Moog is selling modulars again.


That’s a shot of the re-introduced Moog Modular System 55. It’ll cost ya about $30,000.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Moogs, and I have loved them since I first saw the cover of “Switched-On Bach” (even tho’ Bach’s headphones are plugged into the input of a filter).sob

Buuuuuut, they are so severely overpriced I’m afraid these new boxes are destined to be tax sinkholes for some rich guys.

A couple of synth bloggers have latched onto this situation and have some harsh comments.

MsModular writes “Dear Moog, Your Modular Systems Are Overpriced” and Roger Arrick at thinks so, too. Roger builds and sells similar gear at a fraction of the cost. The Moog module format is known as “5U,” but don’t think you’ll be able to plug one of his 5U modules into your overpriced Moog… the power connector is different, 5U trigger/gate isn’t a “switch trigger” like Moog’s, and the differences go on for a while. Both of these are interesting reads.

I have Eurorack because I am a man without a giant trust fund.


Patch Cord Porn



To keep all my patch cords from looking the same, I have taken to putting heat shrink tubing in thin strips on them so I can find the matching ends in a big patch. I can also tell how long they are by my little length code, so I don’t grab one that’s way too shot. Here they in a nifty cable rack from Koma Elektronik.

So I bought a frequency shifter…


Some guy was liquidating his system on Ebay and it was cheap and I had room. A Synthesis Technology E560 Deflector Shield.

It seemed like it would be a natural for smashing sound that comes out of the Qubit Nebulae and some sound loaded up on a flash drive. After the Deflector Shield shifts and decimates the sound that’s been resampled and majorly screwed-with, the output goes into the TipTop Z5000 Reverb, which does more than just reverb.


With some editing to make it palatable, here’s “Santorum.”

Somebody get me this for Christmas.



This is a Future Retro Zillion algorithmic sequencer. A few settings cause the Zillion to generate sequences of notes via Midi.

It’s based on the Triadex Muse, a musical toy from the 1970’s.

Here’s a Zillion with a bunch of other Eurorack stuff.

Triadex Muse

The Muse was designed by Marvin Minsky and Edward Fredkin, both MIT professors with an interest in artificial intelligence, Intended as a compositional aid.

Here’s a vid with the Triadex Muse, Amplifier and LIght Show.

An algorithmic music generator, the Muse uses digital logic circuits to produce a sequence of notes based on the settings of various parameters. It has four small sliders that control Volume, Tempo, Pitch, and Fine Pitch.

Extremely rare. I wish I woulda gotten one back in 1972.

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