Picture of Designing and building an 'acoustic' synthesizer
For my internship at Create Digital Music/Meeblip I've created quite a fun little synthesizer. This thing is meant to be more flexible than other synthesizer by making it completely independent; it is battery powered, has its own amplifier/speaker and is controlled by a manually operated sequencer. Inspiration for this form comes from my frustrations with most synthesizers: that I can't just take them out and jam with friends!

The previous iteration of this instructable did not feature any sound or video of the actual synth, which is quite essential to see if you want to build something! So here they are:


A great video where Stefany June plays the instrument and I talk about it for a bit.

A quick video of a jam I did together with Roel playing electric guitar

A quick video of a jam I did with the synthesizer in Jasper's electronic setup


This instructable shows how I made my prototype and describes how you could make your own. It won't go into super-deep detail, so if you want any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me!

More details can be found in the report I wrote here.

This document and all included research and illustrations, are covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. The hardware designs, schematics and code are provided under GPL v3. This means that you can rebuild and improve on this project as you wish, just let me an Meeblip know!

If you want to know more about me, check me out at http://www.arvidjense.com
dmark26 months ago

Where did the the title for this 'table come from? 'Acoustic' might be a bit misleading as it suggest that no electricity is involved. Other than that, great project.

drook752 years ago
This is an excellent idea. I have alwys thought the same thing: There is too much involved in getting to the point where you can just play a synthesizer. If your "no-strings-attached" synth sounds good, you could really take off with it! I am terrible with electronics or mechanical sort of stuff, as I know a lot of other people are who would want what you have here. You could make a lot of money. Looking forward to the video. You'll post it here?
ArvidJense (author)  drook752 years ago
Here's the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32MlFpFa0pw
fernxtwo2 years ago
Any chance of a demo video ?
ynze fernxtwo2 years ago
ArvidJense (author)  ynze2 years ago
Yes, there will be! It should be around here before next week.
I look forward to seeing the video as well.

Really nice design on the synth, I like the laser cut wood design you came up with. Good job.
ArvidJense (author)  adoannie62 years ago
Took a bit longer than expected, but: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32MlFpFa0pw
ArvidJense (author)  fernxtwo2 years ago
Its been a while, but here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32MlFpFa0pw

nice project - however for all of you who want something a little simpler there is a stripboard layout for a cool drone synth HERE