Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Modulars = crack (aka the Sawtooth Animator post)


Ok, so I now fully understand the modular addiction. I knew before that it was one of those "black hole" hobbies that will always have some new thing to buy or entail some never ending quest to have "the ultimate" setup. That's all well and good...but when you start rationalizing dipping into savings or not buying certainly family members christmas presents, that's an addiction my friends.
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I should know better too...I have an addictive personality. I don't gamble, cause I know that would get me into trouble...I quit smoking several years back, which is still difficult to fend off urges, and I'm very careful about not drinking outside of social/recreational means. I guess I always rationalized "gear" as not being an addiction.

Then again, maybe I'm being over dramatic. It's just that there are all of sudden more things that I want than I can afford...and I have money, but it's the "don't touch this except for emergencies and save until you are old" money. And of course, I'm trying to rationalize new modules that I want as "emergencies".

The Cyndustries Sawtooth Animator is the newest item to the WANT BAD list. This comes in right after the Livewire AFG...I have wet dreams of what the two sound like together. Previously, this was only available in the Cyndustries usual Modcan A format and I had seriously contemplated starting a small satellite system in that format simply so I could have the Sawtooth Animator. Well, now it's coming to Eurorack and Frac formats!!! Muff and Matrix have already got the jump on it. You must check out the audio demos here.

Aside from making me extremely excited, it also makes me a tad bit depressed that I'll either have to wait to have it, or be poor for a while. Back-alley sexual favors for modules is most definitely out of the question.

9 comments:

Alienation said...

I concur, the Livewire stuff incites serious gear lust (as well as but not limited to the Harvestman Polivoks...etc...etc.).

I'm really curious to see if the supply meets the demand on the AFG's. If they disappear before I can order one (no preorders according to AH)I'm going to be pissed.

Nevertheless this is a black hole hobby...well said.

kakihara said...

ohhhhh How I relate with you James on this one!!!
I could be part of that junky bracket too heheheh
Calculating what to buy, making the necessarry space in my rack to visualize the future modules and motivate me to get them LOL!!
So the M11 is on its way now, AH finally shipped it a few days ago :D

kakihara said...

Just like that, do you know how wide in HP that Cynthia module will be...?
But yeah that+ AFG will be hmmmmmmm
"completement malade" (sorry just french words came up to my head LOL)

felix said...

By eyeballing it, I'm guessing that it's 8HP, but it could be 10HP at the biggest.

J.w.M. said...

Wow. Those sound samples are amazing. To me at least, the animator looks like a great way to make a small modular system sound a lot bigger. In other words, I need one.

ross said...

yup it is an addiction, i have just put myself in $4k of debt and i still want AFG, Sawtooth, Milton and Chaos, god help me if there is more coming out...I do hope oneday we see a eurorack miniwave and wogglebug

ross said...

yup it is an addiction, i have just put myself in $4k of debt and i still want AFG, Sawtooth, Milton and Chaos, god help me if there is more coming out...I do hope oneday we see a eurorack miniwave and wogglebug

surachai said...

I'll let you know how it is in a week or so! Muahahaha! Black hole hobbies are only as such if there is no output. I justify it by saying: I need it for work, which is true. But do I really need a Dalek Modulator for sound designing commercials? The answer rests in my ability to lie to myself.

sandy said...

"I'm really curious to see if the supply meets the demand on the AFG's. If they disappear before I can order one (no preorders according to AH)I'm going to be pissed."

i think there will be a lot of people pressing the refresh button every few seconds once a release date is out on this one!