NAMM was a bit of a damp squib for modular, but elsewhere Apollo View took us down the Rabbit Hole, EMW introduced System-15 from Brazil and more.
Apollo View has taken on a Lewis Caroll vibe for the Rabbit Hole and Curiouser modules. While not exactly filled with the chaos and abandon of an Alice filled adventure, the whacking great big tube in the middle does offer a juicy infusion of saturation and character. Read more here.
Midweek Modular Bits and pieces
Here are a few more bits and pieces of modular coolness that I’m pleased to shine a light on for this week’s Midweek Modular.
Eventide Misha jazz machine
We already saw the Eventide Misha interval sequencer at Superbooth. But one thing that did come out at NAMM was a very different demo. I mentioned in my article about the module that I was a bit disappointed by the demo we saw at Superbooth and so I was intrigued by this different approach. However, freeform jazz was not really what I was hoping for.
What’s still missing from the Misha story is how it performs in a regular, bleep and bloop modular environment. Eventide needs to stop plugging it into a MIDI piano sound and let it rip up some analogue oscillators.
Bear Modules out of The Netherlands has a range of useful, uncomplicated and affordable modules in its Etsy Store. Just to highlight a couple, I really like FADE which is just 4 long-throw sliders with LEDs that generate voltage. You can use them to control any CV input on any other module with a lot of precision and from a single place.
XXPRSS is a similar idea, but this time the 4 CV outputs are tied to a single large knob. This gives you macro control over 4 destinations. You can set the range, offset and direction for each output which gives you some really interesting possibilities.
And finally, PAN which is a small 4 channel mixer with panning controls and a stereo output. Perfect for panning a submix of drum modules or just moving some of your mono sources about the place.
- Bear Modules Etsy store.
ALM Busy Circuits Cases
ALM has released a bunch of pre-assembled cases in a range of sizes. You could probably call them things like no-nonsense, streamlined, and utility. While there are no frills they have a solid power supply with lots of power ports, lightweight but strong anodised aluminium construction, rubber feet and an on/off switch.
The options include 84HP and 52HP in either 3U or 6U. Prices range from £165.83 (ex VAT) for the smallest to £331.67 (ex VAT) for the 6U 84HP case.
Circuit Happy ML2 Ableton Link module
Happy news from Circuit Happy that the ML2 module is now available. We originally saw it last year but it was delayed due to the usual chip shortage problems. The idea is that it can lock to Ableton Link on a network and output clock for your Eurorack. It can generate its own network and so be the source to which everything else can clock to. This enables you to sync your laptop and Eurorack via a wireless 2HP module. Genius for $215!
Patch Point Banana to Crocodile
If you’ve been wondering how to patch your 4U modular into your Soma Labs Pulsar-23 then look no further than the Patch Point Crocodile-to-Banana adapter. Patch Point also make stand-offs that plug into banana sockets to give some hands-on voltage control which would also benefit from the croc clips.
- Patch Point website.
- Bear Modules: Bear Modules
- ALM Eurorack Cases: ALM
- Patch Point Crocs: Patch Point