This PCB is a basic kit for a metronome that includes a line out option. All of the design files are provided so you can modify them as needed.

The build directions are aimed at people that have never soldered before, and ABW has had great success with this kit as a first time project.  As with all of these kits, we would love for you to copy this for your local activities.


Buy Kit:

If you would like to generate your own PCBs and source your own parts you can find all the info you need at ClockWorks.

This kit creates a tunable  low-pass filter that is great as an analog effects system.  A little more complex than the metronome kit, it's still a great starter project.

Buy Kit:

If you would like to generate your own PCBs and source your own parts you can find all the info you need at ClockWorks.

This is general kit of parts that was first offered at the AES convention in NYC. It's breadboard based and has enough parts to literally build hundreds of different audio projects. The files are placed on GitHub so that others can contribute ideas for things to build with this kit.  Thanks to Mouser for funding this at AES in NYC so we could give this kit away to participants at no cost.

Classroom DIY Projects: Classroom-ready DIY projects that your students can successfully and affordably build.  


The lesson plans and slides are offered as a supplement to the talk presented at AES New York 2019 Audio Builders Workshop Session:  DOWNLOAD

Classroom DIY Projects – Descriptions
Below you will find the supplementary material to the ABW track panel on Classroom DIY
Projects at the 2019 Audio Engineering Society’s 147th convention. The panelists describe
successful builds that they have used in their own classrooms as well as strategies for
curriculum design and execution.


Paul Lehrman – Electronic Music Instrument Design
Paul Lehrman is a composer, educator, writer, and technologist with a long history as an
advocate for computer music and music technology. He co-designed the first graphics-oriented
MIDI sequencer for the Apple Macintosh in 1984 and has continued to play an important role in
music technology ever since. Paul has been leading a class on designing and realizing new
instruments for almost twenty years at Tufts University. His class website is an invaluable trove
of resources for exploring the process of building new electronic instruments. You will find links
to interviews, white papers on the most commonly used electronics in these builds, and
descriptions of how to approach each step of the instrument design process. Maybe the most
valuable resource on the site for educators is the students’ own documentation of this process,
their challenges in design and implementation, and the individual outcomes of each student.


Robert – Eric Gaskell – BabyPre Preamplifier kit
Eric Gaskell has a Ph.D. from McGill University and has been involved in DIY electronics and
electronics manufacturing for over 20 years. He began working on ribbon microphones and
forensic audio at AEA in Pasadena, CA in the early 2000s. In 2014, Eric co-invented a way to
apply Graphene Oxide to loudspeaker membranes. He started Ora Graphene Audio Inc. in 2016
to commercialize this technology. Eric has taught electronics in the Sound Recording Area at
McGill University for the past 14 years. His students are primarily musicians training to become
producers and sound recordists. Eric has developed a course that focuses on a conceptual
understanding of basic analog electronics and uses a specially designed stereo mic pre kit to
support the course’s content, the BabyPre. Eric’s goal was to develop the kit and supporting
materials such that it could act as a fully developed intro to electronics course in a kit - with
labs, a textbook, slides, etc.


Charlie De Vane – Automatically Generating VST Plugins from MATLAB Code
Charlie De Vane is a software developer at MathWorks, where he works on the Audio and DSP
Toolboxes. He has taught Computer Science for the Sound Recording Technology program at
UMass Lowell, where students went from zero programming experience to turning in a VST
plugin final project in one semester. The automatic generation of VST audio plugins from MATLAB
code uses the Audio System Toolbox from MathWorks. You will find MATLAB code for three
complete example plugins, with a discussion about problems that may be encountered, and a
description of a workflow to generate VST plugins as quickly and easily as possible.


Chris Kincaid – 5 Easy DIY Projects For Your Classroom
Chris Kincaid is a musician, audio engineer, and educator. He has taught applied music
technology, recording techniques, and led an experimental sound building ensemble at IUPUI in
Indianapolis, IN and Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. He has spent the last decade
experimenting with object-oriented synthesis, microcontroller devices, and building a variety of
synthesizer modules, preamps, EQs, and compressors. Chris has brought DIY into the classroom
with a variety of projects. In this prompt, you will find a list of five easy DIY projects that Chris
suggests and has had success within his own music technology classroom. These projects range
from simple one-hour lesson plans to projects that span several weeks. Every build includes
information about cost, materials, tools, steps, tips, and useful links.