Zynthian: Open Synth Platform (Zynthian Bundle All V3 Equipment)

Zynthian is a synthesis, geared up with a number of engines, filters and results. Fully configurable and upgradeable.

An Open Platform for Sound Synthesis. Primarily based on Raspberry Pi and Linux, its specification is public and software program is Open Supply. It’s absolutely hackable!

DIY (Do It Your self!). A community-focused undertaking the place you possibly can select between construct the whole lot from scratch or use one of many kits that we provide, tailored to the totally different talent ranges.

You need to use it for dwell performing, studio manufacturing or as a device for experimental sound exploration.


This tutorial is predicated on Zynthian Bundle All v3 package, that may be discover in Zynthian Store.

Different KITs are additionally accessible and you’ll construct them from scratch in case you desire. Have a look into Success Instances.

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Step 1: Invoice of Supplies

  • Zynthian Primary Equipment v3 (Four x controller v3 + zynaptic circuit + ribbon bus cable)
  • ZynScreen v1.Four (Three.5″ touch-display + controller driver)
  • Raspberry Pi Three
  • HifiBerry DAC+ADC souncard
  • Case package v3, together with nuts, bolts and connectors
  • Energy adapter for Raspberry Pi (5.1v 2.4A with microUSB connector)
  • 16GB SD Card (a very good one, please!)

Step 2: Safe the Jack Connectors

Insert each connector from the inner-side of the case and the ring washers and nuts from the outer-side. The ring-washers will keep away from damaging the case floor once you tighten the nuts. A wrench or pair of pliers may be helpful for tightening the nuts.

Step Three: Safe the MIDI Connectors

Simply insert each connector with the JST-wire from the outer-side of the case and the nut from the inner-side. A wrench or pair of pliers may be helpful for tightening the nuts.

Step Four: Mount the MIDI Exercise LEDS

Insert the three LEDS within the case holes, leaving the brief lead at left. Do not push the LED’s head! As an alternative push the black plastic holder across the LED. Generally is tough to push …

When it is performed, it’s important to plug the LED wires into the two spare “DUPONT” connectors from the MIDI harness (inexperienced & yellow wires). Polarity is necessary, so do not cross the wires:

  • JST Inexperienced wire (1) => LED’s Anode (LED’s lengthy lead)
  • JST Yellow wire (2) => LED’s Cathode (LED’s brief lead)

Because the LED’s leads are too lengthy, you wish to reduce them a little bit bit (7-Eight mm is an efficient size), however keep in mind the place the “brief” lead is situated!!

Step 5: Assemble the Essential Computing Block

The primary computing block consists by the RBPi and the HifiBerry soundcard, and ought to be assembled utilizing the set of separator & bolts.

For simpler assembling, you must observe the following steps:

  1. Repair the 2×4 separators to the RBPi. The larger one have to be on high and the smaller one on backside.
  2. Insert the Hifiberry soundcard within the RBPi.
  3. Screwdrive the Four bolts on high of the HifiBerry.

Step 6: Safe the Essential Computing Block

After assembling the primary computing block, you must safe it to the case. Use Four black M2.5 bolts (see photograph above).

Step 7: Safe the Zynaptik Module

Safe the Zynaptik module to the case utilizing Four x separators and eight x M2.5 bolts. I like to recommend to begin fixing the separators to the case.

As you possibly can see, the zynaptik circuit has some additional circuitry that isn’t soldered on it by default. Don’t fret about it as a result of it is not wanted in any respect for constructing a completely purposeful customary Zynthian Field.

Step Eight: Safe the Show

For fixing the show to the case cowl, it’s important to use the set present above.

It is composed of Four bolts, Four nuts and Four nylon separators. Earlier than fixing the display, do not forget to take away the protecting plastic sheet.

Step 9: Safe the Controllers

Plug a wire on each controller.

Repair the Four controller modules to the case cowl utilizing the Four bolts and washers connected to each rotary encoder.

Insert the knobs

It is best to insert the knobs into the encoders earlier than closing the case. It will keep away from forcing the encoders an excessive amount of as in any other case, you might break them. Comply with these easy steps and also you would not have any drawback:

  • moisten with water or saliva the encoder stem and the knob gap
  • press the encoder PCB with the finger from the rear aspect whereas pushing the knob from the entrance aspect till is totally inserted

Stick the rubber toes

Step 10: ​Join the Essential Ribbon Bus Cable

Join the Essential Ribbon Bus cable to the RBPi’s 40-pin header and in addition to the Zynaptik module. The crimson wire is pin 1, so if you’re trying on the case from the entrance aspect, it ought to be at proper.

Notice: The Zynthian Equipment Three is designed to make use of JST connectors that may’t be plugged reversed, so connecting the whole lot is basically straight-forward.

Step 11: Join Controllers on the ZynScreen

Join the Four controller cables to the Four controller connectors on the ZynScreen (CTRL1, CTRL2, CTRL3, CTRL4)

Step 12: Join MIDI

Join the three cables from the MIDI connectors to the MIDI-IN, MIDI-OUT and MIDI-THRU connectors on the Zynaptik module.

Step 13: ​Join the Audio Output Jack Connectors

Join the audio output jack connectors to the audio-output header on the Hifiberry soundcard:

  • The black wire on the “R” pin, white on the “L” one and crimson on “GND” (center).

Step 14: ​Join the Balanced Audio Enter Jack Connector

Join the balanced audio enter jack connector to the audio-input header on the Hifiberry soundcard:

  • The black wire ought to be linked to pin Three, crimson wire to pin 2 and white wire to pin 1. Wanting on the first photograph, numbering is left to proper.

Step 15: Join the Show

And at last, join the ribbon’s 26-pin connector to the show’s connector. Put consideration to the orientation. The crimson wire ought to be the pin 1 that as marked within the show’s PCB floor.

Step 16: Double-check Half’s Assembling and Wiring

It is simple to make a mistake whereas assembling the elements or connecting the wires. Some errors may be harmful for the digital elements (short-circuits, some particular bad-wiring mixtures) so it is higher to make certain that the whole lot is accurately assembled and linked.

Put particular consideration to ribbon bus connection and confirm that crimson wire is on pin 1 for each connector. Additionally put consideration to audio jack connectors and test that they’re accurately linked to the Hifiberry soundcard.

Step 17: First Boot

When you’re positive that the whole lot is as a substitute, it is time to boot the machine, so:

  1. Insert the SD-card with the zynthian picture able to run. If you do not have one but, learn this. You’ll be able to insert the SD-card by way of the “window” on the bottom-side of the case. Additionally, if the case remains to be open, you are able to do it from the highest.
  2. Plug the mini-usb energy connector. A great 5V micro-usb charger is really useful (> 2 Amp).

These are the levels that you must see whereas booting:

  1. After 5-10 seconds, it would present the Zynthian splash display
  2. After Three-Four seconds, it would go black
  3. In case you are utilizing a contemporary zynthian picture and it is the primary boot, the levels 1 and a couple of shall be repeated
  4. After 5-10 seconds, the zynthian UI shall be proven

In case you get the Zynthian UI, congratulations!!! You’re actually near get it!!

If you do not get an error display or a clean display, dangerous luck! In all probability you made some mistake in the course of the mounting course of. You must find and clear up the issue(s).

In case you are utilizing the Aruk RC-Three SD picture (you must!), you’ll observe that the controllers aren’t working in any respect. This SD picture is pre-configured for working with the package v2, so you have to configure the software program for working with the package v3. The best manner of doing it’s utilizing the webconf device:

  • Join your zynthian to your native community utilizing an ethernet cable (RJ-45).
  • Out of your internet browser, entry the zynthian’s webconf device by typing “zynthian.native” within the handle bar. If this does not give you the results you want, you must strive with the IP. You may get the IP of your zynthian by navigating to the Admin Menu and clicking “Community Data”. It is best to do this through the use of the “contact” interface: Click on the highest bar with a stick (or your nail, if it is not too extensive) till you might be within the Admin Menu. As soon as you might be there, go down and click on “Community Data”.
  • Sort the password (raspberry) for login into the webconf device.
  • As soon as you might be logged in, it’s important to entry ->Equipment and choose “Equipment V3”.
  • Save the adjustments and reboot your Zynthian.

Step 18: Testing Your Zynthian Field

Step 19: Shut the Case

As soon as the whole lot is as a substitute and you’ve got examined that it really works, it is time to shut the case …

Take your time to see bend and drive the cables to get a very good becoming when closing the case. The ribbon bus cable is pre-bended for alleviating this course of.

Lastly, screw-drive the Eight sheet-threader bolts for securing the case, Four either side.

Step 20: References

One can find all of the constructing steps in wiki.zynthian.org.

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