Ugandan synthesist Bamanya Brian (Afrorack) has already documented how to DIY an inexpensive modular synth, what it’s like to build a DIY modular synth in Africa and shared how he incorporates African rhythms into his modular synth performances.
In his latest video, Brian documents how he build a MIDI to CV converter for about $5.
“MIDI to CV converters don’t have to be expensive,” says Brian. “You can make one for your modular synth for the cost of 5 dollars and a weekend.”
His DIY MIDI to CV converter is based on the Arduino – an inexpensive, open source platform for creating programmable hardware devices. Arduino processors run programs, called ‘sketches’, that are coded in the Arduino programming language.
Brian has made his program available as a free download (.ino file).
Check out the video and share your thoughts on making DIY synth modules in the comments!