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Why are Euroracks called "Euroracks?"

Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:10 pm
by NCChao1268
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?

-Nathan

Re: Why are Euroracks called "Euroracks?"

Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:43 pm
by V301H
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.

Re: Why are Euroracks called "Euroracks?"

Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:20 am
by meatballfulton
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

Re: Why are Euroracks called "Euroracks?"

Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:18 am
by max badwan
Nope, earliest modulars were from USA and UK
Isn't the UK considered part of Europe (not withstanding Brexit)?

Re: Why are Euroracks called "Euroracks?"

Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:43 am
by pflosi
It's (rather loosely) based on the "Eurocard" standard and Doepfer just changed that name to "Eurorack" to signify his own modules...

Re: Why are Euroracks called "Euroracks?"

Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:40 pm
by tim gueguen
max badwan wrote:
Isn't the UK considered part of Europe (not withstanding Brexit)?
Depends on what British person you talk to.

Re: Why are Euroracks called "Euroracks?"

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:57 am
by gcoudert
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.

Re: Why are Euroracks called "Euroracks?"

Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:24 am
by Weirdofromouterspace
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.

Re: Why are Euroracks called "Euroracks?"

Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:11 pm
by HideawayStudio
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:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurocard_ ... uit_board)

Re: Why are Euroracks called "Euroracks?"

Posted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:10 pm
by jaypodesta
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.