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Build your own Analog Synthesizer

Updated on October 7, 2013

Web Sites on building an analog synthesizer

Interested in building your own analog synthesizer?  Here is a collection of information on the web.  These sites range from basic electronics to schematics to advanced synth modules.  Don't see what you need on one site, just go on to the next.  Have fun!

I am very interested in knowing if this sight provided you with the information you were looking for.  If you don't find what you need, please email me and tell me what is missing (click the email icon near the top of the page).  Thanks!

DIY Effect Projects

These sites offer do it yourself analog effects. These can be part of a larger synthesis set up, or used as stand alone effects for other instruments.

Getting Started In Electronics

Getting Started in Electronics
Getting Started in Electronics

If you have little or NO ELECTRONICS EXPERIENCE or if this electronics talk seems a bit over your head, THIS is definately where you should start.. This is probably the easiest, clearest introduction to electronics available. If you know nothing about electronics, you can easily read this book and have a very solid foundation on all the basics of electronics. I can't emphasize this enough, if you want to start understanding electronics, components, and circuits, there is not an easier way to do it than by reading this book!

 
Make: Electronics (Learning by Discovery)
Make: Electronics (Learning by Discovery)

This is another great book if you are an absolute beginner with electronics. This book starts very basic concepts and builds on them. It covers much of the same material as the above book (Getting Started With Electronics). This book, however, takes a more experimenter/project based approach. There are many projects to build that demonstrate the ideas presented. One other difference between "Make: Electronics" and "Getting Started In Electronics" is that "Getting Started In Electronics" has a more informal feel. "Make Electronics" feels a little more like a text book. Either way, both are great - it is just a matter of preference.

 
Make: Analog Synthesizers: Make Electronic Sounds the Synth-DIY Way
Make: Analog Synthesizers: Make Electronic Sounds the Synth-DIY Way

I have not seen this book, however, this looks like an excellent introduction to making analog synth modules. The Make:... series of books is generally very good. From a look through the contents, this book seems to get right into the construction of synth modules. The two books I listed previously, are GREAT for learning basic electronic theory and concepts, but this book looks very good when you want to get started specifically building an analog synthesizer.

 

Other Sound and Electronics Web Sites

These sites are not necessarily about synthesis, however, they contain interesting projects involving electronics and sound.

Smaller Projects and Pedals

These are links to some diy electronic music/sound projects that are not necessarily synthesizers but still provide interesting sound generating and processing possibilities. Many of these can be built in small stomp box enclosures.

Not Necessarily Analog Synthesis

The following synthesis are not necessarily analog, but are still interesting and useful in an analog synthesizer.

Miscellaneous Synthesis Projects and Kits

This list is for projects and sites that don't fit anywhere else, but are still valuable in building your own synthesizer.

Spring Reverb circuits

There are so many sites with spring reverb circuits I decided to devote a section to them.

Electronic Component Suppliers

Need to know where to purchase these electronic components? Here are a few places to start.

Learning About Analog Synthesizer Design and Construction

The following sites provide information about the design and construction of Analog Synthesizers.

Learning About Modular Analog Synthesis

These sites contain links to general information about Analog Synthesis.

Learning About Electronics

If you just need an introduction to electronics, here are some links that can help.

Learning about Analog Synthesis

These videos give a basic introduction to analog synthesis. The first video covers basic patching of a modular analog synthesizer. The second two videos describe using analog synthesis with a prepatched keyboard synth to creating sounds that emulate traditional instruments and effects.

Web Sites by People Who Build Their Own Synths

Although these sites do not necessarily show you how to build a synth, they all are by people who have built their own very interesting synths. It is always interesting to see what some other people have done.

Diego Stocco's LCO Light Controlled Oscillator

Sound designer Diego Stocco has built this very cool optically controlled theremin

Other videos from DIY Synth Makers

These are videos I can't embed - the link will take you to the video site.

Electronic Music Project Information from Amazon

Electronic Projects for Musicians
Electronic Projects for Musicians

Not exactly synth building, but a lot of cool and interesting sound projects.

 
Moog
Moog

A great documentary on DVD about the best known of the early synthesizer pioneers.

 
Theremin - An Electronic Odyssey (1993)
Theremin - An Electronic Odyssey (1993)

A documentary about the life of the man who invented the Electronic Synth named after him Leon Theremin

 
Getting Started in Electronics
Getting Started in Electronics

If all of this electronics seems a bit over your head, you should start here. This is probably the easiest, clearest introduction to electronics available. If you know nothing about electronics, you can easily read this book and have a very solid foundation on all the basics of electronics. I cna't emphasize this enough, if you want to start understanding electronics, components, and circuits, there is not an easier way to do it than by reading this book!

 

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    • mij fan profile image

      mij fan 7 years ago

      Wow, this lens is like looking at the "Synth DIY" section of my firefox bookmarks!

      You even mentioned one or two sites I hadn't heard of.

      Maybe I should do a lens on my own DIY modular sometime...

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      sterlingsieraden 7 years ago

      Crazy lense, some nice tips here and there but I don't think I am able to build a synth myself :\

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      Paul 7 years ago from Montreal

      Great lens, I love old analog synths and am looking into getting a modular.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      thank you so much for the great idea, research and sharing! let's make this world a better place by doing positive actions and vibration!! synths forever!

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      PhilRogers 6 years ago

      An excellent lens. A very comprehensive list of links to analogue synth sites. I spent far too long looking through them!

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      southpaw23 6 years ago

      Wow... I would never have even thought to do a project like this. Thank you for putting this info out there! Great for music geeks like me. :D

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      jfosco 6 years ago

      @southpaw23: Glad you liked it and find it helpful. I'll keep adding to it as I find more resources.

      Best,

      Joseph

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      jfosco 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the information, I'll be adding the link soon.

      Best,

      Joseph

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      cbessa 6 years ago

      Great info! I love synth sounds. Do you know a band named Add N to (X). They did a great Indie Rock + Experimental like sound. Probably they used to make they own synths besides they classic moogs.

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      jfosco 6 years ago

      @cbessa: I agree with you on synth sounds, especially analogue synths. I haven't heard of the band, but I will be looking them up. Thanks very much for commenting

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      mikerbowman 6 years ago

      I had a friend who did this... turned out great!

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      jfosco 6 years ago

      @mikerbowman: I'll bet he had a blast and learned a lot in the process. Thanks for encouraging words.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The link for CAG sends you to the website,but the website is still under construction.... :)

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      jfosco 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the info. I updated the entry. Let me know if you notice when the site comes back online. I hope they keep the great info they had on it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is one great lens, I bookmarked it too.

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      jfosco 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm glad you liked it and hope to see a synth you make soon.

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      mannasugar 6 years ago

      Very high-tech stuff...

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      jfosco 6 years ago

      @mannasugar: Thanks for the comment and hope you find it helpful

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      wondersmoke lm 6 years ago

      wow i am going to build one soon!

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      jfosco 6 years ago

      @wondersmoke lm: Be sure to let me know what you build.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      very nice collection of sites!

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      jfosco 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by.

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      emyakindu 6 years ago

      I liked it! A++

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      jfosco 6 years ago

      @emyakindu: Thanks, let me know when you build your own synth!

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      FionaCat 6 years ago

      Wow, great lens! Can't wait to build my own!

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      jfosco 6 years ago

      @FionaCat: Thanks for stopping by. Let me know what you build - or even if I can help.

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      Milamber52 LM 6 years ago

      You shared a great list off handy sites; thanks a lot and grats with your lens!

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Cool! I play many instruments, but I'm not so sure I could make one like this. *SquidAngel Blessed* and featured on "Musical Angel"! =D

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      jfosco 6 years ago

      @Milamber52 LM: Thanks for stopping by, glad you liked it!

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      jfosco 6 years ago

      @JoyfulPamela2: If you ever decide to try, let me know. I'd be glad to assist.

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      iamhavok 6 years ago

      Tons of extremely useful information. Thanks great lens !!

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      sushilkin lm 6 years ago

      Nice Lens. Thanks for sharing on Squidoo!!!

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      jfosco 6 years ago

      @iamhavok: Glad you liked it!

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      jfosco 6 years ago

      @sushilkin lm: You are very welcome - It is great to have a place like this to share!

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      dogme84 5 years ago

      Beautiful ,thanks!

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      dogme84 5 years ago

      Amazing , Thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      sooo cool! this lens is awesome.

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      jfosco 5 years ago

      @dogme84: Glad you liked this. Hope it was helpful.

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      julietarot lm 5 years ago

      I didn't know a theramin world existed! This lens takes me back to when my brother dismantled my childhood desk and used it with motherboards and lots of soldering to make it into a guitar pedal with several sounds. Thankgod he never got his hands on all this info!

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      jfosco 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Glad you liked it.

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      jfosco 5 years ago

      @julietarot lm: Quite an active theremin world out there -as a matter of fact! Glad this brought back nice memories. Sounds like you have a very cool brother.

      Best wishes.

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      mellex lm 5 years ago from Australia

      Great lens - So much information!! An excellent read :)

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      jfosco 5 years ago

      @mellex lm: Thanks. Hope you found something you can use.

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      adamfrench 5 years ago

      Thumbs up, great lens

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      jfosco 5 years ago

      @adamfrench: Glad you liked it! Let me know of anything you have built or build in the future.

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      fiercerulingdiva 5 years ago

      This lens gave me some ideas..thanks !!

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      nigel7725 5 years ago

      Very informative lens. Donât know if I can master those things though.

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      DanielTiley 5 years ago

      Absolutely awesome lens!

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      jfosco 5 years ago

      @fiercerulingdiva: Glad it helped. Let us know what you make.

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      jfosco 5 years ago

      @nigel7725: I think it looks a lot more complex than it is. Give it a try.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You sure have a lot to show.

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      jfosco 5 years ago

      @DanielTiley: I am very happy you liked it. Please let me know if you build anything, or if there is any other information you would need.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      This sounds like an ambitious project. I saw a video on Youtube where some guys used kitchen bowls and dishes as analog synthesizers.

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      jfosco 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for checking it out. Hope you found something to use.

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      jfosco 4 years ago

      @jimmyworldstar: It is amazing, some people make synths out of anything. This guy built his synth in tupperware containers http://www5b.biglobe.ne.jp/~houshu/synth/MOSular01...

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