Dear AE Modular friends,
The last two months have been a strange and challenging time for all of us as we are locked in our homes in our respective countries and watch as this unprecedented global crisis unfolds around and among us. I hope that you are doing well and my best wishes go out to all of you for the health of yourselves and your loved ones!
But being stuck at home can be a chance as well to pursue your passion or learn new things. One thing that I’ve noticed on the forum lately is, that the DIY section has become incredibly more active over the last few weeks and I’m amazed by the inventiveness of the presented designs.
So, just in time for Superbooth@home 2020, I am very happy to announce a new line of modules that I have wanted to make for a long time, but somehow never got around to as I was expanding the sonic range of the AE Modular system. However the main reason I started this whole project was because I love to build circuits in 0-5V and I wanted to make a system where anyone, who knows a bit of electronics, can get in and make their own modules easily. The DIY-Module has been listed on the page of upcoming modules since the start of the tangible waves website and has served as a constant reminder of the roots of this system, but sometimes you have to come back home via a long detour and that’s how it went with this module.
Introducing the BRAEDBOARD Module
First let’s cover the prototyping stage of module design. As we develop circuits we don’t want to solder things together from the start, as it would be very time consuming to fix any mistakes. Instead we usually prototype a circuit on a breadboard and only when the circuit is working fine, do we solder it in place.
To make it even more easy for you to prototype your DIY designs, there is now the BRAEDBOARD Module! In the package there is a bunch of electronic components (resistors and capacitors of different values, LEDs, different ICs that are common in synth circuits, transistors, diodes, potentiometers, switches) that you can use for a few simple projects to get you going with building analog music circuits. And if you have mastered the beginnings, you can start building more complex designs. I’m hoping to have a catalog of various DIY projects listed with build instructions on the Wiki in the near future.
This module is now available for purchase in the online shop here.
Progress your designs with the DIY Module
Once you are happy with a design on the breadboard you might want to take it to the next level and turn it into a “proper” module. This is where the new DIY module comes handy. It is a kit consisting of faceplate, potentiometers,, switches, LEDs, sockets, spacers and two blank PCBs that you can solder onto any circuit you want.
So you can make your own AE style module; just bring your own solder iron and a wire cutter to the party!
The DIY kit is available for purchase here.
I hope you will enjoy these two modules and I’m looking forward to your creations, please post them on the forum!
With warm greetings from me and the team here at tangible waves, please stay indoors, stay safe and produce great music or another module!
Robert Langer, founder of tangible waves. Here, I will share some thoughts, background infos and news about AE modular and tangible waves.