Ha, in February I wrote about the start of the modular part in the studio. Since then the box has slowly been filled with various modules: the Random Sampling and Pan & Scan modules from Mark Verbos, the Multistage sequencer and a second Complex Oscillator have been added. Oh, and not to forget the very good sounding Doepfer Wasp filter
Besides that a Intellijel Polaris filter (think early Roland SH series The system is slowly coming to an end. Next week the Audio Damage Sequencer 1 will arrive. After that I’d like to add a few more modules: a quad LFO from XAOC, and maybe the PDO oscillator with filter and tripple VCA from WMD.
One thing is clear, at least for me: you *must* set yourself an end goal, or otherwise you get lost and you quickly fall into the trap of the syndrome we’ll all know: GAS. For me it will end with two three-rows Doepfer cases.
My own experiences so far are that quality control (Verbos, Moog) and bug fixing (ADDAC) are not on great levels unfortunately. I had to send back quite a few modules(!), even though you might expect high quality considering the prices with some brands (Verbos). Then again: his modules are insanely musical and good sounding, plus I do understand that most brands are 1 or 2 employee “companies”. But it is something you might want to consider before stepping into this world.
Next step: some well-developed music with the system of course.
To be continued…
So, after listening to Allesandro Cortini’s latest album, Risveglio, some time ago, I was wondering if I could do the same sort of thing: making an album with a minimal setup.
The plan is to use a DSI Pro2 synthesizer, a Pigtronix Infinity Looper, a TC Delay, some dirt pedals and a multitrack recorder to record music, away from the computer.
For that purpose I just purchased a second hand Tascam DP24 multi track recorder. The other gear is already there. I might even install this little “studio” for some time in the living room… 🙂
So… In the last year I have extended my rack with some interesting modules.
Since I have quite an extensive experience with analog (and digital) synthesizers through the years and have heard/played all the usual suspects and many more, I would have never guessed that I could be blown away by something new. But it happened.
The quality and uniqueness of sound and usability of the modules created by Mark Verbos is unreal.
The Complex Oscillator, the Harmonic Oscillator, the Dual Four Pole filter, the Amplitude and Tone Controller (in essence a Low Pass Gate) and the Multi Envelope are one by one *fantastic* modules. Yes, they are not cheap (400-600 euro’s each), but what you get are about the most inspiring synth modules money can buy.
If you are starting with eurorack: SAVE money for one or more of his modules, really it is worth it. If you’re an experienced eurorack user/musician and did not try out Verbos modules… you fool! 🙂
Another company that makes very interesting modules is William Mathewson’s WMD, specially his Synchrodyne and Synchrodyne Expander modules form a monster PLL based oscillators/filters/compressor set with a very unique flavor. Wild, hard to tame, but very musical and rewarding.
This move to eurorack has become so incredible interesting with all those boutique and big companies stepping in: I can’t wait to try out the Roland system-500 modules for instance.
Finally found the time to do some improvements on the website: music is back, new music will be added from the last few years. I have been low on recording music, but with the new modular growing fast into a great system this will change too in 2016. Pretty sure about that! Take a listen and view at a track I posted on YouTube with the eurorack modular.
So… in the old days I did use some eurorack modular stuff. The Doepfer system-100 and also the Cwejman S1 MK2. Both systems were pretty good, but then I started to collect old analogs… Those modulars were sold but after years without any eurorack stuff, I recently thought: “why not?” 🙂
I will start with a small minicase from Doepfer, which I am going to fill with modulation modules because I want to have more modulation control voltages for both Moogs. And today I ordered my first module, the MFB dual ADSR.
There is a new version (V1.03) of the TB MIDI Stuff Strymon Timeline editor template for the iPad available, fixing a bug where the “Repeats” knob did not respond to incoming MIDI CC messages from the pedal.
Just added to the Files download section: Strymon Timeline, Big Sky and Mobius editor templates for iPad.
I created these templates in TB MIDI Stuff, a great app for iOS with which you can build your own midi controller templates using CCs, NRPNs, system exclusive messages etc. Works great! I also did two demo videos which can be watched at YouTube:
This weekend, I received a QUAD pre amp (QUAD 33) that I bought from a man in the Netherlands who is repairing and selling QUAD amps, pre-amps and tuners from this famous Brittish company. His website gives a wealth of information about the gear (in Dutch): quadrevisie.nl
QUAD is an acronym for “Quality Unit Amplifier Domestic”.
I already use two end amplifiers from QUAD, both in the studio as well in the living room, the Quad 405-2. The pre-amp I bought is a Quad 33, which is a great addition to the 405-2! This pre-amp was originally released in 1967(!) and sold until 1982. About 120.000 pieces were sold, which is a good thing because they go relatively cheap on the secondhand market. 🙂