Elby Designs DIY synth kits?
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Elby Designs DIY synth kits?

by kokoon on Tue Nov 29, 2005 4:17 pm

http://www.elby-designs.com/

any of you guys have any experience with them?
the wasp clone - "pixie" - looks mighty fine but 124$ seems a bit much for a PCB... and then additional 122$ for the PCB component kit... that's almost 250$ just to complete the PCB. and apparently you HAVE to buy the instructions CD for like 7$ if you want to assemble it. again, the synth really looks powerful but i think it's not cheap.

then the ASM-2. on the "official" ASM-1 page it says that elby is now selling the boards. but elby doesn't seem to be selling the ASM-1 PCB. instead they made the "ASM-2" (which, again, looks fantastic) but - it all looks kinda fishy to me.

don't get me wrong - i think it's awesome that someone is putting these out and still it's probably small money for what you get. and i'll probably end up buying something from them. i'm just looking for some more info and possible user feedback.

anyone knows any forum or something that has some feedback on elby?
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Re: Elby Designs DIY synth kits?

by subatomic on Tue Nov 29, 2005 10:25 pm

just adding myself here so I get email notification on this topic.
I too am interested.
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Re: Elby Designs DIY synth kits?

by cheesy on Sun Dec 11, 2005 9:59 pm

subatomic wrote:just adding myself here so I get email notification on this topic.
I too am interested.


FYI you can click "Watch topic for replies" in the bottom left corner.

But yeah, I too am interested. I'm looking to build something a little easier within the next month before the next run of x0xb0x's are ready...
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by namke on Fri Dec 16, 2005 11:32 am

Note that those prices are in Australian dollars (if that makes a difference?) I don't know what the current exchange rate is, but AUD always used to be worth somewhat less than USD...
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by Guest on Fri Dec 16, 2005 2:30 pm

actually they're not. there's a link on that page to pick your currency and the prices i listed are USD.
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by namke on Fri Dec 16, 2005 4:47 pm

Anonymous wrote:actually they're not. there's a link on that page to pick your currency and the prices i listed are USD.


Oh yeah :oops: didn't notice the 'choose currency' button before. Ta.
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prices not bad...

by stevenclements on Thu Feb 02, 2006 1:25 pm

I picked all the bits for the ASM-2 and it comes to (Canadian $) $664.80, $817.42 for the pixie. That's not really bad when you consider what you're getting.

But there are other nice options out there...

The MOTM Analog Modular Synthesizer
http://www.synthtech.com/motm.html

and there are many more... with great flexibility, but I'm sure y'all know that

Then again... $678 Canadian gets you a fully built MFB-SYNTH II

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* 3 analogue VCOs (sawtooth, square, triangle waveforms)
* 2 envelope generators (ADSR)
* analogue 24 dB lowpass filter with resonance (VCF)
* 2 LFOs (sawtooth, square, triangle, random waveforms)
* 50 preset- and 49 user memories
* integrated step sequencer

http://www.mfberlin.de/Produkte/Musikelektronik/MFB-SYNTH_II/MFB-SYNTH_IIe/mfb-synth_iie.html
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asm1 and elby designs

by chaotician on Mon Sep 18, 2006 5:35 am

Hi I am a member of the synth-diy mailinglist of which the chap behind Elby is a member, I have heard nothing but postive things about both the asm1 and 2 and I would say that they sound to me like a good deal.

If you are curious about synth diy here is a url with the instrucytions on how to sign up

http://www.euronet.nl/~rja/Emusic/Synth-diy/

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by WidgetOz on Sat Oct 14, 2006 5:17 pm

Hello Kokoon,
The Pixie PCB includes a Mitsubishi M16C microprocessor which is a surface-mount chip and is pre-loaded on the pcb for you. This is why the pcb is so much more expensive.
There is a complete BOM on the web page so you can verify for yourself the cost of components needed to fully dress the board.
I took over the ASM-1 from Gene and when that stock of pcbs ran out I upgraded the design to the ASM-2.
I can assure there is nothing fishy about the ASM-2 or Pixie
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Re: Elby Designs DIY synth kits?

by WidgetOz on Sat Oct 14, 2006 5:18 pm

kokoon wrote:http://www.elby-designs.com/

any of you guys have any experience with them?
the wasp clone - "pixie" - looks mighty fine but 124$ seems a bit much for a PCB... and then additional 122$ for the PCB component kit... that's almost 250$ just to complete the PCB. and apparently you HAVE to buy the instructions CD for like 7$ if you want to assemble it. again, the synth really looks powerful but i think it's not cheap.

then the ASM-2. on the "official" ASM-1 page it says that elby is now selling the boards. but elby doesn't seem to be selling the ASM-1 PCB. instead they made the "ASM-2" (which, again, looks fantastic) but - it all looks kinda fishy to me.

don't get me wrong - i think it's awesome that someone is putting these out and still it's probably small money for what you get. and i'll probably end up buying something from them. i'm just looking for some more info and possible user feedback.

anyone knows any forum or something that has some feedback on elby?

By the way. The CD is free with all orders.
Also much of the paperwork is on the webpage as well
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ASM2-Wizard Analog Synthesiser

by stevenclements on Tue Dec 05, 2006 4:13 pm

The ASM2-Wizard Analog Synthesiser, looks very nice.
http://www.elby-designs.com/asm2-wizard/asm2-wizard-about.htm

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Bigger pic.... http://www.elby-designs.com/asm2-wizard/asm2-wizard.jpg

ASM2-Wizard Panel Component Kit Australian $893.00
A set of OMEG pots, MOTM/Moog-style knobs, switches, 1'4" jacks and LEDs for the ASM2-Wizard


1. VCO1
2. VCO2
3. VCF1
4. VCF2
5. VCA1
6. VCA2
7. VCLFO1
8. VCLFO2
9. ADSR1
10. ADSR2
11. GLIDE
12. INVERTER
13. PSU
14. SPLITTER
15. NOISE
16. RING MODULATOR
17. SAMPLE & HOLD
18. PolyDAC(X)
19. Octave Switchers

the Wizard has the PolyDAC was a 4-channel MIDI-CV Converter, and the really cool feature of having a number of pre-patched connections that allow the system to generate many of the common sounds used in analogue synths. All of these patches can be disabled by inserting jackplugs in to the relevant patch sockets... sounds like a minimoog approach yeah?



But then... is it more or less functional then a synthesizers.com entry level modular? http://www.synthesizers.com/system-entry1.html

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Here's what you get...
1) 22-Space cabinet made from MDF, unfinished
1) Power supply (New-Old Stock or refurbished) with 1-year warranty
1) Cable harness for 20 modules
1) Q137 Power Control Module
1) Q104 MIDI Interface Module
1) Q124 Multiple Module
2) Q106 Oscillator Modules
2) Q109 Envelope Generator Modules
1) Q108 Amplifier Module
1) Q107 State-Variable Filter Module
1) Q112 4-Channel Mixer Module
4) QP4MM-12 12" Patch Cable (brown)
5) QP4MM-24 24" Patch Cable (red)
3) QP4MM-36 36" Patch Cable (orange)

Total Cost: $1440.00 USD (Shipping charges are included! - see below)

To be honest... you need to add a power supply to the Wizard... but still it looks like a winner
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