Sent Mon, Mar 27th 2000, 02:52
> > In your opinion, which of the major modular synth companies (Doepfer, > > Analogue Systems UK, Technosaurus, Wiard, MOTM) is the best in terms of > > value, build quality, sound quality, and customer support? > > I'm leaning toward Doepfer because of the sheer number of modules available. The problem with this question is it's so subjective. but you already know that so ... > well first i had a doepfer which didnt make me satisfied soundwise.... > i found it quite boring.So i wont buy it if you havent got any other cool > modulargear,maybe as an add on, I disagree on this. I think Doepfer is one of the best companies to START with. Not as an add on (although I think they're good for that too) , but as a start. They are inexpensive, offer the widest range of modules of any current dealer, are readily available via a wide international distribution network and reasonable manufacturing process, and are also quite interesting in their own right. Doepfer is not a boutique of limited one man shop (not that there is anything wrong with those but it's a lot easier to start with a company that can delivery a lot fast and cheap and has a support system in place to replace items instantly. As has been said they also allow you to mix and match with a number of other companies (that's no accident BTW, Doepfer was first and many companies built their products to piggy back on the Doepfer layout and system specs so they could compete and fit in better). As for being bored with doepfer modules there are vanilla modules and there are advanced modules. Personally i don't mind spending $50 and getting a simple 4X1 mixer that works perfectly for my need and I don't really care about the simplicity of the basic VCO, VCA, ADSRs. But if you add in things like the frequency shifter, the VC Phaser, the A112 sampler/wavetable or all those weirdass filters and trigger modules I can't see getting bored at all either in the beginning of a collection or down the road as a studio grows. The stock A100 systems are not so exciting certainly but look at the additional modules and there's a lot going on and again it's going on inexpensively and it's easy to buy. The doepfer also seamlessly integrates with classic stuff like the Arp 2600 or Roland System 100/100m stuff and the various accessories (arp sequencer, etc) made but those companies. Add Blacet and Wiard in there as well and you have access to some of the strangest and coolest stuff out there. With a small 1/4" adapter or some radio shack cables it can easily integrate with MOTM, Korg or that Moog crap as well. I'll take buying a simple $40 Doepfer VCA to do a VCA's job over any other system and as a space saver the A100 can't be beat by any company. People constantly praise Serge as the monolith of great modulars. While I wouldn't turn one down I'd argue Serge is hardly a starter system for anyone. They are expensive, hard as fuck to order or get used, and outrageously expensive to repair or change if you need to send them back. I'd recommend a simple and fun (and interesting!) Doepfer system over a Serge ANY day. That shows you where I'm coming from so take that as you will. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- HELP WANTED PRODUCTIONS - Http://www.voicenet.com/~legion "Bringing you the best in Organic Electronic music since we started..." Home of the Unusual Instrument and Recording Gallery with pictures and info of Tube recorders, Omnichords, weird guitars, Casios, and more.