Mystic Circuits 0hp Builds

I got my hands on a trio of these lovely little kits this week. I’m not an experienced electronics DIYer. This was my first eurorack DIY endeavor, something which I’ve finally entered into after much trepidation. Here’s how it went… Each kit is simple and complete. The most difficult is the VCA/AND Gate. And the […]

Modules: Simple or Complex?

For a while now I’ve been knocking around the question, “what kind of modules do I want for my system?” Not a question of which particular modules, but of the nature of those modules. A big part of that has been debating simple vs complex. And I’m finding, as time goes on, that my view […]

Blinds: Controlling Control Voltages

For a VCA, Blinds isn’t the first module I’d look into but, if you’re running a small system, it’s one of the best… I don’t feel a huge need for function per hp in modules. I prefer a good set of functions and good ergonomics. But, blinds has it all. At 3hp per channel (12hp […]

Well that was random…

I’m sitting here listening to this wild, musique concrete patch I put together. It’s modulated entirely by random voltages. Elements is providing modal madness and Warps Parasite brings the Variable Rate Delay to the party, for some tape delay emulation. I feel like I’m drifting somewhere between reality and madness. It’s beautifully surreal. So what’s […]

Buffered Multiples

Now for something completely different! Today we’re going to take a break (mostly) from the (poorly) written word. Instead I’m trying something a little different. Yesterday I took some time talking about a patch of mine. Attempting to make another patch using the same methodology, and generally going on a short modular ramble. I invite […]

Warps: Two good reasons

Warps… what shall I say of you? Warps is probably the most conflicted I’ve been about a module. I bought it on a deal and a whim. I’m a sucker for a deal. But as great as it sounded in the demo’s I just didn’t quite find the magic. But now it’s back in the […]

Small Systems: Ergonomics

Don’t get your spaghetti on your knobs! It’s time to talk about the ergonomics of small systems! Ergonomics are a bit easier in small systems. There’s less to manage, and I think it’s worth taking advantage of that. Here are a few things that I find make synthesis more enjoyable. Organize your modules. Don’t just […]

Compression: Bringing up the background

I usually use my compressor to keep VO levels a bit more even across the range. Compressors are great for that, a gentle touch and it can really help you keep it all together. But forget that gentle garbage! We’re doing sound design baby! The nasty truth about compressors is that they bring down the […]

Praise for the Range Switch

I began my journey into synthesis with the Doepfer Dark Energy II. There were things I didn’t like about it. I wish it had more CV ins and outs. And there were things I did like about it. PWM saw anyone? Oh, and don’t forget the range switches. Having the range switches was great. Being […]

Utilities: Doepfer Precision Adder

Precision adders are great. If you have one, it is likely you already know this. If you don’t have one, you may think “yawn.” You might say, “I’d rather put the money toward the new Death-rattle Complex Wavetable VCO Sonic Destroyer with CV Seizure Induction.” But, I dare to suggest, that a precision adder could […]