Synth Building Workshops

Our four different DIY workshop will provide hands on experience with building your very own sysnthesiser / Eurorack oscillators, filters, power supplies and cases, which you can take home at the end and begin your musical journey.

Workshops are spread throughout Friday and Saturday, so you can attend them all. Please se the detailed info below

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Friday Workshops

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9:30 am – 1:00 pm > Workshop > Build Your Own Eurorack / Modular System Power Supply

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This DIY workshop will provide hands on experience with building your very own Eurorack power supply, which you can take home at the end.

Power supplies are essential for Eurorack / Modular systems.  Participants will be guided through the process of building their very own supply from from the mighty Frequency Central DIY Brand.

Their power supply can power up-to eight Eurorack / synthesiser modules (see images below) and is fairly easy to assemble, even if you have no experience.  We provide full training and support.

The session will be led by Jonny Delaney,  who has been building Eurorack modules for a number of years.  Jonny teaches at Movin Music Academy (who has kindly funded this project) and makes modular based electronic music under The Fully Automatic Model pseudonym.

Workshop Cost: £45 (to cover our costs of PCB, external power adaptor and components) + booking fee

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No past experience is necessary, as full training, equipment and parts will be provided.

Venue: Nerve Centre, 7-8 Magazine St, Derry, BT48 6HJ

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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm > Workshop > Build Your Own Eurorack / Modular / Synth case

 

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3U 84 HP Eurorack Case by Kevin Walsh

We have teamed up with synthesist, artist and all-round Modular Wizard Kevin Walsh, to bring you this fantastically designed 3U / 84HP wooden Eurorack / Modular / Synth case that you can see manufactured by the wonderful people at the FabLab, Derry.

All you need to do it put it together with the help of the FabLab staff, before taking it home to start your Eurorack system!

Venue: FabLab, 7-8 Magazine St, Derry, BT48 6HJ

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Cost: £14 (to cover wood, glue and other associated costs) + booking fee

Numbers are extremely limited!

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Workshop 3/4

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Build Your Own Eurorack / Modular System Filter (VCF)

We have teemed up with synthesist and artist Kevin Walsh, who has designed a fantastic Eurorack clone of the filter from the Sequential – Pro One. 

This filter is a voltage controlled 24dB (4 pole) lowpass filter based around the legendary CEM3320 IC. The filter features voltage control for both the cutoff and resonance and have a very unique sound that has stood the test of time.

Below is a demo of a prototype that Kevin made, especially for the festival

Filter Prototype

Venue: Nerve Centre, 7-8 Magazine St, Derry, BT48 6HJ

Cost: £25 (to cover our costs of PCBs and components) + booking fee

Numbers are extremely limited!

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Saturday Workshops

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10:00 am – 3:00 pm > Workshop > Build Your Own Eurorack / Modular System Oscillator (VCO)

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This DIY workshop will provide hands on experience with building your very own modular synthesis oscillator module, which you can take home at the end.

The session will be led by John Harding Music/Creative Technologist, Lecturer and Course Director of Creative Technologies at Ulster University.

John is an avid synth enthusiast and Electronic Engineer for Delta Sound Labs, with some sixteen years experience in Audio Electronics.

Participants will be guided through the process of building their very own CEM3340 based eurorack oscillator (VCO) module. The CEM3340 VCO is nothing short of a classic integrated circuit, an oscillator on a chip so to speak, recently re-released putting this amazing device back into the hands of DIY synthesists.

And we’re glad it is! This particular IC has been the driving force behind many of the classic synthesisers of old including the Sequential Pro One, Sequential Prophet 5 Rev.3, Sequential Prophet T8, Moog Memorymoog, Oberheim OBXa, Roland SH-101 and Roland MKS-80 amongst others. More recently it has become the main oscillator source for the polyphonic ‘Deckards Dream’ synthesiser, a device somewhat inspired by the behemoth that is/was the Yamaha CS80.

John’s incarnation of the oscillator design is closely aligned to the design found in the Sequential Pro One, with some personal touches of course.

Places are extremely limited.

Location: Magee University (building and room TBC) 

Map: Ulster University, Magee Campus 

Event Cost: £30 + booking fee

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Above information subject to change