Day 2: Making Process Portfolio

After finally receiving my copy of Make: Analog Synthesizers through the mail, I was able to crack into the book.

The introduction told me a few important things:

  1. Making a synthesizer involves trial, error, and troubleshooting.
  2. A basic understanding of electronics is required.
  3. This hobby is time consuming, and possibly addictive.

Despite the warnings, I kept on reading till the next chapter in which the author describes the things which you should know how to do before learning how to create your own synthesizer.

What You Should Know:

  • How to read a schematic
  • Ohm’s Law
  • How passive components work: resistors, capacitors, coils, transformers, switches, and relays
  • How active components work: diodes, transistors, integrated circuits, and LED’s
  • How to solder and construct electronic projects

My goals for this next week are to do as much research on the items listed above as I can find time for. I also (ideally) would like to purchase a “75 in one electronic experimenter kit” in order to get accustomed to the basic principles of operation for circuits.

The book mentions a “Noise toaster lo-fi noise box” project that is suitable for those with little knowledge of electronics.

This is the project I will set my eyes on, and hopefully through this process be able to recreate.

Till next time ; )


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