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 - AS394H, Matched Pair, Alfa, TO5-8 case, NPN
The AS394H 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.
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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.
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Wrench - Befaco, Bananut Driver
Custom wrench tool for Bananuts. The two pegs slot into the notches on the Bananuts for an easy installation. Note: This wrench is only compatible with Befaco Bananuts
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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
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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.
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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).
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Switch - GØRVA, Submini Toggle, DPDT, 2 Position, PC Pins, Medium Bat
Premium two position DPDT submini toggle switches from Gorva Design. The Bascular Sub Mini switches have a medium 7.37mm actuator length. These switches feature silver plated copper alloy contacts. The bushing is smooth and the switch is secured with the mounting bracket on the PCB. RoHS compliant & lead-free. Details
  • 5.59mm non-threaded bushing
  • 2-Position On/On
  • 4.95mm panel hole diameter
  • Double pole/Double throw (DPDT)
  • PC Pins

Features
  • Power Rating: DC9V, 1A
  • Contact Resistance: <20mΩ
  • Insulation Resistance: 1000MΩ Minimum
  • Dielectric Strength: 1000V RMS @ Sea Level
  • Operating Temperature: -40°C ~ +85°C
  • Electrical Life: 30,000 Cycles
  • RoHS & Lead-free
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Op-Amp - TL022, Dual, Low Power, 8-Pin DIP
TL022 dual op amp in an 8-pin DIP package. The TL022 is a dual low-power operational amplifier designed to replace higher power devices in many applications without sacrificing system performance. High input impedance, low supply currents, and low equivalent input noise voltage over a wide range of operating supply voltages result in an extremely versatile operational amplifier for use in a variety of analog applications including battery-operated circuits.
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Heat Shrink - flame retardant polyolefin, 7.6mm unheated, black
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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.
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Power Jack - Lumberg, DC Panel Mount, Snap-in, 5.5mm External, 2.1mm Internal
Snap-in Lumberg panel mount barrel jack with solder lugs. This high quality jack is a similar size to the Lumberg low profile jack but easily snaps into place with no need to thread a nut inside the chassis. For use with barrel plugs with a 5.5mm external diameter and 2.1mm internal diameter.
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Knob - Aluminum, Notched Tip Indicator, Set Screw, .75" Diameter
Colors Available:
¾" dia. Knurled aluminum knob, 'positive grip', notched tip indicator, fits ¼" shaft. With set screw. Multiple color options available.
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Knob - Rogan, PT Series, 1P, Small, Pointer, D-Shaft
High-quality USA made knobs from Rogan Corp. These small 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.
  • Height: 0.55 in.
  • Diameter: 0.45 in.
  • Fits 6mm D Shafts
  • Indicator on round side of D-shaft

For a T18 knurled version of this knob, see P-K271P-W. A variety of different sizes are available from the PT Series.
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StripBoard - Single Sided, 3.15” x 1.97”, Mounting Holes
Prototyping circuit board with a standard long strip pattern where tracks run the length of the board. The long tracks are convenient for power and ground rails, and for signal buses. Strips can be cut as needed to make smaller tracks and circuit pads and the board has 0.1" hole spacing for DIP integrated circuits/ headers as well as other parts. Higher quality than traditional stripboard, the holes are drilled, not punched.
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Potentiometer - Alpha, Audio, Solid Shaft, Long PC, 16mm
Audio taper Alpha 16mm pots with a solid shaft and long 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: 20.7 mm + 4 mm (0.815” + 0.158”)
  • Lead Distance from shaft center: 14.3 mm (0.563”)
  • Lead Thickness: 0.5 mm (0.020”)
  • Shaft Diameter: 6.35 mm (0.25”)
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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.
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Op-Amp - NJM4580D, Dual, Audio, DIP 8
The NJM4580D is a dual opamp popularly used in many distortion pedals.
This chip 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, it is most suitable not only for acoustic electronic parts of audio pre-amp and active filter, but also for the industrial measurement tools. It is also suitable for the headphone amp at higher output current, and furthermore, it can be applied for the handy type set operational amplifier of general purpose in application of low voltage single supply type which is properly biased of the low voltage source.
Features:
  • Operating Voltage ±2V~±18V
  • Low Input Noise Voltage 0.8µVrms typ.
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Integrated Circuit - AS3109D, VCF, Alfa, SOIC-16
The AS3109 is Alfa’s version of the Roland IR3109 VCF in an SOIC package. The AS3109 is a high performance voltage controlled four-pole filter. 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 a range greater than 15 octaves with little control voltage feedthrough. AS3109 features high input impedance buffers. Features
  • Voltage controllable range – 15 octaves
  • Accurate exponential frequency scale
  • High input impedance buffers
  • Wide transconductance range
  • Low input offset voltage
  • Low control voltage feedthrough - 45 dB typical

Applications
  • For electronic music
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Wire - Bus, 100 foot Spool, tinned copper
Solid tinned copper bus wire. 105°C temperature rating, 600V.
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Transistor - BC547, General Purpose, TO-92 case, NPN
The BC547 is a silicon general purpose NPN transistor in a TO-92 package. The BC547’s typical applications include signal processing, amplification, and switching. The BC547 is available in two different gain ranges: BC547B and BC547C. Type hFE (IC=2mA, VCE=5V) BC547B 200-450 BC547C 420-800
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Op-Amp - LM741, Single, general purpose, 8-Pin DIP
LM741 single opamp in an 8-pin DIP package. The LM741 has been used in classic guitar pedals such as the Distortion Plus.
The LM741 series are general purpose operational amplifiers which feature improved performance over industry standards like the LM709. They are direct, plug-in replacements for the 709C, LM201, MC1439 and 748 in most applications. The amplifiers offer many features which make their application nearly foolproof: overload protection on the input and output, no latch-up when the common mode range is exceeded, as well as freedom from oscillations.
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Knob - Phenolic, Set Screw, Gaunt Chicken Head
High quality chicken head knobs with vintage gaunt design. The gaunt chicken head has a thinner band that extends above the base allowing for easy manipulation of the knob. This knob has a thick infilled indicator line and is made of solid phenolic. Fits 0.25” (6.35mm) shafts with set screw and brass insert.
  • Height: 0.67 in.
  • Length: 1.26 in.
  • Fits ¼" shaft with set screw
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Potentiometer - Song Huei, Center Notched, Linear, 9mm, Tall
Linear taper, vertical mount, Song Huei pots with a 6mm shaft and a notched center position sometimes called a center detent. 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 audio taper versions, see R-VSHL-AX. For standard linear taper versions, see R-VSHL-BX.
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Transistor - 2N321, Germanium, TO-5 case, PNP
2N321 PNP germanium transistors. The 2N321 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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Switch - Carling, Mini Toggle, SPDT, 3-Position, PC Pins
Carling mini-toggle switch, single pole/double throw, PC Pins. ¼" mounting hole diameter. 0.354" bushing length. 3-Position, On-Off-On.
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