[AH] picking a modular/eurorack owner opinions

From appliancide
Sent Wed, Oct 1st 2008, 13:36

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First of all, I own a eurorack modular and love it. Having said that,
that big format rigs are awesome ergonomically. I got a chance to
tinker with Robert Rich's setup at an AH gathering and there's no
denying the pleasure in using those big knobs and thick patch cables.
said that, I've never found the small size of my setup get in the way
of my complete enjoyment of the patching/music making process. It's all
what you are willing to tolerate and how much space you have, Also,
most formats have various controllers, so delving into the spaghetti is
not always necessary to adjust parameters.
As far as the sound of
doepfer modules, I think it really helps to think of them as VERY
modular, meaning you may need to chain a couple/few filters together to
get a really great sound. One my favorite things to do is to run the
aforementioned a108 or a106 through a low pass gate. There's a reason
Grant created the Borg and the Boog filters. Two great tastes taste
great together. 
When it comes to Doepfer oscillators, I only have
one a110 (the most basic one) and it doesn't hold a candle to my Plan B
model 15s, but it happily provides modulation and useful sounds in
almost every patch.
I could go on about all of the reasons I love my
setup, but you get the point. All of the current manufactures are
putting great creative stuff out there (someday I hope to have at least
one module from all of them). I 've heard people squeeze some pretty
awesome sounds from a Paia kit and some downright terrible ones from
some top dollar stuff .
There's no wrong answer. Decide how much
space you have, how much money you want to spend and what you to
accomplish with it and buy something. It all sounds good once you learn
how to program, mix and produce it and it's all a blast!