i haven't forgotten about the thread... still want to chime up.. just been SOOO busy.
i'll just put down a couple of sentences here, for now... since i've been using my new modular since april. not too long, but have gigged with it twice.
- a well designed analogue modular system is one of the most organic instruments i've ever played. very very expressive and the littlest moves can set off changes around the system. it's VERY cool in that way.
- it's not cheap. it looks sort of cheap when you browse around.. $100 for this module, $200 for that one. but, start with your $700 case and get enough modules to make it worthwhile, and you're easily in the $3000 range to start. this is taking in account a more "unique" system that may include sampling modules, sequencers, and other special oscillators. you can start with a pittsburgh cell system for about $1700 but are getting basically a traditional monosynth (with a lot more flexibility).
- i'm still struggling between the more natural (to me) idea of using the modular as a processing system for external sounds vs. generating sounds with oscillators and sequencers. because modulars typically aren't polyphonic it's been hard to make the types of pads and other things that i want with it. not that i have to, i have poly synths for that, but my last 2 gigs have been modular only, so i want to explore this idea a lot. that being said, i've been finding techniques and oscillators that suit me well to create quiet tones with a lot of expression.
- modulars take a long time to learn. i've barely scratched the surface of my system. admittedly, it grew large very fast, but i've slowed my buying now and am really digging in.
overalll, i'm loving it... especially how much of an INSTRUMENT it is...
i've got to remind myself to chime in on the analogue modular vs. nord modular thing.. since i now have both.
I'd still love to hear your thoughts on this, Taylor.