1. Anybody know a place where I could get information about building my own gear. Perhaps even designing?
  2. dpd

    dpd Active Member

    Sep 29, 2004
    Building - The Audio Amateur comes to mind. (been a long time...). I'm sure there are others. Try Google yet?

    Designing - Not to sound flippant or anything, but I'd recommend you start with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
  3. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001

    my site and follow some links
    I'm never far away if you need me
  4. axel

    axel Guest

    or try tassman, good app to learn the principal of structuring a synth.
    then translate to hardware... if you are good with a soldering iron :D
  5. Thanks Kev, that's just the sort of thing I was looking for. Aside from an EE degree, that is...gotta finish this one first. It never ends.

    I tried google, I mean, who wouldn't. I had difficulty finding information/people (not books, kits, things to buy).

    Soldering, check. I've only burned myself badly once, and I deserved it.

    Thanks for the help.
  6. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    as far as google is concerned ... it can be a little more about how you make your search.

    Small burns are all part of the experience but BAD burns are a BAD thing.

    Please be careful and also be careful when dealing with the mains power and HT power on tubed circuits.
  7. I was using a Metcal soldering tower with an 800 degree tip in it. Set it down, took a break, and forgot to turn it off. Came back and went to switch the tip out with my bare hand. Only time I did it though...

    Cautionary words for the ages...beware the juice.
  8. iznogood

    iznogood Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    yeah first step is to find out which end is warm :lol:

    once left a hot soldering iron on the floor..... my friend stepped on it with tubesocks :?
  9. peranders

    peranders Guest

    I can give you a couple of hints but what exactly do you want to build? Meanwhile http://www.diyaudio.com is the best diy audio forum in the world. I would be happy if somebody could say I'm wrong and point me to an even better forum.
  10. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001

    remember this place is about building recording gear
    the meta threads contain a huge amount of infomation

    here is a web page from one of the new comers to Group DIY ... looks experienced and is one of the AX84 and Ampage crew
    uses Hoffman Amp styled turret boards to make a Mic-pre

    wait till you see stuff made by Steff and Frank .. and Igor
    people say my stuff is pretty good ... 8)

    diyaudio's wiki stuff does look very cool and the whole wiki idea looks promising.
  11. peranders

    peranders Guest

    The wiki pages are mostly used for group buys, not much facts I'm afraid. What I ment was the forum, which quite lively.
  12. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    group buys and group designs are alway on the go at Group DIY

    see the above link to the New Commers Mic-pre

    google some of the pages held right here at RO for some of the early stuff

    and yes I must not forget the Gyraf stuff.
    Jakob has provided some of the popular DIY projects

    ... and don't forget Eddie C and Dave J for his LA2 project.

    it's all out there

    even Andrew from Purple Audio has sold some PCBs and transformers to make the MC76 ...
    then if you are switched on you can upgrade it to a MC77 ... Andrew will even help

    Scott Hampton
    Tim of Seventh Circle
    Joe of JLM Audio
    even DanKennedy or Great River have all posted at the forum both here (old days) and now at the LAB.

    while I'm on the subject
    head for 3dB to hear what some of these guys have to say about Mic-pres .... and a very funny set of comment from GM himself

    it's all good
    we love our DIY
    I'll shut up now

  13. I'm thinking about building mic pre's to start with. They're basic, useful, and composed of pretty much 4 components: Power Supply, Gain, +48v, and maybe a hi-Z input if yer feelin frisky. I'm actually looking for a good project for a group of audio students at my university. I'm kind of captaining the project, which is a little scary, since I wouldn't unequivocally say that I know what I'm doing. I don't even own a real oscilloscope, I'll have to borrow one from a friend. But all of this is surmountable. It's a well-documented, reasonably inexpensive project that I need now. Of course I expect to pay some dollars for transformers, but I figure with a group, some discounts on PCB's and components would be possible.

    Check out me rambling.....

  14. Midlandmorgan

    Midlandmorgan Active Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    A question for Kev and the other DIY types....

    Why do vitually all DIY projects revolve around PCB? Wouldn't DIY projects be much easier to build (especially for those of us without much skill or patience) be better suited using point to point techniques like in old tube equipment?

  15. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    They don't all use a PCB.

    one of the early net favourites
    LA2a by Dave Jahnsen

    and much of the guitar amp stuff
    too many to list but
    Hoffman has a very neat build technique

    based on the Hoffman style and his experience with Guitar Amps Kent Stevenson made a point to point opto comp

    Lulu the Space Cat also has some point to point ...

    and many more
  16. Midlandmorgan

    Midlandmorgan Active Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    Excellent! Thanks for the info...
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