As someone who enjoys running external signals into my modular, the Befaco Instrument Interface provided a huge level up for my system. The phantom powered mic input meant that I wouldn’t need an external preamp. Plus the envelope follower and gate extractor opened the door to allow external signals to actually interact with my patches in new ways. You can see how I put it to use in the video below.
Matrix Mixers are one of those things I came across when first getting into modular but didn’t really get and kind of dismissed as being overly complicated. I think I was also put off by the size of many of them, like the 4MS VCA Matrix. But when this little guy was released it caused me to reappraise things. I came across this Muffwiggler thread stating that Matrix Mixers are a uniquely eurorack type of mixer and really necessary for a proper system. Basically the usual sort of thing you come across on Muffwiggler, but it did strike a chord with me and pique my curiosity. I started to see the potential that this little guy could add to my system, so I thought I’d give it a try. This video provides the start of my journey down the rabbit hole. I’m still trying to determine how deep it will go.
I was quite happy to get my hands on this 4HP effects powerhouse from Happy Nerding. I really love a nice lush reverb, and they can really help to smooth out some of the harsh tones produced by a eurorack system. I own a Strymon Big Sky, so I was quite excited to hear that the FX Aid has algorithms based on the boutique guitar pedal. So of course, once I had it in the rack I had to do a few comparisons, which you can see and hear in this video.
Here’s a quick walkthrough of a couple modules from the fine folks at Qu-Bit. First up we have the Prism, a multi-FX module with a filter, delay, and bit-crusher.
Next we have the Qu-Bit Chord V2. This module is a convenient means to get polyphony into your rack, refining the concept of the original and reducing its size by half!
As a change of pace from my Ask.Audio reviews, I’ve started doing videos on modules starting with these handsome devils from Metasonix. Videos make a bit more sense for conveying information about modules because you can see and hear what the module does, rather than relying on descriptions and/or sound clips and putting the two together. These modules have continued to surprise me with all kinds of weirdness since making these videos.
First up is the RK2 XS-VCA, which is not your average VCA.
Next up is the RK3 Ringer/Shaper, which is not really a ring-mod, nor a waveshaper. You’ll just have to watch the video to get a sense of what it’s about.