MECHANISM: an artisan Eurorack case with on-board tools and utilities
Eurorack cases can vary enormously. From lovingly sculpted hardwood frames to cardboard DIY, Ikea shelves and purpose-built skiffs. There’s plenty of room for innovation and good design and MTBLSM have channelled a bit of that in their MECHANISM Eurorack case.
It’s a single row of 3U Eurorack built from black powder coated aluminium and has room for 95 HP of modules. It has an integrated power supply, rubber feet and an awesome steel reinforced screw thread on the bottom so it can be mounted on a camera tripod.
But what stands out with the MECHANISM is that 1U row of bits and bobs running along the bottom. These “Analog Tools” consist of a pair of CV generating joysticks, one at each end; 3 voltage controller LFOS; a Sample & Hold circuit with noise, 2 CV processors; and 2 VCAs. That’s a lot of handy stuff that you are not going to have to find modules for. The 2 CV processors are interesting in that one generates 2 outputs through a Slew Limited and Offset Generator. The other mixes 2 inputs and one goes through the slew, the other the offset.
Built to order
MTBLSM originally designed the case for their own use. But after the response they got at the Tokyo Festival of Modular last year they decided that, perhaps, they could build them for other interested modular musicians. Currently, they are making them in small batches and will build one for you, tested, calibrated and ready to ship for €650. Shipping from Japan, of course, is another factor.
I really like this approach. It’s a bit like the CV system in the Make Noise Shared System case, or the cases from Intellijel. MECHANISM has a character that could do well if someone decided to take it on a bit more seriously and maybe developed a 2 and 3 row version. As it is it’s a very creative and portable boutique solution.
- MTBLSM website