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2CV from Din Sync demonstrates some of the sweet analog sounds which can be produced with a few simple mods made to a Korg Monotron. For those unfamiliar, the Monotron, is a pocket-sized analog synth well suited for hacking/modding.

This little ribbon-controlled unit seems more than a little bit inspired by Gakken’s popular SX-150 analog stylus synth, but unlike the SX, the Monotron comes fully assembled and is much more compact. Overall a very cool design, but really the best feature is revealed once you open up this things enclosure – the PCB’s most hackable points are all clearly labelled:

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Here’s hoping this sparks a trend and more manufacturers realize how many of their customers have soldering irons (and want to use them!)

Check out 2CV’s write-up and simple schematic for Monotron CV inputs over at DinSync.info

In the Maker Shed:

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SX-150 Analog Synthesizer Kit

Collin Cunningham

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!


  • Edward On-Robinson

    Note the complete lack of information on how to modify anything once you’ve opened the device up. Possibly the worst ‘how to’ guide ever written.

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