Synth & Eurorack Parts / DIY

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PCB - SMD to Thru-Hole Adapter, SOT-23 to TO-92, 123 Pinout
PCB for converting SMD SOT-23 transistors and FETs to through hole footprints. This adapter board fits SOT-23 packages. Solder the device to this PCB then attach wires or pin headers (sold seperately) to connect to through hole footprints on PCBs or breadboards. The white box on the PCB can be used to label the part with a marker. See image below for pinout.
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Integrated Circuit - DAB2130, VCO, Sound Semiconductor
The Sound Semiconductor DAB2130 is a pre-soldered DIP converter for the SSI2130. This board features the SSI2130 and two decoupling caps for the V+ and V- inputs. The pinout is labelled on the board and matches the QFN pinout. This adapter features a 32 pin DIP base with a .600 in. width. The pins are standard male headers so 2.54mm female headers are recommended for socketing the board. For the standard QFN version, please see P-Q-SSI2130. The first new VCO IC in decades, and worth the wait! The FatKeys™ SSI2130 Voltage Controlled Oscillator provides beautiful triangle, sawtooth, pulse, and square waveforms with unprecedented temperature stability; and adds an on-chip mixer, low distortion sine wave generator, through-zero FM/PM capability and more in an ultra-compact PCB footprint. The SSI2130 is a new-generation voltage controlled oscillator subsystem for high-performance electronic musical instruments.
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CMOS - CD4047, Low-Power Monostable/Astable Multivibrator, 14-Pin DIP
CD4047B consists of a gatable astable multivibrator with logic techniques incorporated to permit positive or negative edge-triggered monostable multivibrator action with retriggering and external counting options. Inputs include +TRIGGER, -TRIGGER, ASTABLE, ASTABLE\, RETRIGGER, and EXTERNAL RESET. Buffered outputs are Q\, Q and OSCILLATOR. In all modes of operation, and external capacitor must be connected between C-Timing and RC-Common terminal, and an external resistor must be connected between the R-Timing and RC-Common terminals. Astable operation is enabled by a high level on the STABLE input or a low level on the ASTABLE\ input, or both. The period of the square wave at the Q and Q\ Outputs in this mode off operation is a function of the external components employed. "True" input pulses on the ASTABLE input or "Complement" pulses on the ASTABLE\ input allow the circuit to be used as a gatable multivibrator.
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OTA - AS3080E, Linearizing Diodes, Alfa, 8-Pin DIP
The AS3080E is Alfa’s version of the CA3080 IC. The AS3080E is a gain block which is the operational-transconductance-amplifier (OTA). The AS3080E has differential input and a single-ended, push-pull, class A output. Amplifier bias
input may be used either for gating or for linear gain control. High output impedance and transconductance (gM) is directly proportional to the amplifier bias current (IABC). Linearizing diodes are provided at the inputs to reduce distortion and allow higher input levels. The result is a 10-dB signal-to-noise improvement referenced to 0.5 percent THD.
The AS3080E is notable for it’s high slew rate (50V/µs), which makes it especially useful for multiplexer and fast unity-gain voltage followers.
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Felt Strip - 51.5", for Korg & Yamaha Keyboards
For Yamaha DX7, DX7 II, FX20, Korg M1, Trinity and T Series.
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Knob - Rogan, PT Series, 5PS, Wide, Skirted, Pointer, D-Shaft
High-quality USA made knobs from Rogan Corp. These large, puck-shaped, skirted pointer knobs from Rogan’s PT Series feature a soft rubber grip molded over a solid polymer knob. PT Series knobs can be found on synthesizer modules from Make Noise, Mutable Instruments and others. Fits 6mm D-shafts.
  • Height: 0.45 in.
  • Diameter: 0.84 in
  • Fits 6mm D Shafts
  • Indicator on round side of D-shaft

A variety of different sizes are available from the PT Series.
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Audio Power Amplifier - LM386N-1 / 4, Low Voltage
LM386 Low Voltage Audio Power Amplifier The LM386 is a mono low voltage amplifier that can be used in a variety of applications. It can drive loads from 4 Ω to 32 Ω. The gain is internally set to 20 but it can be modified from 20 to 200 by placing a resistor and capacitor between pins 1 and 8. As this is an Op Amp it can be used in different configurations to fit in several applications. The internal gain setting resistor allows the LM386 to be used in a very low part count system. In addition a series resistor can be placed between pins 1 and 5 to modify the gain and frequency response for specific applications. These are found in many small audio amplifiers and even tiny pedal sized guitar amplifiers! There are tons of possibilities for this little Op Amp.
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Potentiometer - Alpha, W-Taper, Solid Shaft, Right Angle, 16mm, 20kΩ
20kΩ W taper Alpha 16mm pots with a solid shaft and right angle PC mount terminals. The smaller size is useful for builds with limited panel space such as guitar pedals, synthesizer modules, and adding modifications to equipment. Washer and nut included.
  • Threading: M7 x 0.75
  • Distance between terminals: 5 mm (0.197”)
  • Lead Depth from Panel: 10.7 mm + 5 mm (0.421” + 0.197”)
  • Lead Distance from shaft center: 16 mm (0.630”)
  • Lead Thickness: 0.5 mm (0.020”)
  • Shaft Diameter: 6.35 mm (0.25”)
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Integrated Circuit - SSI2130, VCO, Sound Semiconductor
The FatKeys™ SSI2130 Voltage Controlled Oscillator provides beautiful triangle, sawtooth, pulse, and square waveforms with unprecedented temperature stability; and adds an on-chip mixer, low distortion sine wave generator, through-zero FM/PM capability and more in an ultra-compact PCB footprint.
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Op-Amp - OP07, Single, Precision, Low Offset, 8-Pin DIP
OP07 precision op amp in an 8-pin DIP package.These devices offer low offset and long-term stability by means of a low-noise, chopperless, bipolar-input-transistor amplifier circuit. For most applications, external components are not required for offset nulling and frequency compensation. The true differential input, with a wide input-voltage range and outstanding common-mode rejection, provides maximum flexibility and performance in high-noise environments and in noninverting applications. Low bias currents and extremely high input impedance are maintained over the entire temperature range.
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Potentiometer - Alpha, Audio, 9mm, Vertical, 11 Detents, 100K
Audio taper, vertical mount, Alpha pots with a 6.35mm shaft diameter featuring 11 detents across the rotation. The 11 detent versions are useful for builds where 1-10 settings are commonly used or if the pot is used as a rotary switch along with a microcontroller. These 9mm pots are popular in DIY guitar pedals, synthesizers, and other projects. Mounting nut and washer included. See R-VAV-BX-11DET for linear taper versions.
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Comparator - LM311, Single, High Speed, 8-Pin DIP
LM311 single comparator IC in an 8-pin DIP package. The LM311 device is a single high-speed voltage comparator. These devices are designed to operate from a wide range of power supply voltages, including ±15-V supplies for operational amplifiers and 5-V supplies for logic systems. The output levels are compatible with most TTL and MOS circuits. These comparators are capable of driving lamps or relays and switching voltages up to 50 V at 50 mA. All inputs and outputs can be isolated from system ground. The outputs can drive loads referenced to ground, VCC+ or VCC−. Offset balancing and strobe capabilities are available, and the outputs can be wire-OR connected.
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Knob - Plastic, Set Screw, Pinched w/ Line, 0.630" Diameter
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Small plastic control knob with set screw and metal insert. This knob has a pinched grip similar to the Davies 1510 but features a smaller diameter and scooped cutout for a distinctive appearance. Fits ¼” (6.35mm) pot shafts.
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Transistor - NOS 2N3565, Micro Electronics, Silicon, TO-106 case, NPN
New old stock 2N3565 transistors manufactured by Micro Electronics. The 2N3565 is a silicon NPN transistor in a TO-106 case. The 2N3565 is primarily intended for general purpose and low level applications. 2N3565 transistors were used in the original Harmonic Percolator, Foxx Tone Machine and the Sam Ash Fuzzz Boxx.
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Finishing Nut - For ⅜” Jacks and Pots, ⅜”-32 UNEF-2A
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High quality plated ⅜” nuts for jacks and potentiometers. These nuts are perfect for amplifier, pedal and synthesizer builds with high aesthetics or color theming. The ⅜”-32 UNEF-2A threading fits many ⅜” bushing parts such as Switchcraft ¼” jacks and CTS pots.
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Op-Amp - NE5532, Dual, Low Noise, Audio, 8-Pin DIP
NE5532 dual op amp in an 8-pin DIP package. The NE5532 device is a high-performance operational amplifier combining excellent DC and AC characteristics. They feature very low noise, high output-drive capability, high unity-gain and maximum-output-swing bandwidths, low distortion, high slew rate, input-protection diodes, and output short-circuit protection. These operational amplifiers are compensated internally for unity-gain operation. These devices have specified maximum limits for equivalent input noise voltage. Features
  • Equivalent Input Noise Voltage: 5 nV/√Hz Typ at 1 kHz
  • Unity-Gain Bandwidth: 10 MHz Typ
  • Common-Mode Rejection Ratio: 100 dB Typ
  • High DC Voltage Gain: 100 V/mV Typ
  • Peak-to-Peak Output Voltage Swing 26 V Typ With VCC± = ±15 V and RL = 600 Ω
  • High Slew Rate: 9 V/μs Typ
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Multi Processor Module - Belton, BTSE-16FX
The BTSE-16FX Effect board provides 16 different digital audio effects to be used for mixers or other audio applications that require sound enhancement. Equipped with the superb quality digital effects processing engine which it adds that extra punch needed to make audio presentations truly stand out.
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Transistor - 2N527, Germanium, TO-5 case, PNP
2N527 PNP germanium transistors. The 2N527 is a popular PNP for fuzz pedals and other effects. It can be found in modern classics such as the Sunface and Benson Fuzz. This transistor is in a TO-5 package with long leads commonly found on germanium transistors.
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Nut - Knurled, for mounting Qingpu 3.5mm jacks
Knurled, slotted nut for W-QP-419GR and W-QP-518MA 3.5mm jacks. See W-QP-NUT-H for the hex version of this nut. See W-QP-WASHER for compatible washer See S-TND-2X for nut driver tool
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Diode - OA74A, Amperex, Germanium, Black Glass
NOS OA74A germanium diodes from Amperex. OA74A diodes were used in many vintage electronics and also make for great clipping diodes in stompbox effects pedals. The red end is the cathode. OA74A is a near-exact replacement for OA81.
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Integrated Circuit - Experimental Noize FXCore, DSP, Multi-Effect / Reverb
FXCore from Experimental Noize is a DSP designed for creating audio effects in pro-audio devices. FXCore can operate as a standalone device when paired with appropriate CODECs where it generates all necessary clocks or as part of a more complex system where it will lock to the word clock and bit clock provided by another part of the system.
FXCore can store up to 16 programs and their associated register preset values in its internal FLASH memory so no external program storage is required.
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Nut - Dress Nut, Slotted, ⅜”-32 UNEF, for Jacks & Pots
Slotted dress nut for ⅜”-32 threaded bushing such as standard Switchcraft ¼” jacks and CTS potentiometers. These plated brass nuts add a sleek look to any amplifier, pedal or guitar. This style of nut has a similar look to slotted round nuts found on plexi Marshall amps.
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Transistor - 2N1303, Germanium, TO-5 case, PNP
2N1303 PNP germanium transistors. The 2N1303 is a popular PNP for fuzz pedals and other effects. This transistor is in a TO-5 package with long leads commonly found on germanium transistors.
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Potentiometer - Alpha, Audio, Knurled Shaft, 16mm
Miniature Alpha pot for guitars. Audio taper.
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