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Lunchboxes, microsystems, examples and ideas
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Buttons ARE toys
Following up on some posts from the Eurorack Pictures thread, this is a topic for sharing examples of, and ideas for, small modular systems, the goals and concepts behind them, and the sounds you've made with them.

This is what I've got racked up in my 7u 42hp case at the moment. A tape delay/looper emulation.



The concept behind the system and the patch here is a 3 head tape delay. That's not entirely accurate to how it functions obviously, but it was the inspiration behind the setup. It's a hands-on performance rack that I'm mainly using to create sample-fodder for other songs, rather than produce standalone tracks with.

The Reflex Liveloop acts as the tape. Since it resamples when you change the delay or loop time, it reproduces the pitch shifting effects of tape quite nicely. So I can use it to set a loop length and speed. I'm using LFOs from Batumi to simulate tape warble and Disting's triangle-to-sine-shaper to simulate that tape compression/distortion, as well as the Steiner-Parker's low pass and the second channel of Tallin.

After the signal gets tapeified, it gets sent to the D0 which acts sort of like two additional playback heads. Since the D0 doesn't resample, changing the delay time sounds more like what you would get from sliding a tape head to a new position than changing tape speed. Of course it's just an additional delay of the signal already delayed by the RLL, but the end result sounds basically the same as multiple heads placed along a single tape.

The matrix mixer takes up a lot of hp but it's absolutely worth the space. It makes signal flow decisions a breeze and it's great for performance. I really like it for choosing a nice stereo mix of all the different inputs, too.

The Hikari mixer/attenuator is mainly there for Batumi.

If you're curious to hear some things, I'll be keeping a Soundcloud playlist of clips I like from this system as I work with it.

[s]https://soundcloud.com/smbols/sets/the-second-third-dimension[/s]
cptnal
Brilliant! applause

I'd worked out how to do the moveable tape head thing with the delays (came to me in the shower - go figure) but the rest would have taken me forever.

The sample track made me smile. An elegant patch. I reckon I'm going to have lots of fun approximating it. thumbs up
Demi Jon
There's a couple of big threads in the Euro section about this:

Eurorack Lunchbox

Smallest Systems

I used this case with my band for a couple of years around 2012. Great little monosynth with 3x VCOs, 2x VCAs, a mixer, a filter, multiple mults, 4x attenuators, delay, a headphone/line out, a ribbon controller and even a lamp! all in 84HP 4U. Sometimes miss this creativity I could get from this restricted setup, though I can get many more complex timbres and expressions these days with my current 9U

cptnal
In this case the thread is about the patch rather than the format. By request from yours truly. Mr. Green

Here's a first attempt using a pair of Distings and Morphage. I'm thinking WIBBI the two heads could play different parts of the loop... hmmm.....

[s]http://soundcloud.com/cptnal/dual-tape-head-loop-1[/s]
Buttons ARE toys
cptnal wrote:
I'm thinking WIBBI the two heads could play different parts of the loop... hmmm.....


Yeah, that's what I mean by the two extra play-heads being more of a concept than how the patch is actually working. It's a similar effect but really just serial delays.

I wonder how different the patch would sound differently if you patched it in reverse, hitting the two distings first and then the Morphagene. That way at least the separate delay signals are getting mixed in at different points in time while the Morphagene is being modulation, so they'll each have slight differences in their loops.
cptnal
I'm finding the Morphagene always wants to steal the show. very frustrating

Which is fine, I guess. Like much of this kind of stuff results depend in large part on the quality of your inputs, and I've been a bit scattergun in my choice of loops.

However it has encouraged me in this weekend's project of treating my Distings like each half of a DLD. That's been much more successful. thumbs up

Meditate on this patch some more I shall... Om
EATyourGUITAR
I want to play the game!

Buttons ARE toys
Nice little system. I've always been curious about the Sub Ring--how do you tend to use it in this setup?
EATyourGUITAR
Buttons ARE toys wrote:
Nice little system. I've always been curious about the Sub Ring--how do you tend to use it in this setup?


this is a proposed system. I buy and sell modules a lot. sometimes I DIY and sell them off when I need money. going forward I will probably be doing less DIY and more buying dense modules to fit in a small travel 6U.

the subring has a DC mixer, offset, white noise, ring mod, clock divider, sub oscillator. I don't think I would want a DC mixer that only does DC mixer. this gives more flexibility and more density. it also has less patch cable to do the same thing. you can mix in some noise by turning a knob. mix in ring mod, mix in the sub oscillator. easy, quick, dense.
SpecimanX
Really cool to see small systems. I thought, go big or go home... but I may even get a second system for digital stuff :-)
Buttons ARE toys
SpecimanX wrote:
Really cool to see small systems. I thought, go big or go home... but I may even get a second system for digital stuff :-)


What I like about having a small system is that you can really focus on getting the most out of a small handful of functions, and it can put me into a more creative headspace than if I'm sitting in front of my full system where most things I need are just a slightly longer patch cable away. It feels more like working with a stand-alone instrument than a toy box of endless options, so I spend less time thinking of what to do and more time doing it.
sduck
cptnal wrote:
In this case the thread is about the patch rather than the format. By request from yours truly.


Unless this thread gets some non-euro examples, I'll move it over to euro soon.
pekbro


These are twin 6Ux60hp cases. The original idea was to use them as satellite
cases along side a main larger hp case. Basically, one would serve as the main
input for the system, the other for mixing and output. That hasn't changed,
aside from the fact that I really like this format and may decide to go with
more of them as opposed to using a central main case. They are super deep
@ 120 mm internal depth and stack very nicely, made from Oak for weight
and hardness.

Of course they facilitate specialized grouping and PSU isolation as well. I am
liking the idea of using even smaller cases for satellites to these, maybe some
nice 42hp versions thumbs up
notmiserlouagain
sduck wrote:

Unless this thread gets some non-euro examples,...


I´d love to see some of those they must be out there.
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