Stochastic Instruments has taken on the manufacturing of the Stochastic Inspiration Generator and hopes to clear the backlog left by Omsonic.
The Stochastic Inspiration Generator (SIG) is a wonderfully creative sequencer and note generator designed in collaboration between Eurorack module makers Omsonic and Phineas de Thornley Head of the dBs Sound and Music Institute. I’ve talked very enthusiastically about this module since I first heard about it in July 2019. About a year later modules started appearing in the wild and having been an early sign-up to the waiting list I managed to acquire one. It’s a superb module! However, there seemed to be a struggle with availability and it appeared that Omsonic were having difficulty keeping up with demand and for various reasons production ground to a halt at the end of last year.
Phineas decided to form a new company, Stochastic Instruments, to take on the manufacturing and supply of the SIG and remove the burden from Omsonic. It was all very amicable and has taken a couple of months to make it all happen. Now, I am very happy to say, things are moving in the right direction and Stochastic Instruments has officially launched their slightly updated version of the SIG and the Expander. In a nod to the partnership with Omsonic they are keeping the look the same but otherwise are moving on independently. Omsonic will continue to release and maintain their own modules.
That’s great news! The bad news is that they are still clearing the backlog and have decided not to take any new orders until that’s done. I’m still waiting on the Expander myself but hopefully, that’ll be along soon.
Manufacturing Eurorack modules on a small scale is difficult and these makers are often firms of just one person who does everything from design to sourcing to building, testing and packing it in the box. So, I can understand how things can go awry. Hopefully Stochastic Instruments can make short work of the list and start taking new orders and maybe even develop new modules.
Phineas demonstrating and explaining the module at last years virtual Superbooth.