Hello all! I’m very new to this community and I’m contemplating dipping my toes into the modular world.
I’ve lately been really enjoying creating music with cassette tape loops, ambient/drone stuff. Here’s an example of what I’ve been working on lately: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDNz2y2PsBc 3. I recently have come into a bit of money, (but not a ton, I still have bills to pay), and I thought it would be nice to invest in my music a bit. After considering some other options, I’m starting to think it might be time to go modular. I’ve wanted to for a long time.
Now, I’m not super educated about synthesis or how the complexities of modular work, but I do have a 0-Coast and I’ve had some fun with it in the past. I’m mainly interested in starting out with a focus on sound manipulation, i.e. taking field recordings or music and processing it, so I’m not really interested in investing in VCOs or the like early on.
I kind of have my eye on the Qu-Bit Nebulae as a starting point. I’ve compared it to the Morphogene and in general it seems more intuitive and nicer to my ears.
Another thing I’ve thought about is the Clouds, of course. However, it seems like it really comes to life with some LFOs or random signals feeding into it, so going with Clouds might be more expensive starting out. Am I incorrect in my assumption?
But I’d love some feedback. Do you think these are good modules to compliment a tape-based sound? Are there other modules you would recommend higher, or are there others you would add? Do I need a mixer module to manage the line out?
FYI I’m thinking of starting out with the smallest available Doepfer case, the A-100 LC1. Instruments I own include a Bastl Microgranny, a few Tascam 4-tracks, a Yamaha PSS-270 and a Yamaha TG-33. I mention this because I wonder if the Microgranny is giving me things the Nebulae would also give me, causing redundancy.
Sorry to be so lengthy. Look forward to hearing your feedback!