[sdiy] From a commercial standpoint -- has Eurorack "won"?

David G Dixon dixon at mail.ubc.ca
Tue May 3 07:15:50 CEST 2016


I've habitually added VCQ to my filter designs (many of which have ended up
in eurorack under the Intellijel banner) just because I can, but it's an
effect I see very little use for personally. 

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> From: Synth-diy [mailto:synth-diy-bounces at dropmix.xs4all.nl] 
> On Behalf Of Gordonjcp
> Sent: Monday, May 02, 2016 3:57 PM
> To: synth-diy at dropmix.xs4all.nl
> Subject: Re: [sdiy] From a commercial standpoint -- has 
> Eurorack "won"?
> 
> On Mon, May 02, 2016 at 11:46:11PM +0100, Tom Wiltshire wrote:
> >
> > In general, I'd say more synths suffer from too many 
> features than too few. Learning when to stop is crucial!!
> > 
> 
> Wasn't this the whole point of the Minimoog? :-D
> 
> While it's possible to patch together modular synths in an 
> incredible variety of different ways, if you want anything 
> other than swooshing noises or collossal electronic farting 
> noises, you tend to go oscillator->filter->amplifier, with 
> maybe an lfo driving the oscillator pitch and a couple of 
> envelopes to drive the filter cutoff and amplifier level.
> 
> I wondered for a long time why no synths (or okay, very few 
> synths, the Redsound Darkstar springs to mind) don't let you 
> modulate the resonance of the filter with an envelope or LFO. 
>  "Bet that would be easy with a modular!" but very few 
> modular VCFs have a voltage-controlled resonance input.  "Oh 
> it's easy with digital" and indeed it is - so I tried it.  It 
> sounded pretty crap, really.  Not a particularly exciting 
> noise at all.  Nowhere near as useful as sweeping the cutoff, 
> certainly.
> 
> I think it's easy to lose sight of what you're trying to do 
> and just go "oh I bet I could add a knob for..." without 
> thinking whether or not it's actually going to be useful.  I 
> know I do that, although I'm trying hard not to.
> 
> --
> Gordonjcp MM0YEQ
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