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tapper mike
4716 posts since 19 Jan, 2008

Postby tapper mike; Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:58 am Where have all the modules gone?

I think the M3 was the last product produced as a detachable unit (though not really a rack mount)
As I look around the market no one is making them (synths, romplers, effects) anymore.
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16770 posts since 6 Jan, 2009, from Croatia

Postby EvilDragon; Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:59 am Re: Where have all the modules gone?

Apparently they're not profitable or somesuch :/

Nord did make Lead 4R and A1R (this is all after M3) but they weren't on the market for too long...
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Postby husker37; Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:26 pm Re: Where have all the modules gone?

Its unfortunate. Rack synths are great for those of us who are short of room. I scored an A1R before they were discontinued.
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4352 posts since 9 Jan, 2003, from Saint Louis MO

Postby foosnark; Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:10 pm Re: Where have all the modules gone?

There are quite a few recent-ish and upcoming desktop synths without keyboards. Streichfett, Roland Boutiques, lots of semi-modulars etc. I was kind of surprised the new Arturia stuff didn't come in a more compact form without the keyboard or sequencer.
6718 posts since 6 Aug, 2003, from San Francisco Bay Area

Postby deastman; Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:20 pm Re: Where have all the modules gone?

When will they ever learn...
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4508 posts since 22 Jan, 2005, from Sweden

Postby lfm; Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:56 pm Re: Where have all the modules gone?

Overall - is it maybe that is cost a lot to run two series of every hardware synth you make - it must pay off.

Units that really encourage making own sounds is more useful to have a keyboard with it. Those that are basically ROM-modules anyway with hardly anything but endless menudisplays - it does not matter. Roland has a history of making modules versions of almost every synth.

I think Roland did a clever approach on Boutique series - module and ability to plugin to keyboard dock thingy.
At least makes it easier to have unit on your lap and making sound presets.
Obviously not a full two hand playable in the same sense but still good idea. And for touring you have your master keyboard anyway.

D-05 actually fits nicely on top of Nord Lead 2X - like they were made for each other. Takes no place at all. But lacking all the knobs Nord has. So didn't spend money on the keyboard dock yet.

Hammond has a unit as second manual for their XK3/XK5-series - but overpriced sadly.

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