by Robin Vincent | Approximate reading time: 4 Minutes
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Midweek Modular is an all-new segment to help you absorb the latest modular news more efficiently! Here are my modular highlights of the week and some bits you might have missed.

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The Midweek Modular Roundup

AMSynths can certainly be counted on to come up with the goods and the SN-101 filter is bang on the money. It’s the filter straight from the Roland SH-101 and rolled into your Eurorack. It’s got the sliders you expect and the knobs you need, lots of modulation and more importantly it’s bright red. Pantalabs did something weird with a camera and extracting sequences from images. The 1985 is probably the only module that can take a selfie.

If you’d like some 3D morphing complex oscillations, check out the Morphos from Norand. It will undoubtedly introduce some preset touch-strip morphing to your rack.

For sheer audacity, you can’t beat Molten’s Hole. It’s the first module I’ve had an active role in creating and it’s simply a hole for your modular that will help you neatly and safely pass cables behind the front panel of your case. It’s designed to run with Voltage Vibes Back2Front panels for bringing the backs of CV controller keyboards and synths into your rack as a breakout module, but it can be used for anything – just use your imagination.

Voltage Vibes Molten's Hole

Voltage Vibes Molten’s Hole · Source: Voltage Vibes

Modular Bits and pieces

Here are a few modules, synth concepts or things that make electrical noise that I’m chuffed to shine a light on for Midweek Modular.

Cereal Instruments Raze

From our orange knobbed friends comes the RAZE module. It’s a 4HP distortion module with three knobs and just an input and output. It’s designed to “destroy completely” and promises to move from subtle hard clipping to totally broken fuzz. Apparently, it gets worse over time as the signal continues to get annihilated depending on how far you turn the RAZE knob.

Cereal Instruments RAZE

Cereal Instruments RAZE · Source: Cereal Instruments

Meanwhile, the PUSH knob sets the amount of gain that’s getting pushed into the distortion circuit. Volume just about keeps everything under control.

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Cereal modules are generally straightforward and full of vigour and this looks no different. RAZE is available from the website for £80. If you fancy buying two you can get a sneaky 10% if you use the code “ONEMORECANTHURT”.

SoundForce uDCO

Coming to Superbooth 2022 is a new mini version of the SoundForce DCO. The DCO is obviously based upon the Juno-60/106 oscillator section and features 5 sliders for mixing waveforms and 5 sliders to control the tuning and modulation. The uDCO has all the same features (minus the FM input) but brings the 16HP package down to a mere 6HP. This is something SoundForce has already done with the uVCF filter.

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Of course, it’s all on little trimmer knobs but you are getting a solid and great sounding oscillator in an unquestionably fabulous smaller package.

Der Mann mit der Maschine DROID MegaSequencer

Mathias Kettner’s DROID Eurorack system of infinite possibilities has developed a fabulous looking HP eating sequencer. It’s formed from 16 of the B32 controller modules that have an array of 32 buttons you can assign to do anything you want within the system. With two rows of 8 modules, it undeniably forms a 512 button matrix of unparalleled sequencing beauty. Gosh, this thing is fantastic.

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There appear to be 2 polyphonic sequences running at once. One in white and one in blue coupled with a grid of 16×16 buttons. The bottom half doubles up as a controller for the sequencer where all the settings can be accessed while holding a shift button.

The Megasequencer was never intended to be a product, and basically, it was all about showing off the potential of these control modules and the versatility of the system. Unquestionably the main problem is the cost. The master DROID module costs €398 whereas each B32 controller is €268 making it a sequencer worth over €4,600! However, it has generated a lot of interest and undoubtedly looks amazing.

I’d like to get into the DROID system at some point because as a system of CV processing and manipulating it’s astonishing.

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