The Expert Sleepers Disting Mk4 is the ultimate swiss army knife of eurorack modules. A staggering 76 algorithms that completely change the behaviour of the unit, in a mere 4HP. It has become almost comical how reliably Disting has become the answer to the question: I want a module that does X but I only have 4HP left, what should I get? Naturally I’ve been curious for some time to find out how well this little wonder module stacks up to all this praise. Luckily Andrew Ostler from Expert Sleepers was kind enough to lend me one to check out.
The Disting is now in its fourth iteration. Each version brought a few improvements, but version four really raised the bar with the addition of a crisp dot-matrix display and a front panel MicroSD card slot. Since releasing the module, firmware updates have added another sixteen algorithms including three reverbs, a couple of choruses, and a euclidean pattern generator. With this much crammed into such a tiny footprint, I suspected some compromises and sacrifices had to have been made along the way.
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