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.
Switch - Carling, Mini Toggle, SPDT, 3 Position, Solder Lug
Carling mini-toggle switch, SPDT, Solder Lug, 3-Position, On/Off/On
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Transistor - 2N5087, Bipolar, General Purpose, PNP
2N5087 PNP Bipolar Junction Transistor in TO-92 package. For the NPN 2N5087 see P-Q2N5088
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Transistor - 2N1307, Germanium, TO-5 case, PNP
2N1307 PNP germanium transistors. The 2N1307 is a popular PNP for fuzz pedals and other effects. This transistor is in a TO-5 package with long leads commonly found on germanium transistors.
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Photocell - Morley, for Effects Pedals
Photocell for Morley effects pedals. Great replacement for LDR1, LDR2 and LDR3 (M79-211564-000) in Morley Pro Series Volume PVO. Sold individually.
A photocell may also be referred to as a photoresistor, LDR, or light dependant resistor.
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Transistor - 2N5172, Silicon, TO-92 case, NPN
The 2N5172 is a silicon general purpose NPN transistor in a TO-92 package. The 2N5172’s typical applications include general purpose amplification and switching.
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Potentiometer - Alpha, Linear, 9mm, Right Angle
Linear taper, right angle, Alpha pots with a 6.35mm shaft diameter. These 9mm pots are popular in DIY guitar pedals, synthesizers, and other projects. Mounting nut and washer included.
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Knob - Plastic, Set Screw, Skirted w/ Top Line, 0.87" Diameter
Black plastic control knob with set screw and brass insert. The grip has a thick vertical knurl with an indicator line on a raised top. This skirted knob is a close match to the knobs used on some late 1960s Fuzz Face® pedals as well as the Eric Johnson signature model. Fits ¼” (6.35mm) pot shafts.
  • Height: 0.77 in.
  • Diameter: 0.87 in.
  • Fits ¼" shaft with set screw
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Knob - Plastic, Set Screw, Knurled w/ Dot, 0.605" Diameter
Small black plastic control knob with set screw and brass insert. These unique knobs are similar in style to the Davies 1140. They have a thick decorative knurl. A white dot as well as a vertical cutout channel serve as the indicator. Fits ¼” (6.35mm) pot shafts.
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Transistor - BC109, TO-18 case, NPN
BC109 NPN silicon transistors. The BC109 is a popular NPN choice for fuzz pedals and other effects such as vintage silicon Fuzz Face builds and Big Muff clones. Type hFE (IC=2mA, VCE=5V) hfe (IC=2mA, VCE=5V, f=1KHz) BC109B 200-450 240-500 BC109C 420-800 450-900
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PCB - SMD to Thru-Hole Adapter, SOIC-16 to DIP-16
Package of 5
PCB for converting SMD SOIC-16 packages to through hole DIP-16 footprints. Solder the device to this PCB then attach pin headers (sold seperately) to connect to through hole footprints on PCBs, breadboards and IC sockets. This adapter is also compatible with SOP-16 packages.
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Optocoupler - Xvive, Vactrol, VTL5C Series
High quality vactrols from Xvive. The Xvive vactrols are clones of the original Excelitas / Perkins-Elmer vactrols used in many effects pedals, synthesizers, compressors and other equipment. These vactrols feature a thick epoxy sealed casing. The VTL5C3 and VTL5C3/2 both have a steep slope, good dynamic range, a very low temperature coefficient of resistance, and a small light history memory.
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Integrated Circuit - AS3320, Multi-Mode VCF, Alfa, 18-Pin Dip
The AS3320 is Alfa’s version of the CEM3320 IC. The AS3320 is a high performance voltage controlled four-pole filter with on-chip voltage controllable resonance IC. The four independent sections may be interconnected to provide a wide variety of filter responses, such as low pass, high pass, band pass and all pass. A single input exponentially controls the frequency over greater than a ten octave range with little control voltage feedthrough. Another input controls the resonance in a modified linear manner from zero to low distortion oscillation. For those demanding applications, provision has been made to allow trimming for improved control voltage rejection. Each filter section features a variable gain cell which is fully temperature compensated, exhibits a better signal-to-noise ratio and generates its low distortion predominantly in the second harmonic. The device includes a minus two volt regulator to ensure low power dissipation and consequent low warm-up drift.
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Diode - Silicon Rectifier, 3A, 400V, 1N5404
A semiconductor device which passes current in the forward direction(from anode to cathode), and blocks current in the opposite direction.
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Knob - Rogan, RB-67 Series, Medium, Skirted
Colors Available:
High-quality USA made knobs from Rogan Corp. These medium knobs feature a metal insert, spun aluminum inlay, and a skirt with an infilled arrow indicator. The RB-67 Series from Rogan is popularly used on Buchla 200 Series modular synthesizers and can be found on many contemporary eurorack synthesizers..
  • Height: 0.77 in.
  • Diameter: 1.15 in.
  • Fits ¼" shaft with set screws

A variety of sizes and colors are available from the RB-67 Series. See the links below for the full selection of knobs from this series. P-K770-X Small P-K770S-X Small Skirted P-K771S-X Medium Skirted P-K772S-B Large Skirted
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Resistors - ¼ Watt, Carbon Film, 5% tolerance
Package of 5
Carbon Film resistors are made by vacuum depositing a thin carbon film on a ceramic form. A good choice for applications which require a steady, low power drop. Package of 5. These resistors are perfect for pedal builders!
  • 1/4 watt
  • ± 5% tolerance
  • EIA color coded
  • .24" long x .08" diameter
  • Package of 5
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Potentiometer - Alpha, Reverse Audio, Solid Shaft, 16mm
Reverse audio taper 16mm solid shaft potentiometers with solder lug terminals. These pots are great for any project. 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”)
  • Bushing Length: 6.5mm (0.256")
  • Shaft Diameter: 6.35mm ( 0.250")
  • Taper: Reverse Audio (Anti-Log)
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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.
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Potentiometer - Alpha, Linear, 9mm, Vertical, Dual Gang
Linear taper, vertical mount, dual gang Alpha pots with a 6.35mm shaft diameter. Dual gang pots are useful for stereo controls and other circuits requiring two separate pots moving in tandem. These 9mm pots are popular in DIY guitar pedals, synthesizers, and other projects. Mounting nut and washer included. See R-VAV-A100K-DUAL for an audio taper version.
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Audio Power Amplifier - LM380, Class-AB, 2.5W, 14-Pin DIP
LM380 power amp in a 14-pin DIP package. The LM380 is a power audio amplifier for consumer applications. In order to hold system cost to a minimum, gain is internally fixed at 34 dB. A unique input stage allows ground referenced input signals. The output automatically self-centers to one-half the supply voltage. The output is short circuit proof with internal thermal limiting. The package outline is standard dual-in-line. The LM380N uses a copper lead frame. The center three pins on either side comprise a heat sink.
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Capacitor - 50V, 680pF, Ceramic Disc
Ceramic disc capacitor, 680 pF (.00068µF) rated for up to 50 V.
Non linear temperature coefficient of capacitance
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Knob - Davies, 1600 & 1610, Daka-ware, Skirted
High-quality USA made knobs from Davies Molding. The small skirted 1610 knob is made of solid phenolic and features an indicator line on the 0.91” diameter skirt. This classic knob has been used on a variety of equipment and most notably on the Buchla 100 Series as well as some 200 Series modules.
  • Height: 0.59 in.
  • Diameter: 0.91 in.
  • Fits ¼" shaft with set screw

The large skirted 1600 knob is made of phenolic and features an indicator line on the 1.5” diameter skirt. This classic knob has been used on a variety of equipment and most notably on the Buchla 100 Series as well as some 200 Series modules.
  • Height: 0.69 in.
  • Diameter: 1.5 in.
  • Fits ¼" shaft with set screw
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Screws - M3-0.5 Socket Head Cap, 8mm Length
Package of 5
Colors Available:
Ideal for precision assembly work with close tolerances and applications needing a well tooled appearance.
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Capacitor - 50V, 0.047µF, Used In Pedal Kits
Polyester Film Capacitor used in MOD® Pedal Kits. Rated at 0.047µF 50V. Tolerance: 10%. Operating temperature: -40 C to +85 C
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Knob - Rogan, PT Series, 1PS, Small, Skirted, Pointer, Knurled Shaft
High-quality USA made knobs from Rogan Corp. These small, 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 T18 knurled shafts.
  • Height: 0.71 in.
  • Diameter: 0.57 in.
  • Fits T18 Knurled Shafts

For a D-shaft version of this knob, see P-K281PS-W. A variety of different sizes are available from the PT Series. See the links below for the full selection of knurled shaft knobs from this series. P-K271P-W 1P Small Pointer P-K272P-W 2P Medium Pointer P-K272PS-W 2PS Medium Skirted Pointer
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