# 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.
Audio Power Amplifier - LM386N-1, Low Voltage
LM386 Low Voltage Audio Power Amplifier The LM386 is a mono low voltage amplifier that can be used in a variety of applications. It can drive loads from 4 Ω to 32 Ω. The gain is internally set to 20 but it can be modified from 20 to 200 by placing a resistor and capacitor between pins 1 and 8. As this is an Op Amp it can be used in different configurations to fit in several applications. The internal gain setting resistor allows the LM386 to be used in a very low part count system. In addition a series resistor can be placed between pins 1 and 5 to modify the gain and frequency response for specific applications. These are found in many small audio amplifiers and even tiny pedal sized guitar amplifiers! There are tons of possibilities for this little Op Amp.
$1.70 IC Socket - Dual in-line package, 2.54mm Pitch, 7.62mm Spacing IC component sockets for dual in-line package chips (DIP, PDIP, DIL, DIPP.) These sockets feature ladder style cases with tinned stamped and formed connections. Starting at$0.15
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 - AS3310, VC ADSR, Alfa, 16-Pin Dip The AS3310 is Alfa’s version of the CEM3310 IC. The AS3310 is a self-contained, precision ADSR type of envelope generator intended for electronic music and other sound generation applications. Attack, decay and release times are exponentially voltage controllable over a wide range, and the sustain level is linearly voltage controllable from 0 to 100% of the peak voltage Vp. All four control Inputs are Isolated from the rest of the circuitry so that the control pins of tracking units may be simply tied together. On the negative power output, there is an internal Zener diode at 7.4 volts ± 10%, which allows the chip to supply a maximum voltage of ± 15 volts with a current-limiting resistor REE, and a minimum positive supply voltage of + 11 volts and a minimum negative supply voltage of -5 volts.. A series current limiting resistor must be added between pin 6 and the supply.$5.85
Integrated Circuit - AS3320, Multi-Mode VCF, Alfa, 18-Pin Dip
The AS3320 is Alfa’s version of the CEM3320 IC. The AS3320 is a high performance voltage controlled four-pole filter with on-chip voltage controllable resonance IC. 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 greater than a ten octave range with little control voltage feedthrough. Another input controls the resonance in a modified linear manner from zero to low distortion oscillation. For those demanding applications, provision has been made to allow trimming for improved control voltage rejection. Each filter section features a variable gain cell which is fully temperature compensated, exhibits a better signal-to-noise ratio and generates its low distortion predominantly in the second harmonic. The device includes a minus two volt regulator to ensure low power dissipation and consequent low warm-up drift.
$5.95 Integrated Circuit - AS3340A, VCO, Alfa, 16-Pin Dip The AS3340A is Alfa’s version of the CEM3340 IC. The AS3340A is a completely self-contained, precision voltage controlled oscillator, featuring both exponential and linear control scales and up to four buffered output waveforms: triangle, sawtooth, square, and pulse with voltage controllable pulse width. Full temperature compensation makes these VCOs extremely stable, and eliminates the need for a temperature compensation resistor. The highly accurate exponential and linear control inputs are virtual ground summing nodes, allowing multiple control voltages to be mixed within the device itself. Also included is provision for hard and soft synchronization of the frequency, and an output for easy adjustment of high frequency tracking. Special care in the design ensures oscillation start-up under any power-on sequence and supply conditions. An on-chip 7.4 volt Zener diode allows the device to operate off ±15 volt supplies, as well as +12, -5 volt supplies.$7.95
Integrated Circuit - AS3360, Dual VCA, Alfa, 14-Pin Dip
The AS3360 is Alfa’s version of the CEM3360 IC. The AS3360 is a dual general purpose voltage controlled transconductor intended for such applications as voltage controlled amplifiers, filters, and waveform generators. Each transconductor independently provides both linear and exponential control scaling over greater than a 100 dB range. Complete with virtual ground summing inputs, wide voltage compliance current outputs, and control inputs referenced to ground, the AS3360 requires exceptionally few external components and is extremely easy to use. Because of its inherent ultra-low control feedthrough, no trimming is required.
$5.95 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
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 Integrated Circuit - DAB2130, VCO, Sound Semiconductor The Sound Semiconductor DAB2130 is a pre-soldered DIP converter for the SSI2130. This board features the SSI2130 and two decoupling caps for the V+ and V- inputs. The pinout is labelled on the board and matches the QFN pinout. This adapter features a 32 pin DIP base with a .600 in. width. The pins are standard male headers so 2.54mm female headers are recommended for socketing the board. For the standard QFN version, please see P-Q-SSI2130. The first new VCO IC in decades, and worth the wait! The FatKeys™ SSI2130 Voltage Controlled Oscillator provides beautiful triangle, sawtooth, pulse, and square waveforms with unprecedented temperature stability; and adds an on-chip mixer, low distortion sine wave generator, through-zero FM/PM capability and more in an ultra-compact PCB footprint. The SSI2130 is a new-generation voltage controlled oscillator subsystem for high-performance electronic musical instruments.$19.95
Integrated Circuit - DAB2140, Multi-Mode VCF, Sound Semiconductor
The Sound Semiconductor DAB2140 is a pre-soldered DIP converter for the SSI2140. This board features the SSI2140 and two decoupling caps for the V+ and V- inputs. The pinout is labelled on the board and matches the SSOP pinout. This adapter features a 20 pin DIP base with a .600 in. width. The pins are standard male headers so 2.54mm female headers are recommended for socketing the board. For the SSOP version, please see P-Q-SSI2140. A refresh of a classic design, the FatKeys™ SSI2140 preserves mojo of the beloved SSM2040 and adds temperature compensation of gm cells and the exponential control port. A "Q VCA" is provided to allow easy resonance control as well as various options for Q compensation.
$19.95 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.$19.95
Integrated Circuit - PT2399, Echo / Delay
PT2399 echo/delay chip used in many DIY and commercial pedals. The PT2399 is in a DIP 16 package. Minimal external components are required for use and delay time is set with resistance.
$1.95 Integrated Circuit - Spin FV-1, DSP, Multi-Effect / Reverb The Spin Semiconductor FV-1 is a complete reverb solution in a single IC. With integrated stereo ADC and DACs, the FV-1 can be treated like any other analog component in your product's signal path. The FV-1 can access a total of 16 programs, 8 are built into the internal ROM and the designer may elect to connect a serial EEPROM with 8 additional programs. By using an external EEPROM, the designer can distinguish his product from others by creating a custom program set without the need for a microprocessor in the system. With 3 potentiometer inputs, programs may have real time variable parameters such as decay time in a reverb, rate and depth in a chorus or frequency in a filter. These inputs are available as coefficients to your program and may be used independently of each other. The rich instruction set allows users to program effects of all kinds. With instructions like LOG and EXP, users can easily program audio expansion and compression routines.$17.50
Integrated Circuit - SSI2130, VCO, Sound Semiconductor
The FatKeys™ SSI2130 Voltage Controlled Oscillator provides beautiful triangle, sawtooth, pulse, and square waveforms with unprecedented temperature stability; and adds an on-chip mixer, low distortion sine wave generator, through-zero FM/PM capability and more in an ultra-compact PCB footprint.
$8.95 Integrated Circuit - SSI2131, VCO, Sound Semiconductor The FatKeys™ SSI2131 Voltage Controlled Oscillator provides the core VCO function with buffered triangle, sawtooth, and variable-width pulse waveform outputs over a ten-octave range. The device offers unparalleled temperature stability, exponentiality, waveform integrity, and ease of use while requiring an absolute minimum of external components. The SSI2131 is a new-generation voltage controlled oscillator for high-performance electronic musical instruments and other systems requiring accurate audio-band waveform generation. The device offers unprecedented levels of temperature stability, exponentiality, waveform integrity, and ease of use.$7.50
Integrated Circuit - SSI2140, Multi-Mode VCF, Sound Semiconductor
The SSI2140 is a new-generation voltage controlled filter that provides four highly-configurable variable transconductance cells for a wide variety of pole and mode combinations, and adds significant new features.
$6.50 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.$6.50
Integrated Circuit - SSI2161, Single VCA, Sound Semiconductor
A very high performance single-channel VCA for the most demanding applications, the ProCircuit™ SSI2161 offers industry-leading lowest-noise, and a mode control to optimize noise vs. distortion performance. All at low-cost and in a 10-lead SSOP package. The SSI2161 is a versatile VCA building block for high-performance audio applications. A single channel provides voltage control of current-mode inputs and outputs 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.
$5.45 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.$5.45
Integrated Circuit - SSI2164, Quad VCA, Sound Semiconductor
The FatKeys™ SSI2164 is perhaps the most flexible VCA available, with four independent channels for lowest cost-per-VCA. The user-selectable mode control allows Class A, AB, or intermediate biasing, and current inputs and outputs provide great design freedom. Ideal for voltage-controlled filters. The SSI2164 is a versatile VCA building block for high-performance audio applications. Four independent channels provide voltage control of current-mode inputs and outputs for a gain range from +20dB to –100dB, with control provided by a ground-referenced –33mV/dB constant. The SSI2164 will directly retrofit existing SSM/V2164 positions while offering improvements that include significantly lower overall distortion, on-chip protection against asymmetrical power failure, and a substantial increase of input current handling. The device offers considerable flexibility for a wide range of design goals and applications.
$6.95 Op-Amp - BA4560, Dual, General Purpose, 8-Pin DIP The BA4560, is a dual operational amplifiers which achieves approximately twice the high output current of the BA4558, as well as featuring a higher slew rate of 4V / µs, a gain band width of 10MHz, and an improved frequency characteristic. 8-pin DIP package.$0.95
Op-Amp - LF353, Dual, Wide-Bandwidth, JFET Input, 8-Pin DIP
Dual wide-bandwidth LF353 opamps in an 8-pin DIP package. The LF353 offers a high input impedance and 3MHz bandwidth.
This LF353 device is a low-cost, high-speed, JFET input operational amplifier with very low input offset voltage. It requires low supply current yet maintains a large gain-bandwidth product and a fast slew rate. In addition, the matched high-voltage JFET input provides very low input bias and offset currents.
$0.34 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.$0.18