Music Thing Modular – ‘Control’ Online Workshop with Tom Whitwell

£115.00 (Excl. VAT)

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Live Eurorack DIY Zoom build workshop: Make a CONTROL module with Tom Whitwell from Music Thing Modular. A collaboration with the Music Hackspace team.

  • Build the new Music Thing Modular Control module with the designer Tom Whitwell
  • Course includes a complete kit shipped worldwide by Thonk (please read suggested order shipping cutoffs below)
  • Live video 2-hour workshop via Zoom
  • Level: Beginner-intermediate. If you’ve soldered *anything* successfully before, this project should be straightforward.
  • Note: Includes Aluminium panel in silver or black to the regular MTM standard. Current module image shows prototype panel.
Saturday March 27th 2021 - 7pm GMT / 8pm CET / 12pm PST / 3pm EST

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Description

This workshop will help you develop confidence to build DIY modules yourself, unlocking a huge range of satisfying new opportunities.

Before we start building, Tom will talk briefly about the process of module design, touching on ideas, usability, prototyping, electronics and tools, and answer any questions.

Together, we’ll build a brand new module called Control. It has four big knobs, is 18hp, and gives detailed fine-grained control over any parameters in a modular synth.

Tom wrote about the development process for Control here:
https://medium.com/music-thing-modular-notes/make-knob-twiddling-great-again-47065a346c2

Suggested Order cutoff times to allow enough time for kit delivery

Considering the challenges that Covid is presenting globally we recommend using FedEx outside the UK to make sure you get your kit in plenty of time.

  • Order cutoff date for UK customers – Sunday 21st March
  • Order cutoff date for USA/Europe Fedex shipping – Thursday 18th March
  • Order cutoff date for Rest of World Fedex shipping – Monday 15th March
  • Order cutoff date for Worldwide Postal shipping (outside UK) – Thursday 25th February

Session Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session, a successful student will be able to:

  • Confidently solder a through-hole electronic PCB
  • Assemble a fairly complex Eurorack synth module, ensuring pots and switches are correctly aligned.
  • Have a simple understanding of the process of designing and prototyping music hardware

Required materials:

  • This is a through-hole kit. All SMD parts are pre-soldered.
  • A fine tip soldering iron – ideally with temperature control.
  • Fine rosin core solder (1mm or less in diameter). Leaded solder is generally easier to work with, particularly for beginners.
  • Side cutter pliers

Required workspace:

From running many workshops in the past, we’ve found that a good workspace is as important as the right equipment:

  • Space: You don’t need much, just a clear patch of desk, with a surface that won’t be damaged by the odd drop of solder. A silicone soldering mat is nice but absolutely not essential.
  • Light: Enough light to see small components and check their placement. A desk lamp is good.
  • Sight: Everyone’s vision is different, but have whatever you need to see small objects clearly – glasses or a magnifier.
  • Ventilation: soldering with rosin/flux creates small amounts of smoke and fumes, so work in a room with some ventilation – a window you can open, or just a desk fan to blow the fumes away.

If you have any questions about equipment or workspace, don’t hesitate to email tom@musicthing.co.uk

Required tech:

  • A computer and internet connection
  • A web cam and mic
  • A Zoom account
  • Workshop leader:

Session Leader:

  • Tom Whitwell designs Music Thing Modular electronic musical instruments from a shed in Herne Hill, London.
  • Tom has been designing devices and writing about music for many years, developing hugely popular DIY modules including: Turing Machine, Radio Music and Mikrophonie.

About Music Hackspace:

Music Hackspace are a community of︎ eng︎ineers, artists and companies with a passion to build innovative music experiences. We host online workshops and meetups from world leading experts on music, video instrument design and more.

Returns and Refunds:

Please note, the cost to attend the workshop is 15% of the total cost, in this case 15 GBP excluding VAT (where applicable).

If you receive the kit and then decide not to attend the video workshop then the 15% workshop fee is only refundable if you both contact us to confirm AND also physically return the kit to us before March 20th 2021, one week before the workshop takes place.

Additional information

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Workshop Time

Saturday March 27th 2021 – 7pm GMT / 8pm CET / 12pm PST / 3pm EST