Metropolis alternatives

Cwejman, Livewire, TipTop Audio, Doepfer etc... Get your euro on!

Moderators: luketeaford, Joe., lisa, Kent

Post Reply
Andy137
Common Wiggler
Posts: 195
Joined: Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:04 am
Contact:

Metropolis alternatives

Post by Andy137 » Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:10 am

Recently found that Intellijel Metropolis is my personally ideal intuitive workflow for improvising live eurorack sequencer. But it's rather expensive and now it's not on every music shop. I looked among Modulargrid sequencers and didn't found any alternatives. The closest is Malekko Voltage Block but there's no pitch sliders and clock dividing section as I understood... May be there's something else? Or I should find Metropolis? Second-handed...
Last edited by Andy137 on Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:39 am, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
gloamtrotter
Common Wiggler
Posts: 130
Joined: Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:33 am
Location: NY

Re: Metropolis alternatives

Post by gloamtrotter » Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:34 am

Korg sq-1 maybe?

roolbg
Learning to Wiggle
Posts: 32
Joined: Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:24 am

Re: Metropolis alternatives

Post by roolbg » Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:40 am

I think the answer is metropolis.

User avatar
Rigo
Chief Spam Killer
Posts: 2532
Joined: Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:48 am
Location: Belgium

Re: Metropolis alternatives

Post by Rigo » Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:46 am

If you are into DIY (or know somebody who can do it for you), go for the real thing, the Ryk M185 Sequencer:

viewtopic.php?f=17&t=192880

User avatar
Voltcontrol
Ravey Dave
Posts: 1060
Joined: Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:31 pm
Location: The Netherlands

Re: Metropolis alternatives

Post by Voltcontrol » Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:47 am

roolbg wrote:
Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:40 am
I think the answer is metropolis.
An evolution of the RYK185 that inspired the Metropolis is also available as euro sequencer:


Thread here: viewtopic.php?f=17&t=192880

EDIT: Gmta as per above post.

User avatar
flipper16
Wiggling with Experience
Posts: 455
Joined: Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:38 am
Location: London UK

Re: Metropolis alternatives

Post by flipper16 » Sun Apr 19, 2020 7:45 am

What about the Varigate 8+ ? There's 2 independent CV outputs for custom scale quantization.

https://malekkoheavyindustry.com/product/varigate-8/

User avatar
mdoudoroff
Super Deluxe Wiggler
Posts: 3776
Joined: Fri Jul 17, 2015 8:10 am
Location: New York City

Re: Metropolis alternatives

Post by mdoudoroff » Sun Apr 19, 2020 7:53 am

Second-hand Metropolises are generally available. I think there are at least two on Reverb right now.

All the more complex pitch+gate sequencers are collected here: https://doudoroff.com/sequencers/

DU-SEQ was very similar to Metropolis, but all analog; discontinued and probably not cheaper if you could find one.

The new Tesseract Fader Step might be of interest. Somewhat different from Metropolis, but inexpensive and versatile.

User avatar
fredke
Common Wiggler
Posts: 87
Joined: Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:38 am
Location: Belgium

Re: Metropolis alternatives

Post by fredke » Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:19 am

Belgian brand D&D Modules is developing a cool 16-step sequencer with quirky looping of portions of the phrase, which in that aspect reminds me of the Metropolis. It's called the Heaven 16.

They have a working prototype, but it isn't listed on modulargrid yet. Seems close to completion though, as shown in a video shared on their facebook page recently: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ddmodules/posts/

User avatar
arthurdent
Veteran Wiggler
Posts: 623
Joined: Fri Nov 25, 2016 3:21 pm
Location: Ohio, along the North Coast

Re: Metropolis alternatives

Post by arthurdent » Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:21 am

Analogue Haven has Metropolis in stock, for $475 new.

sierraoskar
Learning to Wiggle
Posts: 22
Joined: Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:36 am
Location: London, UK

Re: Metropolis alternatives

Post by sierraoskar » Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:27 am

mdoudoroff wrote:
Sun Apr 19, 2020 7:53 am
The new Tesseract Fader Step might be of interest. Somewhat different from Metropolis, but inexpensive and versatile.
I can second the Tesseract Step Fader. I bought one as a cheaper, more compact alternative to the Metropolis. It may feel a bit cheap and cheerful to some but it’s very flexible, can give you 4 CVs out, different gates and also some useful slewed outputs that you can use for further modulation. I enjoy using it a lot.

User avatar
arthurdent
Veteran Wiggler
Posts: 623
Joined: Fri Nov 25, 2016 3:21 pm
Location: Ohio, along the North Coast

Re: Metropolis alternatives

Post by arthurdent » Sun Apr 19, 2020 7:41 pm

mdoudoroff wrote:
Sun Apr 19, 2020 7:53 am
DU-SEQ was very similar to Metropolis, but all analog; discontinued and probably not cheaper if you could find one.
Analogue Haven also has a DU-SEQ listed in stock, new for $499.

User avatar
black_label
Common Wiggler
Posts: 115
Joined: Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:00 pm
Location: Los Angeles

Re: Metropolis alternatives

Post by black_label » Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:10 am

The Metropolis is fantastic and I can’t think of anything as immediate and gratifying to play that’s significantly cheaper. The price on used ones can be quite a bit less than new...

User avatar
ryk
Common Wiggler
Posts: 80
Joined: Sun May 17, 2015 3:13 pm
Contact:

Re: Metropolis alternatives

Post by ryk » Sat May 02, 2020 12:36 pm

Rigo wrote:
Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:46 am
If you are into DIY (or know somebody who can do it for you), go for the real thing, the Ryk M185 Sequencer:

viewtopic.php?f=17&t=192880
Hi

The M185 is also available assembled in limited quantities.

ryk
...................................................
https://instagram.com/ryk_modular/

User avatar
void23
Wiggling with Experience
Posts: 298
Joined: Sat Oct 01, 2016 5:34 pm
Location: San Francisco, CA

Re: Metropolis alternatives

Post by void23 » Sat May 02, 2020 1:02 pm

Keep in mind that the Metro has a few cool tricks up it sleeve with the newer firmware’s. Quantized transposition using the Aux ins really expands what you can achieve with just 8 steps.

The Voltage Block is also really nice, but I find myself using it more for sequencing modulation rather than trying to dial in pitch. Also, to answer your question, flexible clock division for each channel is one of the core features of the VB. I also have a Varigate 4+, but also just tend to use it for gates with probability.

You already want a Metro, just do it and get the other two later. ;). There’s enough uniqueness to each module that they all have a place in a good, medium sized, groove box type system.

Andy137
Common Wiggler
Posts: 195
Joined: Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:04 am
Contact:

Re: Metropolis alternatives

Post by Andy137 » Sat May 02, 2020 2:28 pm

void23 wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 1:02 pm
Keep in mind that the Metro has a few cool tricks up it sleeve with the newer firmware’s. Quantized transposition using the Aux ins really expands what you can achieve with just 8 steps.

The Voltage Block is also really nice, but I find myself using it more for sequencing modulation rather than trying to dial in pitch. Also, to answer your question, flexible clock division for each channel is one of the core features of the VB. I also have a Varigate 4+, but also just tend to use it for gates with probability.

You already want a Metro, just do it and get the other two later. ;). There’s enough uniqueness to each module that they all have a place in a good, medium sized, groove box type system.
Thank you, good news about Metro firmware. And very useful to know a little more about Voltage Block from you.

User avatar
lisa
Super Deluxe Wiggler
Posts: 4961
Joined: Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:00 am
Location: Sweden
Contact:

Re: Metropolis alternatives

Post by lisa » Sat May 02, 2020 3:03 pm

https://www.perfectcircuit.com/intellij ... polis.html

$520 with the 10% off drive that PC runs right now. Still a lot of money but.. well, eurorack is expensive. :omg:
New track! Drum synthesis heavy, melodic piece where Instruō harmonàig is doing the chords. 🐡


Andy137
Common Wiggler
Posts: 195
Joined: Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:04 am
Contact:

Re: Metropolis alternatives

Post by Andy137 » Sun May 03, 2020 1:14 pm

lisa wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 3:03 pm
https://www.perfectcircuit.com/intellij ... polis.html

$520 with the 10% off drive that PC runs right now. Still a lot of money but.. well, eurorack is expensive. :omg:
Thank you, I'll check it.

saint gillis
Common Wiggler
Posts: 117
Joined: Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:13 pm

Re: Metropolis alternatives

Post by saint gillis » Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:40 am

fredke wrote:
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:19 am
Belgian brand D&D Modules is developing a cool 16-step sequencer with quirky looping of portions of the phrase, which in that aspect reminds me of the Metropolis. It's called the Heaven 16.

They have a working prototype, but it isn't listed on modulargrid yet. Seems close to completion though, as shown in a video shared on their facebook page recently: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ddmodules/posts/
Hi Fred, thanks for quoting us, Heaven 16 is finally available on pre-order (with a big starting offer).

Image

More information : http://sub-continental.com/dd/heaven.html

Presentation video :


Cheers!

Post Reply

Return to “Eurorack Modules”