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.
Transistor - BC560, General Purpose, TO-92 case, PNP
The BC560 is a silicon general purpose PNP transistor in a TO-92 package. The BC560’s typical applications include signal processing, amplification, and switching.
$0.35
Wire - 22 AWG Solid Core, PVC, 600V, 50 Foot Roll
Colors Available:
600V solid wire. UL style 1015, rated to 105 degrees C. Perfect for new projects, rewiring electrical equipment, or use in breadboards, perfboard, and veroboard/stripboard.
Starting at $8.95
Op-Amp - TL071, Single, Low-Noise, JFET-input, 8-Pin DIP
TL071 single op amp in an 8-pin DIP package. The TL07xx JFET-input operational amplifier family is designed to offer a wider selection than any previously developed operational amplifier family. Each of these JFET-input operational amplifiers incorporates well-matched, high-voltage JFET and bipolar transistors in a monolithic integrated circuit. The devices feature high slew rates, low-input bias and offset currents, and low offset-voltage temperature coefficient. The low harmonic distortion and low noise make the TL07xseries ideally suited for high-fidelity and audio pre-amplifier applications.
$0.82
StripBoard - Single Sided, 6.30” x 3.94”
ST3U StripBoard is a prototyping circuit board with a standard long strip pattern. Tracks run the length of the board. The long tracks are convenient for power and ground rails, and for signal buses. Strips can be cut as needed to make smaller tracks and circuit pads. It has 0.1" hole spacing for DIP integrated circuits and headers and other parts. It has higher quality than traditional stripboard. The holes are drilled, not punched. The base material is high-quality FR4 glass epoxy board. It has better stability and moisture resistance than boards using phenolic or SRBP (synthetic resin bonded paper), which can warp with exposure to humidity. Features
  • Standard stripboard pattern, with tracks running the length of the board.
  • Single-sided high-quality FR4 glass-epoxy circuit board.
  • 1oz/ft2 copper with an anti-tarnish coating for easy soldering.
$8.75
CMOS - CD4040, 12-Stage Ripple-Carry Binary Counter/Divider, 16-Pin DIP
The CD4040B is a 12-stage ripple-carry binary counter. All counter stages are master-slave flip-flops. The state of a counter advances one count on the negative transition of each input pulse; a high level on the RESET line resets the counter to its all zeros state. Schmitt trigger action on the input-pulse line permits unlimited rise and fall times.
$0.59
Transistor - AS3046, Array of 5, Matched Pair, 14-Pin DIP, NPN
The AS3046 is Alfa’s version of the CA3046 (LM3046) IC. The AS3046 consists of five general purpose silicon NPN transistors on a common monolithic substrate. Two of the transistors are internally connected to form a differentially-connected pair. The transistors are well suited to a wide variety of applications in low power systems. They may be used as discrete transistors in conventional circuits however, in addition, they provide the very significant inherent integrated circuit advantages of close electrical and thermal matching. The AS3046 is available in a 14-pin DIP package. Features
  • Matched pair of npn transistors
  • VBE matched less than ±1 mV
  • 5 general purpose monolithic transistors
  • Wide operating current range

Applications
  • Filters
  • Custom designed differential amplifiers
  • Temperature compensated amplifiers
$5.95
Knob - Scalloped Edge, Indicator Line, Set Screw
Colors Available:
Set screw knob with indicator line and scalloped edge. Measures .50" in diameter and .6" in height. Davies 1900H clone
$0.79
Knob - Rogan, PT Series, 2PS, Medium, Skirted, Pointer, D-Shaft
High-quality USA made knobs from Rogan Corp. These medium, skirted pointer knobs from Rogan’s PT Series feature a soft rubber grip molded over a solid polymer knob. PT Series knobs can be found on synthesizer modules from Make Noise, Mutable Instruments and others. Fits 6mm D-shafts.
  • Height: 0.84 in.
  • Diameter: 0.62 in.
  • Fits 6mm D Shafts
  • Indicator on round side of D-shaft

For a T18 knurled version of this knob, see P-K272PS-W. A variety of different sizes are available from the PT Series.
$1.65
Transistor - 2N5088, Bipolar, General Purpose
2N5088 NPN Bipolar Junction Transistor in TO-92 package
$0.75
Potentiometer - Alpha, Linear, Knurled Shaft, Right Angle, 16mm
Linear taper 16mm potentiometers with a T18 knurled shaft. These pots have right angle PCB mount terminals. The smaller size is useful for builds with limited panel space such as guitar pedals, synthesizer modules, and adding modifications to equipment. Washer and nut included.
  • Threading: M7 x 0.75
  • Distance between terminals: 5 mm (0.197”)
  • Lead Depth from Panel: 10.7 mm + 5 mm (0.421” + 0.197”)
  • Lead Distance from shaft center: 16 mm (0.630”)
  • Lead Thickness: 0.5 mm (0.020”)
$0.99
Diode - Zener, 5 Watt, ±5% tolerance
5W zener diodes that are great for use in tube amps. These are commonly used to drop B+ voltages for tube modification compatibility or to create low power modes for the amp. A zener is a semiconductor device that, above a certain reverse voltage(the zener value) has a sudden rise in current. If forward biased, the diode is an ordinary rectifier. When reverse biased, it exhibits a sharp break in its current-voltage graph. Voltage across the diode remains essentially constant for any further increase of reverse current.
Starting at $0.55
StripBoard - Single Sided, 3.04” x 1.55”, Vintage Spacing, Phenolic Board
Stripboard made with a phenolic substrate. Phenolic boards are found in many vintage electronics before the use of fiberglass became common. This stripboard features 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 gold coated making soldering easier than most protoboards and also ensures a long shelf life. Features:
  • High-quality 1.6mm phenolic circuit board
  • Gold coated strips
  • 20 x 10 holes (10 strips)
  • 3.04” x 1.55”
$2.95
3.5mm Jack - Qingpu, Eurorack, Mono, Switched Tip, Snap-In, PCM
3.5mm TS jacks with a switched tip found in many DIY Eurorack projects. The WQP-WQP518MA-BM is the new improved version of the WQP-PJ301BM featuring Qingpu’s rugged square based bushing. The sleeve connection is through the outer bracket that snaps into place on the pcb allowing for easy construction and panel fitting. Hardware sold separately. See accessory items below.
$0.50
LED Lens - Square, Fresnel, Polycarbonate, 3mm
Colors Available:
Panel mount LED lenses made of high quality polycarbonate. These square lenses provide a clean semi-flush appearance with a small panel footprint and work well in any project using LED indicators. Features:
  • 0.171” mounting hole
  • For panel thicknesses of 0.031” to 0.125″
  • Fresnel lens
  • Low Profile
  • Fits standard 3mm LEDs
$0.85
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
LED Bezel - for 3mm LED, used for mounting
Holder for mounting LEDs to panels.
$1.05