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Re: Modular synthesizer - which one?

Postby Spiked Lunch » Fri Aug 15, 2008 7:47 am


Thanks for all your input,

I've decided to for the synthesizers.com portable 22 system + a clipper/rectifier module. I've put a provisional order in and I'm now waiting for a reply.

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Re: Modular synthesizer - which one?

Postby Pashmina » Sat Aug 16, 2008 1:13 am

I would go for Modcan if I were buying a single manufacturer system. They have a greater range of modules (like, you have single, dual and quad LFO modules, you don't have to tune a VCO down) and their modules are more fully-functioned and more space efficient if you go for the banana jack system - compare their A-series envelope w/dotcom's for example. it does way more, in a smaller space. I have 12 modcan modules, build quality is great and sound is exemplary, rich, "fat", analog.

There is no need to stick to one system though, in fact it's crazy to do so! Too much fun stuff out there.

Beware that there are a few manufacturers who are SLOW deliverers. I've waited 1yr+ and 3yrs+ for alleged stock modules from intransigents who will hold on to your money forever and NEVER deliver unless you hassle them continually and hold them up in public from time to time. PM me if you want my list of "never deal with agains"

Tony at Oakley is designing but isn't manufacturing modules himself anymore, they're now made (officially) by this dude:

http://www.krisp1.com/

Audio quality in Tony's designs is very very appealing. Strongly recommended. The phaser in particular is outstanding.
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Re: Modular synthesizer - which one?

Postby Pashmina » Sat Aug 16, 2008 1:32 am

Plus, if you REALLY want to maximise your bang-for-buck, buy Doepfer and buy USED. There is always LOADS of used Doepfer stuff about, either on ebay or at analog haven in the states.
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Re: Modular synthesizer - which one?

Postby krisp1 » Sat Aug 16, 2008 10:52 am

Hi
Oakley modular is alive and well Tony is designing Ceri and Julie are selling the PCB’s for DIY and I am building the moduels in both 5U MOTM format and as bespoke Frac
I have a delivery policy of 4 weeks for there purchase to ship from orders taken on 5U format
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Re: Modular synthesizer - which one?

Postby Arpangel » Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:55 am

Pashmina wrote:Plus, if you REALLY want to maximise your bang-for-buck, buy Doepfer and buy USED. There is always LOADS of used Doepfer stuff about, either on ebay or at analog haven in the states.

Sorry for butting in here, but is the import duty high when you ship from Analog Haven ?

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Re: Modular synthesizer - which one?

Postby Arpangel » Sat Aug 16, 2008 12:22 pm

Pashmina wrote:Plus, if you REALLY want to maximise your bang-for-buck, buy Doepfer and buy USED. There is always LOADS of used Doepfer stuff about, either on ebay or at analog haven in the states.

I've found Doepfer modules hard to come by seccondhand recently, and they usually go for quite high prices, when you can get them. I'm trying to put together a Doepfer system right now, and I need a few more modules, I've been looking for ages without any success. Analaog Haven have hardly anything on there site right now. I'll pay up 50% of the new cost of a module, anything above that and I'm not really interested. Ebay can sometime be fruitful, but things seem to be very quiet at the moment, for the "bread-and-butter" modules.

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Re: Modular synthesizer - which one?

Postby Pashmina » Sat Aug 16, 2008 3:24 pm

It comes and goes I suppose, I looked on ebay last night and there were 5 Doepfer modules up, as well as a few format-compatible ones that I didn't like the look of too much TBH.

As well as Doepfer, I see used Plan B modules on AH's site from time to time, these are directly compatible with Doepfer's frames and power supply busses.

Typically when ordering from the states you are going to get hit with import duty, VAT, and the clearance fee. the clearance fee is an annoying little bit of extortion, as is the fact that you get charged vat and duty of the shipping charges. Generally speaking, on small orders, the clearance fee has been the biggest hit in my experience. Once in a while you'll "get away with it" w/r/t the 2 IR duties, but not often since 9/11.
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Re: Modular synthesizer - which one?

Postby Spiked Lunch » Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:59 pm

Cheers for everyone's input, I've been thinking very hard and I've decided that I'm going to go with the dotcom system 22. I'm off on 2wks holiday this weekend so I'll put my order in when I get back :bouncy:
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