DIY Project Recommendations

It looks cool. I’ll investigate some more. Thanks!

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I hope this is the right topic to post this news in for those who might have missed it:

I have the Swamp, BBD delay/flanger and Mixer (not built by me - I’m not that confident) and they’re all very good value and offer up a good number of possibilities; and perhaps now there will be variations available from others too.


Kind of a side-tangent here, but after having some construction stuff finished on the house, I now have a room for all my DIY shit to properly live in!

This is super exciting, and I’m sure I’ll have some more concrete questions in the future on this, but I was wondering if anyone had any good DIY…poster recommendations.

I know I’ve seen some interesting/useful shit over the years, but never had a dedicated space where that would be useful.

I’m thinking things like resister value charts, fretboard distance things, etc… Stuff that would be useful to have in a DIY-specific space.


This looks pretty darn cool and I might have to get one for myself.
(I happened on this after following a recent link in the CL/M thread about a new album that has a track from Peter B.)


I had never really heard a Synare until last week or so when I listened to the Song Exploder podcast with Khruangbin where they used it on a track. Now I see this… might have to try it!

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nice, I’ll have to check that out, I’ve listened to their new record a few times I enjoy it.

not sure if you have a norns, but this app definitely gives me some synare vibes.

Sadly they don’t ship to the EU.

I did, however, find the diagrams directly on his webpage though:

Perhaps not the highest resolution, but look decent enough to be able to print some out.

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Korg have added all manner of customisation tools to the Nu-Tekt NTS-1, including an Arduino-interface front panel:


Came across this channel, really good explanations and a fun thing to try on the breadboard:


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Does anyone know of any xbox controller-style “analog” triggers for DIY purposes?

I’ve got a few of those Adafruit analog sticks with buttons that I plan on building into a controller, but I’ve never seen anyone sell triggers that give variable readings. I find that super useful on the xbox controllers for mapping purposes.

Perhaps you’re looking for something smoother but the trigger component for handheld drills can be widely found with search terms like “drill trigger”.

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Tons of options on ebay and aliexpress. Also checked for xbox parts on there too and it looks like on the xbox controller it’s a pcb-mounted pot, which some mechanical/spring stuff holding the physical trigger in place with a level connecting them. I guess I pictured something self-contained like the analog pads.

I may also check for a busted xbox controller on ebay and see about gutting it for the trigger too.

Is there a service* that will put together a Mouser/Digikey cart for you based on a project BOM+description? I always get hung up picking out the right spec components and end up with one capacitor the size of my fist (but it’s the right value!) or some such… this is why I often prefer kits if building DIY.

• if not, there’s a business idea/side hustle for someone in lockdown!

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It’s daunting at first but if you’re gonna keep on with DIYing it’s worth learning to navigate mouser! There are a couple tricks that can help you. For instance, if you know a similar component (say, you have a .047 uF film cap in your cart and you also need a .01 film uF cap) click on the one you know and under “specifications” start checking boxes for things that seem like they will match (category: film caps, termination style, etc.) and then click Show Similar below (additionally, selecting the same Series is an easy way to guarantee the one you pick will also fit). What you’re doing is finding other components that that are similar but you can then pick the value you want to change (capacitance!). After a while this becomes clearer.

Also, I’ve seen mouser carts provided where the manufacturer will include exact numbers of parts needed and it is actually a little cheaper to get MORE of each because it’s usually cheaper to get 10 of something than 7 or 8 of them. If you’re a sicko like me this becomes is a game :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

Also, get a hundred 10uF electrolytics caps - there are minimum 2 in pretty much every module :+1:

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One (perhaps) pro tip I would offer is after, you’ve filled a cart with stuff is download the cart as a spreadsheet. Then for future orders just copy the sheet and keep any common components, then simply look for any new parts, add them to the sheet, and then upload as a cart.

I guarantee by the 3rd DIY project you will find that you’re able to flesh out a cart super fast. This is my method and I find it much better than hunting and pecking through their dodgy UX.

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Have you looked at octopart? I’ve browsed a few BOMs on there for various projects, but not used it otherwise.

I would say and buy a 1000 1uf/100n ceramic ones as they are as well very much used everywhere. Btw anyone knows why they are such a popular values?

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Two questions.

  1. What are people’s experiences with newschool battery-powered soldering irons? I was watching some Marco Reps videos and he seems to be big on the TS80/TS100-style irons, which actually look powerful/functional.

Since getting a proper DIY space going I’ve wanted to upgrade my soldering iron game. I have a piece of shit thing I bought from a hardware store when my last one died and I needed to finish a project, and a dinky battery-powered thing, but neither are great. I’ve been looking at a couple different Wellers as those are pretty solid, but wondering if the TS stuff might be a good way to go.

  1. What are people doing for component storage? I’ve got a bunch of little clamshell cases that I’ve used for like 15 years for all my parts/components/hardware/etc…, but now with a more stable space,

I’d like to setup some little drawers and such, but want to find something that’s fairly inexpensive, modular, and accessible. (as in, I want to be able to buy more and add to it with it fitting together, without worrying about having bought from some random vendor etc…). I also don’t have a ton of space that I want to dedicate to this as I don’t have a comprehensive amount of parts etc…

As a point of reference, I’m wanting to kit out the area to the left of this table here (where the gaps in the posters are).

I’m also in the EU, so some of the options/availability isn’t as great in the US, so EU/UK recommendations mucho appreciated!


A box of banker envelopes, a sharpie, and a discarded dishwasher pod container. Yep.

EDIT: I guess they aren’t called banker envelopes anymore (we used similar envelopes to store safe deposit box keys at a bank I used to work at). Picture and link below.

Caps and diodes in the box on the left. Resistors in the container on the right. The nice thing about the dishwasher pod containers is that they stack nicely with the lids on (and they perpetually smell nice).


TS100 irons are great! They are compatible with Hakko T15 tips which gives you so many options and a comfy grip.

I use a Hakko FX-951 as my primary iron on my desk and a TS100 that I bring to work for cable repair. One set of tips. :cowboy_hat_face:

I have seen people running the TS100 with a battery pack. I use some Asus laptop charger I found in a drawer at work.

Just needs a little 3d printed bit to mount the Hakko grip (looks like this)