I am very interested in learning synthesis and composing berlin school and psychedelic stuff. I am planning to purchase microbrute very soon to see if I am up to the task. I tried several years ago to enter computer music but I was quickly bored with mouse clicking in front of my monitor. Recently I discovered the re emergence of analogue synths and hoping to jump to modulars if I am successfull in creating soundscapes with microbrute which is considered by many a good entrance to analogue synths for beginners.

I have already been looking to modulars and if money and soul permits I would like to get started with a simple modular rack. Please have a look and give me your thought about alternative modules. Remember I am just starting... At this stage, after microbrute, I wouldn't like to spent more than 1000 euros.

Thank you all and have a great new year!

Here is the rack, I thought would be ok for a beginning.
ModularGrid Rack


Added SynthTech e355 Morphing Dual LFO yesterday. This module is stunning! Glad it was my first lfo proper. !!


Thread: Patch #1

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ModularGrid Rack

Hi Guys, looking for advice on my first case. I'm going to be getting the makenoise System 0, and upgrading to the 7 U makenoise CV bus case.

System 0 comes with:
DPO
Maths
Optomix

I'll be using an Elektron Analog Keys for control, and I also have a SEM pro that i'll be using until buy more modules. I want to eventually build a full system primarily for musical sounds as well as more abstract, rhythmic stuff.

This is my loose plan. any advice would be greatly appreciated; looking to avoid any obvious redundancies, and looking for advice on best module placement

thanks!


Attempt at a ribbon controlled monosynth, trautonium style. Lacks the frequency shifter but doepfer don't do one anymore and when they did it was a bit crap iirc.


Oh ... you're the 'Ultima Ratio Cascading Clock' guy! That's an awesome-looking module!

I looked at that one closely, but it seems to function best with an external clock. What do you use for a clock generator?

It works fine as a clock generator, you just loose the ability to control one of the two dividers in clock generator mode.
As an external clock you can nearly throw anything in it, a square wave from an oscillator works best.

I'm trying not to front-load too many obstacles to a successful start-up rack, which is why I'm trying to avoid too much DIY, but I did read through the build document, and it looked reasonable. Maybe not as simple as the Super Warp Generator, but pretty approachable.

Do you still have kits available?
-- kismert

I have a couple left. While the build is pretty easy basic knowledge in soldering can not hurt.
I plan to sell some of them next year as pre-build modules.


Oh ... you're the 'Ultima Ratio Cascading Clock' guy! That's an awesome-looking module!

I looked at that one closely, but it seems to function best with an external clock. What do you use for a clock generator?

I'm trying not to front-load too many obstacles to a successful start-up rack, which is why I'm trying to avoid too much DIY, but I did read through the build document, and it looked reasonable. Maybe not as simple as the Super Warp Generator, but pretty approachable.

Do you still have kits available?


@solitud: I have had this debate with myself as well: why program all day for work, then come home and code for fun? I guess there are two (maybe not very good) reasons: 1) my interest in Arduino programming is high right now; 2) I don't expect to be making Music for quite a while (I'll be mostly irritating the wife/friends/dog, especially at the start).

I don't wanna talk you out of it, I am pretty much in the same boat and even developed a module based on Atmega myself.
Modular synth is a hobby that goes way beyond making music for me. The community chats and never ending optimizations of systems are an integral part of it.
You just have to prioritize at one point since time is sparse and you can not do everything.
So if you wanna do your own sequencer, at least make it kick ass.


Thinking of adding the Mutamix. Shifting things around for the new year!


Hitler sings at his own damnation....
"Oh, I'm sorry I was so bad, bad, bad
The things I did make me so sad, sad, sad
If you just give me another chance, I'll make you proud of me,
Fuckers."


Hello
Twidlers

This is my first rack
I have had quite a few hours experimenting with it.the Mysteron sounds good through the effects

I am however finding it very challenging navigating the controls of the rene

I have read the manual

And watched several videos please send any help in patching and controlling


@solitud: I have had this debate with myself as well: why program all day for work, then come home and code for fun? I guess there are two (maybe not very good) reasons: 1) my interest in Arduino programming is high right now; 2) I don't expect to be making Music for quite a while (I'll be mostly irritating the wife/friends/dog, especially at the start).

@mt3: The reason is my perception of the lack of acceptable alternatives at a decent price. Cheap and narrow = inflexible, while wide and complex = expensive, plus hogs too much space on my starter rig. For instance, Grids is an impressive module, but it doesn't offer 1V/Oct out.

Looking at what I do well, maybe my best opportunity to contribute to the community is through code.


I'm unclear with why you need to code up a custom sequencer. And agree with @solitud's comment that it will take away from the music making aspect.
Look into MI's Grids (programmable as well).


I see, some kind of intelligent/macro sequencer. Seems like a lot of work.
While I am generally very interested in microcontroller coding I found out that it is just another distraction from just making music so I try to stick with the modules other people came up with :)
Anyway, best luck with your project!


Thanks for the feedback. The early response on Muffs made notice of that too, so it looks like I will need to add a dual VCA, and probably a mixer.

Regarding a sequencer program, the Euroduino has four outs: two gate/triggers (which I will call D0 and D1), and two 256-value CVs (CV0 and CV1), which I imagine have a kind of stepped output.
So, my initial thought on output mapping is:
* CV0 = Pitch
* CV1 = Rate (the absolute voltage difference from the last pitch)
* D0 = Gate out
* D1 = Trigger out (start of Gate)
Which, from what I've seen, is pretty nice for a basic sequencer.

Now, on to the inputs. The Euroduino has 8: 2 pots (P0 & P1), 2 a/b/c switches (SW0 and SW1), 2 CV ins (IV0 and IV1), and 2 digital ins (ID0 and ID1).
If you think about all the knobs on a typical sequencer, this is a very limited interface. So, one has to make compromises, or be prepared to think differently about how a sequencer should act. I'm not patient enough to program each individual pitch through this interface. The cheat I make is letting the device choose these values for me.

For consistency, I have mostly mapped '0' controls to duration, and '1' to pitch:
My initial thought on the input mapping is:
* SW0 = Duration mode (a=random, b=euclidean, c=darwinian)
* SW1 = Pitch mode (a=random, b=tbd, c=tbd) tbd = some pitch algorithms that sound more organized than random.
* P0 = Duration continuous variable, based on SW1 (a=bit crush,
* P1 = Pitch continuous variable, based on SW0 (a=bit crush, b=tbd, c=tbd)
* IV0 = Either CV for P0, or Spread (duration range)
* IV1 = Either CV for P1 or Center of pitch - roughly a transpose
* ID0 = Clock in
* ID1 = Toggle of mode - repeat or continuous, etc.

This is a rough sketch, but still probably way too much detail than you were expecting.

Basically, I am thinking about a mini sequencer framework, with interchangeable functions for Pitch and Duration.

Any thoughts?


"Sometimes a violin pizzicato is just a violin pizzicato" Sigmund Freud


You have a new bill from Satan.
You gonna pay it punk, or do I have to eat your ancestors?

-- Nelson Baboon

Cool, does this violin pizzicato thing also come from the modular?

Ancient Mind Dwellers,
An innocent journey into HELL

-- Nelson Baboon

Jesus, Nelson, it's chrismas

Vampire of temptation...
sink your porcupine into my testicles, naked punk battalion
-- Nelson Baboon

That's in a strange way enjoyable. The track, not your testicle battalion. Glad I have no idea what this means, anyway.


Looks good, but as always, there should be some more VCA?
Interested how you will do the Euroduino sequencer, with only two knobs and 8 sockets ...


All, here is the (mostly final) proposed version of my rack. I'm a noob, so please tell me any oversights or mistakes I might be making.
ModularGrid Rack

I wanted a starter system with room to grow, largely composed of well regarded, easy-to-get modules.

Notes:
* It uses Synthrotek's Powered Waterproof 6U + 1U Portable Eurorack Case, with 2 x 84hp of Euro, and 1 x 84hp of tiles. This should provide plenty of power and depth, even for the DuaLFO.
* The Euroduino is supposed to run a custom sequencer that I intend to write (I'm a brand-new wiggler, but a pretty good programmer). The Cloq will provide the basic clocking, and the Euroduino will control the Befaco VC Slew Limiter for constant-time slew between notes.
* I'm most-likely going with the Orgone Accumulator. If so, I will commission it from synthCube. I am not a DIY guy yet.
* Have 2 1U tile Noise sources for really basic percussion, with a simple EG coming from the Strike input of the Optomix.

Questions:
* The oscillator was by far the hardest decision to make. I like the big sound of the Orgone Accumulator, and it seems to work well with a smaller system (a reasonable number of CV ins, and only two outs). The Dixie is primarily there for modulation duties. Any other suggestions?
* Is the Pittsburgh Low Pass Gate a good match for the Accumulator? Or should I go with a traditional filter?
* Should I wait for the PulpLogic 8U 'Magnum' lunchbox case, whenever it comes? (2x euro @ 96HP, 2x tile @ 96HP). It is vaporware, as far as I can tell.

Thanks for your input!
-Ken


rack 1



Vampire of temptation...
sink your porcupine into my testicles, naked punk battalion


Galilean Moons on its way from another awesome trade. Love this community :) really excited for 2015. now that i have the center to fill.. and be done


Here is a noodle from over the weekend that I figured would be fun to share..... ENJOY!


Ancient Mind Dwellers,
An innocent journey into HELL


Hello Modulars,

This is my first modular rack. I have a fair amount of CV/Gate gear as well as MIDI to CV/Gate controllers that I want to integrate with it: FutureRetro XS, Sherman Filterbank, SCI Pro One, SCI Prophet 5 w/midi, Moog Minitaur, as well as two Lexicon Primetime Delays with CV/Gate I/O. I intend to use Grids as a drum sequencer with trigger outs going to either an Alesis DM Pro or DDrums module. Can record those as audio and then swap out samples in my DAW (Nuendo/Cubase, using Slate Trigger). I intend to use most of the rack as another synth, basically, and particularly looking to mix oscillators, and also use the Quad LFO for various purposes. I'm new to this....although I'm not really a "noob". I've been an audio engineer and producer for about 15 years, mostly in underground rock and some electronic. Now looking to get more into electronic, but with a pop sensibility.

I'm wondering about adding a few routing modules and maybe a clock module that will hook up the PSU of my Pittsburgh can 90, but will stay outside the main rack and be fit into a half rack space box, along with the Minitaur. There are two power rails and the smaller one should be able to run outside the case. Is this legit? I don't want to take up too much space, as I've got a lot of analog gear.

Any opinions please would be most welcome! Any thoughts on a 4hp module that would be useful in this set up, or possibly a swap out to make space for a larger module that would cover the territory of something currently in the rack? Maybe more routing? I'm cool with using stackables. But there are atleast 3 mixers already in the rack - to juggle in various ways. And also 2-3 VCAs. The Grids trigger outs will just do there own thing, but I'd like to use the LFOs as control.

Thanks!


Video of me playing this patch :

mengqimusic.com

I am pretty envious of this rack


Patch different pitches on ch1 of VM, playing 2 pitches in a series with finger holding on the 1st pad, then the 2nd note would play a 2nd pitch while the 1st hold the original pitch.

mengqimusic.com

Thread: Phase 1A 105

PATCH USER PR3

OSC1: BITCR1
OSC2BITCR1
SYNC PULSE/STEP: PLSE+01=REV SYNC
MODA/MORPH:PHASEMOD
OSC1: MULT1
OSC2:MULT8
COMBO MODE
CMB:OSC
TILT:37
DETUNE:10

CLK INTO BLM TADPOLE
CLK THRU - 4MS CLK DIVIDER 1

BLM LFO/ SYNC FROM OSC1 ON SS - RATE SET @ 10 O'CLOCK X2

RENE XFUN / SEEKSLEEP
RENE YFUN / SEEKSLEEP

ALL ACTIVE Q


INFINITE PATCH SETTINGS

OSC1: BASIC1
OSC2: BASIC2

SYNC/PULSE STEP: HARDSYNC/PULSE:01
MOD A/MORPH: COMBO IN CMB:OSC1

MULT1: 1 MULT2: 1

COMBO MODE: CMB:OSC1
TILT:00
ECHO:00
DETUNE:13

70BPM
NO SNAKE MODE
HAVE MOD SET


hey all,

I was wondering if anyone has modded a dark energy to fit into a eurorack module
or if anyone has an a-111-5 for sale.

is this mod possible for any surgery any doctors out there?


Better yet, use a different power system and free up a whole 20hp.


You probably don't need a zeus on every row, I think 1 for every two rows would be sufficient


Traded for an MI Grids today. I think that will bring some lovely tight topographic xY percussion sequencing to the rig. and free up Rene's gates for other duties!
Very happy with the top row at the moment.


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A video showing (a simpler version of) this patch : http://instagram.com/p/wn91e1LvL3/?modal=true

mengqimusic.com

Thread: current

thanks guys!
@FSK1138 there are rails everywhere in doepfer metal case! First I've installed the module in the middle of the box (you can see two screws that hold middle rails), but finally decided to fasten it to the back of the case so it looks like a rack mounted synth. Yeah, gators are perfect!


Thread: current

great idea !! i was putting my tiptop uzeus inside of my case instead of in the front
if it does not have a knob why have it in front
are you using rails in the back?

BTW... have you seen those gator skb case with top front and rear mounting rails for 19in racks
if your using skiff it is perfect !!
http://www.electronicloisirs.fr/catalog/images/thumbs/GRC6X4.jpg


Thread: current

Good idea for trunk lines too.


Thread: current

How about modular hexahedron? :D


Thread: current

Great idea, this is the start of a new trent. I see the double sided racks hitting the stores very soon!


Thread: current

freed 6 hp by placing ES-40 to the back of doepfer case!
studio shot


I like the symmetry of this module and the fact that it has CV on just about everything. It may be the first piece of ADDAC gear that makes it into my Euro system. Beautiful!


Thread: Change Log

Renamed private modules to unlisted modules and added a red alert text to the upload form.
This should make it clearer that modules are always accessible for everyone if the URL is known, even if they have the unlisted flag.


Thread: Bug Report

So "private" is what YouTube calls "unlisted", I see.
-- ApolaKipso

To make it clearer that there is no real module privacy on ModularGrid

  • I have changed the Module private tag to unlisted
  • I have put on a red alert text in the upload form
  • I have changed the Fieldset name from Privacy to Module Listing

Thanks for your feedback! I always need user input to improve things.
Best Knut


Thread: Bug Report

BUG REPORT: "PRIVATE" MODULES
It is not a bug but an intended function. Private modules are just excluded from the module browser, but they are accessible if you know the URL. Same function exists on other sharing sites like YouTube too.
I see I failed miserable to make this clear and will improve the description text in the upload form.

Sorry, that info in the form never registered with me.
So "private" is what YouTube calls "unlisted", I see.

ModularGrid wasn't made on one day so a lot of inconsistencies from new features sneak into the system.
I try to iron them out over time, sorry for your inconvenience ...

No worries, we all appreciate your work very much.


Thread: Bug Report

BUG REPORT: "PRIVATE" MODULES

Modules tagged as "private" are visible to anyone. If the tag is not meant to mean "this is hidden from anyone but the module's creator", this should be made clear, otherwise that's a bug that should be fixed.

It is not a bug but an intended function. Private modules are just excluded from the module browser, but they are accessible if you know the URL. Same function exists on other sharing sites like YouTube too.
I see I failed miserable to make this clear and will improve the description text in the upload form.

The issue came up here: http://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1747830#1747830

It's also not clear (at least to me) why "private" and "duplicate" are combined into one tag.

In the ModularGrid way the duplicate tag has the same purpose as the private tag.
They just should exclude modules from the module browser and search engine.
But you are still be able to add them to your racks if you like.
ModularGrid wasn't made on one day so a lot of inconsistencies from new features sneak into the system.
I try to iron them out over time, sorry for your inconvenience ...


Thread: Bug Report

BUG REPORT: "PRIVATE" MODULES

Modules tagged as "private" are visible to anyone. If the tag is not meant to mean "this is hidden from anyone but the module's creator", this should be made clear, otherwise that's a bug that should be fixed.

The issue came up here: http://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1747830#1747830

It's also not clear (at least to me) why "private" and "duplicate" are combined into one tag.


Hi!

Well we should have something to inform us of how many HP we have free on our racks and when you hover your mouse over a free space it should input the amount of HP free on the space! That would rock and would make my life much easier!

This idea was requested some time ago. I think it would be cool, but it is not that easy to do.
I will look into this again ...

Btw payed today Unicorn account and I'm more than happy to maintain ModGrid alive 4ever :D
-- AThousandDetails

Thanks a lot!

Btw. that is not exactly what you want to see but as a workaround:
the Data Sheet sums up all your used HPs in your rack...
Data Sheet for your Rack


Hi!

Well we should have something to inform us of how many HP we have free on our racks and when you hover your mouse over a free space it should input the amount of HP free on the space! That would rock and would make my life much easier!

Btw payed today Unicorn account and I'm more than happy to maintain ModGrid alive 4ever :D