I have been asked recently what I thought a good DIY starter project might be for eurorack. There are two that come to mind that I have completed recently. First is the BMC45 router from Barton. This is a fun straight forward build. Most of Barton’s eurorack DIY kits are very well thought through and as a plus are very affordable. I added four custom mute buttons to this one as I thought that made a nice addition to live performance. The link to that kit is here:
The next one is a Business Card sized Sequencer from Div 6. Here I took two of them and stacked them into a eurorack module. Realize when you buy the kit it is just ONE sequencer. I bought two for this custom build. This kit was very easy to build and dare I say the most ‘inexpensive sequencer you will find!’ Realize the custom euro panel I made for this was a very difficult task. There are 122 holes in this panel and was very challenging to make. More info can be found here on the DIY PCB kit:
Why is it every time I watch that movie I can’t seem to get it out of my head for days? That background atmosphere just seems to bounce around in my skull as if I was in a constant trance. Seemed the only way to get it out of my head was to give it a go with some eurorack modules.
Mi Elements run through a Grendel Formant filter modulated by bubblesound uLFO. E350 Morphing Terrarium run through Korg MKP2s set on tape Echo. Speak & Read run through a ZDSP with Halls of Valhalla cart. The over all pumping sound is a MI Braids with a AD Sequencer 1 controlling pitch. The Sequencer 1 also controls pitch of e350 and the Elements.
Continuing in the same thread of combining eurorack modules together, here are a couple more examples. First is the QCDG8. I took a 4MS QCD and expander and smashed a Circuit Abbey G8 right in between. I also added much needed bufferred mults to the outputs of the QCD and expander. This has a nice flow with all of the jacks down the middle of the panel.
Next is the UTILITA. Where do all of those clock outputs from the above QCDG8 go? This modules combines a Doepfer A-150, a Blue Lantern CMOS Party, 3 NE Sinclastic Empulatrix and a MI Branches. By combining them into one panel I can ‘normal’ some of the inputs making it much easier and quicker to patch. I also solidify my workflow. Remember ‘Familiarity’ breeds content. The more you get used to something the more it will seem like second nature.
And last but not least is the COMPRESSWITCH. Here I take two Compressors from WMD and a Pittsburgh Switch and make them into one bad ass switchable compressor. This gets used in every patch I make.
As you gain experience with your modular synthesizer, you will start to see you will regularly patch your modules the same way most of the time. Once you establish the workflow you use most often, it makes sense to combine modules together into ‘SUPER’ modules if you will. You will obviously have your own ideas what you would make into a SUPER module, but that is the point. You are starting to think of your modular as your custom instrument and less like test equipment. Don’t be afraid of learning about what is behind the panel. It can be just as much fun as what is in front of the panel!
I mentioned the TRISPECTRUM in the last video I published below. The start of that voyage was getting and using just one Spectrum OSC from WMD & SSF. Once I had a chance to really put that OSC thru its paces, I have to admit I really fell in love with it. Those guys nailed it as far as I was concerned. The more I used it, I thought, “this would be even better if I could stack three of them together”. Having the ability to sync all three and individually pull each one in and out of sync would be cool. Waveform switching like on the Mini Moog and mutes and attenuators made sense from a performance aspect as well.
The Ideas came hard and fast. Before you knew it I had my first prototype. Pictured here.
Then it started to get a little crazy. I thought, how about CV control over octaves? Why not have some nice Vactrol VCA’s and have plenty of mults pre and post those Vactrol VCA’s? I spent a little time with Bill from WMD and I was on my way. Pic of the back.
Please excuse the usual Gameboy parts all over. I was also finishing up the last of the Synthboy+ while working on this too 🙂 Pic of the final so far.
Overall I am very pleased how this came out. I am realizing how much more performance power you can gain by just combining several modules together. Even if it is just normaling the obvious jacks together, like 1 V/Oct and Pulse width. That just saves me extra cables and a mult and time to do this otherwise. Once you start gaining experience using your eurorack modules you should start to see how they could be even better configured to your individual liking. If you want more info check out the link below. I will post more info if I make more updates. Never rest!
SKIP TO 3:15 if you want to hear AUDIO DEMO!
Excited to finally release this full featured packed instrument. We added a voltage clock out for LSDJ. This completes the voltage capabilities. You can now trigger your modular synthesizer with LSDJ and use your modular synthesizer to trigger sounds with mGB. The Gameboy Color is also added to this release! Super stable and super reliable! CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
I am looking to release these on July 2nd. If you are on the early bird list, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL!
I hit a small delay with a few ‘out of stock’ components which has pushed me to delay for a month until I get them in. More info very soon.
In process now, hope to have ready by the end of next month. This small run will have one new feature and one big bonus. If you are interested in getting on the list, let me know as this will be a small run. More info soon.
I recently looked back over last year and realized I found the 1U format even more valuable as time went on. I did so not just by acquiring 1U tiles from Erthenvar and Pulplogic, but also by creating some of my own and modding others. From the first drum machine in 1U to the first Oscilliscope in 1U, I found ways to maximize this small format. I am excited to move forward with promoting and inventing in this format!
This is one of the best Sequencers in euro today. I really love the repeats and ratchets, but I sometimes screw up the timing when pressing the buttons manually to activate them. I decided to add the feature to the hardware and also give it a new look in black face. Almost looks a little Elektron like don’t you think? If you are interested in finding out more info on this sequencer, please check out the manufacturer’s product page here: http://www.audiodamage.com/hardware/product.php?pid=ADM06
Seems more cards are getting released these days so I thought since they seem to be all black and I am seeing more demand for black panels that it would only make sense to make a dedicated black panel with a double card holder. I have the kits available now.
More info here: http://www.ninstrument.com/?page_id=1626
Also updated quantities on the regular card holders. These are slightly redesigned with a bigger opening for easier access. 2HP holds 5 cards. 4HP holds 10.
THIS WILL BE THE LAST RUN, so get em’ while there still here.
I will not be making anymore.