Top Eurorack Tutorials
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Top 16+ Eurorack Tutorials 2022

We have created for you a rating of the Best 16 Eurorack Tutorials as the most viewed and by excellent reviews of musicians

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  1. Derp Modular
  2. Make Noise “Shared System Serie”
  3. Grendel DC2e Eurorack “Drone Synthesizer”
  4. Anthony Child aka Surgeon modular setup
  5. Choosing Utility Mixers for Your Modular System
  6. DATA – Multifonctions Tool for Eurorack
  7. 25 Essential Modular Synthesizer Records
  8. Mutable Instruments Warps
  9. CARBON Crowdfunding Campaign
  10. Grids for Max For Live
  11. Patchblocks for Eurorack announced!
  12. Macro Machines – Omnimod (Eurorack)
  13. Now available : Roland System 500 Eurorack Modules
  14. “isms” Eurorack modular synth case
  15. Waldorf nw1 Eurorack
  16. Spektro Audio Modular Sample Recorder

1. Derp Modular

Keeping track of what is cabled where on modular systems can be a hell of a job, Derp arrive on the market with an original and unique solution.

Derp is a performance connector that splits into two parts for quickly connecting modular systems and other audio gear.

Made to facilitate complex live patching and stress-free modular setups. Each block has 5 x 3.5mm or 1/4″ jacks per side.

Derp are interchangeable and enable cross-patching between multiple Derp units during performances.

Derp can be exchanged, rotated and shifted to manage complex pre-patched connections during a performance.

Use Derp Mix Blocks as a 5-channel gender changer to patch from 3.5mm to ¼” cables or vice versa.

Use Derp to bring rear connections to the front, or as an emergency extender for extra long cable runs.

Each Derp is handmade in the U.S.A. of durable urethane plastic and comes in 5 different colors.


2. Make Noise “Shared System Serie”

Here is a quite nice project from Make Noise, manufacturer of eurorack modules and systems.

A selected artist takes one of their “Shared System” and make music exclusively with it. The release is later produced on the Make Noise label.

It’s a clever idea and the vinyl records are true wonderful… Unfortunately sold out already for most of them.

Have already appeared on the label artists such as Richard Devine, Alessandro Cortini, Robert A. A. Lowe, Keith Fullerton Whitman and Surachai.

The Shared System Series compiles the separate recordings of several artists utilizing the same electronic musical instrument, the Shared System. At times it feels as though electronic music has become an overly automated form driven by simplified genre specific apps and software. What happens when the signal path is not pre-defined or optimized for a popular result? The Shared System is a modular synthesizer developed by Make Noise. It has no pre-determined signal path, and is not designed for any particular musical destination. In limiting the artists to this one instrument, we hope the Shared System Series of records will purely illustrate the intentions of the artists.

High quality master lacquers were made by SAE Mastering, and shipped to URP for pressing. The result is a high fidelity 7″ record. Like the Shared System instrument, the sleeves for these records are a combination of digital and analog technology. They are designed using computer software and printed using a hand-cranked letterpress called the Vandercook 4.

Series curated by Surachai.


3. Grendel DC2e Eurorack “Drone Synthesizer”

A new eurorack synthesizer especially made for drones sounds… Very interesting !

 

Rare Waves USA just introduced a new analog synthesizer called the “Grendel DC2e” especially made for drone sounds. It is an evolution of one of their previous classic, the “Drone Commander”.

From Rare Wave website :

Grendel Drone Commander 2 is a true analog synth built with extensive use of discrete transistor technology. Its minimalist control panel presents twelve solid metal knobs, and every one doubles as a push-pull switch to modify the tone in thousands of possible combinations.

Behind the panel is a newly designed all-analog sound engine with two oscillators, two filters, an envelope generator, and a comprehensive LFO section capable of producing four simultaneous waveforms.

We’ve built in a number of features that can’t be found anywhere else, making DC-2e a unique and highly playable tone source for drone music, leads, bass, and sound effects. This model speaks up with an especially gnarly baritone voice and loads of bass. Its simple knob-per-function layout frees you from memorizing button-press sequences, eliminating those stifling “What does this bleeping computer want me to do now?” moments.

Play the Main Module on its own, or add the Expander for lots of patching options.


4. Anthony Child aka Surgeon modular setup

Anthony Child better Known as “Surgeon” has for some time integrated a modular system in his DJ performance.

As an active member of the forum MUFF Wiggler, he himself started a subject in which he explains the different modules comprising its system.

A great opportunity to discover more deeply how this magician of techno music like working and what are the basic elements which serve to create a sound radical, powerful but still nice to hear.

Add to this a superb performance at the festival Dekmentel equipped with its modular system …

A huge thank you to Mr Child for sharing this! Very interesting.


5. Choosing Utility Mixers for Your Modular System

Certainly less popular than synthesizers and effects, utility modules are highly important in a modular system.

They don’t look exciting at all, no fancy graphics, very little or no controls knobs… They usually doesn’t make any sounds and are often overlooked…

But in fact, utility modules are what will makes your modular system unique ! Because of their respective functions, utility modules will allow you to route your signal through various modules and add or remove various modulations possibilities.

So, if you’re planing on creating your own modular system, after choosing the most awesome synthesizers and LFO’s around, you should take great care about selecting the right utility modules in order to enhance your sound sources modules.

Here is an excellent article on Facebook about how to choose utility modules. We also added a playlist of 6 videos explaining what modules are made for.


6. DATA – Multifonctions Tool for Eurorack

A multifonctions tool for your Eurorack modular synthesiser.

The Ultimate Utility Module

The DATA is a digital platform for testing, measurement, and signal generation in Eurorack modular synthesis systems. It is a modular tool kit, with functions applicable to any system and style.

Use the DATA’s scope to view the interactions between your control voltages and audio signals, allowing you to master your modules by understanding their voltage ranges, control shapes, and parameter responses. Use the DATA’s dual waveform generator to dial in a precisely scaled LFO for CV control, or use the waveform’s frequency “note mode” to effortlessly make dyads (two note chords). Use the DATA’s clock program as a master clock or to divide or multiply an incoming clock signal, sending two different clock outs to gate modules directly or as control to sequencers.

The possibilities of the DATA are basically unlimited; with the included microSD you can update the DATA’s firmware and we can continue to refine and create new programs.

The Many Forms of DATA

The DATA will be shipping with the 7 following functions, as seen in the demo video:

4 Channel Oscilloscope
Monitor four independent CV or audio channels
Selectable voltage scale, position, AC/DC coupling, and visibility
Trigger from any channel, with full scale, user-selectable trigger level
Time scale ranges from 50µS to 5 seconds per grid square (total range of 600µS to 1 minute of signal across the screen)
X (time) and Y (voltage) measurement cursors with difference display, allowing for simple measurement and windowing of any input signal

Tuner
Measure the precise frequency of any of the 4 incoming signals with a large frequency display
The tuning display shows your distance from the closest note graphically and as a frequency number
Nearest note is automatically detected and changes while you tune

Voltage Monitor & Source
4 channel input display with real-time voltage readout, a simple CV scope
2 channel manual gate source; hit the bottom buttons one and two for a 0-5V gate out of the CLOCK/GATE outputs 1 & 2 respectively.
2 channel selectable voltage source; dial in -5 to +5 CV values and they are constantly output from the WAVE/CV outputs 1 & 2

Dual Waveform Generator
Two independent oscillator channels, with control over frequency, phase, amplitude and offset (wave center)
Current waveforms: sine, square, saw, triangle, with waveform output display per channel
Frequency range: 4kHz down to 0.01Hz, selected per numeral for quick, precise value input
“Note Mode” frequency selection available independently for either oscillator
CV assignable control over frequency (1V/Octave) and amplitude (digital VCA)
Flexible CV control routing; any of the four input jacks can be freely assigned to any destination, with per destination attenuation (percent value)

Dual Clock Source with Clock Division & Multiplication
“External Sync” or “Internal Clock” modes; use it as a precise and stable master clock, or as a clock processor sync’d to an external clock source
Dual clock outputs, each can be a ratio of the main clock (internal/external), current div/mult values: x32, x24, x16, x12, x8, x6, x4, x3, x2, 1:1, /2, /3, /4, /5, /6, /8, /12, /16, /24, /32
Beat offset shift for each clock pulse, +/- 96 steps
Clock display bars show the beats of the main clock and two output clocks relative to each other; shift the offset or change the ratio and the pulses positions change in real-time
Pulse Per Quarter Note (PPQN) of the external clock signal user selectable from 1 to 24, allowing for sync’ing to a range of sources (and for further changing your output ratios if used creatively!)
Input jacks 1 & 2 act as “Clock Sync” and “Reset” inputs while in “External Sync” mode and as “CV BPM control” and “Reset” while in “Internal Clock” mode
Input jacks 3 & 4 are user-assignable CV input sources, which can be assigned to control either of the output clock’s div/mult values and offsets, with selectable attenuation per destination

Spectral Analyzer (single-FFT)
Display the current harmonic content of any of the 4 incoming signals
User-selectable filter window (Square/None, Hann, Bartlett)
Peak frequency bin readout shows you frequency range of the first harmonic (fundamental frequency) in the signal

Spectrograph (multi-FFT)
Display the harmonic content of any of the 4 incoming signals over time
Each column of pixels along the X axis is one frame of the Spectral Analyzer’s display.
User-selectable filter window (Square/None, Hann, Bartlett)
Controls for display clear and run/stop


7. 25 Essential Modular Synthesizer Records

Modular synthesizers are great to experiment and create strange sounds… But is there good music made from these systems?

The answer is definitely “YES”!

Redefine Mag proposes a list of 25 recordings composed with modular synthesizers.

Modern or older, there are some classics like “Morton Subotnick – Silver Apples of the Moon” as well as lesser-known gems of the general public such as “Ataraxia – The Unexplained”.

Klaus Schulze, Alessandro Cortini, Tangerine Dream, Donnacha Costello or Aphex Twin are as well in the selection!


8. Mutable Instruments Warps

Warps is a multi-purpose Waveshaper and Cross-Modulator incorporating Cross Fading, Wave Folding, Ring Modulation that basically blend and combine two audio signals together.

A variety of wave-shaping and cross-modulation methods – some of them emulating classic analog circuits, some of them purely digital – are provided by the module.

With Warps, the cross-modulated sound can be sculpted with control voltages along 4 dimensions: by controlling the amplitude and distorting the input signals, by smoothly scanning through the collection of modulation algorithms, and by adjusting a timbre parameter controlling the brightness/harshness of the modulated signal.

Since many classic cross-modulation effects work best when the carrier is a simple waveform – for example, a sine wave for ring-modulation or a buzzing waveform for vocoding – Warps includes a digital oscillator offering a handful of classic waveforms. This internal oscillator, which tracks V/Oct and supports through-zero FM, will replace the carrier audio input – freeing up one oscillator in your system for other duties!


9. CARBON Crowdfunding Campaign

Famous modular brand Kilpatrick needs your help…

CARBON

Sequencer and Performance System

Ever since the K4815 Pattern Generator module was released to great praise in 2010 we have been planning a follow-up product that would take the Pattern Generator concept to a whole new level.

After five years of planning and exploration we are proud to present: CARBON

CARBON offers several distinct and powerful functions that will change the way you compose and perform.

CARBON Crowdfunding Campaign

Kilpatrick Audio is proud to launch the CARBON crowdfunding campaign to help fund the development and production of this exciting new product! CARBON represents our most ambitious project to date and we hope that you will consider helping us. Your pledge will help us complete the CARBON hardware and software design and ramp up the first production run.

We have years of experience designing and building successful products, including the PHENOL Patchable Analog Synthesizer which was successfully funded through Kickstarter and has been shipping since June 2015. This time we have decided to run our own crowdfunding campaign to avoid some of the challenges we faced as a non-US company working through Kickstarter. This change allows us to have more control over the project and be directly accountable to our backers.

Check out our crowdfunding video to learn more details about CARBON and why we are asking for your help.

Still have questions about CARBON? Contact us and we’d be happy to speak with you.


10. Grids for Max For Live

Hardware or software, modularity is everywhere. We slowly entering an era where the sequencing of notes is no longer set by a grid but more free through open tools.


11. Patchblocks for Eurorack announced!

Patchblocks for Eurorack module from Maker.IE is announced and available for pre-order.

Patchblocks allows the user to program and customise how their mini synth behaves; it can be an audio oscillator, sequencer, drum machine, effects unit – the limit is your imagination.

PATCHBLOCKS FOR EURORACK – TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Module Size – 8HP, depth 30mm (skiff friendly)
The module requires 50mA of +12v, 25mA of -12v and 30mA of +5v to operate, and is normally powered from a Eurorack power supply distribution bus.
Audio I/O – Left and Right channel analogue audio inputs and outputs, voltage range -10V to +10V.
Gate / Trigger Inputs – for the Left and Right switches, voltage range 0-+5V, overvoltage protected.
Control Voltage Inputs – for the Left and Right knobs/pots, voltage range -2.5V to +2.5V. When a CV signal is present the knob/pot acts as an attenuator/level control, when no CV signal is present the knob performs the function assigned in the Patch.
Digital Audio and mid/serial data I/O – Using a 5pin IDC connector and ribbon cable connected on the back of the module, Left and Right channel digital audio and midi data (TX/RX) can be sent between modules, or to/from a desktop Patchblocks device.
USB – USB type B connector accessible at the front of the module, ESD and overvoltage protected.


12. Macro Machines – Omnimod (Eurorack)

The world of modulars has been more and more active since the democratisation of the eurorack format.

Many creations more crazy one after the other has seen the light of the day and it one could spend a complete lifetime to try all those exotic modules.

But if not all modules are of a big interest (some are pretty basic but needed stuff), a few manufacturers of eurorack modules manage to make amazing things for modular setup based music producers.

Macro Machines is one of those manufacturers who manage to keep us very curious about what’s coming next…

Their Omnimod module is highly awaited by the modular community. Let’s have a look at what it is exactly.

“Macro Machines presents an incredibly versatile new addition in the world of eurorack modules. The Omnimod will make a powerful new ally in your adventures through the universe of sound. Omni means all, and mod stands for modulation of control voltage.

Create unique new combinations of envelopes, LFOs and step sequences quickly and easily with the simple and intuitive waveform design interface. Centered around a crisp, high contrast OLED screen, the Omnimod provides vivid visual feedback for precise editing, as well as a scope mode to aid in configuring the inputs. This allows for deep, yet intuitive control over complex modulation sequencing. Endless possibilities become child’s play.

Once you have sculpted the perfect waveforms, you can store them for later, and recall them at any time in the future. You can also use the Macro Machines Storage Strip to allow multiple modules on the same power bus line to store and recall their settings at the same time, creating something never before possible in eurorack, instantaneous system wide storage and recall of entirely different configurations.”

The Omnimod features:

– 4 powerful channels of LFOs, Step Sequencing, Envelope Generation and Envelope Following, in limitless combinations.

– user friendly interface with intuitive visual feedback.

– an oscilloscope mode to visualize input signals: fine tune the extraction of triggers, select different modes, and smooth or scale envelope following.

– full storage and recall of all parameters automagically before power cycling.

– user definable waves for reusing complex individual channel settings.

– 64 storable, recallable, sequence-able, and randomize-able presets.

– only 14HP wide, packs loads of useful possibilities in a small space.


13. Now available : Roland System 500 Eurorack Modules

Introduced during the NAMM 2015, Roland System 500 Eurorack Modules are now available. Pricing included!

The Roland System 500 is offering 5 modules :

The 512 Dual VCO (349$)
The 521 Dual VCF (349$)
The 530 Dual VCA (299$)
The 540 Dual Envelope Generator and LFO (349$)
The 572 Phase Shifter, Delay and LFO (369$)

Pricing is lower than many highly regarded brands, a Dual VCO is more often seen at a price oscillating between 450$ to 600$ and even more for high end brands.

Roland could certainly open up a part of the modular market with their price range allowing people who don’t wish to spend too much into these modulars before being well trained to use them and start to develop more complex systems.

At top of all, they sound great! This should be a winner product.


14. “isms” Eurorack modular synth case

Monome became known to all thanks to its unique controller that came out there are already a few years. Today they dive into the Eurorack universe.

Monome was therefore associated with mannequins, a designer of Eurorack modules, to create a modular synth box.

If the design is quite minimal, the options are welcome as you will find:

vactrol-based gates
output mixer and jacks
external input with envelope out and gate detection
spring reverb driver
LFO and noise
panel bus connections
headphone driver
high-capacity clean power design

What?

isms (“-isms”, izms) is a eurorack modular synth case with an integrated top panel of carefully chosen fundamental circuits. Necessary general functionality is densely packed into the case itself so you can focus available rack space on control and synthesis modules.

Rear-mount jacks are integrated into the case and out of the way of peformance. The size and proportions are designed for balance: large enough not to feel constrained, yet not so boundless as to be overwhelming. Ergonomics and flexibility are central.


15. Waldorf nw1 Eurorack

Waldorf first eurorack module ! One that many are going to talk about…

NW1 Wavetable Module for Eurorack

nw1 is Waldorf debut product for the popular Eurorack format.

It includes an advanced wavetable engine with independent control of spectral envelope and noisiness – just like Nave.

Wavetable scanning is cyclic with optional modulation of travel speed, position, spectrum, and more besides.

By providing the worshipped Waldorf wavetable set from the classic Microwave and Wave synthesizers, nw1 will enrich your Eurorack modular system as a potently powerful sound source.

The nw1 sound engine also allows for onboard creation of user wavetables via time domain multiple foldover analysis.

All you need to do is connect any sound source to the nw1 to transfer audio into a wavetable. Or use the integrated speech synthesizer to translate typed text into wavetables.

Wavetable synthesis is an extremely powerful sound source suited to producing all kinds of vivid metallic hues and digital clangorous tones.

It can create organic, bell-like timbres, as well as spectacular-sounding scans through various waveforms with truly ear-opening results.

It was almost impossible to create these kinds of sharp-edged, digital sounds back before the invention of wavetable synthesis in the late-Seventies.

Starting with the wavetable synthesizers of those days, a whole new sound palette left its imprint on so many hit records.

Today, with Waldorf‘s neatly-sized nw1 Wavetable Module, this sound is readily available for the popular Eurorack standard – sounding just as pure, sharp, and massively destructive as it did back in the golden days of digital!

Specifications

NW1front21st century advanced wavetable engine

Cyclic wavetable scanning with modulatable position and travel speed

Control of spectral envelope independent of pitch

Adjustable periodicity up to noisy reproduction

Classic Waldorf wavetables included

Integrated speech synthesizer for wavetables

User-recordable wavetables

Connections

Gate input for triggering wavetable travel and recording

Main 1V/Oct CV input with trim for pitch control

3 additional CV inputs for modulation and realtime wavetable recording

Audio output

USB port with galvanic isolation for wavetable transfer and text input

Eurorack power connector

Power requirements

+/- 12V, 150mA

Powder coated metal surface with:

10 rotary knobs
1 wavetable select/encoder
1 2 x 7 segment display
6 x 3 position switches


16. Spektro Audio Modular Sample Recorder

 
Spektro Audio Modular Sample Recorder
 

A free standalone app (OS X) to record samples from your modular synthesizer.

Quite a useful tool if you’re planing to make a collection of sounds from your modular synthesizer.

I made this project for myself but, since a couple of friends showed some interested, I thought I’d share it with you guys.

This is a super simple standalone app (only Mac for now) made in Max and it serves a single purpose: record one shots samples from the modular.

It works by sending triggers to 2 selectable outputs of your interface (which should be connected to an ES-3 or similar) and immediately recording a signal coming from a selectable input (I might add an option, in the future, to start recording based on amplitude so you can trigger your modular externally).

You can also define for how long it’ll record the sample (default is 1000ms).

After you record the sample, you can crop it and export it as an audio file.

It may sound a lil bit complicated but, once you get the hang of it, you can start recording and exporting tons of samples really fast.


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