As per a request on the Muffwiggler forums here are some photos of my new Monorocket S3104 Eurorack modular case. It was $350 and I grabbed it at Control in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It has a 500mA power supply and is built very nicely! The sliding nut system makes it so there are no gaps between modules but it is a little more fiddly than I would hope. It’s not an issue unless you take your modules in and out of the case often. This is going right below my iMac monitor on an angle in front of my computer keyboard. I may as well mention the Synth Tech E355 is terrific. It’s a dual LFO with a wavetable of morphing shapes. It just sounds pretty as hell with my Echophon. The Metasonix R54 in Oscillator mode is so vintage sounding. It can be very fuzzy distorionistic in a warm way unlike plug-ins. I will post some videos soon. For more photos: click here.
“We’ve rev’d some of the models for the second half of 2012. S series: “Thin”. S3104 $350: 3U / 104HP / 500ma psu +12 and -12v w 5v onboard / makenoise power supply w/ ribbon cable distribution.”
For more info: monorocket.com
So yes there are a lot of new table top analog synths such as the new Arturia MiniBrute and Moog Minitaur. But what if have three times the cash in your pocket and 10 times the need to impress the hell out of your friends? Clearly the new Pittsburgh Modular Foundation should be on your short wish list. It’s a selection of Eurorack modular Modules in a Monorocket case. This selection gives you a solid synth at about a 10% discount. Pretty isn’t it?
“The Foundation is a fully modular, eurorack, analog synthesizer. A patchable system styled after the great monosynths of the past with no hardwired signal path or fixed voice architecture to restrict creativity. Driven by two wide range analog oscillators the Foundation produces a huge, warm sound that can’t be matched by digital or VST synths. All of the elements of a classic voltage controlled synthesizer are available as an open, patchable, modern synth.
The Foundation is a “complete voice”. It contains all the modules needed to produce a wide variety of complex sounds such as monster analog bass, cutting leads, evolving pads, and short percussive hits. All of which can be controlled directly using the Foundations’ 42 knobs and switches then played with any standard Midi controller. The Foundation is also fully compatable with Expert Sleepers Silent Way software plug-ins.” – Pittsburgh Modular
For more info: pittsburghmodular.com/foundation
I’ve started to plan a modular synthesizer. I really like the Monorocket cases and I’ve picked out some modules to start with: Doepfer A-190-3 Midi to CV interface, Doepfer A-155 Analog Sequencer, Doepfer A-198 Ribbon Controller, Livewire Audio Frequency Generator (AFG), Harvestman Hertz Donut digital oscillator, Doepfer a-118 Noise Module, Livewire FrequenSteiner Filter, Doepfer A-140 Envelope Generator (two of them), Doepfer a-147 LFO, Pittsburgh Modular Analog Delay and a Doepfer a-199 Spring Reverb.
I have some questions: Do I need to know anything about powering these? If I got the Monorocket M9B could I just plug the above in and expect it to work? Is there a shop or meet up in the NYC are where I can try out some modules? What about my choices above? For example I picked two Doepfer A-140 Envelope Generators because I have two Oscillators. I assume I need them otherwise the Oscillators will just drone on. I know there are a lot of other exciting modules out there but any recommendations are welcome.
“Combining the signals generated by multiple modules into a common audio output allows a potentially infinite number of configurations, leading to a potentially infinite number of sounds.” – Wikipedia
For more info: modularplanner.co.uk