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CV controlled switch modules you love

Post by ScientificDreamz » Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:16 am

While building my system I've stayed away from sequential switches and other routing modules as they seem 'boring' compared to uber-cool oscillators/FX/filters, but now realising the benefits more.

I was looking at a simple Doepfer switched multiple, but then thought I'll probably appreciate being able to switch between two sequences with a trigger pulse. There's loads of capable modules on the market and tricky to know which are best without demo-ing, do people have specific modules they love for this job? Cheers! :)

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Post by lisa » Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:26 am

I love the Klavis Mixwitch. It does swtiching and a lot more (check the manual), feels well made and is priced very kindly. My best value buy yet, I think.

https://www.modulargrid.net/e/klavis-mixwitch
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Post by JohnLRice » Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:41 am

For a basic but versatile 1 I/O to 4 O/I sequential switch the Doepfer is hard to beat:
https://www.modulargrid.net/e/doepfer-a-151

The ADDAC214 is a 4 I to 4 O sequential switch so even more powerful for scrambling things up and also adds CV control over position:
https://www.modulargrid.net/e/addac-sys ... c214-black

The STG Switch is a 4 I to 4 O switch that has some great features too. I just took delivery of the 5U version but I haven't tried it yet. It looks like the eurorack version has the same feature set.
https://www.modulargrid.net/e/stg-soundlabs-switch-


And if you have the room don't write off the Doepfer A-182-1 you were considering and get both. 8-) Some times a manual switch is all you need. (I modified mine )
https://www.modulargrid.net/e/doepfer-a-182-1
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Post by Naenyn » Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:42 am

I was planning on picking up an Erica Sequential Switch V2. I've quite liked Erica's stuff so far and that module seemed like a good value for the money and size.

That Mixwitch looks interesting! Not what I had in mind for a switch, but I can see the usefulness. Nice design, too. Sharp.
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Post by huffnPuff » Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:42 am

I love digitally addressed things.

Take a look at the NLC Statues for example: it’s a 3 bit addressed switch/ T&H. It has 3 digital inputs that map to a 1-8 address space, selecting one active channel out of 8.

Another good one from NLC is the Numberwang. This one has four binary inputs that map to a 1-16 address space. Combine this with a VCAM and you have a powerful 4x4 multiplexer.

If you are already running trigger sequencers to drive your rhythms, they can also be used to route modulation and audio around. All you need is a stack of VCAs and trigger sources. The VCAs will pass through signals when a gate is high and mute them otherwise.

What the modules I mentioned do is open a single route and close all the others but nothing is preventing you from routing one source to multiple outputs simultaneously, or multiple sources to a single output, or multiple sources to multiple outputs all at once.
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Post by Foghorn » Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:43 am

I have an Erica Pico SEQS.
CV controlled Sequential Switch.
It sits right next to my Pressure points.
It even color matches them.
Works a treat.
And no, I didn't mistakenly buy it thinking it was the Pico sequencer. :doh:

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Post by jwm » Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:57 am

+1 on the erica v2, it is an amazing switch. crazy versatile for the space and $$. switching cv is great, but i use it almost exclusively for switched audio ie switching through verbos HO sines, or individual qu-bit chord outputs for harmonically related crazy blippy madness.

(btw, full disclosure, i am selling mine if anyone is interested, only because i am transitioning to an all doepfer system, other wise i'd have two :hihi: )

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Post by mdoudoroff » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:00 am

If you’re doing a medium-sized or larger system, I think the WMD Sequential Switch Matrix is one of those must-haves.

The Mixswitch—mentioned above—is pretty neat, too. Great value in a multi-function device.

Speaking of multi-function devices, don’t overlook the new Befaco Muxslicer, which DivKid just did a video on. Clever and cheap.

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Post by pugix » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:43 am

Softwire Synthesis - Octal Voltage Controlled Switch has both manual and gate controlled switches.

https://www.modulargrid.net/e/other-unk ... witch-ovcs

Stages also makes a great sequential switch.

https://www.modulargrid.net/e/mutable-i ... nts-stages
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Post by maaaks » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:51 am

ALMs Boss Bow Tie is worth considering too:

https://www.modulargrid.net/e/alm-busy- ... ss-bow-tie

It's CV addressed rather than sequential which may or may not be what you're after.

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Post by dooj88 » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:54 am

can anyone attest to the quality of their switch of choice with audio routing? my a151 isn't the smoothest and i often hear pops and clicks. would love to find another that can handle audio more gracefully.

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Post by CaneMan » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:57 am

JohnLRice wrote:The ADDAC214 is a 4 I to 4 O sequential switch so even more powerful for scrambling things up and also adds CV control over position:
https://www.modulargrid.net/e/addac-sys ... c214-black
:woah:

I just got a Joranalogue Select 2. It's 2 cv processors, each of which can do track-and-hold, 2 input -> 1 output CV switching, etc. Haven't even taken it out of the box yet, but I think I'm going to love it.

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Post by huffnPuff » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:59 am

dooj88 wrote:can anyone attest to the quality of their switch of choice with audio routing? my a151 isn't the smoothest and i often hear pops and clicks. would love to find another that can handle audio more gracefully.
Try placing a buffer immediately after the switch, it helps with the A-152.

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Post by mdoudoroff » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:12 am

Any switch could produce clicks and pops with audio unless there’s fancy (expensive) zero-crossing circuitry or some fancy (expensive) per-channel VCA action going on. I don’t know whether any such fancy (expensive) switches actually exist in the market. Mainly a problem with low frequency and sines, less a problem with stuff with harmonic content.

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Post by Dcramer » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:24 am

A-152, both CV and trigger controlled, 8 channels :
Frames, 4 channels of bidirectional switching, morphing, mixing/splitting :tu:

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Post by hermbot » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:31 am

I love my RxMx for this. It can be a voltage controlled switch and/or crossfader. Or a mixer, or a low pass gate. And it has great synergy with both my DPO and FXDF.

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Post by lisa » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:43 am

RxMx is really expensive for someone looking for simple switch, though. :75:
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Post by titanium » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:50 am

WMD SMM

https://www.wmdevices.com/products/sequ ... tch-matrix

4 in 4 out switch matrix, with 16 matrix steps that can be sequenced.
bit heavy on the HP, but def an amazing tool for routing CV or Audio.

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Post by Buttons ARE toys » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:02 am

I've been getting a lot of mileage out of Macro Machines' Dynamic Destiny. It's dual channel, each switch can be 1 in 4 out or 4 in 1 out. What makes it great though are all the different modes it can run in--built in clock division, disabling of unneeded i/o, control over which direction the switch progresses including random and pendulum. It's discontinued but they pop up used pretty often.

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Post by MvK » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:31 am

I had some fun with the Ryo Paths. Its cheap for what it does.

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Post by pugix » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:53 am

mdoudoroff wrote:Any switch could produce clicks and pops with audio unless there’s fancy (expensive) zero-crossing circuitry or some fancy (expensive) per-channel VCA action going on. I don’t know whether any such fancy (expensive) switches actually exist in the market. Mainly a problem with low frequency and sines, less a problem with stuff with harmonic content.
Maybe not in Eurorack. But MOTM-700
http://synthtech.com/motm/700/
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Post by pugix » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:57 am

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Post by ScientificDreamz » Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:25 pm

Loads of cool options here, thanks.

I think my ideal module is very simple, 2 channels of switching, each one with two switchable inputs linked to a single output, toggled between via a trigger pulse. Basically a Doepfer A-150 but with the switching controlled by trigger pulses, rather than sustained voltage
https://m.thomann.de/gb/doepfer_a_150.htm

Any ideas? Ryo paths seems closest maybe

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Post by JohnLRice » Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:08 pm

ScientificDreamz wrote:Loads of cool options here, thanks.

I think my ideal module is very simple, 2 channels of switching, each one with two switchable inputs linked to a single output, toggled between via a trigger pulse. Basically a Doepfer A-150 but with the switching controlled by trigger pulses, rather than sustained voltage
https://m.thomann.de/gb/doepfer_a_150.htm

Any ideas? Ryo paths seems closest maybe
Possibly two Ladik S-220 switches? :hmm:
http://ladik.ladik.eu/?page_id=2319
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Post by hinterlands303 » Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:16 pm

ScientificDreamz wrote:Loads of cool options here, thanks.

I think my ideal module is very simple, 2 channels of switching, each one with two switchable inputs linked to a single output, toggled between via a trigger pulse. Basically a Doepfer A-150 but with the switching controlled by trigger pulses, rather than sustained voltage
https://m.thomann.de/gb/doepfer_a_150.htm

Any ideas? Ryo paths seems closest maybe

Doepfer a-151 (v2) will do this. It can be anywhere between 2 and 4 channels of switching (bi-directional). You can control the number of active channels by a toggle switch. Also you can do this with an Erica Pico Seqs but you use a voltage rather than a switch to control the active channels (which is a little more work but leads to some other cool possibilities). I have both of these switches and they are both great for different things. Sounds like for you the Doepfer a-151 might be the best fit though.

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