The 296M from the M.E.M.S. Project

A true redesign of the original 296 with attention to detail not previously seen.
The changes between this unit, and the original are exceedingly limited and can be summerised below –
        • Modern Alps sliders used.
        • original SSM2020 are replicated with modern SSI2164/V2164 SOIC 16 SMD 
The SOIC 16 SMD are not applied to the main board, but, instead, supported by small carrier pcbs (in a different colour fiberglass) mounted to the original SSM2020 footprints, such as to maintain the historical accuracy of the host PCB.
If desired, original SSM2020 ICs can be used (please contact MEMS directly for more information)  The IC replacement carrier pcbs come with all necessary discrete SMD pre soldered, leaving only the VCA itself to be added.
The 296 is (to many builders) surprising in that, excluding the above, the parts listed in the bill of materials are very easy to obtain, and, as such, should not complicate construction.
Full build documentation can be accessed using this link << not yet uploaded, and Dave Brown ( has a page on his site here, documenting the build with photos.

Boards can be purchased (email only currently), and front panels can be purchased (email only currently).

PCBs – 

Example of completed unit –


Notes –

  • PCBs are supplied bare (other components must be sourced)
  • No warrenty is given nor implied