ER-101/102 48hp - what to add?

Hi all,
I’ve just joined the ER-101/102 club. Literally day one of having it and I know it’s a keeper. I’m a sequencer junkie (rene mk2, varigate4+, sequentix P3, cheetah MQ8, pyramid, MidiALF, MC202, future retro zillion, i could go on…) and, long story short, I’ve ordered a lovely 48hp case from Modulaire Maritime and I’m wondering what you more experienced ER101/102 users think would be a great addition to fill up the last 8hp.
At the moment, I think something like a buffered mult and sequential switch might be nice. I know a clock source would be an obvious one but I’ve got that covered in a different case (pams & tempi).

The thinking behind my modular system is it is modular (so I tend to have smaller specialised cases rather than one big monster). I tend to find I’m more focused if I break down the modules into smaller roles (I have a modulation case, an fx case, various synth voices, etc). Almost like each mini-case is it’s own instrument. And this ER case would be no different.
Another thought was maybe something to complement the cv inputs of the ER102 but I’ve not got my head around it enough yet to know what would fit best for that.

Any suggestions are most welcome!

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Immediately want to suggest Pamela’s New Workout.

I would want something that I could use to make the sequencer more “playable.” I like having either attenuation of CV or direct control of the CV inputs on the ER-102. That means you can essentially use the slope menu to route CV and focus on what the input CV is. The focus would be to have hands on control of input CV. This would be especially nice for when you have some sequences already programmed with groups and modifiers set. If you come up with a common framework, you spend less time programming and more time patching and playing. This keeps your 48 hp focused on being a sequencer.

Some examples:

  1. Attenuation of an LFO makes a lot of sense if you have some sort of arpeggio set up (You’ll need a scale mask and to make sure that the indexing is applied post CV/math operation) and then you can have some fun expanding or narrowing it.
  2. Direct control over a subset of notes. If you’re going for straight techno, it’s an easy way to make the note on the upbeat the interesting note, but make it playable.
  3. For gates, just having something where you can manually trigger them is really nice and interactive. Maybe some quick octave or modifier modulation.
  4. You could use the inputs on the record section to record your own CV sequences via slider and tapping.

Module suggestions:

  1. WMD 4TTEN- could fit that pretty well for both direct CV control and attenuation in 4 hp.
  2. DIVKID mutes would be another (except I don’t think it will output voltage on it’s own).
  3. DIVKID SSF module. Granted, there’s already a good amount of random available internally

I’ve been using the Michigan Synth Works F8R, Mutable Blinds, and an LFO to achieve these goals. They’re not as small, but it’s definitely doable in 8 hp.

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I just bought a used ER101/102 combo, but have not yet gotten around to install it, so I am not at all an “experienced user”, but as I can relate to your train of thought here…

…I’d suggest a pair of Doepfer A-180-9 multicore. It allows to route Clock, Reset, the 2 CVs and 1 Gate of the 4 voices (= 14 cables) to another case using just 2 Ethernet cables.

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I second wolfgangschaltung’s suggestion. I have 8 pairs, arrayed like so:

Hi all,
Thanks for the suggestions. Some good food for thought. I think I’m leaning towards the ‘making it more playable’ type approach. As much as the multicore solution is good for integration with a larger case, I have several small cases that I mix and match so it wouldn’t be quite as useful.I’ve not discounted modules that process what comes out of the sequencer (switches, mults etc) but I do like the idea of adding to the 102 cv input/manipulation side of things. The more I’m learning about the 102 side, the more I think this is where the 8hp could be best used.
I just need to live with it for a bit I think and learn how I want to use the Er101/102 and then refine my needs based on some proper experience. I’ve plenty of useful modules to help me decide (distings, o&c, pam etc). I’ll report back when I have made some progress!
Thanks again for the help.

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Update: After living with the ER101/102 combo for a bit. I started using the Pittsburgh KB-1 with it a lot which is great - it goes well with it. I also moved Pams in the case for a while which is obviously a strong choice.
However the ‘final’ 48hp config I’ve ended up with is a Ladik C-410 clock (so that takes care of the clock plus reset duties with a handy divided clock output which is good for semi-generative alter/loop recording punch in/out) and a Ladik U-075 (which adds two manual gates and two voltage sources, good for patching to the modbus and/or part select inputs). Makes for a nice little compact setup for hands-on performance sequencing that plays well with my other cases. And it’s simple but quite flexible without needing more screens, menus or key combos.