Don’t do it…it ALL sucks in the end…kidding!
I have gone full circle with this but I am so grateful that I didn’t sell off my entire studio to fund yet another new endless habit.
Modular at it’s most useful to me was when I used it to breath life into old projects that I became stuck on. It is super interesting and limitless but there lies the problem…limitless.
The amount of distractions that are now on offer is quite frankly ridiculous.
I have 8 x 84hp system chock full of stuff and embarrassed to say I very rarely turn it on.
Don’t get me wrong in the beginning I was so into it, having fever dreams of new patch and module combinations most weeks, everything seemed possible and full of potential but it all became too much with constant reconfiguring.
Just for a bit of context of my background of dragon chasing.
In the late 90’s my elder brother went travelling for a year but before he left he generously offered his entire studio to my brother and myself for loan whilst he was away.
The Lion’s share went to my other brother and by the time it came to me, picking through the bones I was left with a Roland D-20 and a knackered old PC with Rebirth on it.
The brother that inherited the majority of the flashy gear did Sweet FA with it all year and was completely overwhelmed - I had no idea what to do with the stuff I had but that didn’t stop me.
Playing live synths lines over Rebirth and over dubbing tape to tape got me hooked on this journey.
For several years afterwards I had exclusively worked with a Yamaha A3000 sampler and a Virus A synth sequenced by an ATARI ST and during that time my focus was very consistent.
Fast forward 20 years after amassing /hoarding bits of gear I am finding so much pleasure in returning to those simpler times of composition, work with one to two pieces
The last couple of years I discovered the Elektron world and absolutely love it for this reason.
Using the MDUW on it’s own is so inspiring. One box to do everything, squeeze the whole Lemon if you will.
On reflection modular was an invaluable experience and really helped me interface differently with the gear I already had so I totally understand the allure but perhaps things may possibly be the same for you?
The main down side to modular is many modules and ethos seem to become obsolete very quickly within that eco system which I found to be a big distraction.