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Re: Modular Synth Basics! Cases, power, modules, CV?! Come in :)

Post by Aiyn Zahev » Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:58 pm

pekbro wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:19 pm
Aiyn Zahev wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:07 pm
Hey all. I'm really stuck on which case to get for myself. Is that a question suited to the main euro-rack forum?
Maybe the main eurorack or the modular synth general discussions would get more responses. Did you have any cases
in mind? Incidentally, they are pretty easy to make. I started making 2 x 84hp 6U cases this week and in the end they
will cost me roughly as much as one of those intellijel 7U 104 hp cases, and they will nice linear power supplies in them.
That's probably true, but I'm not in a position right now to do it. I got no tools or space to do it in. Anyway yes I am thinking of a couple.

The Pittsburg Structure Cases
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail ... wer-supply

Erica Synths
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail ... wer-supply

Elite Modular
https://reverb.com/item/36386558-elite- ... tion-model

My requirements are quite simple. This is for studio use but I want a case with a cover. I don't know how much space I will want in the end, but 6u 104 seems enough for a good while. Aside from that I guess smaller and lighter is preferable as space is at a premium, and a good power supply of course.

It's just hard to decide, because there's aspects of each that I like.

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Re: Modular Synth Basics! Cases, power, modules, CV?! Come in :)

Post by pekbro » Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:12 pm

Aiyn Zahev wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:58 pm
pekbro wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:19 pm
Aiyn Zahev wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:07 pm
Hey all. I'm really stuck on which case to get for myself. Is that a question suited to the main euro-rack forum?
Maybe the main eurorack or the modular synth general discussions would get more responses. Did you have any cases
in mind? Incidentally, they are pretty easy to make. I started making 2 x 84hp 6U cases this week and in the end they
will cost me roughly as much as one of those intellijel 7U 104 hp cases, and they will nice linear power supplies in them.
That's probably true, but I'm not in a position right now to do it. I got no tools or space to do it in. Anyway yes I am thinking of a couple.

The Pittsburg Structure Cases
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail ... wer-supply

Erica Synths
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail ... wer-supply

Elite Modular
https://reverb.com/item/36386558-elite- ... tion-model

My requirements are quite simple. This is for studio use but I want a case with a cover. I don't know how much space I will want in the end, but 6u 104 seems enough for a good while. Aside from that I guess smaller and lighter is preferable as space is at a premium, and a good power supply of course.

It's just hard to decide, because there's aspects of each that I like.
Out of the three, if it were me I would go for the pittsburgh case due to it's greater capacity.
They do come well recommended generally, though I can't say myself.

I can say that the Erica Synths power supplies work well as I happen to have a couple of them,
but I don't have one of their cases.

As for the Elite case, unless your looking to save some cash on it. They use Make Noise power and distribution.
Which, while good enough, tend to be pretty limited output-wise. I would guess, if you are lucky, that case
makes 1.5 amps +/- 12v. That isn't a lot these days. Not to say it wont work, but you would have to mind your
power requirements pretty closely when it comes to power hungry digital modules in particular.

Of course there are many other options available to meet your requirements. I like MDLRcase, mdr.modular,
blackhole cases, intellijel etc.

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Re: Modular Synth Basics! Cases, power, modules, CV?! Come in :)

Post by Aiyn Zahev » Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:59 pm

pekbro wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:12 pm
Aiyn Zahev wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:58 pm
pekbro wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:19 pm
Aiyn Zahev wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:07 pm
Hey all. I'm really stuck on which case to get for myself. Is that a question suited to the main euro-rack forum?
Maybe the main eurorack or the modular synth general discussions would get more responses. Did you have any cases
in mind? Incidentally, they are pretty easy to make. I started making 2 x 84hp 6U cases this week and in the end they
will cost me roughly as much as one of those intellijel 7U 104 hp cases, and they will nice linear power supplies in them.
That's probably true, but I'm not in a position right now to do it. I got no tools or space to do it in. Anyway yes I am thinking of a couple.

The Pittsburg Structure Cases
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail ... wer-supply

Erica Synths
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail ... wer-supply

Elite Modular
https://reverb.com/item/36386558-elite- ... tion-model

My requirements are quite simple. This is for studio use but I want a case with a cover. I don't know how much space I will want in the end, but 6u 104 seems enough for a good while. Aside from that I guess smaller and lighter is preferable as space is at a premium, and a good power supply of course.

It's just hard to decide, because there's aspects of each that I like.
Out of the three, if it were me I would go for the pittsburgh case due to it's greater capacity.
They do come well recommended generally, though I can't say myself.

I can say that the Erica Synths power supplies work well as I happen to have a couple of them,
but I don't have one of their cases.

As for the Elite case, unless your looking to save some cash on it. They use Make Noise power and distribution.
Which, while good enough, tend to be pretty limited output-wise. I would guess, if you are lucky, that case
makes 1.5 amps +/- 12v. That isn't a lot these days. Not to say it wont work, but you would have to mind your
power requirements pretty closely when it comes to power hungry digital modules in particular.

Of course there are many other options available to meet your requirements. I like MDLRcase, mdr.modular,
blackhole cases, intellijel etc.
Those black hole cases look awesome. I'll research some more on those. Still, I think the Pittsburgh cases are undeniably a good fit for me too, price/value is really good.

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Re: Modular Synth Basics! Cases, power, modules, CV?! Come in :)

Post by pekbro » Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:01 am

Aiyn Zahev wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:59 pm
pekbro wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:12 pm
Aiyn Zahev wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:58 pm
pekbro wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:19 pm
Aiyn Zahev wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:07 pm
Hey all. I'm really stuck on which case to get for myself. Is that a question suited to the main euro-rack forum?
Maybe the main eurorack or the modular synth general discussions would get more responses. Did you have any cases
in mind? Incidentally, they are pretty easy to make. I started making 2 x 84hp 6U cases this week and in the end they
will cost me roughly as much as one of those intellijel 7U 104 hp cases, and they will nice linear power supplies in them.
That's probably true, but I'm not in a position right now to do it. I got no tools or space to do it in. Anyway yes I am thinking of a couple.

The Pittsburg Structure Cases
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail ... wer-supply

Erica Synths
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail ... wer-supply

Elite Modular
https://reverb.com/item/36386558-elite- ... tion-model

My requirements are quite simple. This is for studio use but I want a case with a cover. I don't know how much space I will want in the end, but 6u 104 seems enough for a good while. Aside from that I guess smaller and lighter is preferable as space is at a premium, and a good power supply of course.

It's just hard to decide, because there's aspects of each that I like.
Out of the three, if it were me I would go for the pittsburgh case due to it's greater capacity.
They do come well recommended generally, though I can't say myself.

I can say that the Erica Synths power supplies work well as I happen to have a couple of them,
but I don't have one of their cases.

As for the Elite case, unless your looking to save some cash on it. They use Make Noise power and distribution.
Which, while good enough, tend to be pretty limited output-wise. I would guess, if you are lucky, that case
makes 1.5 amps +/- 12v. That isn't a lot these days. Not to say it wont work, but you would have to mind your
power requirements pretty closely when it comes to power hungry digital modules in particular.

Of course there are many other options available to meet your requirements. I like MDLRcase, mdr.modular,
blackhole cases, intellijel etc.
Those black hole cases look awesome. I'll research some more on those. Still, I think the Pittsburgh cases are undeniably a good fit for me too, price/value is really good.
I expect you have a much better foundation to build on, in regard to what you want and need than the typical modular noob :)
Just think it through and plan it out. :tu:

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Re: Modular Synth Basics! Cases, power, modules, CV?! Come in :)

Post by perestroika » Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:28 am

what do you guys think of this? https://www.modulargrid.net/e/racks/view/1529184 - my idea was to get something small going and wanted to keep it as cheap as possible, but unsure on my choices [or if im doing it right even]. i have the 0-coast [favorite synth ever for me], erebus v2 and microbrute. my idea was to just do nothing but modulation but ended up with this, lol. and 40hp or under is just better for me, as i have little space.

the 32hp 4ms case looks wicked, but obviously the tip top happy ending would be the best one in value, but again, its all about space for me :( - not worried about midi to cv since the sq-1 can handle that.

how weird can i get without expanding it over 40hp or spending too much?


EDIT - came to the realization that its just too expensive for me to get into, i'll just stick to saving for semi modular boxes, like that sweet pittsburgh modular lifeforms mama 8-)

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