Timeline History of Eurorack?

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Timeline History of Eurorack?

Post by bouzoukijoe1 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:07 pm

anyone interested in helping gather dates about eurorack designers and assembling a timeline of their first modules ever made -- and if defunct, their last modules? I figure maybe we can start with a text-only version of the timeline, then eventually design a giant visual timeline that is freely downloadable in vector format for anyone to have. it might be a good historical reference for everyone.

if anyone has knowledge of the FIRST modules released by each company, just chime in on this thread and I can collate. info can also contain major milestones like the release of specific chips, opening of stores like Analogue Haven, etc. BUT mainly it would be focused on when each eurorack company released their first eurorack module. or in the case of Doepfer, their first system.

here's a list of all companies, courtesy of eurorackdb.com. the only one I know is Doepfer (1995), but I don't even know the month.

last update Oct 21, 2012:


4ms Pedals
Abstract Data
acidlab
ADDAC System
Alyseum
AMSynths
Analog Bytes
Analogue Solutions
Analogue Systems - June 1998 (?) - RS Integrator
AtomoSynth
Bananalogue
Blue Lantern Modules
brownshoesonly
bubblesound instruments - Dec 2008 - SEM20 VSF
CESYG - May 30 2012 (released) - DuaLFO
Circuit Abbey - 25 Oct 2010 - Gravity Well
Cwejman Synthesizers - April 2006 - VM-1
Cylonix - Dec 2010 - Cyclebox
Cyndustries
Dave Jones Design - Dec 2010 - MVIP
Delptronics
Dewanatron
DinSync.info - Dec 2010 - OSC303
Division 6
Doepfer - March 1995 - A-100
Elby Designs
Electronic Music Works
Encore Electronics
Endorphin.es
Erthenvar
Flame
Flight of Harmony
Fonitronik - April 2010 - mh01 Attenuverting Mixer
Frequency Central - October 2012 - System X Filter
Future Sound Systems
Grove Audio
hexinverter.net Electronics - September 2011 - sympleSEQ ?
Hinton Instruments - August 2009 - Switchmix
Innerclock Systems
Intellijel - Jan 2010 - Mind Meld ?
Kilpatrick Audio - May 2010 - K4815 Pattern Generator
KissBox
Livewire Electronics - Aug 2005 - Frequensteiner
Low-Gain Electronics
LZX Industries - January 2010 (announced) / May 2010 (available) - various modules ?
Macbeth Studio Systems
Mad Rooster Lab
Magnaval.B
Make Noise - March 2008 - ModDemod ?
Malekko Heavy Industry
Manhattan Analog - 27 Jun 2011 (announced) / October 2011 (released) - Mix
Metasonix - Jan 2009 - R-52/R-53 ?
MFB
Modcan - Sept 2011 - Touch Sequencer
Oakley Sound Systems
Pittsburgh Modular - June 2010 - VILFO?
Plan B - 10 Feb 2005 - Model 15 VCO
ProModular
Psycho Labs - September 2012 - QuadComparator, LogicOgic
Pulp Logic
Rebel Technology - 20 June 2012 - Stoicheia
Schippmann - June 2012 - CS-8 VCF
Snazzy FX - Sept 2011 - Dreamboat
soundmachines
Steady State Fate - September 2012 - Quantum Rainbow
stg soundlabs
Subconscious Communications
Synovatron - 20 April 2011 - CV Tools Kit
Synthesis Technology - Nov 2009 - E340/E350 ?
Synthetic Sound Labs - Jan 2012 - 2260 Modulation Orgy
Synthwerks - Dec 2009 - FSR-1, FSR-4, MG-1, PC5V
The Harvestman - June 2007 (completed October 2006) - Model 2012 "malgorithm"
Tiptop Audio - April 2008 - Z5000 multi-effects processor
Toppobrillo - June/July 2009 ? - Triple Wavefolder
Trogotronic - July 2011 - M-Series 666 Analog Synth/Filter/FX
VBrazil Systems
Vermona
Voxglitch - April 2004 - CV Pattern Generator
WMD - August 2009 - Geiger Counter
XAOC Device - Oct 2012 - Moskwa, Warna, Bytom
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Post by BrotherTheo » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:12 pm

Circuit Abbey 1st module: Gravity Well
Release date: 10/25/10

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Post by bouzoukijoe1 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:42 pm

thanks! I just added yours, Dave Jones, Manhattan, Pittsburgh, Rebel Tech, Synth Tech, The Harvestman, Trogotronic.

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Post by polyroy » Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:58 pm

The first Plan B module was the M15. I forget the year though.

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Post by bouzoukijoe1 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:05 pm

cool thanks! I just did a search for the Model 15 and this page says 2/10/2005. I hope that's correct. :)

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Post by synthomaniac » Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:10 pm

Synovatron's first shipping dates are CV Tools Kit 20th April 2011, CV Tools Module 17th May 2011 and CVGT1 Module 24th August 2012.
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Post by phono1337 » Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:05 am

dinsync.info
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Post by Tomek Mirt » Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:39 am

xaoc:
first modules: Moskwa, Warna, Bytom (oct 2012) :sb:

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Post by fonik » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:21 am

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Post by bouzoukijoe1 » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:23 am

dinsync.info + xaoc + fonitronik added, thank you.

man, some of these first modules are hard to find on Google. some even predate Muff's euro section I think. very interesting to dig up old old threads here though. good reading.

update - wow, was the ModDemod the first Make Noise module ever (March 2008)? also, here's an old interview from 2009 when there was only the ModDemod, QMMG, Format Jumbler, WoggleBug.

update - just discovered the Z5000

update - found E340 prototype thread and E350 panel preview

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Post by bouzoukijoe1 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:30 am

here's the update so far -- 25 companies and counting

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*apologies in advance for any errors

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Post by ndkent » Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:53 am

I guess the tricky part is when they actually had modules vs claimed they had a module or had one in prototype. For instance Plan B was shaking up orders well before the public got them. I remember even at the start there was a cry of "where's my module"

Anyway ASystems and ASolutions were the only other players before Plan B.

One definitely can't underplay the enabling factor Analogue Haven played.

Anyway I'd suggest the Analogue Heaven archive and later Marrixsynth for debut info prior to this board. But again be wary that lots of builders trot out prototypes long before they ship.

I'm curious to how close Synton came to being Euro. When I saw some I couldn't peek inside.

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Post by spacenoodle » Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:02 am

Modcan started shipping the euro version of the Touch Sequencer Sept 2011.

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Post by Robba » Sat Sep 29, 2012 12:55 pm

How about Malekko? Don't know when he started though.

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Post by bouzoukijoe1 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:04 pm

ndkent wrote:I guess the tricky part is when they actually had modules vs claimed they had a module or had one in prototype. For instance Plan B was shaking up orders well before the public got them. I remember even at the start there was a cry of "where's my module"

Anyway ASystems and ASolutions were the only other players before Plan B.

One definitely can't underplay the enabling factor Analogue Haven played.

Anyway I'd suggest the Analogue Heaven archive and later Marrixsynth for debut info prior to this board. But again be wary that lots of builders trot out prototypes long before they ship.

I'm curious to how close Synton came to being Euro. When I saw some I couldn't peek inside.
thanks for the lead. as much as possible, I have tried to find actual thread posts, blog posts, or official statements on company websites mentioning that the modules were available for sale. for example, I think it was Synthwerks and Synth Tech who already had very active threads about their modules here on Muff's way before the modules were available to buy. eventually it would be nice to add footnotes and references for all of these.

but it's not a huge deal for now, I think the main goal here is just to show the bigger point which is that it was a slow and recent development. but also to visually illustrate to people who are new to eurorack how fast a rate it has been developing. everyone always mentions it, but nobody really discusses the actual dates of when the companies started. for example, it was a surprise to me how early Livewire and Harvestman modules were actually in existence. it was also very enlightening to learn what kind of module each company started with. also interesting to see that Intellijel appeared later than I thought they had, but how absolutely prolific they are in the time they have been around.

I need to add more!

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Re: Timeline History of Eurorack?

Post by ccc » Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:40 pm

bouzoukijoe1 wrote: Cwejman Synthesizers
The Eurorack modular stuff first is announced in Autumn 2005 and appears for preorder in April 2006:

First module: VM-1.

References:
Harmony Central
http://acapella.harmony-central.com/sho ... lar-photos
04-08-2006 03:43 PM by 13ghostsofscoobydoo
Cwejman Modular (photos)
From www.analoghaven.com. Looks like they're taking preorders. Apologies if this has been posted before...
SoundOnSound Dec 2006
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/dec06/a ... manvm1.htm
" in the autumn of 2005, he uploaded PDFs describing eight forthcoming modules for a proposed modular synthesizer"
Edit: Actually available for preorder in April 2006, I was confused by the American dates.
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Post by fonik » Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:17 pm

ndkent wrote:One definitely can't underplay the enabling factor Analogue Haven played.
actually it has been shawn, who talked me into this...
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Post by JRock » Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:55 pm

Please include Psycho Labs to the List!
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Post by fireclown » Sat Sep 29, 2012 5:16 pm

ndkent wrote:I guess the tricky part is when they actually had modules vs claimed they had a module or had one in prototype. For instance Plan B was shaking up orders well before the public got them. I remember even at the start there was a cry of "where's my module"

Anyway ASystems and ASolutions were the only other players before Plan B.

One definitely can't underplay the enabling factor Analogue Haven played.

Anyway I'd suggest the Analogue Heaven archive and later Marrixsynth for debut info prior to this board. But again be wary that lots of builders trot out prototypes long before they ship.

I'm curious to how close Synton came to being Euro. When I saw some I couldn't peek inside.
Sure looks euro. Id give Simmons and Synton a close look when determining historical roots. Has Dieter been grilled about his influences?
I see where Roland 100m's and Synton may have been more important there than all the American manufacturers put together.
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Re: Timeline History of Eurorack?

Post by bouzoukijoe1 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 7:08 pm

ccc wrote:
bouzoukijoe1 wrote: Cwejman Synthesizers
The Eurorack modular stuff first is announced in Autumn 2005 and appears for sale in August 2006:

First module: VM-1.

References:
Harmony Central
http://acapella.harmony-central.com/sho ... lar-photos
04-08-2006 03:43 PM by 13ghostsofscoobydoo
Cwejman Modular (photos)
From www.analoghaven.com. Looks like they're taking preorders. Apologies if this has been posted before...
SoundOnSound Dec 2006
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/dec06/a ... manvm1.htm
" in the autumn of 2005, he uploaded PDFs describing eight forthcoming modules for a proposed modular synthesizer"
thank you! great find.

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Post by governor blacksnake » Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:02 am

Bananalogue and Voxglitch were producing modules before I did. The Malgorithm was completed in October 2006 and was available in small handbuilt quantities after that (FPE panels), but the first commercial production started in June 2007.

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Post by hexinverter » Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:33 am

I started selling hexinverter.net kits/DIY stuff and modules around September, 2011, if you feel like adding me to your nice list

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Post by bouzoukijoe1 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:49 am

hexinverter wrote:I started selling hexinverter.net kits/DIY stuff and modules around September, 2011, if you feel like adding me to your nice list

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thank you, I assume your first was the simpleSEQ?

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