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).





RH84 Amp Rebuild

Awesome before and after rebuild of an RH84 Amp on this DIYAudio post.




YM2149 MIDI Synthesizer on ZPUino Soft Processor

The YM2149 MIDI Synthesizer on ZPUino Soft Processor


Quoting the author of this post on

By using the Open Source VHDL files for popular audio chips from places like and we could eliminate all the wires, soldering, and wasted GPIO pins. Integrating popular audio chips like the C64 SIDAtari POKEY, and YM2149 into the ZPUino would put them under control of Arduino sketches. Effectively opening up all the Arduino libraries to control the audio chips.

In layman’s terms… awesome.  Use Arduino to easily control vintage audio chips.

Benga – I Will Never Change



Pass B1 Buffer Preamp sale DIY Audio

An great looking DIY pre-amp for sale via DIY Audio in this post.



Pass B1 Buffer Preamp sale. – diyAudio.

Pinky and Friends – SDIY.ORG has a number of great posters but by far the my favorite posts are by “Pinky & Friends“.  These are some the most unusual and creative DIY synths I’ve come across.  despite the simplicity of the site the most of the projects are well described and some have clear schematics.  Others however are just confusing.  Some of my favorites:

Turntable 110 (TT-110):  A DR-110 drum machine, $3 record player, and some ingenuity created a hardware based trigger for the drum machine.



Muffwiggler CGS Modules


A mannequin named Pinky.


Tube-based syth modeled after metasonix modules:


Muffwiggler DIY Forums

There’s absolutely too many great posts, pictures, and threads relating to DIY synthesis (and other topics) on Muffwiggler.  I’ve highlighted a couple posts below but if you want to kill a few hours or need inspiration while setting up your own work-space the Picture thread under Music Tech DIY kills it.

Take a look at two of my favorites

User Magman shows off his insane magazine and manual collection.  According to his post:

You are looking at complete or virtually complete collections of Elektor, ETI, Practical Electronics, Maplin Electronics, E&MM, Sound on Sound, Future Music, The Mix, Computer Music, 45 years worth of Wireless World and a large collection of Everyday Electronics, amongst others. By the way, this is less than half of my collection, which currently stands at over 9000 magazines and counting.



And Slaughterhousesam has a series of great pics of his rig and setup. this is just one of them and you can find the rest here. This one is fun for testing your gear-spotting skills.muffwiggler_slaughterhousesam_600

It’s In My Brain Now

If your looking for anything and everything Cray & Buchla related, and a Tumblr that’s updated far more frequently than this site then look no further than Its In My Brain Now. If you need convincing just take a look below for an example from the are-you-kidding-me department.


unnamed soundsculpture

Daniel Franke & Cedric Kiefer created this incredibly fascinating video titled “unnamed soundsculpture” set to Machinenfabriek’s Kreukeltape. Three Kinect cameras recording the interpretive dance of a real woman and the application of some serious technical mojo sets this video apart.

unnamed soundsculpture from Daniel Franke on Vimeo.

Books Thomas Henry – Magic Smoke Electronics

There are very few dedicated DIY electronic music/synth cookbooks/reference books available out there so when ever I come across some I try to snatch them up. you can get all six of these spiral bound books from Thomas Henry for under $90 which cover some very specific topics for DIY synthesis and electronic music.

  • An Analog Synthesizer for the 21st Century  – $20.00
  • The Electronic Drum Cookbook  – $15.00
  • Making Music with the 3080 OTA  – $13.00
  • Making Music with the 566  – $13.00
  • Making Music with the NE570 Compander  – $13.00
  • The Noise Generator Cookbook  – $13.00

Synthesizer design books by Thomas Henry – Magic Smoke Electronics.