Can we talk about modular synths?



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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby oscillateur » Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:37 am

behndy wrote:so..... any 3u skiffs that have wood cheeks out there?


Pittsburgh Cell90, but I'm not sure they're for sale anymore and the power system/sliding nuts are a bit of a pain in the ass, at least with the early versions.
They do look nice and are quite sturdy though (and the power switch on the back is nice).
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby behndy » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:09 am

hurm. yeah. those are hard to track down.

was looking at Erica Synths's. it looks niiiice. but pretty expensive. although they sell a lid for it so it's portable and can be patched and moved.

anyone tried to make wood ends for a Make Noise skiff?
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Invisible Man » Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:53 am

I don’t say this with snark, but why do people buy cases at all? With the exception of pelican-style travel cases I don’t get it. Power is easy, and otherwise you knock some wood cheeks into a frame. Made a couple for $12 plus a uZeus.

I feel like I missed something with regard to cases, and maybe they’re doing something I don’t understand.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Inconuucl » Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:24 am

Invisible Man wrote:I don’t say this with snark, but why do people buy cases at all? With the exception of pelican-style travel cases I don’t get it. Power is easy, and otherwise you knock some wood cheeks into a frame. Made a couple for $12 plus a uZeus.

I feel like I missed something with regard to cases, and maybe they’re doing something I don’t understand.

Sturdiness? Integrated ins and outs? The intellijel case has audio ins and outs and midi on the back, which cleans up the front for other stuff. :idk:
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Invisible Man » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:24 am

I guess, yeah.though I wouldn’t describe the front panel of most systems as ‘clean’ by any means! I think I’m just irked by the idea that people charge $3-800 for stained wood with rails and a PSU.

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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Strange Tales » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:27 am

I mean you're not wrong. Although for me I bought a busboard on the bottom that I could wire to the side of my case. All to save 4HP.

Those Intellijel cases are fucking ace looking though.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby behndy » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:05 am

jia. i mean, it's hard for me to decide if they're over priced. i SUCK at wood working especially and really just most diy build things in general. so for a few hundred for something with power and a reliably built case it's worth it. just to have something i know should be solid and i didn't fuck up something weird putting it together.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby oscillateur » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:18 am

Most good cases are not made of wood. And the power supply often represents a sizeable chunk of the price.
My Intellijel 7U for example is aluminum, portable while patched (bonus) looks really good. It also has an excellent power supply/busboard. Overall, worth the price.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Inconuucl » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:28 am

Yeah, I'm super excited about them. Once pedge season is over I'll be all over one. :excellent:
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Dark Barn » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:34 pm

Got the DLD in yesterday, love it. So easy to set up neat ping-pong weirdo time divisions and it’s so precise. Hold/looping is tight, reverse is cool. If it had a way to eq or modulate repeats it would be off the chain but ah well.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby yeatsvisitslincoln » Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:21 pm

Dark Barn wrote:Got the DLD in yesterday, love it. So easy to set up neat ping-pong weirdo time divisions and it’s so precise. Hold/looping is tight, reverse is cool. If it had a way to eq or modulate repeats it would be off the chain but ah well.


That's what send/return is for? Though, I tend to have issues with the DLD feeding back pretty easily when using send/return. I do have the alt-firmware installed so I can change the send/return functionality, but I haven't really played with it that much. The alt-firmware is only worth installing if you want to change that. It just adds a program page to facilitate the change, but doesn't affect functionality otherwise, FYI.

Also, when you have a sec, I'm curious, do you notice that the DLD seems to run a little warm? Like mine is noticeably warmer than other modules. It does draw a decent amount of current, though.

Most euro power sources are surprisingly cheap... Personally, I think it's worth it to shell out the money for them. Cases, though, never sure why an empty case can cost like $300. The raw material cost doesn't seem like it should be THAT high.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Dark Barn » Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:02 pm

yeatsvisitslincoln wrote:
Dark Barn wrote:Got the DLD in yesterday, love it. So easy to set up neat ping-pong weirdo time divisions and it’s so precise. Hold/looping is tight, reverse is cool. If it had a way to eq or modulate repeats it would be off the chain but ah well.


That's what send/return is for? Though, I tend to have issues with the DLD feeding back pretty easily when using send/return. I do have the alt-firmware installed so I can change the send/return functionality, but I haven't really played with it that much. The alt-firmware is only worth installing if you want to change that. It just adds a program page to facilitate the change, but doesn't affect functionality otherwise, FYI.

Also, when you have a sec, I'm curious, do you notice that the DLD seems to run a little warm? Like mine is noticeably warmer than other modules. It does draw a decent amount of current, though.

Most euro power sources are surprisingly cheap... Personally, I think it's worth it to shell out the money for them. Cases, though, never sure why an empty case can cost like $300. The raw material cost doesn't seem like it should be THAT high.


One of the first things I tried was running send/return through a filter, and it started feeding back like a motherfucker so I pulled the patches and decided I would read up later... lol. I didn't notice if it was warm, but I only had time for a short session with it. I will investigate the alt firmware (possibly already installed? I am not the first owner.)
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby dozicusmaximus » Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:41 pm

Fuck it.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Strange Tales » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:04 pm

New NLC Sequencer looks so fucking cool. Dude is a mad genius.

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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby behndy » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:16 pm

durp. had someone into a trade for a Cell 90 then realized.... it's.... 90 hp. i need 104.

also, realky want something setup for 3mm screws. hate having different sized buggererers to keep track of.

think when i'm ready just going to grab a MN skiff and get my woodworking buddo to make some cheeks for it.

.... although That Erica Synth Skiff. MEOW. i like the cover.
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