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New to modulars

Post by Cornerman » Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:53 am

Hello, I just became a member here. New to the whole modular thing. I am now thinking about the stuff I need to start a simple modular system.

Let's see :-)

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Post by chamomileshark » Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:27 am

welcome :)

have you decided on a format(s)?
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Post by Cornerman » Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:54 am

Yes I have , first I am going to get a small eurorack system. I am thicking to start with a Tip Top audio happy ending kit and a power supply , which is tabletop and portable.

The next step is to see what modules to start with. Really want to start small in order not to get lost in all the possibilities.

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Post by rezzn8r » Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:23 am

At minimum I would suggest a VCO, VCF, VCA, EG, and LFO to start. Then you can branch out from there.
I like the sound of the ASys VCO, but the Dixie sounds good and is much smaller. A Borg is a very nice filter, and would give you a LPG to experiment with as well. I also like the Asys EG, but a MATHS might be nice too, as it is a very flexible module. As for LFO, I think the Pittsburgh VILFO is very cool, but if you go for a MATHS then that can cover EG and LFO duties.
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Post by Cornerman » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:03 am

thanks for the tips rezzn8r, I am going to look in to that.

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Post by polyroy » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:07 am

Welcome to the forum man. There are plenty of threads in the Eurorack section that you should check out for people looking to start their own rigs. You'll begin to see a pattern forming about what module selections are recommended to people starting out.

Good luck, you've jumped in the deep end now mate. Except you've got a snorkel and the water is made of bleeps and bloops.
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Post by Cornerman » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:19 am

Thanks polyroy :-)

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Post by JohnLRice » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:25 am

Welcome, Cornerman! :party:

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Post by shred » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:33 am

welcome aboard cornerman!

Have a look through the stickied threads in the Modular Synth General Discussion and Eurorack Sub-Forums for lots of juicy information!

Also check out the Eurorack modular planner here: http://www.modularplanner.co.uk/
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Post by Cornerman » Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:08 am

thanks shred , I am checking the site now.

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Post by Cornerman » Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:29 am

Even with just a basic setup as suggested the options seem endless to me.
Maybe I should start out with just 2 or maybe 3 modules. And take it from there.

What do you guys thinks ?

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Post by D_Bowman » Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:11 pm

As someone who started with a Dark Energy and then started with a tip top happy ending kit, my advice is to, after getting the basics, go very slow. I go one module at a time because I "course correct" after each module.

Edit: One thing about the happy ending kit. It's great that it's affordable, but the bus board/connectors hanging out the back exposed always make me very nervous. I'm sure there are plenty of diy solutions to this. I'm just yet to get into that.

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Post by Cornerman » Sun Mar 18, 2012 3:34 pm

Thanks I am going too see if I can find a solution for that. So far I am going too limit my frist purchase to 3 modules. Just so I don't have too much options all at once.

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Post by bryantcheramie » Sun Mar 18, 2012 3:50 pm

A low pass gate can do the job of a vca and a filter at the same time. I would get this as one of your first 3. How is this going to run? are you going to play this like a keyboard, use your computer to sequence it, make drones, get on board sequencers, etc?

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Post by Cornerman » Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:32 pm

First I am going to use my computer for sequencing , later I will add a sequencer to the modular. If all goes well that is ;-)

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Post by Cornerman » Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:40 am

Well over a year later and a lot of other stuff got in the way of the modular.
Starting up again. Bought a Ridrum 909 kick over a year ago. As first module. Maybe a weird start , but I think a fun one :)

Now thinking on the next step, first off a doepfer case.

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Post by johnny83 » Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:43 am

i would advise a small setup first and concentrate on the sounds. It's very easy to get carried away with stockpiling modules and never utilising their full potential. A doepfer low cost case 6U allows expansion and is the cheapest was to setup aside from the HEK or a DIY version. Doepfer modules are also very cheap in comparison with others and are solid for a basic setup

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Post by Cornerman » Sat Oct 12, 2013 1:19 pm

I am still thinking about what to put in a my recently ordered case. I want it to be small. In order not to get lost. Been reading a lot lately around the web.

Bit overwhelming to be honest.

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Post by Dave Kendall » Sat Oct 12, 2013 2:44 pm

Maybe have a look at the features of some classic monosynths, and use them as the model for what to get first.
The classic simple "basic" set up is VCO, VCF, VCA with an ADSR and an LFO. Perhaps start with the VCF, because straight away, you can put stuff through it and have fun.
Even if superseded with sexier stuff later, those basic modules will always be useful.

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Re: New to modulars

Post by Cornerman » Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:24 am

Well lot's of years later and some mishaps health wise I am sort of back. And with some new insights and goals for my music efforts.
I have started out sketching a new case and Its bases around a Rossum Trident. The sequencing will be done with a beat step pro for now.

I would love some input on this new idea.
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Re: New to modulars

Post by strettara » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:28 am

Have you decided which plants to pair with it yet?
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Re: New to modulars

Post by onthebandwagon » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:34 am

strettara wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:28 am
Have you decided which plants to pair with it yet?
Hopefully he or she can wait until my app out...
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Re: New to modulars

Post by Cornerman » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:41 am

onthebandwagon wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:34 am
strettara wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:28 am
Have you decided which plants to pair with it yet?
Not entirely sure what you mean with plants.

Hopefully he or she can wait until my app out...
strettara wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:28 am
Have you decided which plants to pair with it yet?
Which app? What does it do?

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Re: New to modulars

Post by onthebandwagon » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:43 am

Cornerman wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:41 am
onthebandwagon wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:34 am
strettara wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:28 am
Have you decided which plants to pair with it yet?
Not entirely sure what you mean with plants.

Hopefully he or she can wait until my app out...
strettara wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:28 am
Have you decided which plants to pair with it yet?
Which app? What does it do?
It’s going to help people and I hope save the world on some level by helping people choose the right plants to pair with their synths including euroracks.
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Re: New to modulars

Post by Cornerman » Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:00 am

Ok :) :lol I see :D

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