Can we talk about modular synths?



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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby worra » Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:44 am

Strange Tales wrote:So the Moog Drummer From Another Mother is official now. Don't know why they haven't just started doing individual modules (I guess they hate money or something), but another item is a good start.

https://www.moogmusic.com/products/semi ... er-mother/


Hm, interesting. Not for me but I'm sure we'll see a ton of these racked up with Mother-32s.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby MrNovember » Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:51 am

Strange Tales wrote:So the Moog Drummer From Another Mother is official now. Don't know why they haven't just started doing individual modules (I guess they hate money or something), but another item is a good start.

https://www.moogmusic.com/products/semi ... er-mother/

Pretty sure they'll make a stupid amount of money off this either way. I've been regretting selling my Mother 32 lately. Might almost be time to get a new one along with one of these.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Muse FTW » Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:59 am

worra wrote:
Strange Tales wrote:So the Moog Drummer From Another Mother is official now. Don't know why they haven't just started doing individual modules (I guess they hate money or something), but another item is a good start.

https://www.moogmusic.com/products/semi ... er-mother/


Hm, interesting. Not for me but I'm sure we'll see a ton of these racked up with Mother-32s.


Ugh it looked so much better in silver! If I didn't rediscover my love for the Analog Rytm, I'd probably be all over this, but I don't think I need one of those right now.


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Kamieniec is just a cool phaser. The built in LFO is a nice touch.

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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby MrNovember » Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:07 pm

I'll have to check out that video when I get home from work because I am very interested in all of those Xaoc modules. I've got and completely love the Batumi and Samara and Tirana and Tallin are in my immediate plan. Praga and Drezno/Lipsk are in my extended plan if I ever get there
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby BoatRich » Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:12 pm

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BoatRich wrote:Is there a cheaper alternative to the DPO? I want to start a system to compliment my Microbrute and that looks like a great first step, but I can’t really justify spending that much+accounting for attenuation and matching levels and such.

I use a Microbrute with a Maximal Drone in the input right now and I’d like more control over modulation and the ability to play duophonically.


Yeah, there are many options but it all depends on what you want to do with it...
And what do you like in the DPO, the internal modulation system, the waveshaper, the raw oscillators sound, anything else ?

If you have a microbrute and want something to add to it, a 0-coast could be a less expensive/more efficient solution, staying in the Makenoise family. You could control it from the microbrute I think and it's either a full voice or a good way to process/expand/add to the brute.

The internal modulation and the waveshaper portion were most interesting, but honestly even just a dual oscillator with a lot of outputs seems useful.

The 0-Coast is definitely something I’ve considered a lot. I’ve been having a hard time deciding if I want another full synth voice or if I just want something for processing sounds/adding layers to my existing rig.

I definitely intend on a Batumi, 4ms SMR, and a uClouds in the future, but I want to get started with a case and something basic while waiting on tax returns. I’m pretty set on the 84hp Intellijel 4u, because I can rack it for live use and the 1u modules they have seem to cover a lot of utility for not a ton of space or money.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby greyscales » Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:48 pm

If I wasn’t taking a break from buying gear I would definitely snag a DFAM. Looks really fun based on the video. Could easily be the basis of a percussion skiff.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby behndy » Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:17 pm

i don't really get the DFAM? it seems like a REALLY expensive monophonic drum voice no?
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby behndy » Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:45 pm

just listened to the YT demo, and yeah. it's got some really cool sounds. but i guess i'm confused who it's for? is it aimed at people that are ALL about the Mother 32 and want to have some modular drums without getting into modular? i guess outside of that, i don't see the appeal.

edit - also, this is why Detroit Modular is so fucking gooooooooood. had a little bit of Trip Money left over, ordered the last two 2hp modules i want for this rack and then the Shifty about 17 minutes ago. just got a shipped notification from DetMod. PCA is HORRIBLE in comparison.

i now have everything i want to put into the DNGR:TECH rack i'm STILl waiting on. he's doing a custom color thing, and there has been 4 times the shop doing the dyeing has sent Not Great version of what i wanted. he offered to send it off og style yesterday, or it would be 5 more days for the shop to get the dyeing done correctly, it's already been months longer than i thought so fuck it. wait a bit more for what i want. i REALLY hope it goes out by the end of next week.

shits is getting a tad ridiculous. i don't bame Ilya though. he's been in contact the whole time with updates. just frustrating as butts.

........ although, it HAS given me time to purchase everything i wanted to plug into it when it finally DOES get here.

so...... upside?
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby MrNovember » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:58 pm

I haven't looked at it too in depth yet, but I'm looking at the DFAM more or less like a Manis or Basimilus Iteritas plus a sequencer to play it. Might still be a bit on the expensive side, but I am definitely gassing for a Mother 32/DFAM tower now. I have kind of turned into a bit of a Moog fanboy, though :idk:
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby behndy » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:10 pm

lol. i am NOT talking shit about it.

i guess it's hard to look at things without the filter of would i want it.

the other two or three demos on YT sound kinda butt, the one linked sounds GOOD. it's Moog, so i'm sure it sounds amaaaaaaazing.

just seems like a lot of money for a less verbose sequencer and a drum voice. at least for me.

but i dropped almost that much on a Swarm, so what do i know.

MAN i am looking forward to that being out. almost have the extra dosh set aside to ask the GR1 peoples if i can go ahead and pay down the rest of that so it's not an OH SHIT I FORGOT TO HAVE THE MONIES READY situation when it's ret to ship.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby greyscales » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:28 pm

Yeah, the analog sequencer plus all of the built in utility stuff makes it more valuable IMO. Two oscillators plus noise, VCAs, ladder filter, envelope generators per voice, mixer... If those are things you'd want separately the DFAM is a really good deal.

I think it definitely fills a void being analog, euro compatible, and having a lot crammed into one package. Sorta how the M32 gives you a lot to start without needing to buy 7 modules, the DFAM does that for people who want percussion.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Invisible Man » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:01 pm

Got kinda excited about before remembering that I play drums.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby MrNovember » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:17 pm

behndy wrote:lol. i am NOT talking shit about it.

i guess it's hard to look at things without the filter of would i want it.

the other two or three demos on YT sound kinda butt, the one linked sounds GOOD. it's Moog, so i'm sure it sounds amaaaaaaazing.

just seems like a lot of money for a less verbose sequencer and a drum voice. at least for me.

but i dropped almost that much on a Swarm, so what do i know.

MAN i am looking forward to that being out. almost have the extra dosh set aside to ask the GR1 peoples if i can go ahead and pay down the rest of that so it's not an OH SHIT I FORGOT TO HAVE THE MONIES READY situation when it's ret to ship.

I know you're not talking shit, I was trying to provide a different perspective and greyscales definitely put it into words better than I did.

I've still only listened to the one teaser video with all the different artists playing it. Sounded really good to me and I love the apparent simplicity and immediacy.

And the Quadrantid Swarm right? You were able to put a down payment on that? Did you not go through Kickstarter then? Either way, I am super excited to get mine as well; that thing looks and sounds soooo fun. I should also be getting the Field Kit FX around the same time. April is a ways away, but it's going to be a good month for gear!
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Antlerface » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:19 pm

If my B&G doesnt show up I'mma say fuck it and buy two of the DFAM and two M32. Some effects. Call it a day.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby MrNovember » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:24 pm

Antlerface wrote:If my B&G doesnt show up I'mma say fuck it and buy two of the DFAM and two M32. Some effects. Call it a day.

This has been the most calm and collected stuff lost in the mail experience I have ever seen. Are you a monk? How much do you meditate?

Really hope it shows up for you!
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