(Fwd) DSP stuff (was Re: Questions)

Marnix Bosman marnix.bosman at hacousto.com
Thu Nov 11 13:59:02 CET 1999

One other option are the modular systems from the german Company 
Doepfer http://www.doepfer.de/  .

The A-100 stuff is really good and quite cheap in comparison with the 
other options. The Nord Modular is very good indeed but this solution 
lacks the feel of real knobs and the patch cords. If you want the 
real deal, the doepfer is by far the cheapest option.

I don't know if Doepfer has an American distributor but that should 
not be a problem. I also have seen that Paia has a small modular 
system. It isn't displayed on their website yet ( 
http://www.paia.com/ ) but the are telling people about it in their 
current catalogue. I haven't heard it yet but it looks very 

Check it out.

Marnix Bosman
------------ marnix.bosman at hacousto.com ------------------
> Christian,
> on  Sun, Nov 7, 1999, 8:40 AM patchell wrote
> >     Actually almost all (not all, almost all) modulars are analog.  Building
> > a digital modular is not very easy.  If you want to part with about $1800,
> > take a look at this web site.
> >
> > http://www.clavia.se/nordmodular/
> >
> >     This is probably one of the best digital modulars you can get, but it is
> > not a D.I.Y.  It is a virtual analog.  Building a virtual analog synth is
> > probably a bit more difficult to do, mostly because the IC's come in surface
> > mount packages with a gazillion very tiny pins that break by just looking at
> > them wrong.
> The entire reply that patchell wrote was great, but I wanted to just add
> something to the para above.
> Clavia also make the micromodular which has half the DSP power and  less
> knobs, outputs, a cheaper display all for about $650 street (I ordered mine
> from Gelb in redwood city).
> If you can spare the bucks then this is possibly the best way to learn about
> modulars, and synths in general, since it has a huge variety of modules
> (more than you'll ever see in real life unless you are, or know, a
> millionaire), and is pretty easy to configure (though you do need a PC or a
> Mac to configure your patches.  The micromodular has to be the best kept
> secret of the non DIY universe.
> It really is a great learning tool and an awesome instrument.  I also love
> "real" modulars, since there's nothing quite like just tweaking away with
> something physical, I have a great system at home and am in the process of
> adding DIY members' modules to this, slowly.
> DSPs are very interesting to me.  Building the pure analog stuff is fun, but
> it would be great to have a DIY DSP synth project that people could
> contribute code to.
> I have huge respect for people who can design analog, I can read a schematic
> and solder boards together.  I have tremendous fun building things, but I
> don't understand enough of this to actually design things yet.
> But software is a different matter for me.  So I was wondering about the
> following: is anybody on this list working with any of the various DSP eval
> boards from the point of view of making noises.  Would anyone here be
> interested in getting together and buying some DSP eval kits and attempting
> a DSP DIY synth?  A lot of work, I know, but with several people working on
> it and open source for the code, this could be a really cool project.
> This is probably a pipe dream, but it would be cool to get a prototype up on
> for example a motorola eval kit and then design a diy dsp based synth that
> uses the same software, together with midi support.
> Just a thought, but if anyone is interested or has started this, let me
> know.
> Above all have fun!!!!
> Regards
> Nick
> -------------------------------------------------------------
> Nick Thompson,                      MacOs Release Engineering
> Apple Computer Inc, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014, USA

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