MATRIXSYNTH: Plinky Synth DIY Kit - Step by Step Build Guide

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Plinky Synth DIY Kit - Step by Step Build Guide

Making Sound Machines

"Join us while walk you through soldering the brandnew #Plinky touch surface #synthesizer! It’s designed by mmalex, both standalone and #Eurorack compatible and available as a full #DIY kit through Thonk.

Plinky looks and sounds amazing - it's a fullblown stereo synth voice with lush reverb and delay, which can function as a standalone desktop box or built into the rack. Its CV control and audio line in allows it to double up as a touch controlled effects processing box.

So follow along as we guide you step by step through the electronic components and soldering techniques needed to complete a happy, gleefully bleeping Plinky. We've include chapters with this video, so you can easily skip between sections, re-watch or pick up where you left off.

Plinky lives here
Written build guide
Plinky Firmware

Full DIY kit available at Thonk -

00:00 Introduction
01:39 What's in the box?
02:56 Required tools
03:40 Remove the PCB assembly rails
04:10 Solder headphone and line-in
05:38 Secure the USB port
06:29 Solder inter-board connectors
07:32 Eurorack Power
08:32 Trimming the pin headers
09:31 Preparing the OLED Screen
10:31 Placing Sockets and Pots
11:20 Placing the green Thonkiconn
11:33 Placing the black Thonkiconn
11:59 Placing the trimmed pinheaders
12:33 Placing the front panel
12:54 Temporarily fixing the front panel
13:40 Pull out encoder
14:01 Soldering the Thonkiconn
14:51 Soldering pots and encoder
15:48 Soldering the OLED display
16:10 Soldering the SMT pin headers
17:00 Finishing the connectors
17:48 Main board is done!
17:55 Preparing the LED pads
18:49 Placing and soldering the blue LEDs
20:22 Placing and soldering the white LEDs
21:23 Place front panel
21:41 Check your LEDs
22:28 Fix the panel with hex nuts
22:43 Place the washers and nuts
22:57 Put on the T18 shaft caps
23:09 Installing Plinky in Eurorack
23:56 Pocket Operator style case
24:57 Installing Plinky in Aluminium case
25:46 Updating firmware
26:41 Touch calibration
27:22 Ready to play!"

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