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.
Reverb Module - Accutronics Belton, Digi-Log, horizontal mount
A great digital reverb sound that easily replaces a spring reverberation unit. Simple interface requires only input, output, +5V, and ground. Output requires no external capacitors.
Transistor - 2N1711, Silicon, TO-39 case, NPN
The 2N1711 is a silicon planar epitaxial NPN transistor in a TO-39 metal case. It is intended for use in high performance amplifiers, oscillators and switching circuits. The 2N1711 is a great choice for amplifiers where low noise is an important factor.
Op-Amp - TL062, Dual, Low-Power, JFET Input, 8-Pin DIP
Dual low power opamps in an 8-pin DIP package. The TL062 offers a high input impedance and 1MHz bandwidth.
Knob - Davies, 1910 and 1913, Daka-ware, Skirted
High-quality USA made knobs from Davies Molding. The skirted 1900 series knobs are made of solid phenolic and feature an indicator line on the skirt. These classic knobs have been used on a variety of equipment throughout the decades and are still popularly used on synthesizers today. The smaller 1910 knob was used on many early Serge paperface panels. Davies 1910 (Small)
Davies 1913 (Large)
- Height: 0.50 in.
- Diameter: 0.75 in.
- Fits ¼" shaft with set screw
Davies 1913 (Large)
- Height: 0.625 in.
- Diameter: 1.13 in.
- Fits ¼" shaft with set screw
Knob - Aluminum, Set Screw, Short Line, 0.495" DiameterAnodized aluminum knob with short indicator line and set screw. This slim, solid aluminum knob has a straight knurled grip with a diameter of 0.495”. It also features a counterbore which allows it to hide pot bushings for a clean look. Fits ¼” (6.35mm) pot shafts.
Transistor - NTE123, Silicon, TO-5 case, NPN
NTE123 NPN silicon transistors. The NTE123 is a popular NPN for fuzz pedals and other effects. This transistor is in a TO-5 package. The NTE123 was used in the Texas Square Face made by Cesar Diaz, the famous amp tech who worked with Stevie Ray Vaughan and others. Early in his career, SRV had a broken Fuzz Face pedal and took it to Cesar Diaz to have him fix it. Diaz fixed and modified the pedal and this became the foundation of his famous version which he named the Texas Square Face. The Diaz pedals often came socketed and included a set of NTE123 along with the standard pair of P-QNTE103 to experiment with the different sounds of the transistors.
Transistor - 2N6027 Programmable Unijunction
2N6027 programmable unijunction transistor often referred to as a PUT. The 2n6027 can be found in many tremolo effects pedal projects.
Op-Amp - LF356, Single, High Slew Rate, 8-Pin DIP
LF356 single op amp in an 8-pin DIP package. The LFx5x devices are the first monolithic JFET input operational amplifiers to incorporate well-matched, high-voltage JFETs on the same chip with standard bipolar transistors (BI-FET™ Technology). These amplifiers feature low input bias and offset currents/low offset voltage and offset voltage drift, coupled with offset adjust, which does not degrade drift or common-mode rejection.
Wire - Weico, 24AWG Stranded, Top Coat Pre-Tinned, 300V, 50 feetHigh quality 24AWG wire from Weico featuring a topcoat of solder over the strands. This wire is pre-tinned in the sense that a coating of solder is already applied, bonding the individual strands together so no additional tinning is required. This wire is ready to go as soon as it is cut and stripped making assembly that much easier. Rated at 300V and offered in a variety of colors, this wire is a great option for a variety of different projects.
CMOS - CD4030, Quad XOR (Exclusive-OR) Gate, 14-Pin DIP
CD4030B types consist of four independent Exclusive-OR gates. THe CD4030B provides the system designer with a means for direct implementation of the Exclusive-OR function. Features:
- Medium-speed operation—tPHL, tPLH = 65 ns (typ.) at VDD = 10 V, CL = 50 pF
- 100% tested for quiescent current at 20 V
- Standardized, symmetrical output characteristics
- 5-V, 10-V, and 15-V parametric ratings
- Maximum input current of 1 µA at 18 V over full package-temperature range; 100 nA at 18 V and 25°C
- Noise margin (over full package-temperature range) =
- 1 V at VDD = 5 V
- 2 V at VDD = 10 V
- 2.5 V at VDD = 15 V
- Meets all requirements of JEDEC Tentative Standard No.
Transistor - AS3046D, Array of 5, Matched Pair, SOIC-14, NPN
The AS3046 is Alfa’s version of the CA3046 IC in an SOIC package. The AS3046D consists of five general purpose silicon NPN transistors on a common monolithic substrate. Two of the transistors are internally connected to form a differentially-connected pair. The transistors are well suited to a wide variety of applications in low power systems. They may be used as discrete transistors in conventional circuits however, in addition, they provide the very significant inherent integrated circuit advantages of close electrical and thermal matching. The AS3046D is available in a 14-pin SOIC package. Features
- Matched pair of npn transistors
- VBE matched less than ±1 mV
- 5 general purpose monolithic transistors
- Wide operating current range
- Custom designed differential amplifiers
- Temperature compensated amplifiers
Felt Strip - 51.5", for Korg & Yamaha Keyboards
For Yamaha DX7, DX7 II, FX20, Korg M1, Trinity and T Series.
Knob - Rogan, PT Series, 3PS, Large, Skirted, Pointer, D-Shaft
High-quality USA made knobs from Rogan Corp. These large, skirted pointer knobs from Rogan’s PT Series feature a soft rubber grip molded over a solid polymer knob. PT Series knobs can be found on synthesizer modules from Make Noise, Mutable Instruments and others. Fits 6mm D-shafts.
A variety of different sizes are available from the PT Series.
- Height: 0.71 in
- Diameter: 0.73 in
- Fits 6mm D Shafts
- Indicator on round side of D-shaft
A variety of different sizes are available from the PT Series.
Audio Power Amplifier - LM386N-1 / 4, Low Voltage
LM386 Low Voltage Audio Power Amplifier The LM386 is a mono low voltage amplifier that can be used in a variety of applications. It can drive loads from 4 Ω to 32 Ω. The gain is internally set to 20 but it can be modified from 20 to 200 by placing a resistor and capacitor between pins 1 and 8. As this is an Op Amp it can be used in different configurations to fit in several applications. The internal gain setting resistor allows the LM386 to be used in a very low part count system. In addition a series resistor can be placed between pins 1 and 5 to modify the gain and frequency response for specific applications. These are found in many small audio amplifiers and even tiny pedal sized guitar amplifiers! There are tons of possibilities for this little Op Amp.
Potentiometer - Alpha, Reverse Audio, Solid Shaft, Right Angle, 16mm
Reverse audio taper Alpha 16mm pots with a solid shaft and right angle PCB mount terminals. The smaller size is useful for builds with limited panel space such as guitar pedals, synthesizer modules, and adding modifications to equipment. Washer and nut included.
- Threading: M7 x 0.75
- Distance between terminals: 5 mm (0.197”)
- Lead Depth from Panel: 10.7 mm + 5 mm (0.421” + 0.197”)
- Lead Distance from shaft center: 16 mm (0.630”)
- Lead Thickness: 0.5 mm (0.020”)
- Shaft Diameter: 6.35 mm (0.25”)
Nut & Washer - Panel, for ⅜" Potentiometers and Jacks
Replacement 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.
Op-Amp - OP275, Dual, Bipolar/JFET, Audio, 8-Pin DIP
OP275 dual audio op amp in an 8-pin DIP package. The OP275 is the first amplifier to feature the Butler Amplifier front end. This new front end design combines both bipolar and JFET transistors to attain amplifiers with the accuracy and low noise performance of bipolar transistors, and the speed and sound quality of JFETs. Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise equals that of previous audio amplifiers, but at much lower supply currents. A very low l/f corner of below 6 Hz maintains a flat noise density response. Whether noise is measured at either 30 Hz or 1 kHz, it is only 6 nVHz. The JFET portion of the input stage gives the OP275 its high slew rates to keep distortion low, even when large output swings are required, and the 22 V/µs slew rate of the OP275 is the fastest of any standard audio amplifier.
Potentiometer - Alpha, Linear, 9mm, Vertical, Center Notch
Linear taper, vertical mount, Alpha pots with a 6.35mm shaft diameter and a center notch (detent). The center notch is useful for builds where the center position of the pot is commonly used such as panners or EQ controls. These 9mm pots are popular in DIY guitar pedals, synthesizers, and other projects. Mounting nut and washer included.
Op-Amp - NJM4580L, Dual, Audio, 8-Pin SIP
NJM4580L dual op amp from JRC in a SIP8 package. The NJM4580L is the same as the DIP NJM4580 (JRC4580) otherwise. The SIP version is a great replacement for dual op amps in vintage circuits as well as a space saving package for some PCB layouts. The NJM4580 is a dual operational amplifier, specially designed for improving the tone control, which is most suitable for the audio application. Featuring noiseless, higher gain bandwidth, high output current and low distortion ratio, and it is most suitable not only for acoustic electronic parts of audio pre-amp and active filter, but also for the industrial measurement tools.
LED Bezel - with included 3mm Red LED
Bezel Assembly with 3mm Red LED. Required hole size: 0.25". Washer and hex nut included. LED Specifications: Color Red Lens Diam 3 mm Overall Height 5.4 mm Lens Type Diffused Luminous Intensity Min. 3.6 mCd @If (test) 10 mA Wavelngth (Peak) 568 nm V(FM) Max.(V) Forward Voltage 2.7 V @I(F) (test) 10 mA Min Operating Temp -30° Max Operating Temp 80°
Transistor - BD139, Medium Power, TO-126 case, NPN
The BD139 is a NPN medium power BJT transistor in a TO-126 package. The BD139's typical applications include audio amplifiers and drivers but is also popularly used in silicon fuzz pedals. The BD139 is available in two different gain ranges: BD139-10 and QBD139-16. Type hFE (IC=150mA, VCE=2V) BD139-10 63-160 BD139-16 100-250
Screw - M3, Painted, Combination Head, Binding, 6mmCombination Drive, Colored Head Binding Screws, 6mm, M3, zinc. Designed to go through a hole or nut that is pre-tapped to form a mating thread for the screw. Phillips drive is the most common drive used and is designed to "camout" when the screw reaches optimum tightness, thus preventing damage to the screw head.
Nut - Mod® "Top Brass", for Qingpu and other 3.5mm jacks
Mod® "Top Brass" nuts are the easiest way to upgrade your Eurorack module or other 3.5 mm application to a more regal look - we call it "Top Brass". Designed with the same outer dimensions as Qingpu knurled nuts, these round brass nuts will fit any module using Qingpu or other similar metal-bushing jacks without covering up the jack labels. As their name implies, the Mod® "Top Brass" nuts are made out of pure brass, and while they look incredible on their own, their appearance also pairs extremely well with the immersion gold used on Make Noise and other similar modules. Rather than being knurled, Top Brass nuts have a smooth outer edge for a clean look. The nuts are slotted and will work with all existing nut drivers intended for use with the knurled Qingpu-style nuts. "Top Brass" nuts use M6x0.5 threading which matches the bushing on the ubiquitous Qingpu jacks and many of their copies.
Op-Amp - LM3900, Quad, Norton, 14-Pin DIP
LM3900 quad op amp in a 14-pin DIP package. These devices consist of four independent, high-gain frequency-compensated Norton operational amplifiers that were designed specifically to operate from a single supply over a wide range of voltages. Operation from split supplies is also possible. The low supply current drain is essentially independent of the magnitude of the supply voltage. These devices provide wide band- width and large output voltage swing. Features
- Wide Range of Supply Voltages, Single or Dual Supplies
- Wide Bandwidth
- Large Output Voltage Swing
- Output Short-Circuit Protection
- Internal Frequency Compensation
- Low Input Bias Current
- Designed to Be Interchangeable With National Semiconductor LM2900 and LM3900, Respectively