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.
Op-Amp - NJM4558L, Dual high-gain, 8-Pin SIP
NJM4558L dual op amp from JRC in a SIP8 package. The NJM4558L is the same as the DIP NJM4558 (JRC4558) otherwise. The SIP version is a great replacement for dual op amps in vintage circuits as well as a space saving package for some PCB layouts. The NJM4558L is a dual high-gain operational amplifier with internal compensation circuit and constructed on a single silicon chip. It offers excellent characteristics by combining the parameters adjusted for a monolithic chip. The channel separation characteristic is suitable for measuring instruments. Features:
  • Operating Voltage ( ±4V~±18V )
  • High Voltage Gain ( 100dB typ. )
  • High Input Resistance ( 5MΩ typ. )
  • Bipolar Technology

See P-Q4558 for the DIP version of this chip
$0.85
Op-Amp - NJM4580L, Dual, Audio, 8-Pin SIP
NJM4580L dual op amp from JRC in a SIP8 package. The NJM4580L is the same as the DIP NJM4580 (JRC4580) otherwise. The SIP version is a great replacement for dual op amps in vintage circuits as well as a space saving package for some PCB layouts. The NJM4580 is a dual operational amplifier, specially designed for improving the tone control, which is most suitable for the audio application. Featuring noiseless, higher gain bandwidth, high output current and low distortion ratio, and it is most suitable not only for acoustic electronic parts of audio pre-amp and active filter, but also for the industrial measurement tools.
$0.69
Trimmer - Bourns, 3362P, Single Turn, Top Adjust, PCB Mount
High-quality Bourns 3362P trimpots. These single-turn cermet trimmers can be found in countless guitar pedals and synthesizer modules. Sealed trimmers are built with an o-ring seal to prevent entrance of moisture and serve as a mechanical restraint to prevent unwanted wiper movement. ±10% tolerance.
$0.99
Integrated Circuit - AS571D, Compandor, Alfa, SOIC-16
The AS571D is Alfa’s version of the NE571 or SA571 in an SOIC package. AS571 is a versatile low cost dual gain control circuit in which either channel may be used as a dynamic range compressor or expandor. Each channel has a full-wave rectifier to detect the average value of the signal, a linearized temperature-compensated variable gain cell, and an operational amplifier. AS571 is well suited for use in VCA blocks, noise reduction systems, compandors/expanders ,etc. Features
  • Complete compressor and expandor
  • Temperature compensated
  • Channel separation >86 dB
  • Greater than 110 dB dynamic range
  • Levels adjustable with external components
  • Distortion may be trimmed out

Applications
  • VCA
  • High level limiter
  • Low level expandor − noise gate
  • Dynamic filters
  • Dynamic noise reduction systems
$5.50
Transistor - 2N169, Germanium, Oval case, NPN
2N169 NPN germanium transistors in an oval package. The oval package is sometimes referred to as a top hat package. The 2N169 is a popular NPN for fuzz pedals and other effects. The NPN polarity allows for use with standard pedal power supplies.
$2.95
Integrated Circuit - AS3109D, VCF, Alfa, SOIC-16
The AS3109 is Alfa’s version of the Roland IR3109 VCF in an SOIC package. The AS3109 is a high performance voltage controlled four-pole filter. The four independent sections may be interconnected to provide a wide variety of filter responses, such as low pass, high pass, band pass and all pass. A single input exponentially controls the frequency over a range greater than 15 octaves with little control voltage feedthrough. AS3109 features high input impedance buffers. Features
  • Voltage controllable range – 15 octaves
  • Accurate exponential frequency scale
  • High input impedance buffers
  • Wide transconductance range
  • Low input offset voltage
  • Low control voltage feedthrough - 45 dB typical

Applications
  • For electronic music
$7.95
Integrated Circuit - AS3372E, Synth Voice, Alfa, 24 Pin DIP
The AS3372E is Alfa’s take on the CEM3372 µP Controllable Signal Processor in a DIP-24 package. The AS3372E features an additional two VCA’s so an adapter board is required when using as a replacement for the CEM version. The AS3372E is a general purpose signal processing device for audio tone sources. Included on-chip is a two channel voltage controlled input mixer, a dedicated 4-pole low pass voltage controlled filter with voltage controllable resonance, universal mixing/panning VCA-block and a quality final voltage controlled amplifier. With the exception of the filter cut-off frequency, (the filter frequency control voltage ranges from - 150mV to +100mV) all control inputs are very low bias current, high impedance inputs which range from 0 to + 5 volts.
$10.95
Knob - Plastic, Set Screw, Neve / Marconi Style, Wing, Skirted, 1” Diameter
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Plastic wing knobs with set screws and brass insert. These knobs are a close match for the classic knobs used on Marconi radios and Neve consoles. They feature an inlay indicator line. The grip diameter is 0.693 inches with a 1 inch clear skirt. Fits ¼” (6.35mm) pot shafts.
$1.79
Transistor - 2N1303, Germanium, TO-5 case, PNP
2N1303 PNP germanium transistors. The 2N1303 is a popular PNP for fuzz pedals and other effects. This transistor is in a TO-5 package with long leads commonly found on germanium transistors.
$2.95
Transistor - 2N1307, Germanium, TO-5 case, PNP
2N1307 PNP germanium transistors. The 2N1307 is a popular PNP for fuzz pedals and other effects. This transistor is in a TO-5 package with long leads commonly found on germanium transistors.
$2.95
Transistor - 2N404, Germanium, TO-5 case, PNP
2N404 PNP germanium transistors. The 2N404 is used in many fuzz pedals along with other effects. This transistor is in a TO-5 package with long leads commonly found on germanium transistors. For a higher voltage version of this transistor, see P-Q2N404A.
$2.15
Transistor - 2N4061, TO-92 case, PNP
2N4061 PNP transistors. This is a silicon PNP transistor in a TO-92 package. The 2N4061 has been used in a variety of effects pedals and is most notably used in the Zonk Machine II.
$0.50
Transistor - 2N1305, Germanium, TO-5 case, PNP
2N1305 PNP germanium transistors. The 2N1305 is a popular PNP for fuzz pedals and other effects. This transistor is in a TO-5 package with long leads commonly found on germanium transistors.
$2.95
Transistor - 2N1309, Germanium, TO-5 case, PNP
2N1309 PNP germanium transistors. The 2N1309 is a popular PNP for fuzz pedals and other effects. This transistor is in a TO-5 package with long leads commonly found on germanium transistors.
$1.95
Transistor - 2N404A, Germanium, TO-5 case, PNP
2N404A PNP germanium transistors. The 2N404A is used in many fuzz pedals along with other effects. The 2N404A is the same as the 2N404 but with a higher voltage rating. This transistor is in a TO-5 package with long leads commonly found on germanium transistors. For a lower voltage version of this transistor, see P-Q2N404.
$2.15
Transistor - 2SC945, TO-92 case, NPN
2SC945 NPN transistors. This is a silicon NPN transistor in a TO-92 package. The 2SC945 was used in many classic Boss pedals such as the CE-2 chorus.
$0.95
¼" Jack - Switchcraft, Enclosed, Mono
The Switchcraft Type 111X enclosed ¼” jack is a high quality mono jack. This jack has two solder lugs. One for the tip and one for the sleeve. These jacks have been widely used across the industry and can also be found in many popular 5U synthesizers. Includes nut and washer.
  • Type 111X
  • 0.276" bushing length (standard)
  • Mates with standard ¼" plugs and is available with 0.25" inside diameter bushing.
  • Mono 2-Conductor
  • Includes nut and washer

See W-SC-112BX for stereo
$2.55
¼" Jack - Switchcraft, Enclosed, Stereo
The Switchcraft Type 112BX enclosed ¼” jack is a high quality jack. This jack has three solder lugs. One for the tip, one for the ring, and one for the sleeve. These jacks have been widely used across the industry and can also be found in many popular 5U synthesizers. Includes nut and washer.
  • Type 112BX
  • 0.276" bushing length (standard)
  • Mates with standard ¼" plugs and is available with 0.25" inside diameter bushing.
  • Stereo 3-Conductor
  • Includes nut and washer

See W-SC-111X for mono version
$2.75
Key Contacts - Korg, Rubber, for Keyboards
For N364 and X5, 5 are required. for N264, 2 are needed. May be cut. Sold individually. These are also used in the Kurzweil MK (MARK)-Series of electronic pianos.
Starting at $6.15
PadBoard - Single Sided, 3.04” x 1.55”, Vintage Spacing
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Padboard featuring a 0.15” vintage spacing. This spacing is great for vintage-style builds and more easily accommodates axial capacitors and other larger sized vintage parts like resistors and transistors. The board has a 20x10 grid of pads and easily fits into 1590BB style enclosures and larger vintage-style fuzz enclosures. Each square pad is HASL coated making soldering easier than most protoboards and also ensures a long shelf life. Features:
  • High-quality 1.6mm FR4 glass-epoxy circuit board
  • 1oz/ft2 copper weight
  • HASL coated square shaped pads
  • 20 x 10 holes
  • 3.04” x 1.55”
$2.95
StripBoard - Single Sided, 3.04” x 1.55”, Vintage Spacing
Colors Available:
Stripboard featuring a 0.15” vintage spacing. This spacing is great for vintage-style builds and more easily accommodates axial capacitors and other larger sized vintage parts like resistors and transistors. The board has a 20x10 grid (10 strips) and easily fits into 1590BB style enclosures and larger vintage-style fuzz enclosures. Each strip is HASL coated making soldering easier than most protoboards and also ensures a long shelf life. Features:
  • High-quality 1.6mm FR4 glass-epoxy circuit board
  • 1oz/ft2 copper weight
  • HASL coated strips
  • 20 x 10 holes (10 strips)
  • 3.04” x 1.55”
$2.95
Dust Cap - For DC Power Jack, Standard Size
Dust cover for standard size DC power jacks. This cover is simple to install and can help protect the power jack on effects pedals and other electronics using this style of DC jack. Jack sold separately.
$0.30
Power Jack - DC Panel Mount, 5.5mm External, 2.1mm Internal
Colors Available:
New!:
½" panel mount with solder lugs. Round plastic with normally closed switch. For barrel plugs with a 5.5mm external diameter and 2.1mm internal diameter.
Starting at $0.75
Dust Cap - For DC Power Jack, Low Profile Size
Dust cover for smaller low profile DC power jacks. This cover is simple to install and can help protect the power jack on effects pedals and other electronics using this style of DC jack. Jack sold separately.
$0.30