premieklovn wrote:I'm also considering going modular. Anyone with experience of building their own case? I know Doepfer offers a DIY case kit and it's a h**l of a lot cheaper than the A100 cases.
Well, I tried to do that. I had the idea that I could save quite a bit of money but in the long run, it just did not work out for me. My first trip to the lumber yard failed due to a guy who was not very careful cutting my boards. They turned out to be so badly out of square that I ended up making a second trip.
By the time that I did that, my basic ideas had changed enough that I wanted different sized boards. I had a printout from my vector graphics program of exactly what I wanted and I was going to accept no less. However, what I had planned out turned out to carry assumptions that the lumber yard was not going to accommodate.
I have no clue why it is that Home Depot can stock 48x48 sheets of all manner of plywood but only in thicknesses of .25 inch or less. But there it stands. And that stuff is just not rigid enough for a case that would be a yard wide. Ultimately, I decided that the hundred or so dollars that I would have saved would more or less get lost in the eventual cost of a modular system that would eventually expand to a few thousand dollars.
JoeyDengler wrote:I have been reading alot lately about modular synths and am really,really looking to making my own. I am here as a modular newbie so i need plenty of help....
I need to know what are the basic pieces of equipment i will need to get me started (dont worry about the actually modules as i know about them and know what i want with them) but things like a keyboard with CV/Gate on it etc; any models, prices etc; would be helpful. I just want to get modular!!!
Well, I am planning on a synthesizers.com system myself. They happen to have a midi converter module that will provide all the outputs that you need. I am sure that the other companies probably have similar products as well.
Obviously, I am as much of a noob as you are but perhaps you might benefit from my thoughts.
You could spend many tens of thousand of dollars up front and have something worthy of Keith Emerson or Jordan Rudess but why bother? One of the benefits of going modular is that you can start small and add modules over time. With that in mind, a decent question would be where do you start?
If you have any midi keyboards at all, you would want a midi conversion module to get signals into the thing and a VCA to get signals out. If all that you bought was those two and a case up front, you would not be able to do any more than you can already do. For the excessively budget minded, that might be enough to get started.
For being able to have some amount of fun on day one, I tend to think that a filter, two envelope generators and a multiple would also be needed as a minimum. A couple of VCO's would also be nice but figure out how much you want to spend on your day one purchase and go from there.
If you can only drop $500, then you are probably looking at the minimum. If you can drop $750, then a couple of VCO's would be the way to go. If you can drop $1,000, then think about mixers and the like.
Realistically, take all of that as only soft guidelines. Modular units are what they are and you can expand them in whatever direction takes your fancy at any time.