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I use to not wonder too much about things.

When I was younger, I’d hop into my giant 1972 Impala, turn the key and go.

As I got a little older, the mechanics on why my car worked (or didn’t… mostly) unnerved me. I could feel something wrong with the pick-up and go of my car. When I pushed the gas pedal down, the car slowly came to life. That wasn’t suppose to happen with a V8! Why was this happening?

That started my life-long process of opening up things and learning. Long before the internet, that was a major life decision. If I were to open up this TV or start taking parts off of my car, I better be able to put it back on! No YouTube or late-night forum questioning from my phone. If you did it, you better be able to UNdo it.

After 20 years of doing this, I’m finally at the point where I want to learn more about the instruments I use on a daily basis. MUSIC instruments, mind you. I’ve seen so much on acoustic instruments and can name a handful of guys off-the-top that can build them. No, I’m talking ELECTRONIC.

As you may or may not know, my 5 year goal is to build a modular synth (piece it together with boutique, store-bought and self-built). The point of this post is the “self-built”. And that’s the focus of what I’m calling “Sound Synthesis Series” for now. Maybe it will change based on my interest or a major change or life or whatever.


The first is this. A link to this guy I just came across on YouTube. I got rid of cable almost a year ago. YouTube has been one of my main sources of entertainment for the last 4 years, so of course I’m on it all day every day. There is so much content out there, you’ll never get bored.

This guy: sawsquaresine came up when I was watching sorting algorithm videos. Which led me to his site:


Where he offers open source sound generators which can help those, like me, with a knowledge deficit in sound synthesis.

This is mostly for me, but if you find these link helpful, that’s worth it too!

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