This is not just a soldering workshop. Yes, you will do some soldering, but you'll quickly learn that the fun and creative possibilities lay in the design process. We'll take you through the process based on your individual skill level. Have a look at the detailed program below to learn more.
We will start off with designing the synthesizer and its functionality. Bouncing between the physical interface and the computer. Drawing diagrams and laying the controls out to find a good balance between functionality, playability and performance. We'll also work with VCVRack (free) to emulate the synth sound and evaluate the controls.
12:00 - 13:00
Now that we have the interface figured out we can start programming it. We will go through the code (provided) to understand what each line is doing. We'll experiment with mapping parameters, changing knob ranges and modifying our instrument functionality.
13:00 - 15:00
This workshop is just the beginning! Now that you know the basics , and you can actually program your own controls, there's a whole world that's open for you to explore. We'll continue the learning on our Discord server. Meet other synth makers, share your work, ask for feedback and find solutions to technical issues.
Roey Tsemah is a cross-disciplinary designer, musician, and teacher. Roey is the founder of Synthux Academy, where he runs educational programs on electronic instrument design, sound synthesis, and programming. He is the host of the Synth Design Podcast and the International Synth Design Hackathon and a teacher in the digital focus module at Design Academy Eindhoven. His interactive design programs are used in dozens of academies worldwide.
In 2022 Roey launched the Simple Synth platform, which allows artists and musicians to build their own instruments, and learn programming and design skills using video courses, DIY kits, and community events both online and locally in various cities around the world.