Here’s some advice if you’re considering getting into modular synthesizers.
Step 1) Join Muff Wiggler. This is the ultimate synthesizer community. Discuss, buy, sell, trade, learn. Leave a bunch of meaningful messages and reply frequently because rewards happen when you’ve reached 100 posts.
Step 2) Decide on a format. The format will determine, ultimately, how much money you will spend.
Look at this chart from synthesizers.com.
That’s 25 possible formats, officially, not to mention the DIY crowd, that just makes their own as they go along.
The format you choose will determine how much money you will spend.
For example, Buchla gear is VERY VERY expensive.
You’re looking at about $40,000 worth of Buchla there. And Moog ain’t so cheap either.
Moog Music System 35, courtesy moogmusic.com.
That System 35 (newly reintroduced) is $22,000 and it’s not even the BIG one.
So, I went with Eurorack. It’s smaller, MUCH cheaper and there are a lot of modules of a great variety available.
Step 3) Pick a case.