Build an analog synthesizer - for beginners

Knut Erik Helgesen

Gry Leirgulen Nagel

Half-day workshop - in English

There has never been a better time to get into music DIY. With modern components and Eurorack standards, it's easier than ever to create interesting and musical devices. However, the world of electronics and music can be daunting for beginners.

In this workshop we will teach the basics of electronics and synthesizer design. To keep it old-school, we will focus on analog electronics, and to keep it manageable we will make a "non-musical" synthesizer. In other words a noisy box perfect for creating interesting sound effects and alerting your colleagues of impending meetings. We will build the different parts of the synthesizer on breadboard to get an understand of how they work, and the students will get a PCB to solder permanently. Parts will be provided.

The workshop will be 3 hours.
We will cover:
- Basic electronics and use of prototyping tools
- Basic signal processing
- Basic synthesizer design

Basic electronics skills are helpful, but the course is designed for beginners

Primarily for: Developers, Tester/test leads, Project managers, Architects, UX specialists, Security professionals, Product developers, Managers, Scrum masters, Agile coaches, Designers, Others

Participant requirements: Preferably a laptop with KiCad installed, and cloned