Modular NAMM 2017.1: 2hp, Lifeforms, Verbos, & Moog

Modular NAMM 2017.1: 2hp, Lifeforms, Verbos, & Moog

I’m spending all four days at NAMM this year in hopes of seeing as many modular companies as possible. The following few days I hope to share my impressions of what I found interesting at this show, with a liberal dose of personal commentary thrown in. In this installment I cover 2hp, Pittsburgh/Lifeforms Modular, Verbos Electronics, and some musings on formats.

A MArF’s Tale

A MArF’s Tale

This is the story of the one that got away: a rare Buchla Model 248-1602 Multiple Arbitrary Function Generator as well as set of other rare and unusual modules. I acquired it ~30 years ago, but let it go ~20 years ago. Fortunately, now it’s going to end up in some excellent hands.

NAMM 2016: Day 3

NAMM 2016: Day 3

I intended to visit the remaining modular manufacturers on my last half day at the show and cover all of their new releases, and fell woefully short – that’s a testament of how many manufacturers and new modules there are these days. Fortunately, there are others who report specs and prices; I’m going to focus more on my own impressions and reactions to some of the new and recently released modules I did get demos of.

NAMM 2016: Day 2

NAMM 2016: Day 2

I got to a few more booths today at NAMM 2016 (Malekko, The Harvestman, Sputnik, Snazzy FX, and a return to Intellijel), and wanted to share some more conversations and observations about some of the current directions in modular synthesis – both my own, and from the Meet the Makers panel on modular synthesis.