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#491

Hi everyone. long time no post. in the past few months some amazing things have happened to me, and i can sum most of them up in one word:

Serge.

These modules… wow. I don’t really know what words to use to accurately convey the joy of using these modules. The layouts. The functionality. And the sound… dear lord, the sound. So raw, so fierce and full of character, yet FUNKY. the DUSG is the most funky envelope generator I have ever used. it always has this… groove, personality… this swagger to it that I have never heard anywhere else. the R*S eurorack version’s audio performance rivals that of my dpo and makes my maths quake in fear. That’s not even mentioning the harmonic subdivision capabilities that the Mangrove is so well known for.

The NTO… another wow. The FM depth and response is absolutely ridiculous. Bells, chimes, gongs, anything is possible with clever modulation. And the waveshaping circuit… Modulated at audio rates with multiple oscillators you can get wavetable oscillator like tones out of it. Since the circuit responds to bipolar modulation it’s kind of like a through zero waveshaping circuit.

I could(and will) go on, but I’ll save the rest of my gushing for the serge thread :wink:

I started building Random*Source Serge modules to fund my own personal system and it’s turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. Serge is MY synth. It fits the workflow and patching style I enjoy like a glove. I never would’ve found that out if I hadn’t taken the chance and started building.

So here’s my rack at the moment. the NTOs and DUSGs technically aren’t mine and will be going off to a customer in a few days.

I plan to keep my current case as a studio case, and buy a MN 7u case and skiff for my live performances. Here’s what i’m gonna fill it up with. I can’t decide whether I want to go with 2 renes(rene2 for melodies, rene 1 as a playable modulation sequencer and touch controller) or one rene and a Vector Space.


And here’s the ultimate evoluton of said case. a Black and gold MN shared system 7u, and another 7u of serge and various utilities. Each section represents a voice, and modulation and triggers will be shared between them. the matrix mixer allows for on the fly re-routing and re-patching. with a good drum machine and a poly synth i could perform with something like this for hours.

thoughts & comments? i’d love to hear from you all.


#492

yes Random*Source serge is fantastic! I also highly recommend the Resonant EQ which I think is one of the best in their line. And the VCM makes it so special that you cannot find any of its similar kinds else where

Although I have sold almost all my random*source babies except these two, to fund all of the Mannequins and Monome modules…I still miss them so badly~~~


#493

last night rearrangement with a new DIY case :wink:


#494

Nice minimal setup. What wireless keyboard do you use with TT?


#495

Average keyboard, but works fine for me: https://www.logitech.com/en-gb/product/wireless-touch-keyboard-k400-plus?crid=27


#496

I have the panel+PCBs for ResEQ, VCM, and VCFQ waiting for me to brush up on my soldering skills, and track down Mouser carts.
Your post is mighty inspiring!


#497

I feel the same way, and have gone fully into Serge 4U. The DUSG is absolutely amazing, and for those unfamiliar with it here’s a good primer on how crazy it is:

http://www.carbon111.com/alphabet1.html


#498

So funny you’d mention the RESEQ because that’s literally what i’m working on building right now. I have one that’s almost working waiting for a replacement capacitor(the leads on the polystyrenes like to break off all the time…) and I’m building another today with vintage russian millitary and tropical fish capacitors for extra grittiness. I’m going to decide which one i like between the two for my own system.

Let me know if you need any help with the mouser carts. i highly recommend using Digikey, Tayda, and texas instruments themselves for the components. you will save lots of money that way. my parts for the VCFQ were over 80ish dollars on mouser, less than 50 on tayda.

the VCFQ is another killer one but I haven’t spent as much time with it as I have with my VCFS. It deserves a thorough exploration and once the dust has settled I hope to have one.

Have you played around with any of the 3u versions to compare to the 4u? I’m still very interested in the 4u as possible points of expansion but i decided to go with the 3u for the time being because it’s more compatible with the gear i already own. Even Gary Chang switched from 4u to 3u(I sold him an NTO actually hehe) so they’re at least in the same ballpark.


Serge thread
#499

I believe they are basically the same circuits, so should sound really close if not identical. I just like banana cables and the size better than 3u/3.5mm.

If you’re doing Serge eurorack though I highly recommend getting a lot of stacking cables. The Serge patching techniques really rely on stacking.


#500

Clips of this? It looks bonkers.


#501

not used to take videos, just some small one on my instagram sorry


#502

I am just curious of how would the vintage russian millitary and tropical fish capacitors sound, compared to those with polystyrene caps. The parts must be quite difficult to source?


#503

What are your thoughts on the Tensor?


#504

Hi

I use this one, but i would not reccomend it, due to it’s poor quality


#505

I like Tensor quite a bit. It’s really versatile – pitch shifter, time stretcher, virtual tape loop, reverser, random glitcher, etc.

It’s got some really clever features. The two switches can be momentary or latching. It’s listening even when “off” (if powered), so you can immediately slam your audio into reverse for instance. If you’re using it to slow down time “live”, instead of the buffer running out, it resets at what it guesses is a musically viable time.

It’s not perfect in its pitch or time shifting (it’s based on a Spin FV-1, not an FPGA or something), and you can take advantage of that to impart some interesting character.

And then there’s the hold modes, ranging from relatively basic looper (with or without overdubbing) to a double-buffered mode that is hard to predict, but sometimes is almost like a normal delay and sometimes more like someone is playing counterpoint with you :slight_smile:


#506

I’m interested as well. I’ll be sure to make an A/B demo comparison. supposedly it’s supposed to be much more harsh and distorted. The tropical fish are relatively(?) plentiful from Smallbear electronics, and the russian ones are a bit hard to find. I used a combination of ebay and a couple actual russian component websites… apparently russian caps are popular for guitar pedals and amps.


#508

A clean start, a full case, a new workspace, in the corner of a generous colleague’s painting studio.


#509

nice. been enjoying following your filling of that case. big respect (and envy) for clear goals!


#510

My little system, September 2018 edition. My morning project was to rearrange the case and install the 1U row.

Links is probably redundant with all that Quadratt. So I’ve got 4hp.

Ideas? Was thinking a 2hp Nearness when they’re ready and maybe… a 2hp VCA? :thinking:


#511

I love those windows.