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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #180 on: April 20, 2017, 09:27:59 AM »
That is a gorgeous looking box of tricks you have there, Julio.  8)

I sense that eurorack is becoming more and more digital.
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« Reply #181 on: April 21, 2017, 09:49:58 AM »

The Bitbox is a 24bit 48k stereo sampler for eurorack.

Damn, I was waiting for the Rossum sampler module but this may be better for live use. I'll be checking this one out soon.
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« Reply #182 on: April 22, 2017, 05:46:44 AM »
That is a gorgeous looking box of tricks you have there, Julio.  8)

I sense that eurorack is becoming more and more digital.

Hi Anthony.....It is becoming more digital. My system is about 50 /50 analog and digital.  The most exciting modules do seem to be coming from the digital side, oscillators, processors and Fx. An analog oscillator will be just that and much needed but a digital oscillator does not have to operated by analogs guidelines that still have not really changed over the years both in design and circuitry.  Perhaps electricity has its limits.

Even though my system is half of its former size it is still very capable and with the addition of the Bitbox sampler now has actually more potential than when it was a larger system.  :) 8)

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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #183 on: April 22, 2017, 05:58:16 AM »

The Bitbox is a 24bit 48k stereo sampler for eurorack.

Damn, I was waiting for the Rossum sampler module but this may be better for live use. I'll be checking this one out soon.

Dave Rossum showed his sample at Superbooth in Berlin.  Seems it maybe more powerful for sound manipulation.  Loren I do think for live performance the Bitbox maybe it.  Im using the Bitbox more like a Daw but it would be so straight forward to record parts of a set prior to a performance and trigger those sounds live as well as the unit has 12 presets available so that actually is 12 x16=192 possible sounds depending on micro sd memory.

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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #184 on: April 22, 2017, 06:47:14 AM »
A few interesting modules from Superbooth 2017 in Berlin

4MS 6 Oscillator Wavetable Module






Audio Damage recreation of their Eos Reverb plugin into eurorack



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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #185 on: April 22, 2017, 07:27:51 AM »
Yes, I read about the Audio Damage Eos Reverb -- 
a $45 reverb plugin (a nice one too), becomes a $500 eurorack module !!!   :o

Compare that to Behringer coming out with a complete 3 osc Model D synth clone in eurorack format for around $400.
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« Reply #186 on: April 22, 2017, 08:46:43 PM »
Yes, I read about the Audio Damage Eos Reverb -- 
a $45 reverb plugin (a nice one too), becomes a $500 eurorack module !!!   :o

Compare that to Behringer coming out with a complete 3 osc Model D synth clone in eurorack format for around $400.

Yeah things do get more expensive once you put on a nice suit and tie....Sean Costello of Valhalla DSP is the coder for the Eos soft verb for Audio Damage. Not sure if there was any new coding for the eurorack module.  Halls of Valhalla dsp card for the $500 Tiptop audio Z-DSP FX module was $75 and Shimmer was $75. I have had them. 

Generally Im not that fond of reverb within the eurorack format....but this seems a lot more focused.

As to the Behringer Model D....from what I have seen it sounds very good but a Moog model D....No. Better to have the Moog Mother 32. I sense this is Berhringer trying to prove some sort of point.

Hopefully this might spark Moog to enter the eurorack market and do it right.

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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #187 on: April 23, 2017, 08:57:16 PM »
APK posted in the "currently listening" r Beny's, Full Blossom of the Evening...a mostly eurorack modular recording so I thought id post some of his modular video performances here.







There are quite a few more videos that you can track through youtube.
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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #188 on: April 24, 2017, 06:43:06 AM »
Yes, he has some fine youtube videos.
Also videos on the Electribe 2 ... solo, and with other instruments. As in third one above.
It's his work that made me pick one up.
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« Reply #189 on: April 26, 2017, 09:35:21 PM »
Damn, I was waiting for the Rossum sampler module but this may be better for live use. I'll be checking this one out soon.

Dave Rossum showed his sample at Superbooth in Berlin.  Seems it maybe more powerful for sound manipulation.  Loren I do think for live performance the Bitbox maybe it.  Im using the Bitbox more like a Daw but it would be so straight forward to record parts of a set prior to a performance and trigger those sounds live as well as the unit has 12 presets available so that actually is 12 x16=192 possible sounds depending on micro sd memory.

Good to know, that was what I was thinking about using if for. Right now I use Mainstage on my laptop for that, it works pretty well. I actually just bought a newer but used (mid 2012 model, the last with firewire) Macbook Pro to use Mainstage 3 for my upcoming performance on June 3rd. I guess if I do some sort of modular only show I could get a bitbox and use that instead, not sure if that would be considered cheating though.  ;D
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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #190 on: April 27, 2017, 06:17:27 AM »
Yes, modular used to be totally hands on 100% analog tweaking. No presets, no cheating   :D
Now it appears that everything that digital can offer is being ported over to it, and you see more SD cards hanging out of the modules. :o
It had to happen I guess.
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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #191 on: May 17, 2017, 11:14:46 AM »
I did pick up the little Make Noise 0-coast recently.
Certainly fun to play with. Flexible architecture.

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« Reply #192 on: May 18, 2017, 11:48:17 AM »
Nice! I'm thinking about a 0-Coast myself, cause I like small these days. Ants seems like a good partner for it, so I'm pondering this one too.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/planktonelectronics/ants-analog-modular-synthesizer

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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #193 on: May 18, 2017, 12:26:15 PM »
Yep, Ants looks interesting. Was not so keen on the sound in the demo vids though.

I do like the Pittsburg Lifeforms SV-1 :

http://pittsburghmodular.com/lifeforms-sv-1

But its the wrong color to sit with the 0-coast!   :(
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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #194 on: May 19, 2017, 11:59:37 AM »
I agree that the sound in the Ants demo did not encourage me
and I agree that the Lifeforms SV-1 while sounding better in their demo,
does not match the 0-Coast colouring, while the Ants even have the same knob style.
It's interesting how the visual appeal is important to us as artists too.

I can see the Ants as 4 LFOs, 2 ARs and sundry modules for an 0_Coast, that also can make sound on its own, as a bonus.  ;)

I can also image it as all of the above plus more Oscs for my MicroBrute - so it's still tempting.