I would respectfully suggest not heeding decaying.sine's advice, at least initially. The man is a sick synthesis masochist who wears t-shirts emblazoned with unicorn penises for goodness sake.
He's not to be trusted. There really isn't any reason to start messing with adaptor cables after your first $1500-2000 purchase.
*laughs* Interesting description of someone! And... I'll admit, having only one set of cables would be nice.
bwhittington wrote:While I will readily admit to having warm-fuzzies for Dotcom--despite owning a handful of other formats including a bit of exotica, it really is still my favorite--be aware that the entry system selection basically gives you a patchable Moog monosynth. This can be good or bad, depending on your wants, but to me Dotcom starts getting fun somewhere north of 20 spaces. For similar money in Euro, you could buy a Hertz Donut, Maths or VCS, Polivoks, and a couple vcas (or something like that--I'm no Euro guru) and have a very different kind of experience with your starter set. It depends on what appeals to you and where you want to go thereafter.
*nods* I do understand that the starter synth is just that - something to start with. The plan is to later on add more at a later time. Essentially, right now I'm looking to start with a few items, and then as the need for various other things crops up purchase as required. I do like the Moog sound, so such won't strike me as much of an issue.
Oddly enough, some of those eurorack modules you mention are ones I have my eye on (Hertz Donut, Piston Honda, Polivoks, and of course the WMD Geiger Counter being some of the ones I was looking at)...
bwhittington wrote:One of my favorite things about Dotcom that seems right up your alley is the wealth of technical data available on the website and wiki, as well as expertise on the Yahoo group, etc, about modifying the modules. There's something about the Dotcom format and price point that begs to be hacked in a way I would never contemplate with my Buchla modules, say. You can certainly adapt many pcbs to use in Euro format, and the inverse is true as well: a number of people repanel their favorite Euro modules for 5U. It really depends on what you want to do.
Hmmm, I never contemplated the prospect of repanelling euro modules into 5U. And there's even a guy here who's got insanely gorgeous skills at making panels for reasonable prices (including assistance with design too!).
Oooh, modding sounds like quite the lovely thing, especially given the forgiving pricing DOTcom modules have if one happens to cause irrepairable damage.
bwhittington wrote:The nice thing about all of it is that you can take a step one way and if you don't like it, there is a *very* active market for used modules. I mean some stuff changes hands in minutes, and at least in 5U I've rarely had a sale post last longer than a day. If you buy used to begin with, you can try out stuff for the cost of shipping, or sometimes even make a few bucks on a sale.
Hmmm, as others have mentioned, I'll definitely have to look into the prospects of buying used.
I'm a die hard 5U so of course I think you should go 5U!
That said, for some reason when I read the list of bands you are into my first though was you should go Euro.
That coupled with the cost factor. Sure, you can start small, but to probably get enough 5U modules and associated racks, power supplies, patchcords to do what you want you are going to spend at least $5000 IMHO.
I gotta go eat dinner but I need to comment my concern for Dude! In a thread about format choice where the OP is leaning towards 5U and Dude doesn't even mention Modcan????
I hope he isn't ill or being held captive and this is his way of letting us know to call the police!
I feel honoured that the person who's system I envy (and might emulate, at least the casings) has chimed in on my thread ^_^ I do understand that this system will more than likely grow (exponentially), but I'm quite curious as to why you initially thought Euro might be more appropriate, as well as why the estimate of approximately $5k is mentioned.
dude wrote:nah, i just know it doesn't seem like the right fit.
Sadly, as delicious sounding as Modcan is, right now the price point is a touch too high (somewhere around the $450 USD each mark). As well, isn't the opinion most have of Modcan being that of a more clean sound? Later on, as the synth develops, I very well might look into adding a rack or two of Modcan B as I do like the samples I've heard so far, but such would be much further down the line (things like a drum machine and another synth or two would have higher priority than Modcan)