Can we talk about modular synths?



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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby brndnwilliams » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:09 pm

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oscillateur wrote:I guess I'm slowly turning into a Monome/Mannequins person (Teletype is really, really good and Just Friends is even more enjoyable than I thought)...


Right there with you... How have you been using Teletype? I always thought "I never wanna learn all this code and type into my synth!" But then I started reading the TT studies and learned about the Euclidean operator and learned more about all the ways it interconnects to JF / Ansible... Doomed :lol: at least it's killing my gas for other stuff...

Also I took a bunch of modules out of my case and have been rocking a 4u set up with 2 Just Friends, 2 Three Sisters, DLD, Ansible and some utilities... Loving the limitations, keeps me focused on learning Ansible / experimentation.

Same here! I got two w/'s yesterday and they're fun as heck. I thought i'd forget the button combos immediately but somehow haven't. Also been thinking of selling the verbos harm osc for a second JF so I have one in each mode but haven't committed yet. I really want two of all of the mannequins modules but still dont have even one cold mac. I got teletype a couple weeks back and fell in love too. thinking I'll have a case focused on dual mannequins everything, teletype and the 301 (obv utilities too) and then a second case with my morphagene, clouds and some other goodies and treat them as separate instruments.

I havent even looked at ansible. what does it add for you? it's not just a TT expander or an interface for grid/arc?


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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby yeatsvisitslincoln » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:52 pm

I took off work a little early yesterday to go down to the WMD shop/factory/office whatever you wanna call it and got nice demos of a bunch of stuff from Alex and Bill. I think I actually have a primitive understanding of what the Synchrodyne does now! JK, that thing is so complicated I still have no idea where to start. Anyways, the Metron trigger sequencer is a fucking beast. On one hand, it looks like it's pretty basic to just get up and running and get some cool stuff down. On the other hand, there's a lot of functionality that will probably take a while to learn. It's interesting watching Alex just fly on it just from having the muscle memory of using it in development. 16 channels seems like overkill, but it makes a lot of sense when you starting thinking about choke and accent and other trigger inputs on drum modules. Also, watching how it interfaces with the Arpitect makes the Arpitect seem a lot more approachable. I didn't ask when it's going to come out, but I assume it's soon. They've said as much in a few different places.

I got pretty thorough demos of the Chimera and Fracture and actually bought one of each. It's really amazing how wide the sound range from both of those is and how they can really be used for much more than normal drum hits. I also picked up another Multimode Envelope. Not the most exciting thing anymore, but super super useful, espcially with the ER-101 and having uber control over gate lengths. We also went over the MSCL (pronounced "muscle", which I didn't know). It's pretty simple because the compression knob covers a range of functions all at once. Will be useful for a compression n00b like me in the future though. Getting the percussion sounds compressed made quite a difference to my ears. We went over a few other things, too, but not in much detail.

Finally, that leaves my rack looking like this for the time being: https://www.modulargrid.net/e/racks/view/522362
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Dandolin » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:26 pm

Nice--loving my Chimera for ringing pinging drones as much as for more rhythmic usage....
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby behndy » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:14 pm

holy butts there's a guy that did a 1u version of uo_C.

and he says he plans to do more module tiny butt switchovers.

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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Inconuucl » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:42 pm

behndy wrote:holy butts there's a guy that did a 1u version of uo_C.

and he says he plans to do more module tiny butt switchovers.

YESSSSSSHHHH.

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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby behndy » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:44 am

's from a FB Muffs post, does this work?

https://m.facebook.com/groups/403937676 ... 0716218583
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby KoTh » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:10 am

Muse FTW wrote:Are there any interesting/fun VCA's/Mixers out there y'all can recommend?


knob.farm Hyrlo and Manhattan Analog DTM are nice small mixers.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby mr. sound boy king » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:23 am

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Muse FTW wrote:Are there any interesting/fun VCA's/Mixers out there y'all can recommend?


knob.farm Hyrlo and Manhattan Analog DTM are nice small mixers.


Also Bastl ABC
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby kbit » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:50 am

brndnwilliams wrote:
behndy wrote:hnnnnnghghthtthhhhh why does that Arc SPEAK to me so. damn. HARD.

WANT.

that's what im sayyyinnnn! 2019 though. grid is back as of today and idk if I should try or not. I got a digitone just for sequencing (got yarns from worra) but I ended up enjoying composing on it too... but grid looks more interesting and fun for euro sequencing than digi :idk:


Also somehow missed this post... The sequencing apps for the grid tend to be focused on highly interactive parts rather than very specific results... This is something I like a lot but not the best of you're always trying to execute specific musical ideas. I would read the manual for Ansible, focusing on Kria and Meadowphysics. If those concepts click with you and you have the scratch, it's a really fun world to dive into. If it seems really confusing... read it one more time before you decide :lol: pretty heady. Also the Monome community is always making changes, updating firmware, porting other apps (Earthsea just got added to Ansible for example).
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby mr. sound boy king » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:43 pm

kbit wrote:
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behndy wrote:hnnnnnghghthtthhhhh why does that Arc SPEAK to me so. damn. HARD.

WANT.

that's what im sayyyinnnn! 2019 though. grid is back as of today and idk if I should try or not. I got a digitone just for sequencing (got yarns from worra) but I ended up enjoying composing on it too... but grid looks more interesting and fun for euro sequencing than digi :idk:


Also somehow missed this post... The sequencing apps for the grid tend to be focused on highly interactive parts rather than very specific results... This is something I like a lot but not the best of you're always trying to execute specific musical ideas. I would read the manual for Ansible, focusing on Kria and Meadowphysics. If those concepts click with you and you have the scratch, it's a really fun world to dive into. If it seems really confusing... read it one more time before you decide :lol: pretty heady. Also the Monome community is always making changes, updating firmware, porting other apps (Earthsea just got added to Ansible for example).


I've read that the grid LEDs leak high frequency noise.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby brndnwilliams » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:21 pm

kbit wrote:
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behndy wrote:hnnnnnghghthtthhhhh why does that Arc SPEAK to me so. damn. HARD.

WANT.

that's what im sayyyinnnn! 2019 though. grid is back as of today and idk if I should try or not. I got a digitone just for sequencing (got yarns from worra) but I ended up enjoying composing on it too... but grid looks more interesting and fun for euro sequencing than digi :idk:


Also somehow missed this post... The sequencing apps for the grid tend to be focused on highly interactive parts rather than very specific results... This is something I like a lot but not the best of you're always trying to execute specific musical ideas. I would read the manual for Ansible, focusing on Kria and Meadowphysics. If those concepts click with you and you have the scratch, it's a really fun world to dive into. If it seems really confusing... read it one more time before you decide :lol: pretty heady. Also the Monome community is always making changes, updating firmware, porting other apps (Earthsea just got added to Ansible for example).


I read it and it seems like it's up my alley. Thanks for the insight too. I just sold my digitone to fund a grid, as I was really only using it as a sequencer anyway. I think I'll keep Yarns for when I need to get something specific done but I'm looking to be more exploratory with the synth composition for a while. What's up with expert sleepers stuff? I could fully compose in the computer and just output all the info to my rack? that seems cooler than yarns
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby behndy » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:46 pm

yah. the Exploratory Aspect of Grids is what.... doesna appeal to me actually. i like Deluge for it's rock solid predictability and if i have an idea, can pound out exactly that. i love the random WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED HOW WHY YES THAT IS NEAT aspect of euro for the.... Random Composition Aspect of making music?

thanks for the insights! will read up on your suggestions when i get a hinute.

also, woot. Scanned is released! missed that. ORDERED.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Dark Barn » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:02 pm

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I read it and it seems like it's up my alley. Thanks for the insight too. I just sold my digitone to fund a grid, as I was really only using it as a sequencer anyway. I think I'll keep Yarns for when I need to get something specific done but I'm looking to be more exploratory with the synth composition for a while. What's up with expert sleepers stuff? I could fully compose in the computer and just output all the info to my rack? that seems cooler than yarns


If you have a midi interface you can do this with Yarns. Expert sleepers FH-1 or the Endorphin.es Shuttle Control give you USB connectivity though which might be more convenient for you. I have the Shuttle Control and I’m happy with it.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby brndnwilliams » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:35 pm

Dark Barn wrote:
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I read it and it seems like it's up my alley. Thanks for the insight too. I just sold my digitone to fund a grid, as I was really only using it as a sequencer anyway. I think I'll keep Yarns for when I need to get something specific done but I'm looking to be more exploratory with the synth composition for a while. What's up with expert sleepers stuff? I could fully compose in the computer and just output all the info to my rack? that seems cooler than yarns


If you have a midi interface you can do this with Yarns. Expert sleepers FH-1 or the Endorphin.es Shuttle Control give you USB connectivity though which might be more convenient for you. I have the Shuttle Control and I’m happy with it.

thank you for the info. I'll have to look into those. I've seen the shuttle in cases lately but never looked into it. :thumb:
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby kbit » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:54 pm

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brndnwilliams wrote:
behndy wrote:hnnnnnghghthtthhhhh why does that Arc SPEAK to me so. damn. HARD.

WANT.

that's what im sayyyinnnn! 2019 though. grid is back as of today and idk if I should try or not. I got a digitone just for sequencing (got yarns from worra) but I ended up enjoying composing on it too... but grid looks more interesting and fun for euro sequencing than digi :idk:


Also somehow missed this post... The sequencing apps for the grid tend to be focused on highly interactive parts rather than very specific results... This is something I like a lot but not the best of you're always trying to execute specific musical ideas. I would read the manual for Ansible, focusing on Kria and Meadowphysics. If those concepts click with you and you have the scratch, it's a really fun world to dive into. If it seems really confusing... read it one more time before you decide :lol: pretty heady. Also the Monome community is always making changes, updating firmware, porting other apps (Earthsea just got added to Ansible for example).


I've read that the grid LEDs leak high frequency noise.


A tiny bit yes, probably worse in some set ups compared to others... Not so bad in mine, barely there. You can mitigate the noise by powering the grid seperate from the module, there's documentation for those options somewhere.
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