Prebuild All-In-One Modular Systems For Eurorack Fans
Post date:Wed, 05/05/2021 - 08:45
While building up your own Eurorack can be a gratifying experience, it is also a slippery slope financially as there are so many modules available on the market. If you have choice paralysis when it comes to selecting modules or want to keep an eye on your budget, then an all-in-one system could be a good option. These systems provide you with all the functions of a decent Eurorack. But without the worries of figuring out what to combine for the best sounds. Of course, versatility is also essential, so something that can be added seamlessly to a more extensive system is also important. There are many choices out there, and the best setup is obviously the one that fits your needs, but here are some of our top picks.
Moog Mother 32
If you want an analog instrument with raw sound, step-sequencing, and extensive interconnectivity, then the Moog Mother 32 is the obvious choice. It features a modular patch bay and assignable output, along with the ability to patch multiple control and sound sources into its voltage-controlled mixers. The versatility of the Mother-32 means it can also be plugged straight into any MIDI-equipped device if you don't want to use the patch cables.
The Mother-32 is a beautiful-looking synth with an extruded aluminum enclosure with wood sides, but it can also be unscrewed and added to a larger Eurorack system should you decide to go that route later. One of the most significant selling points of the Mother-32 is that it gives users that legendary Moog tone that is so coveted.
Busy Circuits ALM System Coupe
The Busy Circuits ALM System Coupe is not a cheap option, but you get a lot of value for your money. The creators describe it as a thoroughly modernized take on classic modular synthesis techniques, and it layers bother digital as well as analog technologies. It is the first complete modular system by Busy Circuits and is housed in a powered case that features a curated set of ALM modules. What makes this setup even more appealing is that all the modules are special editions featuring gray panels, white screens, and knobs that are magenta and blue.
The designers chose the modules included with this system for fun and functionality. These modules give you a combination of staples along with proven classics. Three of the modules were designed primarily with the Coupe in mind. Along with the low pass filter, MIDI to CV interface, 16 input stereo spectral mixer, and digital FM dual VCO, the Coupe also features a Eurorack SID voice, FM Drum Voice, multi-mode modulator, and much more.
Roland System-500 Complete Set
Roland's System-500 Complete Set modular synthesizer is another option that doesn't come cheap, but very few users who splashed out on it suffer from buyer's remorse. This fully analog modular synth drew inspiration from the legendary SYSTEM-700 and SYSTEM-100M and has multiple oscillators, filters, and effects. This system comes complete with a case, power supply, and braided patch cables, making it a great starting point for anyone new to modular setups.
The System-500 Complete Set offers a lot of flexibility right out of the box with two VCOs, two VCFs, two VCAs, two ADSR envelopes, two dedicated LFO sections, and a potent effects module. It is compact enough to be portable and easy to integrate into any existing modular setup.
Erica Synths Pico System III
The Pico SYSTEM III by Erica Synths is a slightly more affordable choice that is available in both desktop and Eurorack formats. This fully analog modular system features a 2-3-4 step sequencer, two VCOs, a VCO controller/VCA module, several mixers that work with both CV and audio signals as well as BBD delay. It also has two voltage-controlled ASR envelope generators and two resonant lowpass gates. With 31 inputs and 20 outputs along with seven switches, which options up lots of possibilities.
The number of modules included with the Pico SYSTEM III offers excellent value for money and makes it a perfect starting point for anyone new to modular. Above all, it is a very accessible synthesizer that will keep anyone busy for ages.
Several other great systems could have been included in this list, so be sure to tell us your top picks in the comments below or on the forum.