How well do different modular types play together?

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How well do different modular types play together?

Post by jonkull » Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:15 pm

So I put together my first modular this month. It's a small 6U Eurorack format system with some Livewire, Doepfer and Plan B modules. I'm planning on putting together another rack over the next few months (mostly CV modules to control the system I already have). My original thought was to do another Eurorack setup. Then it occurred to me...why restrict myself to only Eurorack?

So before I start looking at other systems and manufacturers...is there anything that won't (for any reason) work alongside Eurorack or are they all pretty much compatible with each other?

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Post by Cybananna » Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:56 pm

They're all pretty much compatible. Of course, powered from the proper power supply. You can get into minor annoyances such as mixing 1/8, 1/4, banana jacks etc. though.

Also, Blacet VCA's don't like to open for Doepfer envelopes. There's a few thing that don't work out so well, but just a few.

I share Euro, Frac, Metasonix, and Moog (new Moog not vintage) modular stuff. It works out fine with only a few minor annoyances from time to time.

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Post by jonkull » Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:17 am

Well that's good to know. Now I just need to start researching what kinds of modules are available in each format and decide on where to start.

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Post by elemental » Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:28 am

Cybananna wrote:.

Also, Blacet VCA's don't like to open for Doepfer envelopes.
Indeed. My poor Blacet Quad VCA is pretty much just a mixer most of the time because of this.

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Post by doctorvague » Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:52 am

elemental wrote:
Cybananna wrote:.

Also, Blacet VCA's don't like to open for Doepfer envelopes.
Indeed. My poor Blacet Quad VCA is pretty much just a mixer most of the time because of this.
Same here. There's a mod you can do that will change it from 10V to 5V sensitivity (p5 of the 2200 manual). It helps, but still doesn't totally solve the mismatch, though, as I believe the basic problem is the exponential vs linear response of the Quad VCA. To bad it isn't switchable to linear. I see that one is 'sold out' on Blacet's page- so maybe he's redesigning?
OTOH his single space 2410 VCA is linear.

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Post by haricots » Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:58 am

I just ran into a similar issue with my Blacet VCA's and a MOTM EG. Up until a few days ago I've been using the MOTM EG with my Blacet dual VCA which is linear. This works fine. I picked up a Blacet QuadMix which is exponential and it will not open up at all with the MOTM EG.

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Post by Kwote » Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:35 pm

blacet is indeed redesigning. there'll be a new VCA design in 2009 with expo/lin capabilities. i think there might've also been mention of a 10v/5v switch.
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