bleepology

State of the modular

by bdu on Nov.06, 2008, under acquisitions, media, modular, musings, pictures

I am, for the first time in many years, without a modular synthesizer. “What?” you say, “How did that happen?”

No, I’m not out of love with patch cables and space heaters, I’ve just decided for a re-org. When I first bought into eurorack, there were really only three purveyors of this crack: Doepfer, Analogue Systems, and Analogue Solutions. Doepfer didn’t have anywhere near the range of quality that they have now, and their bread-and-butter modules did not impress me. As a result, I ended up with a whole shed-load of Analogue Systems modules, as they were definitely a step up. As Doepfer expanded their product line, and other manufacturers got in the game, I acquired some of that as well, but the rig was primarily centered around the ASys modules, and all housed in 6u racks.

A few months ago I decided to refactor. Two of my three RS90s ought to go, I have two Plan B model 15s that I use far more often (I’ll keep one RS90 for it’s wide-sweeping tune knob). I’ll probably replace EGs with doepfer quad EGs, LFOs for Plan B elf LFOs etc. Basically, going for more functionality in smaller space to make room for the future.

Speaking of room, the reason I currently have no modular is that I have traded all but one of my 6u racks in for a monster case, and I’m waiting for the next shipment of them to arrive. Hopefully early in December I’ll be able to re-assemble my rig and play again, just in time for the winter break from school.

Good thing, too, as I have an STG/Soundlabs Wave Folder waiting to be abused, and a TipTop Audio Z3000 oscillator on the way.

Here’s the old system:
old racks, gone now

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