As I’ve embarked upon the task of building my own modular eurorack case throughout the last year, I recorded a number of clips demonstrating the versatility that such a system can have through different patch configurations. The following are those clips in chronological order, each one showing the variety of options available to the modern analog synthesis enthusiast.


Posted by Jhan Schmitt on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

This first patch is a fairly skinny setup, with the SubCon Model 52 Vampire, Make Noise Optomix, and Expert Sleepers Disting mk1 housed in a Tip Top HEK desktop mount powered by the included ╬╝zeus power supply. Gates and Pitch CV sent from the Arturia Beatstep sequencer affect the modular patch while a midi output from the Beatstep also clocks my Korg Electribe ER-1 synced via midi to the Korg Volca Beats as well. The end result is a series of odd melodic echoes.

Live modular plus drum machines psytrance experiment: Success.

Posted by Jhan Schmitt on Thursday, February 5, 2015

In this one I am using a similar configuration, now with an added Make Noise Wogglebug v2 to add some classic analog randomness to a driving bouncy trance beat.

Morning techno experiment 56373849.

Posted by Jhan Schmitt on Sunday, February 8, 2015

The rack has grown even more in this clip, with the WMD Micro Hadron Collider dual filter, and Make Noise Maths v2 all adding crucial dimensions in shaping the sonic characteristics of the signal.

First time getting Ableton working with modular. So far so good.

Posted by Jhan Schmitt on Saturday, February 21, 2015

In this next example, I further demonstrate the usefulness of the Beatstep by letting it act as a conduit between my laptop DAW and the Eurorack modules.

Early morning wiggling.

Posted by Jhan Schmitt on Monday, April 6, 2015

By now, a larger case in the form of a Bento Box has been acquired. These are designed to specifically house the Tip Top HEK racks to make them more road worthy. Also added is a Make Noise Rosie and a 4ms Quad Clock Distributor. The number of patch cords necessary to patch everything at this point is getting a bit out of hand as well.

Opening the portal to the squirrel dimension…

Posted by Jhan Schmitt on Sunday, April 19, 2015

Here we see another patch where the joys of a synchronized system come to light. Sequences trigger modulations that match up rhythmically with the back beat.

Analog synth music for cats.

Posted by Jhan Schmitt on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

In this last clip, the Keith McMillen QuNexus controller provides for an improvisational scale that inspires all nearby felines to attain maximum relaxation. All in a day’s work for a modular synthesist.

Jhan Schmitt's Current Eurorack

So far my case isn’t even full yet but does quite a bit! I’ve since also added a second Expert Sleepers Disting (their newest, the mk3!) but have slowed down on adding modules as I experiment with current possibilities. Future plans are to figure out a more robust power supply as the ╬╝zeus seems to be getting a bit warm handling power for all the 10+ modules in there. I am also hoping to start a second case designed with drum modules in mind, along with acquiring an Arturia Beatstep Pro to tie everything together into a central analog workstation.

Jhan Schmitt's Percussive Eurorack Plan

Til next time, keep wiggling!