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Where can a total beginner go to get learn electronics and schematics specifically with audio projects in mind? Answered

I'd really like to get into the electronic side of music, but have no idea where to start. Some of the projects here are very interesting, particularly those that have to do with sound creation and modulation. My end goal is to be able to design my own circuits for analog amps, guitar pedals, and perhaps even synthesizers and vocoders. However, for now I don't have any idea of how electronics work, nor where to start. I've been told that kits might help, but does anybody have any specific places to start? I'd love to learn basic electronic theory, but especially how certain components create or change sounds. Thanks!



Best Answer 8 years ago

www.allaboutcircuits.com has loads of really useful beginner guides and information. You could try learning a bit there first. Before branching into more audio specific electronics.

I'm developing a site for that exact purpose. It's not completed yet, but you can check it out at http://www.learnelectronicsonline.com
If you have any questions, please let me know!

Like what ac-dc, as well as here; there are quite a few good instructables on audio, and most of them have explanations. Is something like this alright? :https://www.instructables.com/id/Morse-tone-generator-low-power-CW-beeper/#step1


8 years ago

Go to a library and read intro to electrics type books, you first need a basic level of electronics understanding to understand the circuits you will see.

Next read books on analog audio electronics.  Next visit web forums that deal with DIY analog audio circuits like head-fi.org, headwise, diyaudio, etc... and of course forums dedicated to musicians, sound engineers and instruments since it seems the orientation of your projects.

Next build some amps, duplicating someone else's design or from a kit.  Think about the circuit and make changes to personalize it, and observe the change it makes.

Also take apart existing products and learn about them, trace the circuits and upgrade them so you are both learning and improving gear you already have.

Chaney electronics sells kits that will teach you electronics (the hands-on fun way).

With a LITTLE bit of knowledge, you can build kits that other people designed and sell.  If you want to be able to design and  modify electronics, you will need a LOT more knowledge and skills.  I have been in electronics since i was about 13 years old, and am almost 55 now... and would not be able to DESIGN very much beyond simple circuits.  That should give you some idea how difficult it would be.  One place you might want to start is learning how to use a digital voltmeter.  I made such an instruction CD and sold it on Ebay several years ago...  It also has chapters on many beginner subjects like "diodes" "resistors" "soldering" and lots more.  If you live in the USA, i would send you a copy FREE just email me your name and address. I assume you live in the USA.  If you live OUTSIDE the USA, sorry, I cant send anything that far, it would cost BIG BUCKS.  With the knowledge you would gain from this computer disk, you would be able to build kits and be very expert at using digital voltmeters.  email me at framistan@sbcglobal.net  if you want the disk, (free ! )


 One of my favorite websites for basic audio circuits is www.aaroncake.net/circuits/index.asp.  I also tend to use Wikipedia for links when I know what specific circuit I need such as a state variable filter.  Also, once you get going, play with the circuits.  Put in a pot where a resistor goes and learn what the final result is when the resistance changes.  Always be careful, but this is one of the best ways to learn how it actually works.  Also, when working with audio make sure you understand how capacitors work with AC current opposed to DC. Good luck, and ask more questions when needed. 

*seconded allaboutcircuits.com

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