Tutorial: Your First Hardware Synth Circuit (555 OSC)

Curious about building your own hardware synthesizer but aren’t sure where to begin? Here’s a great place to start… a simple DIY project with noisy results.

Consider these the very first steps in hard synth prototyping and construction. We are going to make some noise via a basic circuit. We are also going to add a knob that we can turn to change the pitch of the sound. The final result isn’t breathtaking, but the journey will be inspiring and informative for those looking to moonlight or dive into hardware synth development.

For the most part, I am going to be glossing over what each of these components actually does behind the scenes, as each would require their own tutorial, but if you do a simple Google search for the keywords you find a deeper understanding of them. My goal here is to get you up, running and excited about the possibilities!

Read the Full Tutorial / Article –> Ask.Audio

This is an excerpt from my article on Ask.Audi0

The 555 timer IC is an integrated circuit (chip) used in a variety of timer, pulse generation, and oscillatorapplications. The 555 can be used to provide time delays, as an oscillator, and as a flip-flop element. Derivatives provide up to four timing circuits in one package. – WIKI

Finished 555 Timer Synth Circuit

Finished 555 Timer Synth Circuit

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Author: Joshua Casper

Joshua Casper is an Artist, Musician, and Blogger.

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