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4MS Listen Four, Listen Four Quarters, Listen IO & Listen Up

Eurorack Modules By Stephan Whitlan
Published October 2020

4MS Listen Four: 10HP, +12V 70mA, -12V 62mA.4MS Listen Four: 10HP, +12V 70mA, -12V 62mA.

There is no denying that 'utility' modules get a bad rap and are seen by many as uncool. But I see them more as ugly ducklings: no matter how many hip and groovy tone-manglers you have in the rack, by all the right manufacturers, you are going to struggle to get much coherence out of them without some basic utility modules — mults, VCAs, attenuators and, most pointedly, mixers.

Mixers have traditionally been separate discrete studio components, partly because as the channel-count increases, so does their physical size. It would make little sense to have a Eurorack-mounted 20-channel (say) mixer if it left no room for your more interesting generative modules. Thus the attractive idea of making smaller sub-mixers which can be slotted into the rack without too much pain. 4MS have taken this approach and created a little family of units which offer a good balance of features to HP width, and which very cleverly can all be internally linked together to maximise functionality. They also work in stereo — or dual mono if you want — which is not so common in the relatively sparse landscape of mixer modules. They are set up specifically to deal with audio, although nothing is stopping you from...

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Published October 2020