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MichaelInDallas
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Post by MichaelInDallas » Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:02 pm

Phineas

Thanks so much for your detailed informative post....you have convinced me that I need to do a lot more research and homework before dropping $3k.... I will most likely take you advice and start smaller and slower,,,,

Thanks again

Michael

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Post by jochem » Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:23 pm

All the info in this thread is giving me a lot of valuable info, thanks!

A question i have: what can i use to generate a clock signal, to feed into a sequencer.

Thanks, jochem.

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Post by PhineasFreak » Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:15 pm

jochem wrote:...A question i have: what can i use to generate a clock signal, to feed into a sequencer...
in theory, a clock signal would be any signal with a steep rising edge occurring on a regular basis - from the perfect 50% duty cycle pulse wave (i.e. squarewave) at 5V to a string of triggers or gates as long as there's sufficient voltage.

in practice some modules will accept anything from a sin or triangle to a very weak low voltage blip sequence, and others simply wont run right without a decent voltage above 5V and a strong rising edge.

most lfos with a squarewave or the output of other sequencing modules like clock dividers, logics or random pulse generators can be relied upon as a general rule tho.
https://thomaswulfe.bandcamp.com/
http://www.soundcloud.com/ylem-records/
http://www.soundcloud.com/best-of-ylem/
http://www.soundcloud.com/waxcide/
http://thomaswulfe.muffwiggler.com/
http://ljunggrenaudio.com/
http://waxcide.bandcamp.com/
Just remember what Phineas would say... "eurorack can get you through times of no money better than money can get you through times of no eurorack". - bkbirge/

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Post by smitten » Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:04 pm

lots of info. Thanks

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Post by jeremyb » Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:18 pm

Thanks for the helpful info!

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Post by zynapse » Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:03 pm

So much useful information here. Even this forum is addictive.

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Post by MrDef » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:27 am

A lot of helpfull informations here, thanks!

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Post by wiggies » Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:43 pm

New here, there is so much to digest ... Thanks.

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Post by kylverstone » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:04 pm

Another neophyte here! Thanks for the excellent info!

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Post by Rob Kam » Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:49 pm

flx wrote:
PhineasFreak wrote: short of patching output to output or someother module specific not to do's that manufacturers warn about, do ANYTHING!!!
What happens when you patch an output to another output? Will something blow up? :confused:

Bump for an explanation please.

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Post by PhineasFreak » Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:23 am

output to output shouldn't be a problem with modern, professionally built modules - short circuit protection is generally built-in so and if there was a risk of damage when connecting two outputs you wouldnt be able to use multiples in a modular system. Issue are most likely to arise these days when patching combined outputs to an input.
https://thomaswulfe.bandcamp.com/
http://www.soundcloud.com/ylem-records/
http://www.soundcloud.com/best-of-ylem/
http://www.soundcloud.com/waxcide/
http://thomaswulfe.muffwiggler.com/
http://ljunggrenaudio.com/
http://waxcide.bandcamp.com/
Just remember what Phineas would say... "eurorack can get you through times of no money better than money can get you through times of no eurorack". - bkbirge/

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Post by Rob Kam » Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:40 am

Thanks and for the informative thread :yay:

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Thanks

Post by Maneville » Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:03 am

Much helpfulness for one for whom 2017 is the year the modular begins.

Salut!

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Post by quollism » Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:35 am

Thanks for this! :hail:

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Post by jommutta » Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:25 pm

This is so cool. Thanks everyone for provide the very helpful contain.

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Post by affectedbrain » Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:33 pm

done ! Thanks

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Post by chilllwinston » Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:45 pm

this thread is so :75:

it took a lot of :eyes:

but if it helps avoid :bang: then it was all worthwhile

thanks everyone!

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Post by mentalism » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:50 am

Thankyou to everyone who has contributed to the various newbie threads, they have been very useful.

I will be taking the plunge into eurorack very soon (i still have a few old bits of gear to sell first to make up the space in my wallet) and I'm sure I will have many questions

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Post by neonjung » Mon May 22, 2017 8:26 pm

thought I knew a fair amount about modular synthesis but after reading this I've realised how little I actually know - time to get patching and learning. thanks for the useful info :tu:

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Post by setanta_dub » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:01 am

Great info...

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Post by elliottogden » Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:40 pm

Nice thread, helped me a lot!

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Post by Vlad Green » Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:29 pm

Thanks! :tu:

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Post by djangelmonroy » Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:10 pm

Lot of thanks guys! Awesome info.

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Post by PhineasFreak » Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:30 am

Image

you see many threads about 'have i designed my starter system right?
or i have x to spend, how do i get started. i designed an ideal starter system to show the stuff to think about:

at face value it looks dull:
2 x vco, 4x vca, 1 x noise source, 1 x filter,1 x vcs, crossfader, utilities and 1 x freq divider.

but...

- one vco is thru zero capable, 2 vcos are also lfos by switch,
- the vcas are polarising so can take advantage of the the vco and polarising mixer as well as doubling up as rinfmodulator pairs or even vc ring mods
- the noise sourse has filters for providing coloured noise and also acts as a random voltage source
- the filter is multimode so services many different uses and sounds
- the vcs can act as an eg, lfo, slew, lpf, sub garmonic gen and much more besides
- the amplifier is a useful utility that also allows vcas and filters and mixes to be overdriven for interesting sounds
- a crossfader for making complex timbres that evolve with time but also can be used to process cvs,
- multiples to allow splitting of signals and using single outs to control multiple modules or inputs
- a polarising mixer acts as mixer, inverter, cv source and more
the frequency divider can act as a vc subharmonic generator to produce pitch contolled sub lines and glissandos etc - also can do interesting sequencing duties at low freq

this means if you buy used modules from within your local area and get an lc powered case you can get started along these lines for about £1000.

the possibilities of this system are enourmous allowing a huge variety of synthesis such as fm, am, tz, east coast, west coat, harmonic overtones/undertones and much much more.

the number of cables that can prove necessary will likely cause some surprise tho

for learning the basics of analogue synthesis, getting into modular and acting on a budgett, this type of setup is ideal - leaving room for all the fancy stuff in future...
Last edited by PhineasFreak on Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:24 pm, edited 1 time in total.
https://thomaswulfe.bandcamp.com/
http://www.soundcloud.com/ylem-records/
http://www.soundcloud.com/best-of-ylem/
http://www.soundcloud.com/waxcide/
http://thomaswulfe.muffwiggler.com/
http://ljunggrenaudio.com/
http://waxcide.bandcamp.com/
Just remember what Phineas would say... "eurorack can get you through times of no money better than money can get you through times of no eurorack". - bkbirge/

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Post by cptnal » Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:24 am

PhineasFreak wrote:Image

you see many threads about 'have i designed my starter system right?
or i have x to spend, how do i get started. i designed an ideal starter system to show the stuff to think about:

at face value it looks dull:
2 x vco, 4x vca, 1 x noise source, 1 x filter,1 x vcs, crossfader, utilities and 1 x freq divider.

but...

- one vco is thru zero capable, 2 vcos are also lfos by switch,
- the vcas are polarising so can take advantage of the the vco and polarising mixer as well as doubling up as rinfmodulator pairs or even vc ring mods
- the noise sourse has filters for providing coloured noise and also acts as a random voltage source
- the filter is multimode so services many different uses and sounds
- the vcs can act as an eg, lfo, slew, lpf, sub garmonic gen and much more besides
- the amplifier is a useful utility that also allows vcas and filters and mixes to be overdriven for interesting sounds
- a crossfader for making complex timbres that evolve with time but also can be used to process cvs,
- multiples to allow splitting of signals and using single outs to control multiple modules or inputs
- a polarising mixer acts as mixer, inverter, cv source and more
the frequency divider can act as a vc subharmonic generator to produce pitch contolled sub lines and glissandos etc - also can do interesting sequencing duties at low freq

this means if you buy used modules from within your local area and get an lc powered case you can get started along these lines for about £1000.

the possibilities of this system are enourmous allowing a huge variety of synthesis such as fm, am, tz, east coast, west coat, harmonic overtones/undertones and much much more.

the number of cables that can prove necessary will likely cause some surprise tho

for learning the basics of analogue synthesis, getting into modular and acting on a budgett, this type of setup is ideal - leaving room for all the fancy stuff in future...
I'm not looking for ideas for my new rack, but you've given me lots of ideas for the one I have. :cloud:

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