Ultimately it’s people who build the instruments, tools, and devices that make the DIY audio community great. You can find out about some of them here.

Daphne Oram Tapes

If this ever becomes available again you’ll want this


Oscillate – Daniel Sierra

This is already old news as far as internet-time is concerned but this video from Daniel Sierra is stunning regardless when you first see it.  According to Daniel on his website,

My goal with “Oscillate” was to visualize waveform patterns that evolve from the fundamental sine wave to more complex patterns, creating a mesmerizing audio-visual experience in which sight and sound work in unison to capture the viewer’s attention.

Mission accomplished as you will clearly see in video below.


OSCILLATE from Daniel Sierra on Vimeo.

Cymatics – Susi Sie & CypherAudio

This is a beautiful and slightly frightening video directed and produced by Susi Sie on Vimeo where lycopodium is filmed oscillating from the deep audio design created by CypherAudio.  Coming in at just over a minute long it leaves you wishing there was more.  Much, much more.





CYMATICS from Susi Sie on Vimeo.


via Colossal: Cymatics: Stunning Macro Footage of Lycopodium Powder on a Stereo Speaker | Colossal.

Marchand Electronics

Marchand Electronics manufactures and sells hand built and custom designed audio equipment. Phil Marchand produces active, passive, solid state and tube crossovers, power amps for audio or laboratory usage, tube and solid state pre-amps, bass eq, discrete op amps, and many more items.
It’s worth noting he has three free

software tools for the audio enthusiast.   The coolest is simple component calculator for capacitor and resistor values for a variety of crossover models with crossover frequency and slope variables. I know this can probably be accomplished easily in excel these days but I’m personally a fan of dedicated tools that do one thing well.





Roman Sowa’s Synthpages

I’ve referenced Roman Sowa previously in the AD633 Ring modulator post however I’ve never posted about his past work. To start with, Roman has incredibly detailed build pages on his DIY analog synth projects here. If you dig in and check out the details on his modular build he includes photos, schematics, and technical details that are more than sufficient to guide you in your own build but not overly verbose and distracting. Take a look at his extraordinary hand-made modular.
Roman Sowa Modular

Sneak-Thief’s DIY Experiments

Sneak-Thief’s DIY Experiments.

According to Sneak Thiefs website the following work in progress is,

…a mankato quadrature filter, 2 wogglebug #3’s, tellun neural agonizer (dual spring reverb), korg triple-resonator and a fonitronic 5-channel mixer.



An impressive array of modular gear @ Gingerbread Studios


Richard Scott Modular Synths & Compositions

Richard Scott is a composer, free improvising musician, prior administrator at the London Musician’s Collective, holds a Phd from his thesis on free improvisation, resident at STEIM in Amsterdam, designer of the WiGi infra red controller, and holds more distinctions than most artists working in this arena.




Modular Synthesizer | Richard Scott.

I Dream of Wires: Made in Canada – Modcan & Intellijel on Vimeo



I Dream of Wires: Made in Canada – Modcan & Intellijel from MUTEK on Vimeo

via I Dream of Wires: Made in Canada – Modcan & Intellijel on Vimeo.

Andrea Ciuffoli: Hi-End Phono Preamplifier

Andrea Ciuffoli over at audiodesignguide has a great DIY post on a tube driven phono-preamp with a near perfect RIAA curve.  What makes this design especially nice is its simplicity (only 13 components per channel).





Benga – I Will Never Change