Oct 102021

Music Technology

Time for more expansion!

The idea of getting small units to fully utilize the available space sounds good but you end up with a very cramped work surface so I have moved away from that.

The first unit I got was a Behringer 130 Dual VCA, you can never have enough VCAs. To complete the top row I also went for a Behringer 121 Dual VCF. To make room I relegated the original Behringer 110 to the second rack and thanked it for its service 😉

I also added a couple of Erica Synths Buffered Multiples, these have a very useful voltage shift switch that will act to shift pitch on Oscillators.

Aug 222021

Music Technology

It is fair to say I got a bit carried away recently!

I had been after a Behringer 1004 Oscillator but they were out of stock everywhere with a long lead time so was not expecting to get one any time soon then surprisingly Amazon had some so I got one straight away. This also spurred me on getting the matching Behringer 1047 Multi-mode Filter.

About the same time, I was struggling to use the Doepfer mixer which just didn’t work how I wanted it to, and also decided to bite the bullet and relegate the other unsatisfactory units, the TipTop Audio Wave Folder, and the Mutable Instruments Shelves, to the old NiftyCase to free up room in the main rack.

To fill this newfound space I then added a Behringer 112 Dual Oscillator and 305 EQ/Mixer. The latter seems to do what Doepfer and Shelves were meant to do but much better.

Will now hold fire on new purchases for a bit.

May 072021

Music Technology

My Eurorack system got its first expansion today.

The Behringer Oscillator was rather basic so I added a Mutable Instruments Plaits which describes itself as a Macro-Oscillator which in layman’s terms means a digital oscillator. It certainly adds a lot more variety to my sound options.

The second unit I got was a small 2hp Buff which is a buffered multiple. It does not actually make or modify any sound but does multiply a signal with no loss of the original voltage which is very important for CV especially with pitch control. I had previously been using the Multiples on the Behringer Neutron to achieve this

Apr 172021

Music Technology

Modular synthesizers were always something that intrigued me but seemed over-complicated for the end result so that had put me off. My early experience with the Behringer Neutron patch bay had not alleviated this concern either as the manual contains no real information on it.

But nothing ventured nothing gained so I made the leap and started my own Eurorack, how advanced it gets will depend on cost, space and dedication.

This, unfortunately, meant I had to do some drastic cutting of my current gear to make space so the Korg DW8000 has been retired along with the little-used NanoBass, NanoSynth and Roland JV-1010. The CZ-101 has been relocated but I may continue to use this. I also lost the Zoom and Roland drum machines as the PC supplies my drum patterns.

I wanted to start with something simple so I got two basic Behringer units the 110 and 140 (copies of the vintage Roland System 100) and a Cre8audio case that has a built-in MIDI to CV converter.

Everything works perfectly

Aug 242020

Music Technology

This was not a longterm planned buy, I was always intending to get a Modal Argon8 and possibly still will but ended up with this instead.

I had started to take a partial interest in modular synths with a long term plan of maybe one day building a Eurorack. This seemed a good starting point. Have to say on initial experience my Eurorack plans are on hold, patching is not easy.

Worried at first as it made no noise out of the box even though it was clearly getting a signal but found an initial setup guide online that pointed me to my error (Overdrive Level set at Zero)

It has some interesting tonal possibilites and for a Behringer does seem a solid build, jury is still out.

Nov 072016

Music Technology

To add some effects capability to the Samson SM10 I have added a Lexicon MX200.

So far very impressed, the effects are a lot more accessible than the Behringer FX200 I also use and it’s easy to combine two effects.

Just after buying this one of my mixers went down (Behringer RX1602), I am replacing that with another Samson SM10 and may also use that in combination with another Lexicon at a later date.

Mar 212016

Music Technology

After the recent failure of the M-Audio Keystation 49e the time had come to replace it.

Not wanting to risk another of the same make I went instead for the Alesis Q49 (the black colour sold it). So far I have no complaints and it has worked and connected perfectly. The keyboard has a better, softer feel than the rather clanky M-Audio.

As I also moved a few of my rack units from under the computer and placed them under the Roland JX-3P it was also advantageous to get another rack mixer, spent more than I normally would on a Samson SM10 instead of the usual Behringer RX1602. I have also got a Samson PB10 to supply power.