Oscilloscope recomendation

Can anyone recommend me a scope? i was borrowing a friends one for my DIY, but i’m getting more and more into it and i’d like to have one and don’t spend a fortune, would this make any sense??
Should i go the used way, any good software one?

I know nothing about software ones, but having a hardware oscillo is both handy and looks really cool, so if I was you, I’d buy used.

I really like the Saleae products. They don’t work as a real-time oscilloscope, but the capability to record all your logic signals along with analog signals has been invaluable to me. If you are doing more digital than analog, but also need to occasionally look at an analog signal I think they are good.

For an oscilloscope I use the more expensive (but really reasonably priced for the capabilities!) Rigol DS1052e.

Thank you guys, i’ll go the used way, ffound a 40mhz Hameg for 120€ that seems pretty ok and portable for what i need…

bah - realised I duplicated this thread a couple of months back… Anyway it needs reviving - still haven’t bought a 'scope, and just stumbled on this cheapy:

looks kind of neat and host-side seems to be free software, which would be a huge bonus for me, however looks like it may be a little slow for i2s bus work…

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Since this I bought a Hameg that is amazing, not digital, but one of the last analogs they made, it works wonders for me and I paid 140€

Can recommend the JYE DSO138 for starters btw, Its a cheap small DIY digital oscilloscope round 25 euro and good enough to see/analyse your music :smile: Good alternative to those expensive o’tool modules.

So, I’m pondering the utility in getting an oscilloscope. I’m not married to the idea of it being a module, but it makes sense to put it in my little Doepfer Beauty case that I keep at home with a couple extra modules.

Does anyone have fresh recommendations on modules or otherwise? I’m totally clueless, but primarily want it for module calibration and visualizing CV outputs.

I got this one a while ago: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00BB4ETJW/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1490800148&sr=8-3&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=oscilloscope+dso

Clearly not comparable to the real deal but it does serve my very limited and occasional needs well enough.

The v1 o Tool goes for really cheap on the 2nd hand market. I picked one up (£110) for my 6U case, fully expecting to replace it after a short while with something more interesting/useful but the thing is invaluable and is a permanent feature for sure.

bumping this, as i’m looking for a cheap tool to probe around on a prophet 5 cpu and see why it’s locking up on boot.

any tips? digital should be fine for me.

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I would go second hand.
BK precision, Rigol, those are quality cheap options

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A friend/fellow electronics person uses a DSO Nano V3 from Seeed and he has lots of good things to say about it. He’s recommended it to me many times and while I haven’t bought one yet, he’s used his on many projects we’ve done together and it’s really handy.
EDIT - just realized this was already linked above…oops! But that’s two endorsements for it now, haha


We use Rigol at my place of work. They’re very affordable for what they are and their products are well made and industrial quality.

I personally have a cheap Chinese DSO130 off eBay. Its not very good (1 channel and 50kHz is about the max it will realistically sample and that’s with some noticeable rolloff), but its dirt cheap ($25 or so) and for audio rate signals it is far better than nothing at all.

For dirt cheap and still useful, a friend has a SainSmart (their DSO 213 looked interesting to me) but I’m pretty sure I’ll spend the few extra bucks and get a 4 channel Rigol with logic probes instead.

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