My Ae Modular story is pretty short has I only ordered my first system with added modules yesterday... The topograf been the last drop to convince me. However, I've known and considered jumping in since it first came on the error instruments site... I had a fully loaded 12U*19" eurorack system but after couple of years switching everything around I decided to sell all at once... But now with Ae Modular I'll be able to have all and more at once (drum machine, synth, effect box, etc..) and still have it compact and outdoor friendly (which is my main gigs since couple of years).
Anyway, got some waiting to do... Looking forward to make sounds and share them here!
Hello. Michael from stevenage in the UK. I have spent years playing in bands. A brief step into making hip hop some years ago and a lifelong obsessions with boards of Canada and other similar ambient music. I started researching quite heavily how I could make boc style music. Firstly buying a digitone around 2 months ago. I then started exploring modular as a close friend is euro rack crazy. After getting some recommendations I actually stumbled across the aem. I watched a lot of YouTube videos more than once. A lot of videos on the created. After seeing how exited everyone is with the system I jumped in and brought the starter rack 2. I’ve had it for around a month And have filled almost all slots. It is literally the most fun I have ever had making music. (My wife believes it is the most annoying device ever!!) my only problem is I wish I didn’t have to work!! There’s not enough hours in the day!!
Hi I'm Sebastian. I've been working with VCV Rack, processed cassette recordings, and hardware synths for a few years now and finally hit a wall. I sold my all my desktop synths and invested in an AE system. It arrived today(!!!) and I am STOKED.
I've been into experimental electronic music for a while and lately quite a lot into live coding. I really like the modular mindset and I usually play with Supercollider in a modular way.
I have been considering wether to dive into the modular hole for quite a few years. Since I couldn't afford a serious Eurorack system I took the DIY path instead (from scratch, without any kind of electronics knowledge whatsoever) and ended up building all kinds of weird experimental electronic instruments with a friend (wucollective.com/) but never got to build any serious module. I tinkered with CMOS chips and did Lunetta-style thingies, but nothing fancy. It's been a great and fun way to learn about electronics and programming but it didn't satisfy the thirst for a modular synth that I have always had.
Then I heard about the AEM and I started seriously considering getting one. It felt like it would fill all my needs: it's modular, it's small, sounds great, it's affordable and easy to tinker with (so I could apply all I have learned about electronics during this last few years). I finally ordered a Rack2 system that got here a couple hours ago. I have never been so excited about getting any other piece of gear as I am now with my brand new AEM.
I'd like to thank Robert for putting so much effort into this project and for his brilliant contribution to the modular world.
On top of that, the community that is building around it is just as nice, and makes the experience even better. So I'm glad to meet you all, and so happy to become a member. I hope I can contribute, but will have find how
Hey all, Austyn here. I've been dabbling in modular for a little over 2 years now, pretty much only on programs like VCV Rack given the prohibitive pricepoint of a physical eurorack system. I stumbled across AEM when I was looking for a way to spend some money that was burning a hole in my pocket. I spent a few days doing a bit of research and looking into the forum here, and the system and community both seemed awesome, so I took the plunge. Bought the Starter Rack 2 plus a couple of extra modules a day or two ago, and I can't wait to get them in! About me, I did music for a living a few years back, standard band stuff, singing and playing the drums. Since then, I've had to take a more stable job, but modular started to call my name. I've tinkered with it a bit, followed a metric ton of people online who make music with it, and I fell in love. As I said above, tinkered with VCV Rack for a while, and have been on the lookout for a system that could fit in a reasonable budget; enter AEM. Now, just on the patient wait for my system to come in, and in the mean time, troll the forums and learn as much as I can while I wait!
I'm from Brazil and started djing psy chillout in 2006 in my state. I started to make some music just with software in Ableton then i was presented to circuit bending and my mind exploded. due to our terrible currency i never had the oportunity to afford a real modular synth. but this year i moved to Munich and a nice guy showed me the AEM. I got so excited, and actually now i'm saving $$ for buy one. it's gonna be awsome!!!
The thing that Tobias is poking at in the picture is one of the cabs (2nd, I think) for Gargantua. Cab 1 is partly built, in the foreground, sitting on top of the other two empties. So, this monster build is getting buttoned-up as I type this.
hello! i posted in the lounge already but might as well add to this thread here! my names Ross / hawklord2112 and i wandered in here from the euro market. browsing juno for some doepfer modules (cos im cheap) as EMIS in the UK is winding up trade (boo hiss) i saw the AE/tangible stuff - looked at it once, thought "naaaah not for me im all euro baby".
then a couple weeks later looked again and liked the idea
then a couple weeks later got a bonus at work
and my initial purchases turned up yesterday
the format is fiddly AF to my ageing eyes, i dont understand busses, MIDI is a swear word but i *love* the look and aesthetics of the system not to mention the price point! also - someone mentioned "further mutable clones" and i got sold (plaits and rings are my two favourite modules by far)
im planning to have my AE system as a "musical" synth to go with my euro "it sounds like you'd use it for interrogation purposes" rig.
and thats an actual quote from one of my co workers.
Look at it this way: if Eurorack is more "Del Dettmar", AE is more "Dik Mik". Makes sense to me!
Also, you don't necessarily _have_ to use the bus connections. They're convenient, but like my dealings with Moog modulars, I prefer having a good ol' patchcable moving my signals around, out where I can _see_ it.
AE's big strength...and it is BIG, lemme tell ya...is the cost. Sure, there's not a couple hundred different modules (yet!), but there's ample "primitives" in the line from which you can assemble some extremely complex subsystems. Gargantua's third cab contains six iterations of modules designed to work in tandem as sort of a "super-Buchla 259", with dedicated VCAs to control audio modulation gain between the VCOs. But while a Buchla 259e costs $1600 street, the necessary five AE modules for an even more complex iteration of the same idea comes out to about $190. In short, Gargantua's ENTIRE VCO COMPLEMENT comes out to about $400 LESS than just one of those Buchla modules. Buchla might have powerful tech, but Robert's stuff gives you raw _economic_ power that you can translate into a serious, workable system.
As for the patchpins...you get used to 'em. While waiting for Gargantua to arrive/stop being played with by the AE staff (heehee! I know you guys can't keep your hands off of it!), I've been working with a few other patchpin devices, notably a Folktek Mescaline and a Bastl bitRanger. The connections _seem_ fiddly at first, but you get used to trusting that the pins will stay where they should be.
... Since I couldn't afford a serious Eurorack system I took the DIY path instead (from scratch, without any kind of electronics knowledge whatsoever) and ended up building all kinds of weird experimental electronic instruments with a friend (wucollective.com/) but never got to build any serious module. I tinkered with CMOS chips and did Lunetta-style thingies, but nothing fancy. It's been a great and fun way to learn about electronics and programming but it didn't satisfy the thirst for a modular synth that I have always had.
Hi and welcome!
I just had a quick peek at the Wu Collective page. I really love the variety of projects there.
I am just getting started with a design and build of a linear controller like yours, also using the Spectra Symbol 500mm soft-pot. The latter fits the width of the wide AE modular case with millimetres to spare. Now, you may have influenced me to include some pressure sensors as well.
I am going to make a rough prototype out of cardboard or coreflute plastic, hopefully this week. I will journal as I go along in the DIY forum. I'll start by simply making it a 0-5v voltage source but will probably build a MCU of some kind into the box to add some gating, quantizing, midi etc. (but that might become a separate module). The idea is to fit it in a separate box, the same width and height as the modular case and to connect via bus ribbon cable connector.
AE modular has been a great way to provide a context for digging up various MCU boards I have gathering dust and letting them make music. I have a few projects on the go and will try to document them as I progress.
I think the community was a big factor in luring me in to the AE world. I'm so glad I didn't buy a truckload of Eurorack before I found this format.
Hi all, I first came into contact with AE modular system a few weeks ago at Noisebug in Pomona, CA. I was actually up there for a recurring techno BBQ put on by #FOFN, and made a quick stop at Noisebug to pick up a new electribe. I like testing out in store before I buy to make sure everything is working. As I was testing, I noticed a small grey-ish modular system with jumper wires. I don't know why, but it reminded me of an ARP 2600, just the looks of it. I've always wanted a 2600 but could never afford one. They had a starter system + a few modules on display, and I could not believe the price under $500 for a complete system with 2 rows. I decided to give myself an early christmas present and couldn't be happier. Happy to report that I can get 2600-esqu basses, really like the VCO envs and WASP filter.
I saw a YouTube video after looking for an inexpensive modular setup. What a rabbit hole this has ended up being!
I am not completely new to modular although my system (mismatch euro-rack) can make me feel stupid quite often, but maybe that is the fun and appeal in a way. Like a puzzle that frustrates but keep you engaged.
Just getting back into this after a six month hiatus, I think I got frustrated and set the system aside.
Steve Roach was one of the first people that really showed to me what I liked in music and where I wanted to go musically. I just loved the idea of traveling these vast, void-like inner spaces through sound.
AE Modular and Robert seem spot on, and I really dug Roberts recent jam session - which gave me hope for ambient with AE. I realize that set was not pure AE but I have faith something similar may be possible with some imagination (I am hoping).
My main focus for being here is community as well as help with finding the intangible sound in my head that wants to find its way out (if that makes sense).
Looking forward to seeing where this goes.
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
The first parts of my AE-Case (let's say V0.1) were: Case, Master, Delay (Lofi) and 2VCA, that were the modules I just needed. After that I got to V0.2 and got the Kick and the LFO And I am waiting for 2 modules to get to V0.3. (VCO and 4AttMix) (update : ordered and received)
After long thinking and seeing the video about bass I finally decided what my first priorities are in this case: - have a good bass sound - the kick - the effect (delay) So my case will enter the V1 state after the next purchase: - Wasp Filter (update : ordered and received) - 2 Env. (update : ordered and received) It seems I reached the V1 state.. )
V2 will be extending the Bass (D) and make the parts simultanious available (E) for my complete system (Eurorack and some small desktop synths) : - 2Signal Amp (D) (update : ordered and received) - Lopag (D) (update : ordered and received) - WaveFolder (D) (update : ordered and received) - 4 I/O (E) (update: ordered) >> Seq16 (could be in V1 or V2, just important to get 'soon') Just added Nyle Filter to my wish list (D) (update: ordered and received) Just added 2OSC/D to my wish list (D) (update: ordered and received). also added 2ATT as base for ducking (D) (update : ordered and received)
With the 4 I/O module ordered I only need to find a little extra budget for a Seq16, I moved the 2nd Wasp Filter to V3.
V3 will be about Ratcheting (F) ,Renewing (G) and Extending (H): - Some clock and logic modules for (F) - still researching - but first need to test the seq16 - New kick module (G) - 2LFO (update: ordered and received) (G) - New case (update: ordered and received) (G) - New Master Module (G) (update) SV Filter (H) (update: ordered) (update) 2nd wasp filter (H) (update) 2nd Lopag (update) 2nd 2VCA (H) (update) 2nd 2ENV (update) MS20 filter (H) (update) 2nd 4I/O (H) (update) AE modular case hinge kit (ordered) (H)
Welcome Henceforth, and welcome back from the hiatus! 😋 community, and inexpensive are two things you’ll definitely get here. But don’t let the price tag fool you, AEM is an ever expanding full featured modular.
thundersound, I’d venture to say you probably are the most meticulous AEM owner here! I’d love to hear some of your patches, I’m sure they follow suite! 😁
My story haven't change in 4 months. Still waiting for an update or answer to the contact form for adding the latest released modules... I'm not worrying at all. I'm sure I'll be more than happy in the end but getting a bit impatient to say the least . Sorry to anyone reading this and realizing the waiting time might be longer than expected (at least I did). Just needed to write something somewhere as I don't want to send a "where is my order" type of email. Email which would only be used to loose precious minutes of the reader's time. Hope to be able to participate fully in this community with sounds and other goodies but now just gotta wait... Tick tack tick tack
Post by young Protoboard on Jan 23, 2020 4:28:42 GMT
Six months ago a friend and Eurorack nerd (as much as he could be, given our broke twwntysomething status) dropped the name "AE Modular" as something I should look up. So I did.
After two weeks of intense googling, I placed an order. And then I waited. And waited, and waited... And sent good thoughts for Robert's health.
So then I bought everything listed in TTNM's DIY guide. And built. And built, and built...
Then my Rack 2 arrived. Three weeks later I placed order #2, and soon followed #3 and #4. And I waited. And I built. And that brings me to today, I think. Orders 2-4 are somewhere in customs in New York. And I'm still building.
I don't really know what I'm doing, either at the synth bench or the DIY bench both. But I sure am having a good time.
Hello. My name is Jack musically I go by Blakmoth. I create Drone and Ambient music. I’ve always been interested in modular but sheesh it’s expensive to get into. Then I came across AE Modular and the experience has been grand. I’m pretty sure my other I’ve been making music for some time with Korg Volca synths, designing sounds and releasing music but I was starting to feel like I needed a more “tangible” workflow. I work dawless and record everything on cassette, modular was the way. I received the System 1 a few months ago and fell in love. I believe the AE Modular format is amazing and the cost to value is incredible. I always say AE Modular changed my life lol.
Just ordered my Starter Rack 2 plus some extras. I was looking at eurorack for quite a while but concluded that it's just too vast and too expensive for me (even using DIY modules).
I also been playing with VCVRACK for an age and although I think it's a brilliant platform there is no real hands-on feel even with external controllers and you need a laptop to run it anyway. Still it's great for testing and storing patch ideas etc.
My current set-up comprises a Korg minilogue synth, Behringer Neutron semi-modular with an Arturia Keystep. Still learning how to make sounds with both synths and hope to use the Neutron alongside the AE Rack.
Welcome chmeee5! I also came from a software environment (for me it was Audulus). Awesome for learning concepts, but like you said completely misses the tactile hands on feel.
Another reason why I went to AEM was because I was spending hours looking at my screen, my eyes just couldn’t take it anymore! I haven’t really gone back to software since getting the AEM. I think you’ll really like adding it to your workflow 😊 there’s still a learning curve for sure, we’ll worth it!
chmeee5: just remember, there ARE easy ways to link all of that together, provided you have the right software (Silent Way, Ableton CV Tools, Volta) and a DC-coupled audio interface. Yep, just like Eurorack...just takes a bit more programming and prodding at the tuning tables.