Where have all the modules gone?

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tapper mike
KVRAF
4801 posts since 20 Jan, 2008

Post Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:58 am

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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EvilDragon
KVRAF
17064 posts since 7 Jan, 2009 from Croatia

Re: Where have all the modules gone?

Post Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:59 am

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...

husker37
KVRist
77 posts since 24 Dec, 2016

Re: Where have all the modules gone?

Post Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:26 pm

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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foosnark
KVRAF
4411 posts since 9 Jan, 2003 from Saint Louis MO

Re: Where have all the modules gone?

Post Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:10 pm

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.

deastman
KVRAF
6788 posts since 7 Aug, 2003 from San Francisco Bay Area

Re: Where have all the modules gone?

Post Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:20 pm

When will they ever learn...
Incomplete list of my gear: 110V AC to 12V DC 1.5A power supply (+ tip)

lfm
KVRAF
4623 posts since 22 Jan, 2005 from Sweden

Re: Where have all the modules gone?

Post Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:56 pm

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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