November 15, 2005

SoundLab MiniSynth in the queue...

by Chris Randall

I know I threatened to build an MFOS Sound Lab Mini Synth several months ago, but time has not been permitting. Between FIA World Rally, Battlestar Galactica, and Rome, I've been far too busy watching TV to be bothered with building things. But now that sweeps week is upon us, I'll have at least a couple months of repeats, and it's time to address my backlog of PCBs, and the fact that none of them have shit stuck to them.

So, first up is the MiniSynth. The hardest part of this project, like all projects, is ordering the fucking capacitors. Someone at Tiny Shit, Inc. needs to get their business in order and make some sense of capacitors. Not only are there like 25 different kinds, but they're mutually incompatible, and the numbering system is just about the stupidest thing I've ever come across. You'd think it would occur to someone that it's just as easy to write .001 mf as it is to write 1000 pf. Get that shit straight, people!

In any case, that stressful bullshit is done with, and now it's just to wait for the box, and building will commence. It probably took me longer to enter all the caps in to the Mouser order than it will to stuff the damned thing, truth be told. I wasn't too thrilled with the panel designs on the MFOS site so I took the liberty of making my own panel, which is pictured above. I figured since the numbers on the knobs were almost completely (but not entirely) arbitrary, there was no real point in having them. So I lost those, came up with a snazzy little hash for the knobs, and moved the VCF stuff down to the bottom. I figure those are the knobs that get grabbed most often, so they shouldn't be in the middle of a bunch of stuff you might not want to bump.

Anyways, I should have this done by this weekend, FedEx Gods permitting. Photos as progress is made.




Nov.15.2005 @ 1:58 AM
me wantz it!



Nov.15.2005 @ 7:08 AM
looking good. you're not thinking about making it patched-out? i've been thinking about building this but the routing is a bit awkward the way it is by default... maybe at least a modmatrix?
and all your I/O will be on the back?

Nov.15.2005 @ 10:08 AM
Chris Randall
I thought I'd build one as-is first. If I was going to put that much effort in to something like this, I'd just make a bunch of proper new modules for my modular and be done with it.

I thought it'd be nice to have a little synth that could do drones and such without any nonsense. I agree that the routing is odd. I was going to change some things there, but then I thought "fuck it. I'll just make it like it is first." I have enough of most of the parts to make two. The only thing I needed to order was the caps and the pots.



Nov.15.2005 @ 12:35 PM
i actually agree with you... it's a little stand-alone monosynth and that's that. i'm looking forward to see what you make - i'll probably order the pcb too. since i can't expect the x0xb0x before january...
would you mind if i borrowed your design?

Nov.15.2005 @ 12:47 PM
Chris Randall
Not at all. I'll put up a full-sized PNG once I get the parts and finalize the layout. I'll leave the name blank so you can put your own "logo" in there.





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