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Post by Rob_C » Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:51 am

Coming soon to a coffee table near you:
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Post by dorremifasol » Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:31 am

Very useful picture, thanks!

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Post by martino » Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:11 pm

nice

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Post by osamu » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:31 am

For those interested, here is a comparison chart for some vintage modules.

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Aries 300: 9" x 3"
Arp 2500: 8" x 3"
Böhm Soundlab: 220mm x 70mm
Buchla: 7" x 4.25"
Digisound 80: 9" x 3"
Emu: 6" x 3"
Moog: 8.25" x 2.125"
Polyfusion: 7" x 3"
PPG 300: 8.75" x 4.375"
Roland 100M: 230mm x 104mm
Roland 700: 280mm x 65mm
RSF 11: 180mm x 85mm
Steiner-Parker Synthasystem: 5.75" x 1.75"
Synton 3000: 130mm x 80mm (some half-width modules also)

I believe these to be accurate, but if anyone has some of these and can spot an error I'd be happy to be corrected.

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Post by Synthsense » Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:13 am

Interesting chart Osamu; I am glad that nowadays we have a more standarized sort of system as Eurorack, though much people with big fingers hate it! :rage: .....still many other available systems for them though :wookie:

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Post by Logite » Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:52 am

A reference as to what the names of the sizes are would be awesum :love:

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Post by JohnLRice » Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:48 am

Logite wrote:A reference as to what the names of the sizes are would be awesum :love:
Like dis?

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Post by chachi » Tue May 27, 2014 12:11 am

osamu wrote:For those interested, here is a comparison chart for some vintage modules.
awesome picture, almost all the weird ones.

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Post by alternating.bit » Wed May 28, 2014 7:58 am

Kind of funny how they go from tiny units with small plugs, to HUGE units also using small plugs. I'm certainly happy to be in the 'middle' with the large plugs 8_)

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Post by Modulus » Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:29 pm

Electronic Battle wrote:Roland 100m modules are 230mm high by 104mm wide, according to

http://www.analoghell.com/studio/index.cfm?fuse=100m

And here's a picture of a 100m VCO module:

http://www.analoghell.com/studio/100m/i ... el-big.jpg
Wow thanks for this link. Downloaded many needed manuals! :sb:

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Post by JohnLRice » Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:23 pm

osamu wrote: Moog: 8.25" x 2.125"

I believe these to be accurate, but if anyone has some of these and can spot an error I'd be happy to be corrected.
Hi, Moog should be 8.75" x 2.125"

Thanks! :tu:

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Post by LA10 » Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:18 am

V cool to get some size perspective

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Post by eskevan » Fri Mar 25, 2016 4:08 pm

Buchla seems a happy medium.

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Post by Samsquamptch » Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:56 pm

Helpful comparison. Thanks!

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Post by JohnLRice » Sat Apr 09, 2016 6:34 pm

Here's a more recently update version that has the "U" sizes on it:

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Post by Voltage_Controller » Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:10 am

This pic always makes me think Modcan A was the one true path (that we didnt take) :waah: :doh: :cry:

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Post by sarna5 » Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:29 am

This is very helpful. Thanks.

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Post by Multi Grooves » Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:26 am

eskevan wrote:Buchla seems a happy medium.
In all but price. :hihi:


Loved looking through the CMS restoration page. Not seem any process for those yet...
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What's up with the + & - U variants? Surely a monumental pain in the ass?
...but Cynthia, my Daddy never had a heath kit..

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Post by distancing » Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:19 pm

Nice!

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Post by pepijndevos » Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:12 am

This is very cool to see.
Are modules that have the same *U somewhat compatible? At least to the extent you could fit them in the same rack. Probably power is different.

Do all of them still see common use?
I'm completely new, but it seems Eurorack is sort of the standard nowadays?

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Post by JohnLRice » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:49 am

pepijndevos wrote:Are modules that have the same *U somewhat compatible? At least to the extent you could fit them in the same rack. Probably power is different.
For modules that are the same height the biggest challenges to put them in the same rack are:

1) panel widths and mounting hole position differences: If a system case is using some sort of fixed/machined mounting system like eurorack threaded strips or DotCom rack mounting frames, attempting to put same height modules of different formats in the same case is best avoided since it might take destructive modifications to the panel or just not even work at all. Panel width differences aren't as bad to deal with but often force the need to leave gaps between modules so most people don't do it.

2) power supply differences: voltage differences can be hard to deal with, especially if the majority of a system uses a lower voltage and you want to add a module that requires a higher voltage. Modules that use the same voltages but just use a different connector are relatively easy to connect with a simple adapter cable though.

pepijndevos wrote:Do all of them still see common use?
I'm completely new, but it seems Eurorack is sort of the standard nowadays?
I think all formats are loved and used by the people who have them but if you are just starting out and not interested in DIY and/or preserving older formats that are out of production I'd recommend sticking with a format that it currently active and thriving. Off the top of my head I'd rank the top 3 as:
1) Eurorack (obviously by a wide margin)
2) 5U Moog/DotCom/MU format
3) Buchla

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Post by JohnLRice » Sat May 04, 2019 7:42 am

I was watching someones video and he said that in 2018 99% of all modules are eurorack and I was like "HOLD ON THERE!" :eek: Of course he indicated that this was just off the top of his head. Since there is no practical way to know total number of modules owned per format, I thought I could at least get a very rough idea of how many modules have been created per format and how those percentages compare. A lot of my data came from Modular Grid, which is handy but not terribly accurate since there are tons of duplicates, blind panels, and one-off DIY and prototype modules listed but I think is still gives a large ball park without fences overview to ponder. And many of the modules and even some complete formats are no longer being produced so . . . this was probably a waste of time? :doh: :oops:

75% - Eurorack 5971
10% - MU 811
4% - MOTM 296
3% - Frac 213
3% - Serge 203
2% - Buchla 187
1% - Modcan A 94
(remaining are less than 1%)
Polyfusion 30
Wavemakers 30
digisound80 20
Mattson Mini 18
CMS (9000 series) 16
Marienberg 15
Technosaurus 15
PPG 12
Wiard 8
TOTAL: 7939

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Post by Plattform » Wed May 15, 2019 1:09 pm

"even some complete formats are no longer being produced so . . ." Everytime I read this, I think about Modcan and want to cry
WTB : Modcan Dual Oscillator 46A + Fx & Filters

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Post by JohnLRice » Wed May 15, 2019 1:24 pm

Plattform wrote:"even some complete formats are no longer being produced so . . ." Everytime I read this, I think about Modcan and want to cry
agreed :sadbanana:

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Post by Juluna » Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:27 pm

nice!

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