will focus on as examples will include: simple oscillators, drone synthesizers, simple gating, 2 methods of sequencing, frequency division, and a 1-bit synthesizer that incorporates several of the concepts covered through the modules.
Module 1 – Electronics Basics (Build a simple LED circuit)
Module 2 – Introduction to 4000 Logic ICs and Oscillators (Build a simple RC
Module 3 – Mixing Signals with Logic ICs (Build and mix together multiple
Module 4 – Switching and Sequencing with Logic ICs (Switch between multiple
Module 5 – Counters (Build a Sequencer)
Module 6 – Survey of other Logic ICs (Design Final Project + Begin Building
Module 7 – Designing Interfaces (Finish Building Circuits + Design Interface)