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Thats it, I'm going modular ;)

Posted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:42 am
by TrondC
£360 might be some cash, but its the perfect entry-level modular :) ..and another excuse to find more work!

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_rScBRKlTdoE/T ... 2e5f_b.jpg

Re: Thats it, I'm going modular ;)

Posted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:10 am
by shaft9000
the case looks good, but i wouldn't stuff those precious hp's with those particular modules; it's cute but also very 'vanilla'. with those modules, your distinction will have to come from how you play the patches more than the sound of the thing itself.
EDIT - the graphic V suggests it is a single patchable unit, not separate modules.

with something so small ...you won't have any control of modulation amounts or mixing.
u will want proper attenuators vcas & multiples - personally i'd rather jam in some crazy fx modules (FoH, wmd and metasonix come to mind atm) for that lil' beastie, but then that's just me.

Re: Thats it, I'm going modular ;)

Posted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:03 pm
by skweeegor
I have to agree. You'll have to expand beyond that anyway, which will require getting a case, etc. I think you'd be better off starting with a decent sized case (6U or so), and just a few interesting models as shaft suggested, since it'll give more of a feel for the benefits of going modular and you can run all your other gear through it. The beauty of a modular is the flexibility and the uniqueness of certain modules - with that, there's not really anything you couldn't do with a regular synth - I imagine it would get boring pretty quick.

Re: Thats it, I'm going modular ;)

Posted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:43 pm
by Syn303
Tom @ AS describes it as a mini Red Square, it would be better to chuck in a extra 200 bucks and get a Red Square semi-modular instead.

Re: Thats it, I'm going modular ;)

Posted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 3:44 am
by Stab Frenzy
Yeah, if you're already thinking that you'll go modular I'd skip that one and spend the money on something like an MW Ecorack and power supply and some basic modules. If the money is an issue then maybe you shouldn't be going modular, cause once you do you'll never have any money ever again. ;) Not exactly true but they do have a way of growing. My initial thought was just 1x 6U case, I've got 1 and a half of them full in about 4 months, and considering filling it up and also getting a sequencer as well.

Re: Thats it, I'm going modular ;)

Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:09 pm
by th0mas
+1

When I priced modular cases last time I found the cheapest prefab case to be what is coming from monorocket.com. Alternately you can get the rails+ a power supply and DIY the case if you're into woodworking.

Re: Thats it, I'm going modular ;)

Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:14 pm
by space6oy
MW prefab cases are less expensive than monorocket.

http://mwmodularworld.blogspot.com/


if you're looking for a prearranged starting point, i went w/ an MFB kraftzwerg. have all its components but the filter in my euro setup now. doepfer dark energy would've been my next choice, no offense to aSol. & no offense to the MFB filter either, it's great, just have enough others now.

Re: Thats it, I'm going modular ;)

Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:19 pm
by edfunction
th0mas wrote:+1

When I priced modular cases last time I found the cheapest prefab case to be what is coming from monorocket.com. Alternately you can get the rails+ a power supply and DIY the case if you're into woodworking.
I'm also thinking of DIYing a case but I can't seem to find a good step by step tutorial/advice site anywhere.
I'd like to make something small but not as small as the mini cases from doepfer.

Any good advice sites that i've missed?

thanks!

Re: Thats it, I'm going modular ;)

Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:33 pm
by th0mas
If you DIY completely from scratch I'm not sure your options, but I think the usual route to do the wood-working part of the DIY is to get the rails + power supply from doepfer? They have a few different DIY options, and a PDF that shows the sizes necessary for cutting. It seems to be a bit inexact so I would buy 1 module while putting together the case and confirm that the module fits with the measurements I make.

Re: Thats it, I'm going modular ;)

Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:18 pm
by edfunction
nice, i'll check that then.
if i'm making it then it's not going to be precision woodwork anyways ;)
just so long as it works and doesn't electrocute me...

Re: Thats it, I'm going modular ;)

Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:07 pm
by Sir Ruff
space6oy wrote:MW prefab cases are less expensive than monorocket.

http://mwmodularworld.blogspot.com/

wow... those are cheap. been looking for some sort of excuse to add some euro and this might be it!

Re: Thats it, I'm going modular ;)

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:25 pm
by Joey
Are their power supplies any good though? the monorocket cases can't handle metasonix stuff because the power supplies aren't as good as the newer doepfer or tiptop power supplies

i have a doepfer a100g6 right now, but when I get another case I'm going with gorilla box, or something with a tiptop supply, i'd rather pay more to have things that work right

Re: Thats it, I'm going modular ;)

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:33 pm
by space6oy
MW cases have more power for 6u than the mission9 for 9u. 2000 vs. 1600.

Re: Thats it, I'm going modular ;)

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:22 am
by theglyph
Joey wrote:the monorocket cases can't handle metasonix stuff because the power supplies aren't as good as the newer doepfer or tiptop power supplies

i have a doepfer a100g6 right now, but when I get another case I'm going with gorilla box, or something with a tiptop supply, i'd rather pay more to have things that work right
Joey,

The monorocket cases certainly can handle metasonix modules but as with any case/power setup you need to dot your I's and cross your t's when connecting into the buss system! I started with a g6 and moved on to the first monorocket Lexington. It has four 1Amp (i.e. 800mA) supplies so I've moved my high current and low current modules around in such a way on the four buss's that it's never given me any trouble. However I can see the problems with the Mission 9 and it's single supply. I'd still suggest staying away from the 6U stuff and pick up a 2 supply 12U monorocket Gemini when they become available because you'll want that extra space once the deep modular addiction kicks in hard! :)

Cheers,
Aaron