Elementary electronics attempts to offer a concise guide towards gaining the essential knowledge and understanding of the electronics relevant to synth DIY. A proper coverage of electronic engineering (EE) is outside the scope of this wiki.
List of topics
Although each is self contained, the top level articles listed here are written to be read sequentially, each topic leading to better understanding of ones that follow.
Note to editors: Changes here should be reflected by changes to Template:Elementary electronics.
Units and symbols
- Abbreviations and conventions, SI units, mm vs. mil
- Circuit symbols and schematics
- Current, conductors and insulators
- Voltage aka potential difference
- Resonance aka Q
- Through hole and surface mount technology
- Passive components, resistors, capacitors, inductors and transformers, color codes
- Semiconductors, diodes and rectification, transistor, FETs,
- Integrated circuits, comparator, 555 timer
- Power and resistance
- Ohm's law
- Alternating current and voltages
- Waveforms, frequency, amplitude and phase
- Test equipment
- Electronic design automation
- PCB prototyping
- SMD soldering
- Metal-work, anodisng and screen printing
- Fault finding
- Synthesizer engineering for pointers to more in depth EE level electronics.
- Make: Electronics by Charles Platt, Maker Media Inc., 2009, ISBN 1-4493-4522-0. Ray Wilson in the preface to Make: Analog Synthesizers recommends this book (and a 75-in-one electronic experimenter kit) to understand basic electronic principles, for those with no electronics knowledge or training.
- Make: More Electronics by Charles Platt, Maker Media Inc., 2014, ISBN 1449344046. Includes topics omitted from Make: Electronics because of lack of space.
- Make: Analog Synthesizers by Ray Wilson, Maker Media Inc., 2013, ISBN 1-4493-4522-0. Easy to read, contains a lot of practical advice about soldering and construction. A more accurate title would be How to build the MFOS Noise Toaster.
- Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking by Nicolas Collins, Routledge, 2009, ISBN 0-415-99873-5. A guide to the lowest tech electronic music possible. Through circuit bending to building simple inspiring projects to get you started in music DIY.
- Getting Started in Electronics by Forrest M. Mims III, Radio Shack, 1983, ASIN B0006YIR1Y
- Electronics Club, a website for beginners to learn about electronics.
- All About Circuits Electronics & Electrical Engineering Forum
- Lessons in Electric Circuits by Tony R. Kuphaldt
- CircuitLab, online circuit simulator.
- Paul Falstad's electronics demonstrations using a java applet to simulates electronic circuits.
- Engineer's Mini Notebook:Formulas Tables And Basic Circuits by Forrest Mims, Radio Shack Electronics
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