MATRIXSYNTH: Soundtronics to Partner with MFOS on Bringing Synth DIY to the Masses & Other Formats

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Soundtronics to Partner with MFOS on Bringing Synth DIY to the Masses & Other Formats

Sountronics is currently seeking funding on Indiegogo to bring MFOS based completed modules in various formats including 5U, as well as introducing simple DIY kits for those not experienced with DIY. As many of you know, Ray Wilson has cancer. Ray is still behind this campaign. You'll find some notes on that below. Soundtronics does plan to ensure that the MFOS range of synth DIY remains available. Note this is the first Soundtronics post on MATRIXYSNTH.

The following is what they have to say:

"Off-the-shelf modular synthesisers can cost upwards of £2,000, an expensive investment for today’s musician or enthusiast. Soundtronics has partnered with MFOS (Music From Outer Space) to bring you an extensive range of affordable, customisable, and quality DIY synth modules, suitable for beginners and professionals alike. We’re sure you’ll love them as much as we do!

Soundtronics’ DIY Synth modules, Lo-Fi Noise Boxes, and Single Board Analogue Synths are available in varying levels of kit form. This allows enthusiasts like you, with a budget big or small, to collect units until you have the final setup you require. Plus there's the added satisfaction of knowing that they were hand built by yourself! If the idea of some soldering doesn't excite you too much, our team of technicians can expertly assemble the units and deliver them to your door in full working condition.

Soundtronics’ modules are designed to be combined in any desired panel setup and are currently compatible with 5U (MOTM format).

With your support, we will redesign these modules and make them available in formats such as Euro Rack, Moog, Dotcom, and Frackrack. For a more customised feel, the module front panels are also available in a number of colour combinations to suit the interior of any home office or recording studio!"

"Formed in late 2013, Soundtronics is a relatively new division of the Technobots Online Group, passionate about making quality analogue synths more widely available and affordable. Technobots Online is well established, having supplied mechanical and electronic components to hobbyists, education, and trade since 2001. This means that ideal component suppliers, manufacturing equipment, and delivery services are already in place for the modular synths.

Located in Warwickshire, the Technobots Online team consists of technology enthusiasts, each with their own particular passions. Soundtronics, and the DIY MFOS Synth module project, have the benefit of being personally (and enthusiastically) managed by our director Paul Cooper."

"Music From Outer Space is run by another synthesiser enthusiast, Ray Wilson, in the USA. Back in 2003, Ray began publishing synth designs that have continued to evolve and gain credibility over the years. If you are not familiar with Ray’s superb designs, we cannot stress enough how essential it is that you visit his website, where you will find a complete library of information on each and every module we are offering here.

We will also mention that you can purchase PCBs direct from Ray, along with some front panels and other hard to find parts.

Important Update

Last November, just around the time we were going to launch this campaign, we learnt of the sad news that Ray had been diagnosed with cancer. In order for Ray and his family to fully concentrate on beating this, he stopped taking retail orders through the MFOS website. We are deeply appreciative of Ray finding the energy during these difficult times to keep us stocked with PCBs, so that we in turn keep them available online to MFOS builders around the world.

Since postponing this campaign, we have had the opportunity to discuss the essential role of MFOS in this Soundtronics' campaign, and Ray has encouraged us to move forward. We shall therefore be working with Ray over the coming months to not only ensure the availability of the MFOS product range, but make it the most complete DIY synth range on the market.

Many of us have been directly or indirectly affected by cancer, so we would like to take this opportunity to ask that you consider visiting Ray's crowd funding site where you can directly contribute to Ray's medical expenses."

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