What Else Do I Need in Order to Use Sam's Modules?

I have a ton of extra parts. I stocked up on things just before all of this chaos started happening. I just don’t know how to build anything from a schematic yet. :frowning: I think KiCad automatically creates a PCB layout based on the schematic you draw up in the program? I’ve thought about just copying the schematic for some simple circuits into KiCad and seeing if it will create the PCB layout for me. If so then I would print and etch a couple of PCB’s so I could use some of these modules sooner vs later.

I’ll check out the Doepfer page. Thanks for the link!

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It’s unfortunately not quite that automatic. Once you have the schematic, it will sort of give you a lump of components that are showing you how they need to be connected.

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:sob:
Nothing can ever be easy… sigh

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Actually, it might make more sense to start with Fritzing. It lets you see breadboard, schematic and PCB layouts For the same project in different tabs. It still only creates rats nests from the breadboard to the other two layouts and if you make changes in schematic or PCB it tends to cause drastic and strange placements in the breadboard view but it might get you going! Also, it’s donationware so you don’t technically have to pay for it but you can.

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How do you download Fritzing without “donating”? On their site I see only a “pay and download” button. The source code’s on Github but I don’t see compiled versions.

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I think theres a beta Version you can download for free

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On GitHub it is under releases: https://github.com/fritzing/fritzing-app/releases

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Downloaded but couldn’t figure out how to get it working (on Linux Mint), then it occurred to me to check Software Manager and there is indeed a version there. Downloaded that and it runs.

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Sounds like you’re set, but I believe you can put $0.00 in the “donation amount” box. I know I did pay for my latest copy, but I thought that was out of the kindness of my own heart.

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I didn’t see a box, just two radio buttons, 8 or 25 Euros

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Yeah, since the last update Fritzing has gone for a ‘forced donation’ model unless your wanting to download and build the software from source (and even then they still say you should pay). So technically it’s open source as you can still get it and make changes and improvements etc etc, but if you want a nice user friendly experience they want you to pay to fund the development costs.

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Happy to pay for useful software. Once its usefulness has been established. Particularly in the case of a project that has nearly gone under in the recent past, it’s a bit cheeky to make you buy a pig in a poke.

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I felt the same way recently when I went to try it out. I ended up going with KiCad instead which is confusing (at the moment anyway) but I shall defeat it eventually!

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I’ve been using KiCad, wanted to check out Fritzing mainly for the breadboard layouts.

Pretty good KiCad tutorial:

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Fritzing sounds exactly like what I need! I am someone that learns by seeing and doing. I have been looking for sites that have images of a schematic and a stripboard so that I can compare the two. Adding the breadboard would be helpful as I have no idea how to use it.

How do you get power to a breadboard?

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You don’t have to be too formal about it. A lot of the time it’s just a matter of running the leads from a battery pack to the “rail” strips (the ones with the red and black or blue stripes along the edges.) Some breadboards have terminals on them but they’re not connected. They can be mildly useful if you have a bench power supply and the extra banana jack leads, but then you still need to screw down connections to wires and then plug the other ends of those wires into the rails somewhere. Also, if you have a larger board, be aware that the rails aren’t all automatically connected-usually only the holes in a run on one side are connected, so you have to connect them across a 400 or 830 point section.

Sometimes, the rails break in at the middle of a side run and sometimes they don’t. If they do, it’s just a a matter of connecting the rails across the break, but remember to check them for continuity before you start so you don’t waste a day troubleshooting it. Some cheaper breadboards are even broken at each set of 5 points on the rails. :face_vomiting:

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lust installing fritzing now… I realy want to get into PCB printing but not got the time at present.

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I use Easy EDA. Wrote up about my experiences if you find it helpful. Fritzing was a bit more involved for my admittedly dated computer hardware. So, if it runs kinda shit for you too, maybe give this a whirl!

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Yeah Fritzing is nice because it has the breadboard view and you can ratsnest out the schematics and PCB. Of course, humans are very good at introducing errors into software. If Fritzing took a picture of a working breadboard circuit and converted it, then you’d really have a package!

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I build the Super Simple Mixer yesterday and its bloody easy, just six 100k Resistors, one 1k resistor, 4 audio Jacks, 3 100k pots and a TL072 , thats it ! :slight_smile:

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