The open-ended architecture of eurorack synthesizers make them very capable of processing live instruments in all kinds of exciting new ways. However, this open-ended architecture can also be overwhelming for those wanting to get started. With this article from September 2018 I hoped to demystify the concept and offer some ideas for how to get started. I still regularly see people asking about this sort of thing on Reddit and in other forums.
You can check out the article here: https://ask.audio/articles/using-external-instruments-with-modular-synthesizers
When I first heard about the Koma Field Kit, I was pretty excited because it’s right up my alley. I made my own eurorack system for processing field recordings, and this little box was made for capturing and mangling found sound type sources. Naturally I was curious how this little guy would compare to my system. You can read how it turned out here: https://ask.audio/articles/koma-field-kit-field-kit-fx-vs-custom-field-recording-modular-rig
Rather than writing a review in July 2018, I instead wrote an article on some alternative ways of patching things in the world of eurorack. You can view the full article here: https://ask.audio/articles/modular-synthesis-using-audio-as-cv-cv-as-audio
June 2018 was special because I got to review an entire synth instead of just a module. The Pittsburgh Modular Microvolt 3900 provides a fun bridge between east coast and west coast approaches. Domo kun approves.
My full review can be found here: https://ask.audio/articles/review-pittsburgh-modular-microvolt-3900
In May 2018, I delved into the Graphic VCO from Erica Synths. This fun and handsome little guy offers a variety of tweakable timbres.
You can read my full review here: https://ask.audio/articles/review-erica-synths-graphic-vco