WE WILL SHOW YOU HOW TO
TAKE CREATIVE CONTROL OF YOUR TONE
BETTER UNDERSTAND THE MUSIC YOU ARE MAKING
SAVE UP TO 75% OFF THE COST OF RETAIL ELECTRONICS
We are currently running these workshops:
What is _maker?
It’s a learning platform for DIY electronics, aimed at the needs of musicians. There are two parts to our platform: The online learning platform with kits and video tutorials and real-world workshops.
We have been running workshops in Ireland and the UK for the past 18 months and have introduced over 300 musicians to DIY electronics.
We will shortly offer DIY electronics kits for synthesizers, guitar pedals and useful equipment with video tutorials on how to make and modify each kit.
We don’t assume any prior knowledge of electronics, so we start at the start, and start slow.
Everything a musician needs to learn about DIY electronics will be available on the platform, including tutorials, kits, tools and components. You can book workshops from here.
Who are we?
We are a group of musicians who have been using DIY electronics to make instruments, effects and equipment for a while now. We thought that other musicians would be interested in DIY too, so we started _maker to develop a platform for learning and sharing ideas.
On the electronics side we have Thom (Founder), Javier (Head of R&D) and Joe (Professor and Consultant).
Developing the learning platform we have our Lead Web Developer Shane and his trusty side-kick Intern Keith.
Running our workshops are Anna and Alan (you’ll likely find Thom and Javier there too!).
Why bother with DIY electronics?
As a musician, the greatest advantage that DIY electronics has to offer is the creative freedom you gain over the equipment you use. Once you understand the basics you can tailor effects, instruments and equipment to your own aesthetic tastes and needs. Never again will you have to use the same effects as everyone else (but we can show you how to create them, if that’s your thing).
So you get a custom-built/unique sound, and you can save a lot of money. Why buy someone else’s ‘boutique’ pedal for €200+ when you can build your own for less than €50? You can make your own custom modular synths and equipment for a fraction of the retail costs.
Aside from the cool products you can make, one of the best things we've found about spending the time on DIY is that by understanding how your electronic effects and instruments create their sounds, you gain a deeper insight into the music you are making and a broader scope in how you can take control of it.