1010music unleashes the power of digital mixing upon the world of modular by transforming the desktop bluebox compact mixer into the bluebox Eurorack edition.
Bluebox Eurorack Edition
The desktop bluebox has become a very popular mixing solution for real-estate-challenged desktop users. It’s stunningly compact, easier to use than you’d think and packed with effects. And best of it – it records.
So, translate this into Eurorack, and what do we have? Well, 1010music appears to have put a decent amount of thought into it and taken the opportunity to make it even better. Firstly, you have 12 straight mono inputs running directly into the 12-channel mixer. You can also combine them into 6 stereo tracks. Using a combination of the touch-screen and the four knobs, you can take control of level, pan, 4-band parametric EQ, mute/solo and enabling tracks for recording. The front end also gives you access to the built-in delay and reverb effects, not forgetting the global compressor.
All that is what we’ve come to expect from the desktop version. But this Eurorack edition has some nice extras. There’s a USB C port for direct connection to your DAW to send and receive an additional two channels. You’ll also notice the six CV inputs, which can be mapped to any six internal parameters. You’ve also got more outputs and a clock to go with the MIDI In/Out ports.
Digital vs Analogue
The vast majority of Eurorack mixers are of the analogue variety or style, and that fits very well in the format and vibe of modular. This is something different. It’s altogether more versatile, feature-rich and full of potential. For me, the recording function really puts the cherry on top and balances it against what might be a fiddly and “digital” interface. It records stems at 24-bit, 48kHz directly to a MicroSD card.
At $699, it’s a fair bit more expensive than the desktop version, but I get the feeling this is going to be very popular. It should be available in October.
- 1010music bluebox Eurorack edition: 1010music