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Modular filters and gear; compatable with samples? Analog Processors (HW)
Old 15th September 2011
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Modular filters and gear; compatable with samples?

This may be a real dumb question, but I was wondering if modular gear like the Analogue Solutions SY 02 is capable of filtering samples played through it off of my laptop through an audio interface. By samples I mean sounds taken off of records, not analogue synth loops, etc.

The second question I guess is, if it indeed works, how would I use it? Is there a good 1/4" to patch-cable solution, and does it degrade the quality of audio coming out the other side?

Thanks!
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This may be a real dumb question, but I was wondering if modular gear like the Analogue Solutions SY 02 is capable of filtering samples played through it off of my laptop through an audio interface. By samples I mean sounds taken off of records, not analogue synth loops, etc.

The second question I guess is, if it indeed works, how would I use it? Is there a good 1/4" to patch-cable solution, and does it degrade the quality of audio coming out the other side?

Thanks!
er. yeah.. audio is audio.. doesn't matter where it comes from.. get the levels right and you can route it anywhere.

just get the right cables and you'll be fine. though an input module (envelope follower or something like it) will likely be needed.

are you thinking about building a small modular system for processing sounds?
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Old 15th September 2011
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Thanks for the replies dudes, that A-119 is just the thing I needed! I'm thinking of making a Eurorack modular setup with Doepfer gear because it's inexpensive and good quality. The first thing I want to do is setup an external in, envelope generator, LFO and filter, and I guess a 1/4" output if that's a possibility.

I had a couple questions; what's the difference between a standard LFO and a Voltage Controlled LFO? Would a standard be that much worse?

And does anyone have case recommendations?
Old 15th September 2011
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The fun with Voltage controlled LFOs starts when you have two or more and have them modulate each others frequency heh
Old 15th September 2011
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Thanks for the replies dudes, that A-119 is just the thing I needed! I'm thinking of making a Eurorack modular setup with Doepfer gear because it's inexpensive and good quality. The first thing I want to do is setup an external in, envelope generator, LFO and filter, and I guess a 1/4" output if that's a possibility.

I had a couple questions; what's the difference between a standard LFO and a Voltage Controlled LFO? Would a standard be that much worse?

And does anyone have case recommendations?
depends on your location.
shipping cases across the ocean is not handy.

the a-119 can be modded easily by swapping out the chip.

the standard LFO of Doepfer is quite good and cheap.

also check out this one heh

the 1/4" output of Doepfer is handy (I kept it), but soldering your own 1/8"-1/4" cables is easy and cleaner when working. (one less module)

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The fun with Voltage controlled LFOs starts when you have two or more and have them modulate each others frequency heh

yes, that's a fun trick! and then have one of the VCLFOs be the master clock, while it's being CV-ed, so it's feedbacking on itself all the way. add an attennuator or delay line somewhere and tweak.
Old 15th September 2011
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There's also some great boutique modules in Euro (the Doepfer standard).
I particularly like Analogue Systems.
Yeah, all you need is some kind of audio in, your filters, and an audio out.
Bear in mind you need two of everything for stereo, otherwise you can just go into your audio processing rack as mono.
Old 15th September 2011
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There's also some great boutique modules in Euro (the Doepfer standard).
I particularly like Analogue Systems.
Yeah, all you need is some kind of audio in, your filters, and an audio out.
Bear in mind you need two of everything for stereo, otherwise you can just go into your audio processing rack as mono.
Are there no filters that accept stereo inputs?
Old 15th September 2011
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One of my colleagues has a huge modular system, and we've released music in which he has thoroughly mangled samples with his modular, probably the best example is here:

Blood In, Analog Out | Double Felix

Just an example of what can be done, I'm not trying to say it's great or not, just that this is an example of some hardcore modular mangling of samples...
Old 16th September 2011
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Are there no filters that accept stereo inputs?
Probably.
I can't think of any off hand, but I don't follow Euro format closely.
You need stereo audio input too.
I know there are plenty of stereo output modules.

It's no big deal, just an issue of space and cost.
I do mono processing a lot anyway.
But be aware that most modular modules are mono (inputs, filters, vca's and other audio processors).
Old 16th September 2011
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One of my colleagues has a huge modular system, and we've released music in which he has thoroughly mangled samples with his modular, probably the best example is here:

Blood In, Analog Out | Double Felix

Just an example of what can be done, I'm not trying to say it's great or not, just that this is an example of some hardcore modular mangling of samples...
Thanks for the demo dude, I like it.

I've been prowling Analogue Haven's website and have found everything I'll need except one thing; an inexpensive and in-stock case. It seems like only Doepfer has cases for sale on their site. Any recommendations for a ~40hp case that's preferably around $300?
Old 16th September 2011
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the only way to get that much for that budget is to source some old industrial standard eurocard racks, or get some connection strips (to bolt the modules on) and DIY a case yourself.
many of the readymade cases are expensive IMHO.

PSU you can buy from Doepfer, Power One, TipTop, and others.
Busboards from Doepfer, TipTop, or CatGirlSynth (Ken Stone).

It's not that difficult.
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Didn't notice the DIY gear til you pointed it out, wicked. Thanks dude.
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Are there no filters that accept stereo inputs?
buy 2 of the same module

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Any recommendations for a ~40hp case that's preferably around $300?
the happy ending kit from tip top audio is under $200

a n a l o g u e h a v e n
Old 16th September 2011
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Question: why are audio input and ouput modules needed? I understand that you would need to amplify something like a guitar, but isn't the output of soundcards and hardware samplers hot enough for the filter? And couldn't you go directly from the filter into the audio in of the soundcard? I have been considering a happy ending kit with modules for effects processing, but I would rather not use precious space for i/o modules if that is not absolutely neccesary.
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Question: why are audio input and ouput modules needed? I understand that you would need to amplify something like a guitar, but isn't the output of soundcards and hardware samplers hot enough for the filter? And couldn't you go directly from the filter into the audio in of the soundcard? I have been considering a happy ending kit with modules for effects processing, but I would rather not use precious space for i/o modules if that is not absolutely neccesary.
i have gone directly from drum machines/synths into the modular via 1/4 to 1/8 patch panel without any issues. but back out of the modular i always go through a VCA for controlling the gain. i just use a ptch panel to go from 1/8 to 1/4

it's passive so does not require power which means you can stick it in a little box next to your case if needed. that's what i do so i don't lose any space in the case. but analogue systems modules don't have the screw holes center in the same way so you have to widen the holes with a file or drill bit. pretty easy to do. doesn't matter if you are DIYing a little box for it though. i just screwed mine into a little wooden box.

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Old 16th September 2011
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If you just want to do filtering you could look into standalone hardware filters like Sherman, Mutator, Ebbe und Flut etc. Mutator is stereo.
Old 16th September 2011
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If you just want to do filtering you could look into standalone hardware filters like Sherman, Mutator, Ebbe und Flut etc. Mutator is stereo.
Filtering is admittedly the initial goal but I'm leaning towards a modular setup because down the road it offers a lot more possibilities and I can make it do things even the likes of a Mutator couldn't do.
Old 16th September 2011
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buy 2 of the same module



the happy ending kit from tip top audio is under $200

a n a l o g u e h a v e n
THANK YOU

That kit looks perfect man, just what I needed and it's even cheaper than the Doepfer DIY kit. Awesome.
Old 17th September 2011
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i/o transformer balanced:
Vermona TAI-4

I got this to ramp up the volume of some synths:
Circuit Abbey Gozinta

gainstaging and i/o will mean a step up in quality of your sound
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