Best of 2017: Eurorack Synth Modules

The eurorack world continued to expand in 2017 with a large number of new modules, as well as improvements on old modules unleashed into awaiting racks and eager hands. Distilling these new additions to the landscape into a top ten list seemed like an exercise that was doomed to fail. Instead I decided to list a few module highlights in a few categories. So here are some of the modules that caught my eye, or created enough buzz for me to take notice.

Check out my list here.

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Making Generative Music With Eurorack Synths

Eurorack users often find that their patches can take on a life of their own, and this is actually one of the goals in the creation of generative patches. Generative patches, or generative music, is the concept of connecting your modules in such a way that they basically play themselves with little or no interaction from the user, yet the music evolves and changes without repeating itself. This is sometimes also referred to as Procedurally Generated Music, and it is something that modular synthesizers and computer programs are uniquely qualified to do. In fact, the term was originally coined (not surprisingly) by Brian Eno while working with software. He used this term to describe “any music that is ever-different and changing, created by a system”. The approaches to generative music can be almost as varied as the results, but there are a few ingredients and techniques that are essential. Continue reading “Making Generative Music With Eurorack Synths”

Review: Expert Sleepers Disting Mk4, Swiss Army Knife Of Eurorack Synth Modules?

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. Continue reading “Review: Expert Sleepers Disting Mk4, Swiss Army Knife Of Eurorack Synth Modules?”

The Making of Belizean Heat: Part 8 – Caves Branch

I was able to borrow a GoPro camera for my trip to Belize, so I actually have a lot of video footage. Eventually I hope to use that footage to make videos for at least a few of the songs. This song is actually more based on video footage than field recordings, and it spent a lot of time in limbo before I figured out a direction for it. Once I did settle on a direction it was actually completed quite quickly (by my standards). It was one of the last songs finished on the album along with Stowaway, which I talked about in the last making of post. Continue reading “The Making of Belizean Heat: Part 8 – Caves Branch”

Making A Strong Case: EMC On Their New Eurorack Modular Cases

While writing an article for Ask.Audio on starting a eurorack system, I reached out to 2Egress Sound & Design (2Egress.com) to ask for some photos of their beautiful cases, and Brock and Dion were happy to oblige. They’ve recently launched a new site, EMC (EurorackModularCase.com), focused on, well I think the name spells it out pretty clearly. I sat down with them over FaceTime for a fun chat about their new endeavour, our shared love of Japan, and their recent relocation.

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