I’ve recently been sent two very nice DIY kits to build from Rakits.
First up is the Baby8 sequencer. It’s a small 9v battery powered sequencer featuring cv/gate outputs and very handily they’ve also added a clock input for syncing the unit from other devices.
The build process was straight forward and I followed the online instructions which were really well laid out. There were a couple of omissions to which I reported and they were quickly fixed by the company. Great support! Components are of high quality and the resistors also come nicely packed with a colour code cheat sheet, which is handy. I still do use a multi meter to check but that’s just me being cautious.
I finished soldering the Baby8 within a reasonable 1hr or so which is pretty good for me. Powered it up and worked first time too. 🙂
Now the Baby8 was completed I needed something to attach it to so next up was to build the Rakits Drum Synth.
Again this came nicely packaged, all components were present(you can check the BOM on their website). A nice touch when I received it was a couple of Drum Stick sweets(I wonder what you get with their Disintegrated Cracklebox….).
The Drum Synth is based on the Boss PC-2 percussion synthesiser but also has a couple of modifications like Pitch CV and selectable VCO/LFO which I think make quite nice additions.
Build took a little longer than the Baby8 but that is to be expected as the number of parts is quite big. One thing I really liked about the build is that the case is made from PCB’s and its held together by slotting them together and using the jack nuts to hold it all together. It really is quite sturdy once it’s all together.
And once it was built, I powered it up and it worked straight away too. I normally find something amiss when soldering but I guess I did well this time. 🙂
If you are into building DIY musical kits then I highly recommend the Baby 8 and the Drum Synth especially. Great fun to build and good fun to use!
Go on make a Rakit 🙂