Why are Euroracks called "Euroracks?"

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Why are Euroracks called "Euroracks?"

Post by NCChao1268 » Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:10 pm

Always wondered why Euroracks are given the name they have. Were they influential in the creation of European electronic music? Did modular synths originate from a place in Europe?

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Re: Why are Euroracks called "Euroracks?"

Post by V301H » Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:43 pm

In 1996 Dieter Doepfer set a rack standard based on rack enclosures that were commonly available secondhand in Europe. Other manufacturers configured their modules to conform to Doepfer's Eurorack standard and an industry was born.
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Re: Why are Euroracks called "Euroracks?"

Post by meatballfulton » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:20 am

NCChao1268 wrote:Were they influential in the creation of European electronic music?
Nope, as V301H mentioned Doepfer was the first to use the format in 1996.
Did modular synths originate from a place in Europe?
Nope, earliest modulars were from USA and UK
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Re: Why are Euroracks called "Euroracks?"

Post by max badwan » Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:18 am

Nope, earliest modulars were from USA and UK
Isn't the UK considered part of Europe (not withstanding Brexit)?

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Re: Why are Euroracks called "Euroracks?"

Post by pflosi » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:43 am

It's (rather loosely) based on the "Eurocard" standard and Doepfer just changed that name to "Eurorack" to signify his own modules...

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Re: Why are Euroracks called "Euroracks?"

Post by tim gueguen » Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:40 pm

max badwan wrote:
Isn't the UK considered part of Europe (not withstanding Brexit)?
Depends on what British person you talk to.
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Re: Why are Euroracks called "Euroracks?"

Post by gcoudert » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:57 am

I assume Behringer's Eurorack-series mixers are a completely different thing. I am surprised that the same name is used for different products / rack standards.
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Re: Why are Euroracks called "Euroracks?"

Post by Weirdofromouterspace » Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:24 am

gcoudert wrote:I assume Behringer's Eurorack-series mixers are a completely different thing. I am surprised that the same name is used for different products / rack standards.
Yep, that's weird. The Behringer 'Eurorack' mixers aren't even rack mountable, they are standalone units (I have a Behringer Eurorack UB1002) that wouldn't even fit into a Eurorack modular synth system if you tried to make some kind of mounting adapter. They have nothing to with Doepfer's or anyone else's synth modules Image.
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Re: Why are Euroracks called "Euroracks?"

Post by HideawayStudio » Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:11 pm

I agree with pflosi - I strongly suspect the reason why Dieter coined the term "Eurorack" is because it is loosely based on the venerable Eurocard format (IEEE 1101) which is based on 3U Multiples in a modular rack arrangement. This format has long since been extremely popular in low volume scientific, industrial, test and specialist computer equipment:

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Re: Why are Euroracks called "Euroracks?"

Post by jaypodesta » Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:10 pm

tim gueguen wrote:
max badwan wrote:
Isn't the UK considered part of Europe (not withstanding Brexit)?
Depends on what British person you talk to.
The UK is in Europe.

Europe - it's a Continent.

Brexit is about leaving the EU. Which is an economic and political union. They are very different things.

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