Besides a short dalliance with a DFAM and a Strega, I am new to Eurorack and looking to build a MI skiff. And, as you’ve probably gathered, I’d like your help.
Here’s a bunch of information about the different goals and needs I’m attempting to balance out. Hope you have a cup of coffee handy, I’ve been thinking about this all for quite some time and I write technical content for a living!
Since people tend to ask, I’d like to make the following kinds of music/sound:
Harmonically rich, shifting drones (with the odd exterior sound)
Beat-driven electronic music (will supplement the rack with a VC/OCD, which will allow me to use my digitatkt to sequence rack-based voices and supply beats)
Here are my more “philosophical” goals for the system. I’d like it to be:
Coherent – This is why I am going all-in on Mutable stuff. The modules seem to share a multi-valent philosophy, which leads me to believe that they would make a philosophicall . As an aside, they also speak to a deep part of my psyche. (I wrote a master’s on noise and experimental music, but that’s a topic for another day!)
Simple – I know I need to start learning from scratch, so I’d like to have a system that offers a top-level of simple functionality, as well as little “islands” of modules that I can use to learn Eurorack and deepen my understanding of the concepts. EG: Marbles + Plaits + Stages + Rings to sequence, synthesize, modulate, and process a single voice.
Complete(ish) – I’d like a system that will also offer a lot of depth, so I can start with small islands, but then grow into the possibilities over time—knowing that other possibilities are there, and won’t require MORE purchases.
Restricted – I know I have a tendency to buy more things instead of exploring what I already have—so it’s important to me that I restrict the case size and don’t just buy a new module every time I want a new function. This will, no doubt, require me to get creative with my patching concepts.
I was inspired to go this direction because I have seen a number of “complete” small-to-medium systems on the market, like the ALM Coupe or MakeNoise Shared System.
As I’ve tried to construct my own such system using MI modules, I’ve done my best to follow the advice of various smart people (Sarah Belle Reid, Émilie, our friends who wrote Patch & Tweak). But I’m still quite new, and don’t know what I don’t know, so now I’d like to see what you all think of my first pass at a complete but compact MI skiff.
Hope all is well, and thanks in advance for any suggestions, critiques, or philosophical thoughts that you can offer. Cheers!
EDIT: I should also note that I am looking at the Intellijel 104hp case, so I can add utilities as needed using a row of 1U.