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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #180 on: December 15, 2016, 10:01:24 AM »


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« Reply #181 on: December 15, 2016, 04:47:37 PM »
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« Reply #182 on: December 15, 2016, 05:07:42 PM »
Which reminds me that I'd love on of these Music Easels:


  I'm really enjoying mine. At first I got sort of frustrated with it as there is a learning curve like most synths. I found myself trying to force my will upon it and not accomplishing much. Recently I've been letting it take me where it wants and experimenting from there. I've been copying patches from others and using them as starting points and getting better results. Lots of fun.

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« Reply #183 on: December 15, 2016, 05:32:25 PM »
Harry....you have an Easel!  You been holding out on us? ;)

I have been listening, watching, reading, you name it.  Prices is daunting and availability a bit sketchy however to experience a Buchla without a second mortgage, this seems to be the way.  From my understanding its so much more than just a patchable monophonic synth.....you enter the mind of its creator. 
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« Reply #184 on: December 15, 2016, 06:37:07 PM »
Harry !!!   we are coming over to play with it ... right now ! 8)
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« Reply #185 on: December 15, 2016, 10:22:17 PM »
Okay, but bring beer and pizza.  ;D
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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #186 on: April 15, 2017, 06:09:23 AM »
This thread has been asleep a while.....time to wake up.



The Bitbox is a 24bit 48k stereo sampler for eurorack. You can record 16 track / loops from your modular and then have them triggered as you please, by contact on the touch sensitive screen or by cv triggers and gates. 16 independent sonic events.  Also as a sample playback of externally recorded material to be processed by the modular.

Its like having a DAW within your modular system.  It can also export via the micro sd card into Ableton Live and open as a ready to go session.

For live performance its potential is huge. 

I have had the Bitbox for a short time but I am very excited to be able to extend a modular patch into many sonic events simultaneously. Create a massive piece of music without having to commit anything to disk until performance ready.



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« Reply #187 on: April 15, 2017, 06:37:30 AM »
So interesting modules coming soon or currently available....



The original MT module is some 7 years old and this new design is available this coming September, possibly the king of wavetables with many created by Robert Rich.  Not sure if the screen has functions beyond eye candy.  Can import your own wavetables.




Remember the E-MU Morpheus Z Plane Synth.....the famous filter inside that is now reborn in eurorack format!

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« Reply #188 on: April 15, 2017, 06:59:44 AM »
And while Im at it, here's my eurorack system now......consolidated to about half of its former size.

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« Reply #189 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 #190 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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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #191 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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« Reply #192 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 #193 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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« Reply #194 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 #195 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 #196 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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« Reply #197 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 #198 on: Yesterday at 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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