Hello! An introduction and a request for advice Oct 26, 2019 12:39:00 GMT robertlanger, NightMachines, and 2 more like this
Post by sisyphus on Oct 26, 2019 12:39:00 GMT
I've been off and on interested in modular systems for nearly 20 years (boy, time flies D:) I remember looking at PAIA systems around the 2000s and drooling.
Over that time period I've taught myself coding, became a professional web applications developer/engineer. I've learned the Rust programming language over the last few years, which can be thought of as a "modern" C/C++ language with a big focus by their core team on the embedded space (Cortex M, etc.).
Now have started dabbling in electronics. I recently learned enough KiCad to order my first PCBs which was a Teensy 3.2 breakout board. It is pretty straight forward. I highly recommend attempting if you have any interest in it! So much fun to submit an order then get some PCBs you made in the mail a few days later, then solder everything up.
I'm going to be setting up a "prototyping lab" in a spare outbuilding I have. I'm building the desk today. Definitely love the price and hackability of the AE system. The welcoming mix of digital and analog meshes nicely with my skills and interests. I'm definitely interested in DIY stuff. Over my professional career I've appreciated the open source coding community and intend on bring that spirit to the modular world. That is, help others as they have helped me!
I'm also a musician. I started in middle school playing orchestral percussion, marched drumline in high school, played bass in many bands throughout my 20s, etc.
So on to where I request a bit of advice. I'm going to be purchasing an AE system shortly and wanted a list of suggested modules. Price/size isn't necessarily a concern, even to the point of buying an extra 2 row rack.
My current thought is basically buy the 2 rack system, then ensure I have "one of each" of the rest. I do know that people generally recommend multiples of some modules. VCOs, VCAs and the like. I see it has a few doubles, but that's mostly the bit of advice I'm looking for. For example, I've heard one cannot have enough VCAs.
I'm sure y'all get this question a lot so even pointing me to resources/blogs/videos is appreciated! In accordance with most standard forum etiquette I did do some cursory searching and didn't really find too much in this vein. I also understand that new modules are being introduced all the time so the further I went back in time perhaps the more outdated the advice could become. Anyway, it could even be eurorack content as the advice, I'm sure, is generic enough.
From poking around on here it seems like this is an awesome community! I'd love to make a home here if y'all will have me!
Thank you for reading. My post ended up a bit longer than I had hoped. I blame the coffee I just had!