In this workshop you'll build your own subtractive synthesizer, and learn how to flash other instruments on the Daisy. You'll also solder some components and understand how the Simple board works.
As you'll learn during the workshop, there are all sorts of open source instruments on our Github page. From subtractive to FM, samplers, arpeggiators, sequencers and drum machines, drones, strings and effects. You'll have plenty of ideas to explore and learn from! The code is commented and open for you to try. And, there's the Discord community where you can ask questions after the workshop.
This workshop is just the beginning! Meet and connect with other makers around the world on our Discord server. There are well over 1000 makers there, with different skill sets. Some are engineers, some designers and of course musicians. You can already join using the link below:
The workshop is a great starting point, and also fun to meet other synth nerds, but the learning continues with the video course. Access to the video course is included in the package. The video course is designed for musicians with no background in programming, so you'll learn all the fundamentals in an engaging and accessible way. Check the Synthux learning environment for more info.
Sam Knight is a musician, technologist and teacher. Sam has been working with various audio programming platforms and in particular DaisySP to create guitar effects and instruments. Sam is a Berklee alumni from the music technology department. He is currently working on a Synthux video course covering sound effects and DSP techniques on the Daisy platform.
Mac or Windows ideally. You can follow this 4 minute tutorial to install the Arduino IDE and the additional libraries and drivers required.
We'll need a micro USB cable to connect our synth to the computer and program it. Make sure your cable can transfer data (some cables can only charge).