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Roland Modular

Post by wiss » Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:37 pm

http://www.sonicstate.com/news/2015/04/ ... s-modular/

Is this going to be a stand alone ACB clone of Roland Modular gear of the past? Or are these eurorack modules that I can change the function of the module in an editor?

I personally have no desire for an ACB clone. If I can create patches, assign knob function through an editor and throw it in a Eurorack, well I'm sold.
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Re: Roland Modular

Post by salwa » Wed Apr 08, 2015 6:39 pm

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Looks like System 1 rack with added patch points and some smaller modules also.
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Re: Roland Modular

Post by ryryoftokyo » Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:19 pm

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Re: Roland Modular

Post by commodorejohn » Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:34 pm

It's kind of baffling to me that they'd try to extend their cashing-in-on-vintage-nostalgia deal to modular synthesis. Isn't modular pretty much exclusively the domain of people who don't care about nostalgia for individual synthesizers or brands and just want a bunch of tools to hand-craft sounds with? Granted, there are exceptions (the Moog modular, the ARP 2600, the VCS3,) but even then, Roland isn't in the list (I'm sure there are people still using the System 100m and System 700, but if you mention them to anybody who doesn't actually own one, you're not going to hear "oh yeah, I remember that, it was boss as h**l!" or anything.)

Not to mention, if this is part of their AIRA line as it sounds, is it also going to be strictly virtual-analog? I suppose that's kind of an intriguing idea from a technical standpoint (would they be sending S/PDIF over the patch cables, or something?) but I doubt it's likely to win hearts and minds in the modular world.
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Re: Roland Modular

Post by salwa » Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:55 pm

Well, it's too early to judge them - we don't really know, what they will bring to the table. But if it's only System 1 desktop module - lots of people asked for this, so this may be good thing.
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Re: Roland Modular

Post by edfunction » Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:59 am

commodorejohn wrote:It's kind of baffling to me that they'd try to extend their cashing-in-on-vintage-nostalgia deal to modular synthesis. Isn't modular pretty much exclusively the domain of people who don't care about nostalgia for individual synthesizers or brands and just want a bunch of tools to hand-craft sounds with? Granted, there are exceptions (the Moog modular, the ARP 2600, the VCS3,) but even then, Roland isn't in the list (I'm sure there are people still using the System 100m and System 700, but if you mention them to anybody who doesn't actually own one, you're not going to hear "oh yeah, I remember that, it was boss as h**l!" or anything.)

Not to mention, if this is part of their AIRA line as it sounds, is it also going to be strictly virtual-analog? I suppose that's kind of an intriguing idea from a technical standpoint (would they be sending S/PDIF over the patch cables, or something?) but I doubt it's likely to win hearts and minds in the modular world.
The modular world is full of clones of classic brands (Buchla,Serge, Moog, Roland...) I'd say that nostalgia is well and truly alive in those parts.

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Re: Roland Modular

Post by commodorejohn » Thu Apr 09, 2015 3:04 pm

Yeah, but note that they're clones. I thought it was more for the sound of the things than the nostalgia.
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Re: Roland Modular

Post by pflosi » Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:59 am

Plot thickens

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Re: Roland Modular

Post by Stab Frenzy » Fri Apr 10, 2015 1:05 am

pflosi wrote:Plot thickens

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Ha, beat me to it.

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Re: Roland Modular

Post by max badwan » Fri Apr 10, 2015 1:10 am

So is it modular or a module?

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Re: Roland Modular

Post by Stab Frenzy » Fri Apr 10, 2015 1:13 am

commodorejohn wrote:Yeah, but note that they're clones. I thought it was more for the sound of the things than the nostalgia.
Well who can say why each person is into what they are? I'm sure there is some nostalgia for some people, although to generalise I'd say the 5U scene is where the nostalgics gravitate. Euro is incredibly non-homogeneous, just take a look at the arguments over what panel aesthetics people prefer as an example.

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Re: Roland Modular

Post by Stab Frenzy » Fri Apr 10, 2015 1:15 am

max badwan wrote:So is it modular or a module?
Both. It's a Eurorack (physically at least, who knows about power) module for a modular system. It has CV ins and outs.

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Re: Roland Modular

Post by max badwan » Fri Apr 10, 2015 1:34 am

Stab Frenzy wrote:
max badwan wrote:So is it modular or a module?
Both. It's a Eurorack (physically at least, who knows about power) module for a modular system. It has CV ins and outs.
Thanks for clearing that up. Looks interesting.

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Re: Roland Modular

Post by commodorejohn » Fri Apr 10, 2015 2:04 am

Intriguing.
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Re: Roland Modular

Post by Percivale » Fri Apr 10, 2015 2:52 am

I was just asking where are the CV I/Os for System-1M?
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max badwan wrote:So is it modular or a module?
Both. It's a Eurorack (physically at least, who knows about power) module for a modular system. It has CV ins and outs.

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