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(Weird question) Best modules on Sweetwater?
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matthewsavant
I know sweetwater is not a great place to shop for modules but damnit I have some holes in my modular and I just happen to have a credit card with them lol

First two quick disclaimers before anyone chimes in on these 1. I know the old adage: credit card + modules = losing your house, wife, cats, first born and your soul(Jokes on them I don't have a soul! lol) but I'm actually really responsible with credit (buy things pay card off buy more things etc) and even though that may sound a bit too personal my credit is in good standing and though I'm impulsive with gear purchases I am responsible.
2. I fully realize that my question may seem to boil down to "which module should I buy" which is not what I mean, What I'm saying is that I have already browsed their very limited modular section and some things have peaked my interest but what do you guys think? it's always nice to have a second (or several hundred) pairs of eyes when buying modules even though it boils down to personal taste.


Okay so now that's out of the way here is my modular (Yes I know it's weird but I've been building it as I've been learning over the past couple years and I have been taking baby steps and actually spending more on other gear while building it) Additionally take note my first 2 3U are 84HP and my bottom 3U is 90HP so I made it all 90HP just to make it easier for me to navigate.
But don't think size basically I'm asking two simple questions:
Any modules on Sweetwater that are more exciting than they look? (Like some of the boomstar stuff looked kind of meh and the roland digital modules looked extra meh but I haven't had any experiance with them so who knows.

second question, Looking at my modular perhaps theres something you see that i'm missing (Yes I know "Where's the make noise!?" etc etc that will all be added as soon as I can) but working within the confines of sweetwater's inventory...any thoughts?



I was seriously looking at the Waldorf MW1 and would ditch my Pittsburg DNA...BUT I have a Waldorf blofeld which I love and use extensively (Yes it's not modular but it's a fantastic synth) and there could be a lot of sonic overlap.
Second school of thought was tossing a few TipTop drum modules in there for fun but I'm second guessing that now since (to my understanding) they are pretty vanilla, Though I could be wrong they just seem very basic 808/909 with no modulation what so ever other than accent which I wouldn't really count that as modulation.

Soooo that was a long post for a simple question but perhaps I'm not the only one browsing sweetwater for random modules and it may help others as well or much more likely I have had 1...or 3 or 4 too many coffees before writing this hyper

However with my particular modular and what sweetwater has AND the fact that the Elektron Analog four is right under my modular that I consider it part of it (sequencing, gate, trig, LFOs, ENV, etc and time synced effects)[/img]

What say you modular wizards?
subdo
I'm far from a modular wizard but I shop at sweetwater pretty consistently. They get stuff to you QUICK (unlike a more boutique shop which I've been waiting a week to complete a very simple order which will not be named). I have a 500 series lunchbox most of which came from them.

Anyhow the only euro I've ever bought from them was the tiptop 808hats. It is a very basic module but does give CV control over "q" and provides the raw noise out so you can shape your own hats with a VCA if you want. It goes nicely with peaks when I want the full 808 style kit. Synthesizing high hats well is fiddly for me and eats up a lot of modules to get the open/close thing right. So happy customer here.
orangehexagon
my quixotic advice is:

don't do it.

support the small shops that support the modular community.
vedicspaceprogram
I would buy a Moog System 55.
RoaFL
Quote:
support the small shops that support the modular community.

I'm not at all trying to sound like a dick, but I hope to god Sweetwater starts carrying more modular so I DON'T have to shop at small shops anymore.
Companies like Sweetwater and Zzounds have better customer service, communication, return policies, and I can track down a sales/support engineer up to 12 hours a day for answers/advice.

I've placed many orders at well-known "small shops" and, after waiting up to 7 days for my order to deploy, had to call them and ask them WTF was up.
I've got a return with an extremely lauded "small shop" right now that arrived Saturday of last week and it's Thursday now and I haven't heard peep one out of them.
I just called their number and, as usual, it went through some generic answering system and dropped me off at a voicemail they don't respond to.
Now I get to write yet another email and wait 48 hours for them to get back to me.
It's like shopping at the fucking DMV of retailers.

I live very close to a small shop whose hours are pretty close to "we open and close whenever we're feeling it"; why the fuck do I care about supporting that type of lackadaisical attitude with my money?
I go to work every day for 8 hours to make money.
I'm not giving it to someone who doesn't.

Sorry, but I believe in voting with your dollars and I'm voting for whomever has the best service and these small shops will eventually get swallowed up by bigger stores.
It's not because the world is unjust, which it largely is, but mainly because their services are subpar and they don't deserve my business.
337is
You mentioned not liking the Roland digital modules. Did you notice they also stock the Roland System-500 which are made for Roland by Malekko?

Question on the idea to not buy from Sweetwater ... would the logic then extend into not buying anything from the manufacturers who sell to Sweetwater? hmmm.....
subdo
337is wrote:
You mentioned not liking the Roland digital modules. Did you notice they also stock the Roland System-500 which are made for Roland by Malekko?

Question on the idea to not buy from Sweetwater ... would the logic then extend into not buying anything from the manufacturers who sell to Sweetwater? hmmm.....


Oh man, I did not see that. I wish I did not see that. Op there you go (and your )
subdo
RoaFL wrote:
Quote:
support the small shops that support the modular community.

I'm not at all trying to sound like a dick, but I hope to god Sweetwater starts carrying more modular so I DON'T have to shop at small shops anymore...



I actually wish the little guys could get enough business to hire enough people so they could compete with the services of the big guys. At the end of the day though crappy service is not going to win my business and my $$. Very sympathetic.

(BTW I accidentally ignored you trying to respond to this because Guinness ftw! . No offense)
iceeslunk
alls i know is pittsburgh modules are ugly as shiiiieeeet. zombie
imo anyways...their knobs look like tires with ugly boring hubcaps...

with that said! i agree that sweetwater customer service/shipping is flawless, im financing one of those dope cobain fender jaguars through them (well once they are back in stock in about a month) myself!

however, when it comes to modular, sweetwater has a TERRIBLY limited selection, my sweetwater agent even admitted its shameful himself over the phone recently (claims they are working on getting other brands soon)

to the OP, you should check out vintage king audio, they have a card you can apply for and are running a limited time zero interest promo deal right now, and they have a pretty good selection! im personally eyeing the make noise black & gold shared system myself, but havent decided if i want to fill out my other rack first yet....choices, choices!
yeskeys
I don't have a dog in this fight, but... Sweetwater generally gives double the manufacturer warranty, this helped me once with a Korg M3.
technicoloraudio
I really want to support the little guy until they charge me for shipping. Can't be selling shit on the interwebs and charging for shipping, that shit just don't fly these days.
DSC
I have been screwed by sweetwater at least three times. I had enough. I suggest contacting Brad at PerfectCircuitAudio.com. He has really hooked me up with better deals than you will get with sweetwater!
mskala
technicoloraudio wrote:
I really want to support the little guy until they charge me for shipping. Can't be selling shit on the interwebs and charging for shipping, that shit just don't fly these days.


You're free to make your buying decisions on whatever criteria you want, but this seems completely random to me. Shipping costs the mail-order business money to provide. Why would you object to paying for that in particular, if you're willing to pay for goods and services at all? Do you also object to buying hamburgers from fast food places that charge for fries?

Don't imagine that you're avoiding paying for the cost of shipping by dealing with a business that doesn't list it as a separate charge... they will be making up the difference by charging you more on the base price of the goods, or by cutting corners in less visible ways.
esoteric23
mskala wrote:
... they will be making up the difference by charging you more on the base price of the goods, or by cutting corners in less visible ways.


Or making it up in volume.
Maxx mayhem
vedicspaceprogram wrote:
I would buy a Moog System 55.


I think they are sold out on that one...
ngarjuna
They seem to carry the Studio Electronics modules too. I don't have any but they get good reviews, seems worthy of consideration with the new modules they showed at NAMM.
r05c03
I love that I can Tip-Top, Pitts, and Studio Electronic (and Moog, if they start putting out expansion modules) from Sweetwater. I buy one thing at a time and pay it off over a series of months on their credit card. If I was going to get something today, I would probably pick something up from Studio Electronics.
dumbledog
Thank you for not considering one of the Roland digital modules. Brad just called to let me know that mine is shipping today. Thank you, Brad.
mskala
esoteric23 wrote:
mskala wrote:
... they will be making up the difference by charging you more on the base price of the goods, or by cutting corners in less visible ways.


Or making it up in volume.


Volume reduces the cost, but never to zero.
JosefK
Analogue Haven is top notch and Shawn is the man! Will always buy from the when I buy modules which is actually never since I'm hitting used market hard
Crandall1
Fuck Sweatwater. Seriously.

Support your local dealer. Analogue Haven, Control, Control Voltage, Foxtone, Detroit Modular, Switched On, Robotspeak, Muff's, I/O Music Tech, Synth City, etc. etc. etc.

The list goes on and on. These guys actively work to improve our community and help the manufacturers (i.e. us) make better products for you. Sweatwater does _none_ of that shit. They're just in this game because they see a quick buck to be made.
joem
Crandall1 wrote:
Fuck Sweatwater. Seriously.

Support your local dealer. Analogue Haven, Control, Control Voltage, Foxtone, Detroit Modular, Switched On, Robotspeak, Muff's, I/O Music Tech, Synth City, etc. etc. etc.

The list goes on and on. These guys actively work to improve our community and help the manufacturers (i.e. us) make better products for you. Sweatwater does _none_ of that shit. They're just in this game because they see a quick buck to be made.


I don't personally have any problem with Sweetwater (Musician's Friend is another story, though...), but echoing this, it's always better to buy from a shop that specializes in what you're buying because of exactly this: specialists are part of the community and actively improve the community. And even better, when possible, buy directly from the manufacturer, then the manufacturer gets more money. Even better still, buy directly from the manufacturer in person, then you can look directly into their eyes, and in turn, their souls. love
dumbledog
joem wrote:
And even better, when possible, buy directly from the manufacturer, then the manufacturer gets more money.


I did just earlier this week. That was great!

The very next day their site was hacked and while an announcemet hasn't been made yet I suspect some of my personal info was stolen because they were damn near rolling their own checkout system (bolted on top of PayPal at least). Welp.
Astronaut FX
Crandall1 wrote:
Fuck Sweatwater. Seriously.

Support your local dealer. Analogue Haven, Control, Control Voltage, Foxtone, Detroit Modular, Switched On, Robotspeak, Muff's, I/O Music Tech, Synth City, etc. etc. etc.

The list goes on and on. These guys actively work to improve our community and help the manufacturers (i.e. us) make better products for you. Sweatwater does _none_ of that shit. They're just in this game because they see a quick buck to be made.


To each their own, but to address some of your points from another perspective.

Actually, when looking at your list of alternatives, geographically, Sweetwater is more local to me. To do business with anyone you suggested, I'd have to do so through mail order. And I do because in many cases, they carry some items that I want, but Sweetwater doesn't carry.

Sweetwater does have retail store at their facility, and it's only a few hours drive from me. And I'd say they do quite a bit for manufacturers and customers. Each year they host a NAMM-like event (GearFest) that is open to the public, where you can come and demo gear and interact directly with manufacturers representatives.

They host recording workshops, amp building workshops, music camps for kids, etc. None of which Guitar Center or Musicians' Friend do. I wouldn't put Sweetwater in the same category with them at all.

You certainly don't have to do business with Sweetwater, but I think you may be making some incorrect and uninformed conclusions and observations about them.
booger
I've bought modules from Detroit Modular and they had great communication and fast delivery. I'd continue giving them my patronage until either of those changes. thumbs up

I do buy most of my non-modular stuff from Sweetwater, though. I recently have had an issue with my Sub 37. It's been more than a year since purchase so Moog wouldn't touch it. However, Sweetwater offered a 2-year warranty so I was able to send it back to them for repair. It's a big company but they've always treated me well (so I'm not going to complain).
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