Build an Analog Modular Synthesizer
Intermediate Analog Audio Electronics
10AM — 1PM
from October 6
to November 17
for 7 weeks of classes
+ $50 course supply
+ Student Exhibition on November 24
east side collective
2400 E. Cesar Chavez #302
Austin, Texas 78702
An understanding of modular synthesis concepts and their underlying circuitry is important in order bring the sounds you imagine into reality.
In this 7-week class you will learn how modular synthesizers work and how to convert a schematic diagram into a working module.
Build your own analog modular synthesizer. This course is designed for musicians, sound artists, synthesists, electronicists, and anyone with an interest in learning electronics and building their own instrument. You will learn how modular synthesizers work at both the user and electronic level, and you will build several working modules in the popular Eurorack format.
This 7-week course will focus on helping each student to build several synthesizer modules. The first module will be a full synth voice of your instructor's design. Additional modules are your choice, based on the multitude of synth schematics available online. All modules are yours to keep at the end of the course.
WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR?
This course is designed for musicians, sound designers, and artists interested in a deeper knowledge of synthesis and circuitry.
The course culminates in a public exhibition of the students’ work and the opportunity to participate in a solo or collaborative performance with your new instrument. You can check out past exhibitions here.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
In-depth knowledge of how modular synthesizers work
How to convert a schematic diagram into a working module
the following materials are included and yours to keep:
Prototyping circuit boards and panels of the instructor's design
Various pots, knobs, switches, and buttons as needed
All necessary electronic parts (including resistors, capacitors, transistors, chips, etc.)
- Successful completion of the dadageek course
"Intro to Analog Audio Electronics"
- or the following equivalent skills:
+ Basic understanding of synthesizer terminology (e.g. oscillator, filter, voltage control)
+ The ability build a circuit from a schematic (on a breadboard or protoboard)
+ Good soldering skills
- A Eurorack case or rack small enough to transport to and from class. If you do not have one, you can buy one for $75
- Patch cables (3.5mm mono)
Artists Working in this Medium
“Mickey is great at distilling ideas down to the most important take-away. This is helpful when you’re a beginner and don’t know what data to pay attention to.”
— dadageek student
Mickey Delp is an electrical and computer engineer with expertise in analog and digital circuit design and embedded systems programming. He is the founder and Chief Inventor at Delptronics, a maker of unique electronic musical instruments.