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New to 5U - Looking for sources on the web / places to start
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Sos_b0ss
As you can tell from the title I'm new to 5U and fairly new to the whole modular world. All I've got is a little Korg Ms-20 and a few little euro modules. I was reading in some places here that 5U though can be MUCH more expensive, however can be a lot easier to get your hands on cheaper DIY modules. Just wanted some online resources any of you can throw at me as a starter and places you guys would recommend buying DIY kits from. SlayerBadger!
sduck
Not much exists currently in the way of full kits for 5U DIY, although Synthcube - https://synthcube.com/cart/ - will be your best bet. There's just a handful of things in MU/synthesizer.com format, and a few more in MOTM format.

Don't forget a case and power supply - in MU land you might be best served with a synthesizer.com case/power solution, but in MOTM your on your own.
JohnLRice
Welcome Sos_b0ss! w00t

5U may have been generally more expensive in the early days (late 1990's through early 2000's) when there weren't many more eurorack manufacturers around then Doepfer and Analogue Systems with VCO's starting at just over $100 and Synth Tech MOTM and Modcan A and B were selling 5U VCOs that started around $300 to $400.

But these days . . . euro can sneak up on you because there are some may tiny 2 and 3 hp modules and other medium to big ones that are quite expensive.

Anyways, here's a couple pictures to stare at that might help you get acquainted with 5U:





I con't stay awake do thats all for now . . . -

EDIT: eek! lol I was literally falling asleep in my chair! That last sentence should have been:
"I can't stay awake, so that's all for now . . . "
Thalassa
Hi Sos_b0ss , welcome to the 5U world.

As John has said , it's not true that 5U , MU is more expensive than Eurorack, modules with similar functions tend to cost the more or less the same. If you are interested in DIY appart from Synthcube these are a few places that you should definitely check out :

Yusynth

Here you have all you need yo build a complete modular system except for the PSU.

http://www.yusynth.net/Modular/index_en.html

If you don't know / want to make you own PCBs you can buy them here

https://www.soundtronics.co.uk/yusynth-diy-synth/


Also if you want nice front panels you should visit :

http://www.resynthesis.shop/

They also have knobs, jacks ...


At Modular addict you can find PCBs for CSG projects.
https://modularaddict.com/format/multi-format
ranix
Roger's channel from synthesizers.com was really helpful to me getting started and explained a lot of fundamentals with example patches and even goes into a little CV logic. He has a whole bunch of videos of stuff that has capabilities you might want. John L Rice has a channel with a lot of patches and audio recordings of Moon modules and some from other manufacturers too.

I buy some module here secondhand from the forsale forum, it's been great

5u stuff is easier to modify and hack on too because it's physically a lot larger
johny_gtr
Thalassa wrote:
Hi Sos_b0ss , welcome to the 5U world.

As John has said , it's not true that 5U , MU is more expensive than Eurorack, modules with similar functions tend to cost the more or less the same. If you are interested in DIY appart from Synthcube these are a few places that you should definitely check out :

Yusynth

Here you have all you need yo build a complete modular system except for the PSU.

http://www.yusynth.net/Modular/index_en.html

If you don't know / want to make you own PCBs you can buy them here

https://www.soundtronics.co.uk/yusynth-diy-synth/


Also if you want nice front panels you should visit :

http://www.resynthesis.shop/

They also have knobs, jacks ...


At Modular addict you can find PCBs for CSG projects.
https://modularaddict.com/format/multi-format


It's good news that Soundtronics provides full kits. It's a good thing for cold winter evenings and lazy people who don't want to find all part by themselves (like me)
trentpmcd
If you want to look into pre-build as well as DYI, the dotcom format on John's chart is the most popular, or at least the easiest to find. There is, of course, synthesizers.com itself. They are perhaps the least expensive option for pre-built and have a huge range of modules, plus,as as was mentioned, great resources like videos. But there are other others that use that same power and format, such as Moon, STG, Corsynth and others, including even some more eurorack focused companies that offer some 5U modules, like Happy Nerding.
Ockeghem
Oakley is still available in MOTM format, PCBs and partial kits. Also assembled in Dotcom and MOTM formats available at http://www.krisp1.com
JohnLRice
I forgot to mention that one thing that causes 5U modules to often be a little more expensive than eurorack modules it the hardware costs. The panels are larger and always made of metal, the knobs are typically larger, and 1/4" jacks cost more than 3.5mm jacks.

But typically for a given amount of space you intend to fill up with modules, a eurorack system will cost as much or more than a 5U one will since you can fit more modules in a given space with eurorack. My largest eurorack system is just a briefcase like the below image and full of modules it is almost twice as expensive as my most expensive 5U cases (10U to 12U tall 10" deep cases full of 5U)



Anyways, beside all of the other vendors mentioned, some other USA sources are:

Grove Audio has a great sounding Moog type low pass filter kit as well as power supply parts:
http://www.groveaudio.com/synthstore/index.php?route=product/product&p ath=59_65&product_id=87

Analog Craftsman has some small cases and power supplies etc:
http://analogcraftsman.com/

All the road cases I have for both my 5U and eurorack systems came from Audiopile:
http://www.audiopile.net/R10UE-10

Lowgain Electronics has some panels and DIY parts:
http://lowgain-audio.com/



As mentioned already, Synthesizers.com is hard to beat cost/quality wise for pre-built modules and they also have a great selection of case and power supply options but also check out:

Noisebug as they are the main store in the USA that sells many different 5U brands:
http://www.noisebug.net/

Also, Analogue Haven carried the excellent and inexpensive Happy Nerding modules Fun VCF and FM AID:
http://www.analoguehaven.com/happynerding/funvcf/
http://www.analoguehaven.com/happynerding/fmaid/
ranix
JohnLRice wrote:
My largest eurorack system is just a briefcase like the below image and full of modules it is almost twice as expensive as my most expensive 5U cases


that's one more thing in 5u's favor I think - if my apartment gets broken into they're going to run off with laptops and keyboards and probably leave the 400 pound walnut cased 5u system alone
sbuge
ranix wrote:
JohnLRice wrote:
My largest eurorack system is just a briefcase like the below image and full of modules it is almost twice as expensive as my most expensive 5U cases


that's one more thing in 5u's favor I think - if my apartment gets broken into they're going to run off with laptops and keyboards and probably leave the 400 pound walnut cased 5u system alone


https://www.synthesizers.com/products/calendar2014/calendar2014_1_1000 .jpg

This is the burglar scenario. If I remember the story behind this jorges.jpg picture in dotcom calendar. They managed to carry the walnut cabinet couple of meters but after a while they gave up.
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