On the last day of last year, I moved from Brian’s neck of Tokyo to the US. Six weeks earlier, I sent most of my stuff by ship. Months without my modular, and almost everything else, ended a month ago. A newly purchased ADDAC901M 21U Monster Frame had already arrived from Lisbon. After having set up everything else, and buying more modules and a Waldorf kb37, I’m ready to face the daunting task of arranging 2,307 HP of modules in 2,406 HP of case space. Where to begin? Oscillators?
Thanks for sharing your Monster! I will study it. It’s pretty awesome collection.
After further consideration, I’ll try the ER-101/102 on the 2nd row from the bottom because that would allow me to rest elbows on knees as I twiddle. Perhaps other sequencers could go on the bottom row, as you have done.
How do you feel about cable runs from sequencers to oscillators, etc.?
While I have lots of small cases rather than a single big case, I have tried laying things out in a logical way, grouping by function etc… but I find it can very easily go wrong and act as a mind block to creative patching. by grouping things together it encourages patching in ways you already know - conversely mixing things up a bit encourages new avenues of exploration.
The only thing I keep coming back to is keeping sequencers and controller modules easily accessible so once I have built a patch it is easier to play. For everything else, I find it really doesn’t matter. Just plug em in and go!
I like to have all the modules that I interact with a whole lot (sequencing/controllers) at the bottom. Apart from that, all my signals are flowing left to right, so I have oscillators on the right side and output modules (+eqs, effects etc) more towards the right. Filters, waveshapers, VCAs and modulation sources are sitting towards the middle.