Almost one year ago I ordered a diy digital/analog synth kit . The now famous Shruthi !
I wanted something simple and quick to build , just to know if i’d really use synth. Most of the time I build electronic circuit but I don’t really use them and they finished in a box with their brothers and sisters. I must say that I’m more interested in the process of building than the result.
I build mine last september , took me one afternoon . I must say that I was (and still am) absolutely fascinated by the ernomous possibilities offered by such small AVR chip (and the talent of the conceptor) . So many things incorporated in few cms of integrated circuitry . Things that would be impossible with analog circuitry . To be honnest this is what made me go into digital .
The sound is quite different that what you’d expect from a synth. In my opinion is good point ! instead of copying and pretenting to make an affordable moog , mutable wanted to make something different with an unique sound. So, yes it’s an 8 bits sound but you can tame and transform that for something more analog oriented sound.
Electronic wise it is a clever mix of digital and analog circuits , with a modular aspect . The “8bit computer” brain stays the same but you can change the filter/VCA board for different ones.
The only complaint (if I could have one) is the minimal interface and browersering via a LCD interface. It Needs few button presses to access what you want to modify. It isn’t really intuitive. But we’re dealing with a under 200euros synth with a lot of features and save patches , things that you can’t have with a korg MS20 and other big brand synth sold for big money. Also , the plastic case is really fragile and not cheap but Mutable is working on a metal case I think.
If you’re looking for a simple but highly versatile first DIY project , go to mutable instruments without doubts !