The little sequencer that could, Intellijel’s Steppy packs a ton of fun into a small footprint. You can check out my full review here: https://ask.audio/articles/review-intellijel-steppy
Over the years of reviewing modules for Ask.Audio, I’ve accumulated a sizeable archive of diverse recordings. Some of them are even nice to listen to! I decided it would be fun to go back through my experiments and compile a list of my favourites that could fit loosely into the ambient music genre.
Some of these recordings feel like complete songs, while others are more rough with abrupt starts and endings. I hope you enjoy my selected ambient modular experiments!
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
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.