Modular Synth Dilemma

This is hell and fun at the same time. Here are some options I came up with to fit my monorocket 104hp. Thoughts?

TipTop Audio z8000 Based - Midi2CV, Wiard Oscillator, Intellijel Dixie ii, Pittsburgh Filter, MakeNoise Maths, Intellijel uVCA, Pittsburgh LFO2, Pittsburgh ADSR, TipTopAudio z8000

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I like the several sequencing options the z8000 provides.

MakeNoise Rene based - Midi2CV, Wiard Oscillator, Intellijel Dixie ii, Pittsburgh Filter, MakeNoise Maths, Intellijel uVCA, Pittsburgh LFO2, MakeNoise Rene

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Realtime hands on control via the Rene is really appealing. But I lose an ADSR.

Kilpatrick 4815 Pattern Sequencer - Midi2CV, Kilpatrick 4815, Wiard Oscillator, SynthTech e350, Pittsburgh Filter, Pittsburgh LFO2, MakeNoise Maths, Pittsburgh ADSR and Intellijel uVCA

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This feels like cheating, but in a fun way. Limited to the scales the sequencer supports and only one CV/Gate out with limited tweaking… Feels like i’m forcing a sequencer into the rig. But I can fit in the SynthTech :)

Kilpatrick 2579 Step Sequencer - Midi2CV, Kilpatrick 2579, Wiard Oscillator, SynthTech e350, Pittsburgh Filter, Pittsburgh LFO2, MakeNoise Maths, Pittsbugh ADSR, Pittsburgh Ring Mod and Intellijel uVCA

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Old school step sequencing. The least hands on control and probably the most traditional (or boring depending on your point of view). But, this step sequencer supports two sets of 16 step CV/gate, has a song/sequence mode and allows for the most modules to fit. Like an MPC with 2 midi tracks for a modular. It does allow CV in to mess things up a bit but is a Doepfer DarkTime better?

One option I didn’t list is - no sequencing at all in the modular world. Use Max/MSP and Midi/Expert Sleepers and just load up on Oscillators and modulation. The reason I like modular is due to the infinite creativity and mix and matching. Max/Msp allows a lot of creativity and flexibility. A hybrid approach. But mixing and matching between digital and analog becomes tricky unless you really are building some cool things in Max and are ok with with the extra interface needed… probably bigger than one you’d use to record the modular. Its just more work to patch the sequencer into the rig.

The z8000 has 10 sequencers… now, that allows you to be simple with a traditional 16 step sequencing or go crazy like Richard Devine or Surachai with 10 sequences.

And I haven’t even looked at Harvestman yet… This is worse than collecting Guitar Pedals.

A random sequence used to test the installation of my entry into Modular synths. Not very exciting I know, but it was just to test the install.

Midi From Ableton Live into a Pittsburgh Modular Midi2 to the Wiard Oscillator. Its Square output into the Pittsburgh Moduler Filter and a bunch of other wires going around between the Oscillator and Filter. An LFO is messing with the Filter’s L-H sweep. Output is from the Filters L-H output.