I have been fascinated by synthesisers since Wendy Carlos's first album. I started buying eurorack modules when approaching retirement and have continued while a person of leisure.
I don't perform, I just make noises. Sometimes I get bored with the range and pretentiousness of boutique modules, but I always return to the noises.
I get as almost much pleasure from building the housing units as playing with the modules themselves.
Sunday, 22 July 2012
One of the prerequisites for the project is that The Case should be large enough to contain a Dream Machine. This was defined in the best book available on (modular) synthesis, Allen Strange'sElectronic Music Systems, Techniques and Controls. Diagram right. The components are:
Two random voltage sources - Doepfer's SoU provides two, 12+4HP
Sequencer - my smaller is the Analogue Solutions, about 18HP
VCLFO A-147 8HP
S/H A-148 4HP
VCO the Anti-Oscillator is 14HP
Inverter A-A175 4HP
Two VCAs - there's one on the A109 Signal processor, I need another: a Doepfer A-132 dual VCA is 4HP
ADSR A-142 8HP
And the likely permanent modules:
Signal Processor A-109 20HP
Total Dream = 76ish
Standards = 30 total = 106
So that's far too much for the 67HP case. Think again. [next day] Silly me, I have two lots of 67HP so carry on.
67*2 = 134 - 106 = 28 free for some sound processing or a second VCO to provide some other notes. The Metasonix R-54 is around 22HP, still leaving 6HP, but not with storage. What is the narrowest VCO?
On power, the uZeus comes with two power leads for 5+5=10 modules and allows another lead for 15 in total.