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Massive MIDI Controller for Full Bucket FB3100 Synthesizer © GPL3+

A digital rebirth! Turned a salvaged Korg PS3100 analog synth panel into a controller for Full Bucket FB3100 synth plugin.

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Components and supplies

Necessary tools and machines

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Soldering iron (generic)

Apps and online services

About this project

I owned a Korg PS3100 polyphonic synthesizer in 1981 and enjoyed making music with it immensely. My prized possession was damaged in house fire in 1989. The magnitude of smoke damage seemed insurmountable to me at the time. Unfortunately I rushed into a decision to throw it in trash but luckily, removed the front panel with all the knobs and switches as a souvenir/reminder of the good days. It has been in the basement since.

I got the idea a couple of years ago to use this front panel in some form of display/presentation so I can enjoy seeing it from time to time and then got the idea to go one step further and add some form of sound generating function. One thought was to turn this into a MIDI controller for a DAW or audio/sound plugin, although a 1:1 correlation between the PS3100 controls and commercially available plugins was not possible until very recently when talented folks at Full Bucket Music released the FB3100 plugin. I now could have a fully functional software version of my beloved PS3100 as a real and in many ways more functional instrument in my studio.

Code

MIDI Controller for KORG PS3100 Audio Plugin (FB3100)
Implements Massive number of knobs and swithces , salvaged analog synth front panel and Audio Plugin/DAW for same synthesizer model

Custom parts and enclosures

Backside of the Panel
Shows the PS3100 panel's back side preparation for wiring
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Schematics

FB3100 Controller
MIDI controller panel wiring based on real Korg PS3100
Korg PS3100 Front Panel (FB3100 plugin Implementation)
Visual guide to synthesizer modules and associated knobs, switches
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FB3100 Controller - End Products
The PS3100 Synthesizer /FB3100 Controller
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