Synth & Eurorack Parts / DIY
Our Synth & Eurorack Parts / DIY category is a curated list of items that are commonly found in synth/eurorack projects. The items and filters here do not represent our full lineup of parts. If you don't see what you are looking for, check out our main categories or send us a suggestion and we'll look into adding it.
3.5mm Jack - Qingpu, Eurorack, TRS, Switched, Panel or PC Mount
3.5mm TRS jacks with a switched tip found in many DIY Eurorack projects. These Qingpu Electronics jacks can be panel mounted with wires or more commonly PCB mounted. The PJ3410 jacks can be used for both mono and stereo signals. Hardware sold separately. See accessory items below.
Integrated Circuit - SSI2130, VCO, Sound Semiconductor
The FatKeys™ SSI2130 Voltage Controlled Oscillator provides beautiful triangle, sawtooth, pulse, and square waveforms with unprecedented temperature stability; and adds an on-chip mixer, low distortion sine wave generator, through-zero FM/PM capability and more in an ultra-compact PCB footprint.
Integrated Circuit - SSI2140, Multi-Mode VCF, Sound Semiconductor
The SSI2140 is a new-generation voltage controlled filter that provides four highly-configurable variable transconductance cells for a wide variety of pole and mode combinations, and adds significant new features.
Integrated Circuit - SSI2144, Ladder VCF, Sound Semiconductor
The second of two legendary SSM filter updates, the FatKeys™ SSI2144 is a dedicated four-pole low-pass ladder filter with on-chip resonance control. Original designer Dave Rossum did a number of performance updates such as lower noise, improved control feedthrough, and logical pin grouping but otherwise left this sweet-sounding VCF alone. The SSI2144 reprises the SSM2044 of legacy chipmaker Solid State Micro Technology, which many believe to be the best-sounding analog synthesis filter IC ever produced. Based on Dave Rossum’s patented classic improved ladder topology, the SSI2144 allows rich tonal characteristics that showcase the very best attributes of subtractive synthesis. The SSI2144 uses the same internal circuit as the SSM2044 but incorporates improvements by the original designer and takes advantage of modern process technology.
Integrated Circuit - SSI2161, Single VCA, Sound Semiconductor
A very high performance single-channel VCA for the most demanding applications, the ProCircuit™ SSI2161 offers industry-leading lowest-noise, and a mode control to optimize noise vs. distortion performance. All at low-cost and in a 10-lead SSOP package. The SSI2161 is a versatile VCA building block for high-performance audio applications. A single channel provides voltage control of current-mode inputs and outputs for a gain range from +20dB to –100dB, with control provided by a ground-referenced –33mV/dB constant. The device offers considerable flexibility for a wide range of design goals and applications. A unique mode control allows selection of Class A, Class AB, or in-between using a single resistor. In addition, improved current handling allows use of lower value input resistors for reduced output noise without loss of headroom.
Integrated Circuit - SSI2162, Dual VCA, Sound Semiconductor
The FatKeys™ SSI2162 provides two independent VCA channels, and like its SSI2161 and SSI2164 siblings offers great flexibility in design of dynamics processors, automatic or remote level control, and voltage controlled filters. Highly compact 10-lead SSOP package. The SSI2162 is a versatile VCA building block for high-performance audio applications. Two independent channels provide voltage control of a current-mode input and output for a gain range from +20dB to –100dB, with control provided by a ground-referenced –33mV/dB constant. The device offers considerable flexibility for a wide range of design goals and applications. A unique mode control allows selection of Class A, Class AB, or in-between using a single resistor. In addition, improved current handling allows use of lower value input resistors for reduced output noise without loss of headroom. Both channels can be parallel-connected for further noise improvement.
Integrated Circuit - SSI2164, Quad VCA, Sound Semiconductor
The FatKeys™ SSI2164 is perhaps the most flexible VCA available, with four independent channels for lowest cost-per-VCA. The user-selectable mode control allows Class A, AB, or intermediate biasing, and current inputs and outputs provide great design freedom. Ideal for voltage-controlled filters. The SSI2164 is a versatile VCA building block for high-performance audio applications. Four independent channels provide voltage control of current-mode inputs and outputs for a gain range from +20dB to –100dB, with control provided by a ground-referenced –33mV/dB constant. The SSI2164 will directly retrofit existing SSM/V2164 positions while offering improvements that include significantly lower overall distortion, on-chip protection against asymmetrical power failure, and a substantial increase of input current handling. The device offers considerable flexibility for a wide range of design goals and applications.
Capacitor - 0.002uF, 1000V, Ceramic Disc, ± 10%
0.002uF ceramic disc capacitor rated for up to 1kV, ± 10% tolerance.
Integrated Circuit - Spin FV-1, DSP, Multi-Effect / Reverb
The Spin Semiconductor FV-1 is a complete reverb solution in a single IC. With integrated stereo ADC and DACs, the FV-1 can be treated like any other analog component in your product's signal path. The FV-1 can access a total of 16 programs, 8 are built into the internal ROM and the designer may elect to connect a serial EEPROM with 8 additional programs. By using an external EEPROM, the designer can distinguish his product from others by creating a custom program set without the need for a microprocessor in the system. With 3 potentiometer inputs, programs may have real time variable parameters such as decay time in a reverb, rate and depth in a chorus or frequency in a filter. These inputs are available as coefficients to your program and may be used independently of each other. The rich instruction set allows users to program effects of all kinds. With instructions like LOG and EXP, users can easily program audio expansion and compression routines.
Nut - Round, for mounting Qingpu PJ3410 3.5mm jacks
Knurled, slotted nut for W-QP-PJ3410 3.5mm jacks. See W-QP-NUT-PJ-H for the hex version of this nut.
Panel - Eurorack Blanks, Reversible Black / Aluminum, 1.6mm
Aluminum blank panels for use with eurorack synths. These 1.6mm thick panels feature a painted black side and a bare aluminum side. Simply flip the panel around to match your color scheme. Elongated holes are used for the mounting holes to ensure a proper fit in your rack. These low cost panels are great for filling gaps in your system or making DIY modules. Blank panels are also referred to as blind panels. Standard Eurorack panels have the same height of 128.5mm but the width varies and is measured in HP. HP is short for horizontal pitch. A single HP is 0.2” (5.08mm). The 2HP panel will measure 0.4” wide (10.16mm”) and the 20HP panel will measure 4.0” wide (101.6mm).
Starting at $2.12
¼" Jack - Switchcraft, Enclosed, Mono, Shunt Tip
The Switchcraft Type 112A enclosed ¼” jack is a high quality jack featuring a switched tip. This jack has three solder lugs. One for the tip, one for the sleeve, and one for the switch which connects to the tip when no plug is inserted. These jacks have been widely used across the industry and can also be found in many popular 5U synthesizers. Includes nut and washer
- Type 112AX
- 0.276" bushing length (standard)
- Mates with standard ¼" plugs and is available with 0.25" inside diameter bushing.
- Mono 2-Conductor
- Includes nut and washer
- Tip is shunt
Nut & Washer - Panel, for ⅜" Potentiometers and Jacks
Package of 100Replacement nut and washer for pots and jacks that feature a ⅜" bushing with 3/8-32 threading. Sold in packs containing 100 nuts and 100 washers.
Switch - Carling, Mini Toggle, DPDT, 2-Position, PC Pins
0.354" bushing length. 2-Position On/On. ¼" mounting hole diameter. Double pole/Double throw (DPDT). PC mount pins.
Wire - 22 AWG Stranded Core, PVC, 600V, Variety Pack
Variety pack, 10 feet for each color. 6 colors, 60 feet total. 600V stranded. Strands are tinned individually. See photos for detail. UL style 1015, rated to 105 degrees C. Perfect for new projects or rewiring any electrical equipment.
Nut - Dress Nut, For Mini Toggle Switches
Genuine Carling Technologies dress nuts for use with Carling mini toggle switches. These plated dress nuts feature a chamfered edge for a professional look and work on any 15/32-32 UNS threaded bushing. Two sides are flatted for use with a tool when fastening.
DSP Module - ABE, Accu-Bell Effector, 3 Adjustable Effects
The Accu-Bell Effector offers reverb, chorus, and delay with adjustable setting and tap tempo. This module runs on 5.5V to 9.5V DC so it is easy to incorporate into effect pedal builds. Please see the attached datasheet for an example schematic.
Switch Accessory - Mini Toggle CapsRubber caps for mini toggle switches in a variety of colors. These are made for standard sized toggle bats.
Starting at $0.35
Switch - Carling, Submini Toggle, DPDT, 2 Position, PC Pins
Carling submini toggle switch, DPDT, 2 position, .195" mounting hole diameter, 0.236" bushing length.
Switch - Carling, Submini Toggle, SPDT, 2 Position, PC Pins
Carling submini toggle switch, SPDT, 2 position, .195" mounting hole diameter, 0.236" bushing length.
Switch - Carling, Mini Toggle, SPDT, 2 Position, Solder Lugs, Short Bat
Carling, SPDT mini toggle, 2 positions, ¼" mounting hole diameter, 0.354" bushing length.
Switch - Carling, Mini Toggle, DPDT, 2 Position, Solder Lugs, Short Bat
Carling mini-toggle switch, DPDT, 2 position, ¼" mounting hole diameter, 0.354" bushing length.
Switch - Carling, Mini Toggle, SPDT, 3 Position, Solder Lug
Carling mini-toggle switch, SPDT, Solder Lug, 3-Position, On/Off/On