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by Taylor
Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Portable tiny modular system ideas
Replies: 20
Views: 687

Re: Portable tiny modular system ideas

Have you already found a case that's that small that has that much current available? If not, that's going to be a stumbling block in trying to cram that many modules in a tiny case. Nobody else can tell you whether you'd find it too cramped, but I sure would. Even the Pico system's modules are 3hp ...
by Taylor
Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: [RESOLVED] Don't order from Modular 8
Replies: 49
Views: 2211

Re: Don't order from Modular 8

I don't have any experience with this shop and can't say anything about them one way or another, but, things are really messed up with USPS right now. Everything is taking longer than usual, and I have had packages that get picked up and the tracking never updates. Customers are receiving their pack...
by Taylor
Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Have you ever regretted menus on everything?
Replies: 54
Views: 1454

Re: Have you ever regretted menus on everything?

I have often thought about how the course of music history would have been different if a violinist needed to use a menu to switch from arco to pizzicato. Yeah, and if there was no menu but also no options to switch between? ;) Fair point, and I guess it points out the limitation of my analogy. The...
by Taylor
Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Have you ever regretted menus on everything?
Replies: 54
Views: 1454

Re: Have you ever regretted menus on everything?

I definitely prefer a one-knob-per-function sort of old-school interface, which is completely doable on digital equipment. Even if it means fewer capabilities, for me the allure of hardware modular is not about cramming as much as possible behind as little interface as possible. But it's OK for othe...
by Taylor
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Designers: For VCO frequency why aren’t trim pots used for course tune and big knobs for fine tune?
Replies: 34
Views: 1143

Re: Designers: For VCO frequency why aren’t trim pots used for course tune and big knobs for fine tune?

Personally, I prefer it the way you don't like, but I admit that I'm not usually working in a context where being perfectly in tune is a big deal. So to me it makes more sense to map a greater physical resolution to something where smaller movements make a bigger difference. I tend to interact with ...
by Taylor
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: harmonic interval sequencer?
Replies: 27
Views: 1152

Re: harmonic interval sequencer?

Edit: I think they're playing a Buchla Marimba Lumina. Yep, although we used to haul real marimba and vibes (and Rhodes!) on tour. The big problem with the marimba was lighting it on stage (which was my job), followed by Casey carefully setting up the mics only to have them bumped out of the way ri...
by Taylor
Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:21 am
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: harmonic interval sequencer?
Replies: 27
Views: 1152

Re: harmonic interval sequencer?

both of those clips (at the times the OP suggested) sound a LOT like 1980s "Yes" .... especially a song called "Changes". The difference being those guys actually played those sequences rather than use sequencers. So do Tortoise: https://youtube.com/watch?v=M07bzGc2wWE Edit: I think they're playing...
by Taylor
Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Doepfer Quad Envelope Follower - anything else?
Replies: 12
Views: 343

Re: Doepfer Quad Envelope Follower - anything else?

I think that one ADDAC you're looking at is a multiband envelope follower. So one input - for example a drum beat loop. and the high hat, kick, snare any other noises will have different freq ranges - therefor have different envelope outputs That's actually kinda cool. I'd like to see one in action...
by Taylor
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Shift Register / Controlled Random Sequencer module with Reset input?
Replies: 12
Views: 465

Re: Shift Register / Controlled Random Sequencer module with Reset input?

I feel a little weird recommending my own module, but it seems people don't mind that on this forum, so, the Pithoprakta is primarily a gate/trigger sequencer, but in gate mode and with 100% gate length, its CV output works just like a more controllable Turing Machine, and it has a reset input. When...
by Taylor
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: 4ms VCA Matrix alternative
Replies: 23
Views: 1140

Re: 4ms VCA Matrix alternative

I prefer the VCAM's layout, because the jacks are separated from the controls instead of jammed in between, but NonLinearCircuits has a 4x4 CV-controlled matrix and an 8x4 version.

https://www.nonlinearcircuits.com/modules/clump

https://www.nonlinearcircuits.com/modules/cluster
by Taylor
Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: 3dPdModular, a new modular system
Replies: 37
Views: 2106

Re: 3dPdModular, a new modular system

It does respond to MIDI note messages the way you expect. If you watch the clone video you'll see that at some point I'm connecting a MIDI keyboard and getting the voice number, MIDI note, and velocity through the COMMUNICATE module, and send these signals to CLONE and the modules that are being cl...
by Taylor
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Small attenuator knobs? The case for and against
Replies: 52
Views: 1972

Re: Small attenuator knobs? The case for and against

In terms of durability, the bare shaft trimmers we're talking about have the same 15,000 cycle lifespan as the Alpha 9mm pots that AFAIK all the most popular Euro makers (other than Synth Tech) use. I use better pots that have a 100,000 cycle life for full-size controls, but how often do you see peo...
by Taylor
Sun May 31, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Small attenuator knobs? The case for and against
Replies: 52
Views: 1972

Re: Small attenuator knobs? The case for and against

I'm a very minor maker in the Eurorack world, but here's my perspective. The Euro market seems to be very sensitive to module size. It's a bummer to work for a really long time on a module design, release it, and then have a lot of potential customers write it off because it's too big. You end up he...
by Taylor
Sun May 17, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Modules that FEEL good
Replies: 130
Views: 5927

Re: Modules that FEEL good

my favourites have to be on the Pithoprakta. Smart, solid knurled metal with that magic resistance. Thanks to the space, the knobs are bigger than the typically higher density euro panels. Sorry I veered off into aesthetics.. Thanks for the shout, glad you're liking it! It can be tough for designer...
by Taylor
Thu Apr 16, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Not putting markings around knobs on modules...
Replies: 24
Views: 1329

Re: Not putting markings around knobs on modules...

I think this might have to do with an underlying problem, it seems like lot of manufacturers don't use graphic designers at all to make their panel and sadly enough it shows :roll: Out of curiosity, I took a look at the most popular Eurorack modules on Modular Grid. The overwhelming majority don't ...
by Taylor
Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Not putting markings around knobs on modules...
Replies: 24
Views: 1329

Re: Not putting markings around knobs on modules...

Speaking as a user, I don't find them particularly useful, and in many cases they create a lot of unnecessary visual clutter that for me actually gets in the way of the mind-machine connection I'm looking for in my instruments. On my first commercial module design, I went ahead and added them for th...
by Taylor
Mon Apr 06, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Sequencers that go up to audio rates?
Replies: 19
Views: 788

Re: Sequencers that go up to audio rates?

Iron Ether Pithoprakta can be clocked up to about 1kHz, allowing it to work as a digital noise source with outputs in different octaves, a tracking 8-bit wavetable sub-oscillator with CV octave shifting, etc. I like to take the signal from the CV output, engage looping to lock in a wavetable, and th...
by Taylor
Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Achieving simple quarter tones in Eurorack
Replies: 21
Views: 872

Re: Achieving simple quarter tones in Eurorack

To get quartertones, you really only need to quantize to semitones and then attenuate the resulting voltage by half, which at its most basic can be done with a passive attenuator. The same principle can get you to 36 TET or whatever other equal temperaments you may want to experiment with. The more ...
by Taylor
Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: why do you prefer modular hardware to software?
Replies: 83
Views: 3343

Re: why do you prefer modular hardware to software?

I still use modular software sometimes - typically Plogue Bidule, just because it's what I'm most familiar with and can get an idea going more quickly with this compared to PD or others. But like Gringo Starr, I find the screen, mouse, computer interfaces, and MIDI to be uninspiring. If I have a rea...
by Taylor
Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Iron Ether Qwoso - Quad Wavetable Oscillator with Sub Octaves
Replies: 10
Views: 940

Re: Iron Ether Qwoso - Quad Wavetable Oscillator with Sub Octaves

Thanks, glad you like the sound. I hear you on the quantizing and I thought a lot about that with this project, but it's a limitation of the hardware. Doing it differently would have meant a higher price tag. Much as I love just intonation and have read Harry Partch's Genesis of a Music a few times,...
by Taylor
Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Iron Ether Qwoso - Quad Wavetable Oscillator with Sub Octaves
Replies: 10
Views: 940

Iron Ether Qwoso - Quad Wavetable Oscillator with Sub Octaves

https://i.imgur.com/DwScX7jm.jpg Qwoso is a 26HP q uad w avetable o scillator with s ub o ctaves. It has a somewhat gritty, characterful sound and was created with a few primary goals in mind: -to make it easy to experiment with harmony in modular, without having to spend lots of time tuning and re...
by Taylor
Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Aether Machine
Topic: rolling updates thread
Replies: 3
Views: 3352

Re: rolling updates thread

This is great to hear. I've been following the development of your modules over the years, and completely respect your design choices, but at the same time I think they deserve to be available to and seen by a wider audience. Being a small maker myself, I know the struggle between having your own id...
by Taylor
Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: New CV to MIDI from Delptronics
Replies: 32
Views: 2866

Re: New CV to MIDI from Delptronics

Sandrine wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:13 pm
I wonder what the GM MIDI Audio synth is based on? I'd be interested in that.
Take a look at the SAM2695 IC if you're interested in DIY, but for a built module, Expert Sleepers released the General CV a while back, which looks like a nice implementation.
by Taylor
Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Anything for digital Fm sounds in 4hp or less?
Replies: 4
Views: 624

Re: Anything for digital Fm sounds in 4hp or less?

sutekina bipu-on wrote:I love the super 2OPFM but the lack of v/oct is maddening.
Is the FM input not V/oct? Surprising if that's the case.
by Taylor
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Working out to create random bursts of pitch with my set up
Replies: 10
Views: 527

You can send multiple gate streams to a mixer to create stepped voltage sequences, for example the outputs of a clock divider or a gate sequencer. A bipolar mixer (one that lets you invert inputs) works best - otherwise your sequences will only ever go up. A gate sequencer that has some randomness/p...

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