Elementary electronics

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1970s Science Fair 75 in 1 Electronic Project Kit. Components are wired together via springs that hold the connections.

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

Ladybird childrens book, 1979. Learning electronics by simple breadboard experiments.

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


Make book, 2009. Hands-on electronics by simple experiments.

Circuit theory

Analog circuits

Make book, 2014. Continuing the hands-on electronics with less simple experiments.

Digital electronics

Workshop practice

See also


Further reading

  • 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

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