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DIY Synth Building Course by Phillip Stearns @ Harvestworks

  • Location:
    Harvestworks, 596 Broadway #602, New York, So-Ho, New York, 10012, US

DIY Synth Building Intensive
Instructor: Phillip Stearns
Monday through Friday, Feb 7 - 11
11am to 5pm
$500 (members/students, $525 (regular)
…plus $75 for the materials (to keep, for sure)
Class Location:
Harvestworks - www.harvestworks.org596 Broadway, #602 | New York, NY 10012 | Phone: 212-431-1130Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R Prince, 6 Bleeker
5-day (6 hours each day) intensive course assumes a modest level of
electronics knowledge. It is designed to be friendly to those who are
just getting started in electronics and have a curiosity in making their
own electronic musical instruments. Over the course of the module,
students will review the basics of electricity, identify components,
learn how to read and write schematics, design and build their own
custom digital modular synthesizers from the 4000 series of CMOS logic
integrated circuits.
The 5-part course features modules with hands-on activities that will
immediately apply concepts to practical projects. Each successive
will grow in complexity and become increasingly open-ended and
self-guided. Students will be given simple example circuits and
encouraged to develop their own modifications or extensions based on the concepts and information learned in the related lesson.
the completion of the intensive, students will have a solid foundation 
of knowledge in basic electronics concepts, and the ability to create
their own electronic musical instruments from scratch using a hand-full
of components. The types of applications we will focus on as examples
will include: simple oscillators, drone synthesizers, simple gating, 2
methods of sequencing, frequency division, and a 1-bit synthesizer that 
incorporates several of the concepts covered through the modules.
Lesson Overview:

Day 1
Module 1 - Electronics Basics (Build a simple LED circuit)
Module 2 - Introduction to 4000 Logic ICs and Oscillators (Build a simple RC oscillator)
Day 2
Module 3 - Mixing Signals with Logic ICs (Build and mix together multipleoscillators)
Module 4 - Switching and Sequencing with Logic ICs (Switch between multiple oscillators)

Day 3
Module 5 - Counters (Build a Sequencer)

Day 4
Module 6 - Survey of other Logic ICs (Design Final Project + Begin BuildingCircuits)

Day 5
Module 7 - Designing Interfaces (Finish Building Circuits + Design Interface)
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