Apr 102022

Music Technology

Another oscillator was added to the rack in the form of the Sputnik Modular Variable Waveform Generator.

Not a digital one this time but a traditional analogue with some interesting tonal variation possibilities.

For some strange reason, there is no manual available either with the unit or from the website, luckily it is pretty straightforward to use but would be useful to know a bit more about it.

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.

Jun 222021

Music Technology

Well, I decided to add a mixer to make it easier to combine the 3 (currently) oscillator sources available and liked the idea of the Doepfer A-135-2v as it was a VCA as well. Unfortunately, it didn’t work in quite the way I had hoped (far too difficult to explain). This caused me to have a rethink and I decided the easiest and cheapest way to get what I wanted was to add two 2hp units, a Dual VCA, and an ADSR Envelope Generator. This worked like a dream.

While I was in a buying mood I thought it would be nice to have a simple delay effect in the system which did not rely on me using the Neutrons built-in delay so I went for the Dreadbox Nostalgia. Apart from some early disappointment with the sound which I found was down to me using the wrong input I am quite pleased with it.

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