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Modular fx unit?
Old 4 weeks ago
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Gear Head
Modular fx unit?

Here's a noob question.

Are there modular setups out there for effects only? I have a few standard synths already that I'm happy with, I wanted to know if I could build a modular system only for effects like saturation, reverb, echo, delay etc and modulate them with some lfo modules.

I'm not looking to actually generate sounds with this set up directly, rather I want to run sounds through it and/or use the CV inputs on my existing synths.
Old 4 weeks ago
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Of course you could do that if you wanted. Most are likely just going to use pedals or dedicated fx units
for that, as a fully modular effects rig isn't likely to be the most cost effective solution.
Old 4 weeks ago
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You could do that, but I wouldn't recommend it. Effects modules can get pretty pricey, but including case and power, you could potentially have a $1000+ row of modules that doesn't do anything your DAW/hardware couldn't do cheaper. And that price is assuming you went with cheap stuff, and cheap reverbs and stuff usually aren't all that great.
Old 4 weeks ago
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I’d strongly suggest starting with something like the Koma Field Kit FX if you want to go down that path, as it will give you a nice tidy standalone FX unit that you can expand on if you want to go further into modular FX, but won’t require you to spend more money if you decide it isn’t a format you want to fully invest in for that purpose.
Old 4 weeks ago
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Accent View Post
I’d strongly suggest starting with something like the Koma Field Kit FX if you want to go down that path, as it will give you a nice tidy standalone FX unit that you can expand on if you want to go further into modular FX, but won’t require you to spend more money if you decide it isn’t a format you want to fully invest in for that purpose.
Good advice
Old 4 weeks ago
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Gear Head
Quote:
Originally Posted by Accent View Post
I’d strongly suggest starting with something like the Koma Field Kit FX if you want to go down that path, as it will give you a nice tidy standalone FX unit that you can expand on if you want to go further into modular FX, but won’t require you to spend more money if you decide it isn’t a format you want to fully invest in for that purpose.
Looking into it. Thanks for the recommendation!!
Old 4 weeks ago
  #7
Yes, the field kit is great.
You can build a dedicated FX modular, absolutely.
It depends a little bit on what you already have; what your setup is now, to fit that in.
Do you use MIDI? Or mostly software? Do you have a mixer? If yes, does the mixer have auxes?
Couple more questions:
Budget?
What kind of effects? (delays, reverb, phaser)
What quality? (rough or sophisticated sound)

Use modulargrid if you want to research different kinds of modules.
Old 4 weeks ago
  #8
I've always wanted to do this, basically to try and recreate Irmin Schmidt's Alpha 77:



"It's a set of modules in a box, basically: ring modulator, tape delay, spring reverb, chorus, pitch‑shifter, high‑ and low‑pass filters, resonant filters and a weird, pitch harmonic shifter thing."
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