luchog wrote:I'm strongly considering finally pulling the trigger on the Homebuilt set, but I'm still wembling a bit on it. It seems a hair... unbalanced. Admittedly, I'm still very new to the Serge design philosophy (I have a pile of R*S EuroSerge, but haven't had much chance to really dig into it); but why three Envelope Generators? I would like to have a dedicated filter, but since the Positive/Negative Slew will do low-pass filtering that lack is not a deal-killer.
But three EGs? If one of them had been replaced with a Smooth and Stepped Function Generator then I wouldn't hesitate, the decision would be much more obvious. Is there something I'm missing, or is there something the panels are missing?
I guess I'm just hoping for a fairly complete standalone system, and this doesn't really look like one to my inexperienced eyeballs.
Sure, there's a few things that would make this system "more complete" (including a '73 VCF and SSG), but there's still a lot going on.
Also, while they're called "Envelope Generators", the EGs offer a whole lot more... voltage-controlled frequency, voltage-controlled "cycle" (for LFOs, burst generators, etc... and does audio rate), hold input (which can give you all kinds of weird waveforms), and a voltage-controlled comparator (which can give you gate delays, correlated gates, PWM, etc.)
So think of them as dedicated modulation sources. Use them individually, or patch them up together, or whatever you like! You'll definitely use them, and I'd be shocked if you (or anyone) didn't enjoy them.