I am considering building a eurorack system with Qu-Bit modules. I don’t have eurorack modules today. Any recommendation recommendations on what modules I should start with? I need to clock the system to my DAW. What kind of mixer I should get to get a signal I can bring back to my DAW?
Hi, Miehlvin - welcome to the forum, and even more - welcome to the world of modular synthesis through eurorack!
Of course, there are many answers to your questions, and we’re excited to hear what other forum members would suggest as well.
As far as voices and sequencers, our sequencer Bloom would be a great way to start. It’s fun to play with and gives musical results that you’ll be happy with. For the two channels out of Bloom, you could get far with two voices from us: Surface and Chord. These sound great together. For VCA / Envelope duties for Chord, I’d consider our Cascade, which can also double as a percussive voice. Surface doesn’t require a VCA / Envelope, as it’s a stand-alone voice. Easy stuff.
Nebulae would be fantastic source of many sounds for you - from granular, to percussive, to beautiful textures…you can create for it on the computer, or record into it in your modular. There are also a host of alternate instruments you can load into it - either the default instruments it comes with or the many (free) alt instruments available to download on our site. And it comes with a USB drive with great sample packs from talented wizards on it so you can get started right out of the box.
For effects, Data Bender is a blast…you can’t go wrong. And our spectral reverb: Aurora will be out soon and will be a great addition to your efforts as well.
As far as clock and multitrack inputs to your computer, there’s many solutions, but one that would handle both of these duties well would be the ES-9 by Expert Sleepers. Omri Cohen has a few examples of this on his YouTube channel using both hardware and also through VCV Rack (free modular software that’s definitely worth your time to see what you’d like to learn, and what gels with you).
Great modulation sources are our NanoRand and Chance. Both are simple and involve zero menus.
A popular master clock and point of modulation, gates and triggers is Pamela’s New workout. You’d be able to clock your computer with Pam’s clock (through the ES-9), or clock your modular through the computer. I also really enjoy Voltage Block (Malekko). It’s fun to program, and easy to use. You’ll have it forever.
Don’t forget a 2HP mult to send your clock all over your system from whatever you choose as your master source. Remember, a buffered (ie: powered) mult is for V/OCT (ie: pitch) information. For clock duties, a passive (ie: not powered) mult is fine.
Two questions for you, out of curiosity:
1 - have you selected a case?
2 - what kind of music do you make—anywhere we can hear it?
Lastly, keep doing as you’re doing: reaching out to the community. There’s no community like this. You will find patient and generous souls to encourage you on your journey.