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.

Matching Octaves in Your Modular

Matching Octaves in Your Modular

Different oscillators and MIDI to CV converters may have varying ideas of what voltage a given note produces, and what pitch should you hear as a result. If there is a difference, in most cases it can be dialed out with a pitch knob or transpose switch. However, there are occasions when you need the assistance of an additional module to settle these disagreements.

Mark Verbos @ Perfect Circuit

Mark Verbos @ Perfect Circuit

Mark Verbos of Verbos Electronics premiered two new Eurorack modules to a full house at Perfect Circuit Audio in Burbank, California the Monday before the 2016 NAMM show. Here’s a very quick summary of their features: