Super cheap Eurorack Starter Setup

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Super cheap Eurorack Starter Setup

Post by Sciamano » Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:44 am

Hi Everyone!
I'm starting my first modular synth, and I've found what could be a cheap (360 €) initial setup:

-Doepfer A-190-2 Midi/CV Interface
-MFB Nanozwerg Pro

With this minimal configuration I could have a monophonic synth with 2 adrs, 1 lfo, multimode filter and an interface for playing it with a keyboard or a PC.

I've found very little feedback on the Nanozwerg, what do you think of it ?
Is this a nice starting point for a modular synthesizer ?

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Post by cocco88 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:51 am

if you think about expanding in the near future, and you can solder, i can suggest
get 2 ginkosynthese grains
get 2 ginkosynthese tool
get erica diy vcf or bastl cinnamon
get korg sq1 for midi and sequencer

it costs you a bit more but you can expand with no effort
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Post by mharpum » Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:57 am

Remember you need power! I also have a Doepfer a190-2 I can sell you for cheap!
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Post by Sciamano » Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:02 am

@mharpum
Thank you, but I already have a Doepfer LC6

@cocco88
I'm very comfortable with soldering (actually building a MFOS modular).
The korg sq1 was an otpion, but then I purchased a sparkfun sequencer (really cheap), I just need to lower the gate signal with an attenuator to make it 5Vpp.
Love the cinnamon!!! probably going to buy it in a future

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Post by baleen » Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:18 am

cocco88 wrote:if you think about expanding in the near future, and you can solder, i can suggest
get 2 ginkosynthese grains
get 2 ginkosynthese tool
get erica diy vcf or bastl cinnamon
get korg sq1 for midi and sequencer

it costs you a bit more but you can expand with no effort
2nd for this, or any other combo of DIY modules. Bastl all come at a good price, Cinnamon is great.

If you are really keen on the MFB synth, try hunting down a Microzwerg instead - its a very similar voice but is semimodular and will integrate really nicely into whatever system you build. Speaking as someone who has one.

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Re: Super cheap Eurorack Starter Setup

Post by euromorcego » Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:45 pm

Sciamano wrote:Hi Everyone!
I'm starting my first modular synth, and I've found what could be a cheap (360 €) initial setup:

-Doepfer A-190-2 Midi/CV Interface
-MFB Nanozwerg Pro
as far as i known, the nanozwerg pro does have a midi interface included ... at least there is a jack labeled midi (one of these 3.5mm instead of a usual 5-pin din). So skip the a-190-2.

I just know the non-pro nanozwerg. It is a solid little synth. But obviously it has its limitation, so don't expect miracles (the microbrute is actually a similar concept, slightly less modular but with a stronger sound, imho). There is not much feedback yet wrt the nanozwerg pro also because it is quite new, I guess it is just available since a few days/weeks (?).

If you are good with soldering also have a look at the Erica Synth Voice. When buying high quality components, the price is probably approximately similar to the Nanozwerg Pro (but no midi there).

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Post by Sciamano » Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:24 am

euromorcego
I'm fine with soldering and I'm currently building some MFOS modules, but in the meanwhile I'd like to have a system ready to go (I've so little time to work on the MFOS modular).
What do you mean with limitations ?

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Post by yusufkeys » Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:31 am

The nanozwerg pro has MIDI capabilities.
The Doepfer A-190-2 Midi/CV Interface is unnecessary.

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Post by stylesforfree » Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:47 am

Check out https://www.thonk.co.uk/ they have all kinds of kits including Ginkosynthese ones.

What you have chosen is fine, MFB stuff is pretty solid but not the most inspiring. For an extra 100 euros you could get a Snazzy FX Tidal Waves module which is damn cool. Basic midi to cv interfaces are much of a muchness (all pretty similar) If all you want to do is play your modules from a midi keyboard.

I do think the Mother 32 is one of the best starting points though for eurorack.

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