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slow_riot

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slow_riot

new management? announcement? 300 series availability?


dude

oh fuck yeah! now following on twitter! lol.

seriously this is exciting as fuck!


slow_riot

i was gonna add grant richter as a friend on facebook and be all fanboy but I totally backed out...


dude

you should like totally friend him


sabasan

300 is one the best system ever made !
unfortenately euro-trash put it on the closed


revmutt

There are so many designs that haven't been released and Grant always has interesting ideas. Fuck that's exciting.


Entrainer

What's new management?

A joke to signify an increase in production speed or different prices?

Or someone else doing the manufacturing?


What's a decent 300 system run new? About 10K?

I love what I have in Euro from Wiard. Never looked heavily into
300 series because I thought it was fairly unobtainable.


Muff Wiggler

If the 300 series didn't exist I would be torn between Serge and Buchla.

Luckily it does exist so I'm not bothered with those concerns.


bsmith

Just tweeted by wiard
http://musicsynthesizer.com/DIY/Grant/custom.htm


Kent

sabasan wrote:
300 is one the best system ever made !
unfortenately euro-trash put it on the closed


Please support your claim with evidence that this was indeed the case. Thank you.


plord

This is GREAT NEWS. I wonder what it means?


Entrainer

HOLD ON...

I just saw this:

"A new product line is currently in development"


Does this mean that Malekko and Wiard are parting ways?


Or a new format completely?


wavecircle

I have an order in mind for a 300 series system. I have wanted a 300 series since I was about 19, man they were cheaper back then... I have just always lusted after one, even more so than a buchla 200e or serge.

But, do I abandon the Fenix?

very frustrating very frustrating very frustrating


mono-poly

I hope there's stuff coming in euro to.
I got some space left in my euro wiard/malekko case.


Mitchk1989

I hope this doesn't mean the euro JAG isn't coming...


Fnord

Whatever it is, we all know it is going to be AWESOME.
I need a 2nd job STAT, anyone know of any job opportunities for a wacky for wiard cookie salesman?


kdub

I'd love to see an expanded 1200 series. I also wouldn't mind another 1200 series borg and jag.


science

Wow... this was unexpected.

New management? Wondering if that means someone else is developing the new stuff...?


science

wavecircle wrote:
I have an order in mind for a 300 series system. I have wanted a 300 series since I was about 19, man they were cheaper back then... I have just always lusted after one, even more so than a buchla 200e or serge.

But, do I abandon the Fenix?

very frustrating very frustrating very frustrating

Sounds more like you need to make up your mind wink

I have a feeling there's going to be a mad rush to try to get 300 systems... seems like that usually happens when the unobtainable becomes obtainable.


wavecircle

science wrote:
wavecircle wrote:
I have an order in mind for a 300 series system. I have wanted a 300 series since I was about 19, man they were cheaper back then... I have just always lusted after one, even more so than a buchla 200e or serge.

But, do I abandon the Fenix?

very frustrating very frustrating very frustrating

Sounds more like you need to make up your mind wink

I have a feeling there's going to be a mad rush to try to get 300 systems... seems like that usually happens when the unobtainable becomes obtainable.


I have had communications with Wiard and there is a system available for me if I want it, which I most definitely do.......

Christ, why did Grant Richter and Bert Vermuelen do this to me? Anyone got a spare £5000?

Edit: I shouldn't piss and moan really, it's the nicest problem I've ever had.


e-grad

kdub wrote:
I'd love to see an expanded 1200 series. I also wouldn't mind another 1200 series borg and jag.

screaming goo yo


Entrainer

Fnord wrote:
Whatever it is, we all know it is going to be AWESOME.


This is what keeps me awake at night.


slow_riot

this is just pure speculation on my part, and I welcome any more authoritative info on the subject:

Euro Wiard is not going to die... I think Grant has encountered some problems that he wasn't expecting but I have read many posts where he has shown his love for the 'budget' small format modules, and I don't think he is interested in making them himself, and so I believe this is where Malekko fits into the picture. He has made a recent post about what is coming out and it seems unlikely this will change.

However, I believe his favourite work to do is the 300 series.. and I believe this announcement is that the 300 series is again available in small numbers and maybe some new modules in this format.


vasculator

i am honestly scared by the thought of a more robust anti-oscillator in 300 format.


wavecircle

I get the impression from the Wiard site that the 300 series is almost certainly coming to an end once parts are exhausted. Production of the 300 series has been intermittent in the last few years. They are apparently incredibly time consuming and difficult to build and QT etc... Hence the long waiting lists for those that get on it.


Entrainer

Yeah, probably the Euro will continue... or perhaps he's so frustrated
with the WO and Envelator issues (I don't mind) that's he's scraping
the format completely.

Whatever he does, I think it'll be +15V, star distribution. Maybe
even a dedicated power supply, distribution that he controls and
manufactures. Like Serge + Buchla.

I don't know him, but I can tell by reading that he's a perfectionist.
And he's into his creations functioning as intended, less motivated by
cash, more motivated by creating his perfect instrument.

So now that I think about it, I could see him dropping Euro and
adopting something like Bugbrand/Frac. More affordable but still meeting
his standards.

At the same time, there's hasn't been a new Wiard euro module in
awhile. I love my Wiard/Malekko modules. A lot. So, no disrespect
intended to that partnership. This is pure speculation.


Ankh

It will be exciting to see what the new product line is. Pretty sure it won't be frac though.


vasculator

i think this is probably pretty close to the mark. i doubt euro would be abandoned but i could definitely see a new power infrastructure and the re-release of all previous wiard designs in that format. maybe similar in size to the 300 series. it would be pretty hard to deny something like that. it's awesome to see new activity from Wiard that's for sure.

Entrainer wrote:

Whatever he does, I think it'll be +15V, star distribution. Maybe
even a dedicated power supply, distribution that he controls and
manufactures. Like Serge + Buchla.

I don't know him, but I can tell by reading that he's a perfectionist.
And he's into his creations functioning as intended, less motivated by
cash, more motivated by creating his perfect instrument.

So now that I think about it, I could see him dropping Euro and
adopting something like Bugbrand/Frac. More affordable but still meeting
his standards.



Muff Wiggler

wavecircle wrote:
I get the impression from the Wiard site that the 300 series is almost certainly coming to an end once parts are exhausted. Production of the 300 series has been intermittent in the last few years. They are apparently incredibly time consuming and difficult to build and QT etc... Hence the long waiting lists for those that get on it.


Yeah the site is pretty clear about that. I've heard rumours of "few 300 series parts left" and it seems like they will use up the "VERY LIMITED" components left and that will be the end of 300 series. Then from what I understand there will be something new.

With that said I have a 300 series dual Mixo for sale (yeah sorry to spam this thread) which I foolishly bought last week the day before my basement flooded. Probably one of the last 300 series available so hit me up if interersted....


wavecircle

It's a shame really. The 300 series modules are quite simply incredible in design, what I really love about them is the functional density. I personally hate large modular systems but with the Wiard you can do so much with relatively few modules. The classic VCO for example is a ridiculous module. Not only is it an incredible analogue VCO with more than comprehensive range, modulation and syncing abilities it also has a VCA, mixer, envelope generator, envelope follower, lag processor and god knows what else on it.

I think I might be leaning the Wiard way.


Fnord

So many cool unreleased designs. So curious.
Hope to see the walkabout module.


Borellus

Entrainer wrote:
HOLD ON...

I just saw this:

"A new product line is currently in development"


Does this mean that Malekko and Wiard are parting ways?


Or a new format completely?


Easel?


Muff Wiggler

god, i hope not.

give us something new! something that's never been done before!


dr. jacoby

while i really hope the collaboration with malekko isn't coming to an end (my wiard euro modules are my favorite euros, hands down), i think i'm being drawn ever closer to making the plunge into a 300 system...

and no one try to dissuade me wink


Mitchk1989

an easel type thing could be something new... If by 'easel' you just mean a single package wiard creation meant to be a patchable but ultimately self-contained synth.

I'd rather buy stand alone units that supplied their own power and stuff while still 'playing nice' with the main modular formats in terms of patching than get into an entire new modular format, but that's just me I guess.


Muff Wiggler

It kinda bugs me that the term Easel is getting taken away from the original instrument and is now starting to apply to any small-to-mid size semi portable modular setup

soon enough if you Google "music easel" all you're gonna find is a bunch of people's Eurorack setups help


Mitchk1989

Well, its not like buchla is doing anything with the name... Weren't like only 14 music easels ever made? If they weren't made of pure unobtainium you'd probably see the name applied more to the original.


Muff Wiggler

in related news, check out my awesome new Shelby Cobra!




Borellus

Perhaps the Wiard Electroniums will finally see the light of day? I'd buy a Space Box...




cbm

Mitchk1989 wrote:
Well, its not like buchla is doing anything with the name... Weren't like only 14 music easels ever made?

The "14 easels" meme is not true. I'm don't know the actual number but I bet it's in the 50-100 range, at least.


Mitchk1989

even still, if they're not doing anything with the IP its not like someone else using the term could possibly cost them my patronage.


wavehead

It does seem like the Malekko stuff will come to an end after the upcoming modules Grant has said he will be doing, which I think is a real shame, given that most of the problems that occur with euro format (arguably all) can most likely be fixed.

That said, it will be awesome if Wiard modules continue to come out in a different format that is still affordable. Hard to imagine this happening the same way Josh has been able to do it with the big productions runs (and without the market base of euro users), hopefully these two are still working together. Wouldn't mind having a sensible, precise and clean power supply/distribution either.

Gotta be grateful that you can buy a module like the Envelator for $185 new. Regardless of whether I am using some new format or start robbing people to get a 300 system before they are all gone, a case full of Malekko Wiard is going to be next to it.

Of course all of this is entirely speculative and like everyone else I'm eager to get my hands on more Wiard stuff, so talking about it on the internet is what I resort to (instead of making more music).


wavehead

And I don't know how I didn't know about this site until now...

http://musicsynthesizer.com/DIY/Grant/Spring%20Thing/The%20Spring%20Th ing.html !!![/url]


Babaluma

i'm hoping grant will next develop an all in one portable patchable performance instrument with joy stick control, that sells for under $4K.


Entrainer

Babaluma wrote:
i'm hoping grant will next develop an all in one portable patchable performance instrument with joy stick control, that sells for under $4K.


That'd be cool. I'd like to see him do that 2nd.

First I'm hoping he'll develop the production version of the
Anti-Envelope.


companyofquail

i dont want to rain on anyones parade, but make sure you contact grant before you start dreaming about buying a whole system. unless he reprints more runs of some of the circuit boards some of the modules(borg and mixolator) are not available.

again, i am not speaking for grant. i am just merely passing on info that some may want to know before they start planning a whole system.


carygrace

companyofquail wrote:
i dont want to rain on anyones parade, but make sure you contact grant before you start dreaming about buying a whole system. unless he reprints more runs of some of the circuit boards some of the modules(borg and mixolator) are not available.


Hi there,

Just for clarification, whatever you may have heard in the past has now changed.

We do plan to make all the modules available again, and the initial focus will indeed be on building a small run of full 300 systems for those interested, and completing existing customers' systems.

We have no plans to build more Frac Rack modules, since these have now been replaced by the Malekko Euro line (which will continue to expand).

I can't give you any definite pricing information for new systems yet or answer specific questions yet, because I'm still sorting that out, but if you are definitely interested in making a purchase and know what you want, feel free to email [email protected] early, and I will get a formal quotation prepared as soon as possible (expect to receive responses from the beginning of next month, since that is when I will be officially taking over management, sales, and customer correspondence, freeing Grant's valuable time for design and engineering).

Best wishes,
Cary


slow_riot

w00t Wiard


wavecircle

carygrace wrote:
companyofquail wrote:
i dont want to rain on anyones parade, but make sure you contact grant before you start dreaming about buying a whole system. unless he reprints more runs of some of the circuit boards some of the modules(borg and mixolator) are not available.


Hi there,

Just for clarification, whatever you may have heard in the past has now changed.

We do plan to make all the modules available again, and the initial focus will indeed be on building a small run of full 300 systems for those interested, and completing existing customers' systems.

We have no plans to build more Frac Rack modules, since these are basically made redundant by the Malekko Euro line (which will continue and expand, but will not be handled by me).

I can't give you any definite pricing information for new systems yet or answer specific questions yet, because I'm still sorting that out, but if you are definitely interested in making a purchase and know what you want, feel free to email [email protected] early, and I will get a formal quotation prepared as soon as possible (expect to receive responses from the beginning of next month, since that is when I will be officially taking over management, sales, and customer correspondence, freeing Grant's valuable time for design and engineering).

Best wishes,
Cary


ありがとうございますかりーちゃん!!!

applause applause applause


companyofquail

this is beautiful news! thank you cary for the information and i am glad i was wrong. but also glad i addressed this so i could get a clear answer on the situation.


carygrace

companyofquail wrote:
this is beautiful news! thank you cary for the information and i am glad i was wrong. but also glad i addressed this so i could get a clear answer on the situation.


No problem! Glad I could help.

I have also set up an email list subscription form for those who would like to receive news and updates by email:

http://www.wiard.com/listform.htm


fac

carygrace wrote:

We have no plans to build more Frac Rack modules, since these are basically made redundant by the Malekko Euro line.


This is great news (about Euro, not about Frac). Wiard/Malekko is the only reason I'm starting a small Euro rig this month, since I can't afford the 300 series. It'll take me a couple years to have a decent system.


Mitchk1989

good to hear about the euro. I already have quite a few of Grant's designs in that format. I'd also possibly be interested in a standalone thing from Grant as well depending on price and form factor.


equalpyramid

This is fun!

Dammit this is exciting!

+1 on the small "easel-like" unit.


Ankh

There seems to be a (w)easel mania going on at Muffs. lol


mono-poly

I'd love to see a portable wiard instrument.


richard

mono-poly wrote:
I'd love to see a portable wiard instrument.


so would I, although I wouldn't be interested in the 300 series


wavecircle

richard wrote:


so would I, although I wouldn't be interested in the 300 series


Did I read this correctly?

woah

Blasphemy!


mono-poly

TBH i am not interested in 300 series stuff.
Love the euro stuff more somehow.


slow_riot

portable wiard = eurorack in a small case ???

they released a photo of an equivalent to music easel with malekko wiard parts.

If I could afford all 300 series modules I would but I cant. Built for a lifetime... no single comprimise anywhere. Perfect layout and intermodule functionality.


Kent

Mitchk1989 wrote:
even still, if they're not doing anything with the IP its not like someone else using the term could possibly cost them my patronage.


That was never the point in the counter-argument, my good man.


Kent

mono-poly wrote:
I'd love to see a portable wiard instrument.


You already have at least one! As long was we split your case in half and consider 175kgs to be 'portable' lol


J3RK

Ankh wrote:
There seems to be a (w)easel mania going on at Muffs. lol


I know I'm in this boat. I've had large and small systems, and the ones that were portable (to some degree at least,) are the ones that I enjoyed the most. Being able to sit away from the studio with it, having some restraint on the amount of functions available, etc. really add to my creativity. If I need more than it provides, I can always go interface with other systems. I happen to be working on one of my own right now, and have custom tailored the function blocks to everything I've wanted in a portable system, but to this point haven't had in one. I think it will be a lot of fun.

Whether one calls it an Easel/Weasel (as a point of reference for others,) is more or less irrelevant. It's the overall concept of a portable yet powerful system that appeals to people. (myself included) There were a lot of times that I would have been able to write music or design sounds outside the studio, but wasn't about to drag a full-depth rack out with me, or a string of smaller boxes. If I had one really good sub-set of functions in a handy box, I could have been creating. I loved my MonoMachine when I had it for this reason, my Serge Creature was up there as well for this sort of thing (but was a little lacking in some functions.) There was always something though that I thought could have been done differently (hence working on my own design now.)

I think the true Easel was implemented quite well, in that it included a really good set of functions that people today are still intrigued by it. (evidenced by this very forum)

To stay semi-on-topic, I'd LOVE to see a Porta-Wiard. Yes, you can build one from Euro modules, which actually works great, but to have one beautiful Wiard box under one panel would be amazingly cool. (I think so anyway.)


equalpyramid

Yeah, I saw that photo 208/Malekko comparison. It IS nice. However the one thing that I keep thinking is how better it would be to buy all those modules, create a full-row faceplate that would blend the modules together better, color-code the jacks, and solder all point to a card slot so I can save patches. The fact that I'm so close to actually doing something so damn crazy may be the best reason for someone to just MAKE IT FOR ME ALREADY! hihi


richard

wavecircle wrote:
richard wrote:


so would I, although I wouldn't be interested in the 300 series


Did I read this correctly?

woah

Blasphemy!


hihi with ongoing long term relationships with Serge, Bugbrand, Cwejman, Hordijk and Walekko I'm skint (forever!) and all formatted out...

But I am still looking for the perfect gigging instrument, as the Blippoo box is the closest I've found I am pretty sure Rob Hordijk will be the guy to make it one day - but I'd be happy to see Grant competing for the job! I love the sound of his stuff


whitewulfe

Wait, they'll be relaunching the 300 line? o_O *runs off to rob a bank*


miditerranean

I wonder if he'll accept any new orders for just one or two 300 modules. I really want the Wogglebug and probably a Sequentizer or Waveform City. I suppose I should send an email to find out. Very excited to hear the new news!


mono-poly

richard wrote:
wavecircle wrote:
richard wrote:


so would I, although I wouldn't be interested in the 300 series


Did I read this correctly?

woah

Blasphemy!


hihi with ongoing long term relationships with Serge, Bugbrand, Cwejman, Hordijk and Walekko I'm skint (forever!) and all formatted out...

But I am still looking for the perfect gigging instrument, as the Blippoo box is the closest I've found I am pretty sure Rob Hordijk will be the guy to make it one day - but I'd be happy to see Grant competing for the job! I love the sound of his stuff


Hordijk should make a small run of the twentyfourseven


carygrace

miditerranean wrote:
I wonder if he'll accept any new orders for just one or two 300 modules.


Certainly, small orders are also welcome and appreciated.

Please email [email protected] and request a quotation. Orders will be (generally) prioritized on a first-come/first-served basis.


HueMonContact

carygrace wrote:
miditerranean wrote:
I wonder if he'll accept any new orders for just one or two 300 modules.


Certainly, small orders are also welcome and appreciated.

Please email [email protected] and request a quotation. Orders will be (generally) prioritized on a first-come/first-served basis.


Oh no... I've been saving for a Creature/Klangziet but this news is tempting help


wavehead

Is the Omni-Filter going to continue being made? I know this one has super limited stock of parts available... but I can imagine buying the Omni Filter, a Waveform City or a Wogglebug to go with current malekko modules would be really awesome.


companyofquail

w00t


wavecircle

hyper hyper hyper



Guinness ftw!


Entrainer

Cthulhu eyes...


anadeji

This thread, in a strictly artistic and capitalism-as-a-rave manner, is great.

Dono-Kun Dance

This thread is.... akin to whatever those folks who bought Bitches Brew when it was brand new, sound un-heard... then let 'Pharaoh's Dance' bump loud as fuck on 1970's consumer hi-fi for the first time.

Dono-Kun Dance

MODULAR HYPE MAN FOR HIRE It's motherfucking bacon yo


Slabwax

And so we wait !


Entrainer

Just reread the page...

Maybe there is nothing to wait for. It's just reopening under new
management, but that has already been touched upon here.

Says the new website is coming soon as well as a new product line,
but those aren't tied to May 5th.


wavecircle

Wasn't the 5th of May an accounts thing?


revmutt

All I know is I'm psyched!


carygrace

Slabwax wrote:
And so we wait !


Hi all,

Just a quick update:

New 300 price list is almost ready.

Sorry for the slowness, but I'm still waiting too - for a couple more pieces of information to come in from third parties - at which point I can finally finalize the new prices.

No new product announcements yet. Still in development stages. BUT, email list members will be the first to know when something happens, so if you haven't yet, please do head over here and enter your email address and we'll be sure to keep you posted:

http://wiard.com/listform.htm

And if you already know exactly what you want, send me a quote request. Will give those first priority. ( [email protected] ).


Soviet Space Child

carygrace wrote:


No new product announcements yet.


Any hints? SlayerBadger!


grantrichter

slow_riot wrote:

Euro Wiard is not going to die... I think Grant has encountered some problems that he wasn't expecting but I have read many posts where he has shown his love for the 'budget' small format modules, and I don't think he is interested in making them himself, and so I believe this is where Malekko fits into the picture. He has made a recent post about what is coming out and it seems unlikely this will change.


Josh and I are still on the best of terms. I will continue doing designs for Malekko and the Euro-rack format. Cary has some very exciting ideas of her own and we will implement them co-operatively. In the meantime, she is physically able to re-issue the 300 series which my back problems keep me from doing myself.

The idea is MORE Wiard designs in any format appropriate for the design. I am very proud of the 300 series and am glad to have them back in production. I am also very proud of what Josh and I have done at Malekko. I like to think we are advancing the state of the art in modular synthesis design and packaging, and plan to continue to do so even more now that I have technical and design assistance.

Cary is a really talented musician and technician and her insights into how to integrate individual parts into complete instruments come from a fresh perspective. So look for more cool stuff to come both in Euro-rack and the "still under development" new packaging.

And thank you all for your ongoing patronage and enthusiasm, which makes doing this so rewarding on a personal level.

Cthulhu


Muff Wiggler

^^^^^ There's your "Post Of The Month" winner for May folks w00t

that's the best news ever, on so many different levels. So awesome and I hope everyone can get get some Wiard in their lives. we're not worthy


Babaluma

Great news, I am sure we are all very happy to continue to support your amazing efforts!


anadeji

totally great news of course smile

Hope more stuff has bananas on it!

A BOY CAN DREAM.


Soviet Space Child

grantrichter wrote:

Cary is a really talented musician and technician and her insights into how to integrate individual parts into complete instruments come from a fresh perspective. So look for more cool stuff to come both in Euro-rack and the "still under development" new packaging.


My imagination is running amok!! hyper hyper hyper




richard

Dono-Kun Dance Dono-Kun Dance Dono-Kun Dance Dono-Kun Dance Dono-Kun Dance Dono-Kun Dance


Fnord

grantrichter wrote:
And thank you all for your ongoing patronage and enthusiasm, which makes doing this so rewarding on a personal level.

Cthulhu


And thank you for creating the tools that make sculpting sounds so rewarding.

Seriously, whenever someone is over who doesn't know what a modular synth is, Wiard are the 1st modules I reach for, always.


slow_riot

somewhat offtopic. My boss (a reliable curator of information) says the only medicine for his back that works is green and often smoked.


CursedFrogurt

grantrichter wrote:


And thank you all for your ongoing patronage and enthusiasm, which makes doing this so rewarding on a personal level.

Cthulhu


And thank YOU for honoring our lord cthulu with every post.


Fnord

So does "Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn!" is it just an inability to pronounce W's R's and D's???

Is the Wogglebug really communicating with Azathoth???

"Outside the ordered universe is that amorphous blight of nethermost confusion which blasphemes and bubbles at the center of all infinity—the boundless daemon sultan Azathoth, whose name no lips dare speak aloud, and who gnaws hungrily in inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond time and space amidst the muffled, maddening beating of vile drums and the thin monotonous whine of accursed flutes."

(there is of course nothing monotonous about a wogglebug)

I wonder


wavecircle

grantrichter wrote:


So look for more cool stuff to come both in Euro-rack and the "still under development" new packaging.



Cthulhu


Just wondering if the stuff that is under development will be ported to the 300 series? It would be lovely to see the dual borg 2, boogie, borg/boogie combo and an anti/uncle osc combo module in 300 format. A dual noisering would be epic with the dual wogglebug.

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