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Audiofanzine put the Waldorf Streichfett digital synthesizer to the test. Released earlier this year, the small box is designed to replicate the sound of vintage string machines.
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Free DIY Minimoog
April 27, 2014 – 8:34 pm | 5 Comments
Free DIY Minimoog

The Moog Minimoog is one of my favorite all-time synths. It was the first synthesizer that I played that produced a sound that I could almost see (see synesthesia).
Of course the only problem with …

Lava Lamp MIDI controller
April 3, 2014 – 4:40 pm | 4 Comments
Lava Lamp MIDI controller

Jason Hotchkiss is a DIY-er who has created the ultimate psychedelic ambient music generator. He took a lava lamp, a bit of custom electronic work and a Miduino PCB from Tom Scarff, put it …

Arduino drum machine + synth module with MIDI input
January 10, 2013 – 8:45 am | No Comment
Arduino drum machine + synth module with MIDI input

Arduino MEGA was used for the drum machine and Arduino UNO for the synth module with a MIDI input. Both are enclosed in a “groovebox”.
Two outputs (one for the drum machine and one for the …

Flute made on a 3D printer
January 4, 2011 – 4:53 pm | One Comment
Flute made on a 3D printer

3D printing has come a long way – there are now stores that will print 3D objects on demand like this one in Belgium. It really gets the imagination flying, thinking of all the …

Body Drum
December 22, 2010 – 8:41 pm | No Comment
Body Drum

We’ve covered Daito Manabe before, demonstrating his DIY project where he stimulated muscles in his face to the beat of music.
With the help of Masaki Teruoka, Daito has created a new project, which …

Steam-Powered Record Player
November 30, 2010 – 12:20 pm | No Comment
Steam-Powered Record Player

Simon Lanson has created all sorts of interesting projects, but his steam-powered record player is one of my favorites.

Simon built the DIY steam engine part completely from junk he had lying around his garage. …

DIY mind-controlled synth
September 3, 2010 – 10:36 am | No Comment
DIY mind-controlled synth

Robert Schneider is the singer for the indie rock band “The Apples in Stereo“, hailing from Denver, Colorado. Not happy with trying to play synthesizers with and actual keyboard, Robert modified a Mattel Mindflex(The …

Steam powered sequencer
September 1, 2010 – 10:09 am | No Comment
Steam powered sequencer

Dabbler & experimenter Paul Bower was browsing eBay looking at vintage steam engines one day, and decided to do something fun with it: he built a DIY steam-powered sequencer.
Using an old 1920’s steam engine …

Build your own electronic instruments
August 30, 2010 – 8:53 pm | 2 Comments
Build your own electronic instruments

In 1979, a book written by P.K. Sood called “Electronic Musical Projects” was published that contained plans and instructions for building all sorts of DIY electronic musical devices. It’s got plans for projects …

Trombone + flamethrower = all kinds of awesome.
August 30, 2010 – 7:44 pm | One Comment
Trombone + flamethrower = all kinds of awesome.

Trombone players often get a bad rap, so trombone player/DIYer Jonathan Crawford decided to really step up to the plate and do something about it.
Jonathan took a barbecue ignition system, a propane tank and …