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.
Transistor - 2N404A, Germanium, TO-5 case, PNP
2N404A PNP germanium transistors. The 2N404A is used in many fuzz pedals along with other effects. The 2N404A is the same as the 2N404 but with a higher voltage rating. This transistor is in a TO-5 package with long leads commonly found on germanium transistors. For a lower voltage version of this transistor, see P-Q2N404.
Heat Shrink - ¼" Diameter x 6" Long, 23 Pieces
The shrink ratio on this tubing is 2 to 1, it is fungus resistant and non-corrosive. It is recommended for tightly sealing connectors, terminals, wire splices, and tool handles. It may be shrunk with heat guns, oven, etc. Comes in 6 inch lengths, quantity of 23.
Transistor - BC337, General Purpose, TO-92 case, NPN
The BC337 is a silicon general purpose NPN transistor in a TO-92 package. The BC337’s typical applications include signal processing, amplification, and switching. The BC337 is available in three different gain ranges: BC337-16, BC337-25, and BC337-40. Type hFE Range (IC=100mA, VCE=1V) Typical hFE (IC=100mA, VCE=1V) BC337-16 100-250 160 BC337-25 160-400 250 BC337-40 250-630 400
Potentiometer - Alpha, Reverse Audio, 9mm, Vertical, 50KΩ
Reverse audio taper (antilog), vertical mount, Alpha pots with a 6.35mm shaft diameter. These 9mm pots are poplar in DIY guitar pedals, synthesizers, and other projects. Mounting nut and washer included.
Regulator - LT1054, Voltage Converter w/ Regulator, 8-Pin DIP
LT1054 switched-capacitor voltage converter with regulator in an 8 pin DIP package. The LT1054 device is a bipolar, switched-capacitor voltage converter with regulator. It provides higher output current and significantly lower voltage losses than previously available converters. An adaptive-switch drive scheme optimizes efficiency over a wide range of output currents. Total voltage drop at 100-mA output current typically is 1.1 V. This applies to the full supply-voltage range of 3.5 V to 15 V. Quiescent current typically is 2.5 mA. The LT1054 also provides regulation, a feature previously not available in switched-capacitor voltage converters. By adding an external resistive divider, a regulated output can be obtained. This output is regulated against changes in both input voltage and output current. The LT1054 can also shut down by grounding the feedback terminal.
Potentiometer - Song Huei, Audio, 9mm, Tall
Audio taper, vertical mount, Song Huei pots with a 6mm shaft. These 9mm pots are popular in DIY guitar pedals, modular synthesizers, and other projects where space is limited. The knurled shaft features a painted indicator line so no knob is required. These tall versions have a 17mm shaft length and a total height of 25mm. For linear taper versions, see R-VSHL-BX. For center notched, linear taper versions, see R-VSHL-BX-CN.
CMOS - CD4013, Dual D-Type Flip-Flop, 14-Pin DIP
The CD4013B device consists of two identical, independent data-type flip-flops. Each flip-flop has independent data, set, reset, and clock inputs and Q and Q outputs. These devices can be used for shift register applications, and, by connecting Q output to the data input, for counter and toggle applications. The logic level present at the D input is transferred to the Q output during the positive-going transition of the clock pulse.
Op-Amp - AS301AH, Alfa, Single, TO5-8 case
The AS301AH is Alfa’s version of the LM301A in an 8 pin TO5 package. The AS301A is a general purpose operational amplifier. This amplifier offers many features which make its application nearly foolproof: overload protection on the input and output, no latch-up when the common mode range is exceeded, and freedom from oscillations and compensation with a single 30 pF capacitor. It has advantages over internally compensated amplifiers in that the frequency compensation can be tailored to the particular application. For example, in low frequency circuits it can be overcompensated for increased stability margin. Or the compensation can be optimized to give more than a factor of ten improvements in high frequency performance for most applications. In addition, the device provides better accuracy and lower noise in high impedance circuitry.
Screw - M3, Nickel, Combination Head, Binding, 6mm
Combination Drive, Nickel, 6mm, M3 metric, 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.
PCB - SMD to Thru-Hole Adapter, SSI2140 to SSM2040
PCB for converting SMD SSOP-20 SSI2140 chips to through hole DIP-18 SSM2040 chips. This adapter makes the SSI2140 pin for pin compatible with the original IC. Solder the device to this PCB then attach pin headers (sold seperately) to connect to through hole footprints on PCBs, breadboards and IC sockets.
Transistor - 2N3906, TO-92 case, PNP, Lead Free
General purpose low-power PNP bipolar junction transistor, used frequently in hobbyist electronic projects. This version is lead free.
For a lead free 2N3904 see P-Q2N3904-LF.
For a lead free 2N3904 see P-Q2N3904-LF.
CMOS - CD4066, Quad Bilateral Switch, 14-Pin DIP
The CD4066B device is a quad bilateral switch intended for the transmission or multiplexing of analog or digital signals. It is pin-for-pin compatible with the CD4016B device, but exhibits a much lower on-state resistance. In addition, the on-state resistance is relatively constant over the full signal-input range. The CD4066B device consists of four bilateral switches, each with independent controls. Both the p and the n devices in a given switch are biased on or off simultaneously by the control signal. As shown in Figure 17, the well of the n-channel device on each switch is tied to either the input (when the switch is on) or to VSS (when the switch is off).
Transistor - AS394CH, Matched Pair, Alfa, TO5-8 case, NPN
The AS394CH is a junction isolated ultra well-matched monolithic NPN transistor pair with an order of magnitude improvement in matching over conventional transistor pairs. Electrical characteristics of these devices such as drift versus initial offset voltage, noise, and the exponential relationship of base-emitter voltage to collector current closely approach those of a theoretical transistor. Extrinsic base and emitter resistances are very low, giving very low noise and operating over a wide current range. To guarantee long term stability of matching parameters, internal clamp diodes have been added across the emitter-base junction of each transistor. These prevent degradation due to reverse biased emitter current, the most common cause of field failures in matched devices.
Diode - 1N34A Germanium, low leakage
The 1N34A Germanium diode is an old standby in electronics. Widely used for detecting the rectifying efficiency or for switching on a radio, TV or stereo etc.
Dress Nut - Befaco, Bananuts, for 3.5mm JacksBananuts are anodized aluminum custom minijack nuts following Buchla/Serge coloring code: blue, purple, red, orange, yellow, white, green and black. These nuts are great for color-coding jacks or color-theming modules. Sold individually.
Nut - CTS, 3/8-32, Nickel, for 450 Series Potentiometers
Replacement nut for CTS 450 series potentiometers and others.
- 3/8-32 threading
- Sold individually
Potentiometer - Alpha, Audio, 9mm, Vertical, D-Shaft
Audio taper (log), vertical mount, Alpha pots with a 6mm D shaft. These 9mm pots are popular in DIY guitar pedals, synthesizers, and other projects. Mounting nut and washer included.
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).
Transistor - BC238B, Silicon, TO-92 case, NPN
BC238B NPN transistor in a TO-92 package. The BC238 is used in a variety of vintage pedals such as the Schaller Fuzz, a version of the Brian May treble boost,and later Jen / Tonebender fuzz pedals. The BC238B is a variant of the BC108B and works well in other classic fuzz pedals such as Fuzz Face and Big Muff builds.
Switch - GØRVA, Mini Toggle, DPDT, 2 Position, Solder Lugs, Medium Bat
Premium two position DPDT mini toggle switches from Gorva Design. The Bascular Mini switches have a medium 7.5mm actuator length. These switches feature silver plated copper contacts. RoHS compliant & lead-free. Mounting hardware included. Details
- 8.89 mm bushing length
- Medium bat
- 2-Position On/On
- ¼" mounting hole diameter
- Double pole/Double throw (DPDT)
- Solder lugs
- Power Rating: DC9V, 1A
- Contact Resistance: <10mΩ
- Insulation Resistance: 1000MΩ Minimum
- Dielectric Strength: 1000V RMS @ Sea Level
- Operating Temperature: -40°C ~ +85°C
- Electrical Life: 40,000 Cycles
- RoHS & Lead-free
Op-Amp - RC4558, Dual, Low Noise, 8-Pin DIP
RC4558 dual op amp in an 8-pin DIP package. The RC4558 device is a dual general-purpose operational amplifier, with each half electrically similar to the µA741, except that offset null capability is not provided. The high common-mode input voltage range and the absence of latch-up make this amplifier ideal for voltage-follower applications. The device is short-circuit protected, and the internal frequency compensation ensures stability without external components. Features
- Continuous Short-Circuit Protection
- Wide Common-Mode and Differential Voltage Ranges
- No Frequency Compensation Required
- Low Power Consumption
- No Latch-Up
- Unity-Gain Bandwidth: 3 MHz Typ
- Gain and Phase Match Between Amplifiers
- Low Noise: 8 nV/√Hz Typ at 1 kHz
- DVD Recorders and Players
- Pro Audio Mixers
Heat Shrink - flame retardant polyolefin, 7.6mm unheated, black
Very flexible, high flame retardant polyolefin heat shrink tubing. Unheated outer diameter of about 7.6 mm with a 2:1 shrink ratio. Resistant to common liquid solvents with excellent physical, chemical, and electrical performance.
CMOS - CD4016, Quad Bilateral Switch, 14-Pin DIP
CD4016B Series types are quad bilateral switches intended for the transmission or multiplexing of analog or digital signals. Each of the four independent bilateral switches has a single control signal input which simultaneously biases both the p and n device in a given switch on or off. Features:
- 20-V digital or ± 10-V peak-to-peak switching
- 280- typical on-state resistance for 15-V operation
- Switch on-state resistance matched to within 10 typ. over 15-V signal-input range
- High on/off output-voltage ratio: 65 dB typ. @ fis = 10 kHz, RL = 10 k
- High degree of linearity: <0.5% distortion typ. @ fis = 1 kHz, Vis = 5 Vp-p, VDD–VSS
- Extremely low off-state switch leakage resulting in very low offset current and high effective off-state resistance: 100pA typ.
Nut - Wide Dress Nut, Threaded Through, For Mini Toggle Switches
Threaded through wide dress nuts for use with mini toggle switches. This wide based nut is not capped allowing the nut to thread past the top of the switch’s bushing. The uncapped top can be useful where internal depth is an issue such as parallel PCB mounting. These plated dress nuts feature a wide chamfered edge for a professional and unique look. These work on any 1/4-40 UNS threaded bushing. Two sides are flatted for use with a tool when fastening.