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.
Machine Pin Socket - Preci-Dip, Break Away, 1 Row, 15 Position
High quality single row machine pin sockets made by Preci-Dip. These sockets are the break-away type and can easily snap into smaller sizes such as 5 separate transistor sockets.
Photocell - Morley, for Effects Pedals
Photocell for Morley effects pedals. Great replacement for LDR1, LDR2 and LDR3 (M79-211564-000) in Morley Pro Series Volume PVO. Sold individually.
A photocell may also be referred to as a photoresistor, LDR, or light dependant resistor.
Op-Amp - LM324, Quad, Low-Power, 14-Pin DIP
Quad low-power opamps in an 14-pin DIP package. The LM324 offers a 1MHz bandwidth and can be powered from a single supply.
Knob - Plastic, Set Screw, Pinched w/ Line, 0.630" Diameter
Colors Available:
Small plastic control knob with set screw and metal insert. This knob has a pinched grip similar to the Davies 1510 but features a smaller diameter and scooped cutout for a distinctive appearance. Fits ¼” (6.35mm) pot shafts.
Starting at $0.85
Transistor Socket - Cinch, 3 Pin, Phenolic, NOS
New-old-stock transistor sockets made by Cinch. These three pin phenolic sockets offer a more secure hold than the standard machine-pin transistor sockets of today. They can fit a variety of different transistor package sizes. The flat solder lugs can work in point to point builds or in PCBs with appropriate footprints.
Diode - Silicon Rectifier, 3A, 400V, 1N5404
A semiconductor device which passes current in the forward direction(from anode to cathode), and blocks current in the opposite direction.
Resistors - ¼ Watt, Metal Film, 1% tolerance
Package of 5
Metal Film resistors consist of a resistive element of an extremely thin layer of metal alloy vacuum deposited on a substrate. Precise and quiet. Package of 5. These resistors are perfect for pedal builders! 1/4 watt.
Integrated Circuit - SSI2144, Ladder VCF, Sound Semiconductor
The second of two legendary SSM filter updates, the FatKeys™ SSI2144 is a dedicated four-pole low-pass ladder filter with on-chip resonance control. Original designer Dave Rossum did a number of performance updates such as lower noise, improved control feedthrough, and logical pin grouping but otherwise left this sweet-sounding VCF alone. The SSI2144 reprises the SSM2044 of legacy chipmaker Solid State Micro Technology, which many believe to be the best-sounding analog synthesis filter IC ever produced. Based on Dave Rossum’s patented classic improved ladder topology, the SSI2144 allows rich tonal characteristics that showcase the very best attributes of subtractive synthesis. The SSI2144 uses the same internal circuit as the SSM2044 but incorporates improvements by the original designer and takes advantage of modern process technology.
Heat Shrink - Assorted Diameters, 6" Long, 23 Pieces
Package of 23
The shrink ratio on this tubing is 2 to 1, it is fungus resistant and non-corrosive. It is recommended for tightly sealing connectors, terminals, wire splices, and tool handles as well as weather-proofing wire repairs. It may be shrunk with heat guns, oven, etc. Comes in 6 inch lengths.
Screws - M3-0.5 Button-Head Socket Cap, 8mm Long
Package of 5
Colors Available:
Button-Head Socket Cap Screws - Class 10.9, ISO 7380 Coarse Thread. Used when a wider bearing surface or smoother, more finished appearance is desired.
Starting at $0.75
Capacitor - 50V, 0.047µF, Used In Pedal Kits
Polyester Film Capacitor used in MOD® Pedal Kits. Rated at 0.047µF 50V. Tolerance: 10%. Operating temperature: -40 C to +85 C
Potentiometer - Alpha, Audio, Solid Shaft, Long PC Lead, 16mm
Alpha Mini Pots with solid shaft and long PC mount terminals.
  • 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”)
Switch - Carling, Mini Toggle, DPDT, 2 Position, Solder Lugs, Short Bat
Carling mini-toggle switch, DPDT, 2 position, ¼" mounting hole diameter, 0.354" bushing length.
Integrated Circuit - Experimental Noize FXCore, DSP, Multi-Effect / Reverb
FXCore from Experimental Noize is a DSP designed for creating audio effects in pro-audio devices. FXCore can operate as a standalone device when paired with appropriate CODECs where it generates all necessary clocks or as part of a more complex system where it will lock to the word clock and bit clock provided by another part of the system.
FXCore can store up to 16 programs and their associated register preset values in its internal FLASH memory so no external program storage is required.
Power Jack - DC Panel Mount, 5.5mm External, 2.1mm Internal
Colors Available:
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.
Potentiometer - Alpha, Audio, 9mm, Right Angle
Audio taper (log), right angle, Alpha pots with a 6.35mm shaft diameter. These 9mm pots are popular in DIY guitar pedals, synthesizers, and other projects. Mounting nut and washer included.
Knob - Plastic, Set Screw, MXR Style, 0.755" Diameter
Mid-sized black plastic control knob with set screw and brass insert. This knob is similar in appearance to the classic MXR knobs but with a smaller diameter. It features a fluted grip with an indicator line along with a small skirt with a dot indicator. Fits ¼” (6.35mm) pot shafts.
Potentiometer Adapter Sleeve - Converts 6mm or 18T shaft to ¼"
This brass adapter sleeve converts a 6mm shaft potentiometer or 18T knurled shaft potentiometer to 1/4" shaft (6.35mm), allowing for 1/4" knobs to be used on a wider range of potentiometers. 1/4" tall.
Knob - Scalloped Edge, Indicator Line, Set Screw, Brass Insert
Colors Available:
The P-K801-BRASS is a custom built Davies 1900H clone. This knob features a brass insert in addition to a thick plastic build resulting in the most solid version of this knob available. The thick plastic eliminates the unfortunate hairline fractures that can commonly be found near the set screw of other versions. The P-K801-BRASS has an infilled painted indicator and fits ¼” (6.35mm) pot shafts.
Op-Amp - 4558, Dual high-gain, 8-Pin DIP
Dual Operational Amplifier. The 4558 integrated circuit is a dual high-gain operational amplifier internally compensated and constructed on a single silicon chip using an advanced epitaxial process. Combining the features of the NJM741 with the close parameter matching and tracking of a dual device on a monolithic chip results in unique performance characteristics. Excellent channel separation allows the use of the dual device in single NJM741 operational amplifier applications providing density. It is especially well suited for applications in differential-in, differential-out as well as in potentiometric amplifiers and where gain and phase matched channels are mandatory. Features:
  • Operating Voltage (±4V~±18V)
  • High Voltage Gain (100dB typ.)
  • High Input Resistance (5MΩ typ.)
  • Bipolar Technology
LED - 3mm, Water Clear, High Brightness, Package of 5
Package of 5
Colors Available:
High brightness 3mm LED. Great for use in pedal builds and other applications where a bold, bright, indicator is needed. Multiple colors available.
  • 3mm size
  • Water clear
  • High brightness
  • Multiple colors available
  • Package of 5
Starting at $1.30
Integrated Circuit - SSI2162, Dual VCA, Sound Semiconductor
The FatKeys™ SSI2162 provides two independent VCA channels, and like its SSI2161 and SSI2164 siblings offers great flexibility in design of dynamics processors, automatic or remote level control, and voltage controlled filters. Highly compact 10-lead SSOP package. The SSI2162 is a versatile VCA building block for high-performance audio applications. Two independent channels provide voltage control of a current-mode input and output for a gain range from +20dB to –100dB, with control provided by a ground-referenced –33mV/dB constant. The device offers considerable flexibility for a wide range of design goals and applications. A unique mode control allows selection of Class A, Class AB, or in-between using a single resistor. In addition, improved current handling allows use of lower value input resistors for reduced output noise without loss of headroom. Both channels can be parallel-connected for further noise improvement.
Transistor - MPSA13, Darlington 500mA 30V NPN
NPN Darlington transistor (TO-92 package) - designed for applications requiring extremely high current gain at collector currents to 1.0A.
  • Max collector to emitter voltage = 30 V
  • Max collector to base voltage = 30 V
  • Max emitter to base voltage = 10 V
  • Max collector current = 1.2 A (continuous)
Switch - Carling, Mini Toggle, SPDT, 2 Position, Solder Lugs
Carling, SPDT mini toggle, 2 positions, ¼" mounting hole diameter, 0.354" bushing length.