MATRIXSYNTH: Sneak Thief's ASM-2 Modular

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Sneak Thief's ASM-2 Modular

Title link takes you to the building process including more shots and samples.

Update via Sneak Thief in the comments:

"It sounds good because the ASM-2, synthesizers.com & several CGS modules are based on a series of DIY plans released in the early 70's electronics publication called Electronotes: http://electronotes.netfirms.com/

In 1975 the authors of Electronotes, Bernie Hutchins, wrote a book called the "Musical Engineer's Handbook" - both the Electronotes series and this book have basically been the reference and inspiration for a good portion of todays modular synths.

In fact, Don Buchla, Bob Moog and Serge Tcherepnin were all subscribers to Electronotes and were definitely inspired by the schematics, and even contributed their own to the magazine.

I would even go so far to say that almost every current modular manufacturer has "borrowed" designs from the Electronotes series ; )"

3 comments:

  1. This sounded way better than I thought! I built a MusicFromOuterSpace.com Sound Lab synth the other month. It was way fun, but sure didn't sound like this ASM-2. I'll have to build me one of these sometime for sure.

    I really appreciated that he listed the prices he paid for everything.

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  2. It sounds good because the ASM-2, synthesizers.com & several CGS modules are based on a series of DIY plans released in the early 70's electronics publication called Electronotes: http://electronotes.netfirms.com/

    In 1975 the authors of Electronotes, Bernie Hutchins, wrote a book called the "Musical Engineer's Handbook" - both the Electronotes series and this book have basically been the reference and inspiration for a good portion of todays modular synths.

    In fact, Don Buchla, Bob Moog and Serge Tcherepnin were all subscribers to Electronotes and were definitely inspired by the schematics, and even contributed their own to the magazine.

    I would even go so far to say that almost every current modular manufacturer has "borrowed" designs from the Electronotes series ;)

    cheers,
    michel

    ps. I wanna build a Ray Wilson Sound Lab synth too! Although I'd prefer to make it fully modular. In any case, it should hopefully be a little simpler than the ASM-2.

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  3. Fascinating stuff michel, thanks for posting this. I updated this post and will be putting up a new post on Electronotes with tomorrow's set of posts.

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