Small Systems: It’s tough being the little guy

Lately I’ve been working on building an 84hp control skiff, something to accentuate the capabilities of my main rack. And really, it’s been a lot of fun. But it’s also become a distraction. I realized the other day, that I’m being sucked back into the world of “more, more, more!” I have to remind myself […]

Bringing it together with the basics

You can never have enough VCA’s. Oddly enough, I was once told I probably had too many VCA’s. What can I say, we live in a *land of confusion, but try not to let that disturb you too much. Anyhow, there’s more than a mere tacit recognition of the value of utilities in this maxim […]

Make Noise STO: All about that bass

The STO is a cool little oscillator. Recently it has spent quite some time sitting dormant in the rack. Mostly awaiting me to put it up for sale again. But I haven’t, and so it remains. There’s something about a sine-wave that, most often feels quite hollow. And indeed, the pure, unadulterated sine that the […]

Just (sample and) hold me

Oh sample and hold… why did I wait so long to make you part of my life? I finally broke down and ordered a Doepfer A-148 dual sample and hold module. (It does track and hold as well, just switch jumpers on the back of the module). It arrived today and I am extremely happy. […]

Frontiers

If I’ve learned anything from history, it’s that life on the frontier is hard. Perhaps the thought is most poignant from too many hours spent playing Oregon Trail. The frontier is the border between civilization and wilderness. It demarcates the space between the places of comfort and of uncertainty. Before it there is ease, but […]

Review: Mystic Circuits 0hp OR Gate

The 0hp OR Gate is a shockingly useful little tool. It provides a substantial number of very desirable functions. Let’s get straight to it: It’s an *OR Gate, go ahead and use it to combine two separate sources of gate signals into a single stream. To sum this one up clock divider + OR Gate […]

Review: Mystic Circuits 0hp Vactrol LPG

Before we talk about this little Vactrol LPG module, I want to talk about the concept of 0hp modules, because I absolutely adore them. For me, this goes back to my earliest experiences with synthesis. *Cue Flashback* Early on it was just me and a couple semi-modular synths. Sometimes, I needed attenuation where there was […]

Mods: Davies 1900H Clones

A couple weeks ago I bought a pack of knobs from Modular Addict. I wanted to replace the nasty gray wart on the Doepfer A-185-2 Precision Adder with something nicer. So I ordered a handful of Davies 1900H clones in purple. They fit the Doepfer just fine and improve the look tenfold. But then I […]

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 […]