The Doepfer A-100 System Power Connectors (source)
Eurorack exploded over the last few years; now most manufacturers make most everything in multiple iterations. I wanted to find a space to pontificate on the format as a whole. Many people seem to have bought in and sold off, occasionally multiple times. We’re now drowing in choice.
I feel like we all have a lot to share about both where we are personally, but also the state of things and where they could still go – or even fade away. Many of the most prominent personalities in the format have branched out into traditional music hardware. The end of 2019, when I’m starting this thread, seems like a good point for reflection.
This thread is for meandering thoughts and feelings about eurorack: the format, your journey, or however it finds you.
I find my system shrinking and consolidating - a general goal, but I’ve also been building a system-as performance instrument unto itself, so it remains mostly patched and changes are a substantial undertaking even as I need to explore specific parts of the system.
I’m a eurorack purist, so everything goes in the rack – not as a judgement call for others, just how I’ve chosen to work to constrain choice. I’ve also sold a lot of modules that I liked along the way. I miss having a system to explore on, so I’m considering a second system. Then again, this format is expensive, and do I really have time for two or more systems, even if I can spare the means?
I wish it was easier to internally normalize connections behind the panel. If semi-modularity had been evolved into the format as an option, my system would feel much more flexible.
One thing that is easy to underestimate, is how much eurorack system design is like collage. You get to a point where you need a smear of ancillary modules to rotate in and out of your system as it breaths. In that way, it can be more expensive than you anticipate or imagine – even if a big system is antithetical to your goals.
I also wish more modules were open source. When dealing with tools, it can be frustrating when a quirk of a particular design becomes a hamstring for your creative workflow.
I appreciate that eurorack lets you experiment with a lot of different people’s ideas without having to build everything from scratch - that’s one of the reasons I got out of Max. Everything turned into tool building and not performance. That’s still kind of true, but eurorack puts hard caps on that, and I’ve built up more confidence in my own creative ability and expression as a result. I am still tempted to take what I’ve learned and implement it all in software, build a controler.
But if I did leave it, I’d miss it.
I can see why so many people come and go.
(I went digging for a thread like this and couldn’t find one, so if I just totally missed the obvious, feel free to consoldate this topic – I’m kind of shocked it doesn’t exist?)