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.
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.
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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.
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Diode - Fast Recovery, 1A, 600V, 1N4937
A semiconductor device that, above a certain reverse voltage(the zener value) has a sudden rise in current. If forward biased, the diode is an ordinary rectifier. When reverse biased, it exhibits a sharp break in its current-voltage graph. Voltage across the diode remains essentially constant for any further increase of reverse current.
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Nut - M3-0.5 Hex Nut, Stainless Steel
Package of 5
A threaded fastener made from austenitic stainless steels. It contains chromium creating an invisible surface film that resists oxidation making the metal corrosion resistant. If the surface layer is damaged, it rebuilds itself in the presence of oxygen.
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Potentiometer - Alpha, Audio, Solid Shaft, PC Lead, 16mm
Alpha Mini Pots with solid shaft and short PC mount terminals.
  • Threading: M7 x 0.75
  • Distance between terminals: 5 mm (0.197”)
  • Lead Depth from Panel: 3.8 mm (0.150”)
  • Lead Distance from shaft center: 12.5 mm + 3.5 mm (0.492” + 0.138”)
  • Lead Thickness: 0.5 mm (0.020”)
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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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Box Header - Shrouded, 10 Pin, Right Angle
High quality right angled 10-pin headers. Right angled headers are perfect for compact eurorack builds. The durable glass filled polyester shroud makes soldering these shrouded headers a simple task.
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Optocoupler - XVive, VTL5C1, Vactrol, for Channel Switching
VTL5C1 vactrols for use in amplifiers, effect pedals, synthesizers and more. The VTL5C1 was commonly used for channel switching circuits in amps made by Crate and others.
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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, 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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Integrated Circuit - SSI2131, VCO, Sound Semiconductor
The FatKeys™ SSI2131 Voltage Controlled Oscillator provides the core VCO function with buffered triangle, sawtooth, and variable-width pulse waveform outputs over a ten-octave range. The device offers unparalleled temperature stability, exponentiality, waveform integrity, and ease of use while requiring an absolute minimum of external components. The SSI2131 is a new-generation voltage controlled oscillator for high-performance electronic musical instruments and other systems requiring accurate audio-band waveform generation. The device offers unprecedented levels of temperature stability, exponentiality, waveform integrity, and ease of use.
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Diode - standard recovery rectifier, 3A, 1000V, 1N5408
1N5408 Diode. Lead mounted standard recovery rectifiers are designed for use in power supplies and other applications having need of a device with the following features:
  • High Current to Small Size
  • High Surge Current Capability
  • Low Forward Voltage Drop
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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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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, 11 Detents
Linear taper, vertical mount, Alpha pots with a 6.35mm shaft diameter featuring 11 detents across the rotation. The 11 detent versions are useful for builds where 1-10 settings are commonly used or if the pot is used as a rotary switch along with a microcontroller. These 9mm pots are popular in DIY guitar pedals, synthesizers, and other projects. Mounting nut and washer included. See R-VAV-A100K-11DET for an audio taper version.
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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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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 - 50 V, 0.1 µF, Polyester
Polyester Film Capacitor used in MOD® Pedal Kits. Rated at 0.1µF 50V. Tolerance: 10%. Operating temperature: -40 C to +85 C
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Potentiometer - Alpha, Linear, Solid Shaft, PC Lead, 16mm
Alpha Mini Pots with solid shaft and short PC mount terminals.
  • Threading: M7 x 0.75
  • Distance between terminals: 5 mm (0.197”)
  • Lead Depth from Panel: 3.8 mm (0.150”)
  • Lead Distance from shaft center: 12.5 mm + 3.5 mm (0.492” + 0.138”)
  • Lead Thickness: 0.5 mm (0.020”)
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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.
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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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Heat Shrink - ~\frac{3}{16}~" Diameter x 6" Long, 27 Pieces
Package of 27
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 27.
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Potentiometer - Alpha, Reverse Audio, 9mm, Right Angle, 25KΩ
Reverse audio taper (antilog), right angle, 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.
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Knob - Plastic, Set Screw, Skirted Pointer, 1.125" Diameter
Large black plastic control knob with set screw and brass insert. This distinctive pointer knob is similar to the selector knobs used on original MiniMoog and Moog modular synths. It features a triangular pointer, a radial brushed metal top, and a line indicator. The large skirt has a diameter of 1.125 inches. Fits ¼” (6.35mm) pot shafts.
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