Get Buchla 200 system for NI Reaktor FREE

Some amazing news here for all the modular synthesis lovers.

While we are waiting new modules for Softube Modular and new blocks for Reaktor Blocks – NI User Library got a great FREE ensemble – Buchla 200 and 200e emulation. 

Though it doesn’t follow Blocks specification – it is great recreation of Buchla. If you wanted to try 200 -system but didn’t have $10K – you can get it free for Reaktor. 

It was developed by Trevor Gavilan. Here’s how he describes it:

“Most emulations now a days try to replicate original and existing hardware but the reality is that so much things are put into the mix when soldering components and letting electricity do its work that to me the concept might be very very far away from where we are right now. Another factor that plays along is the human interaction with an interface that could easily re-shape our workflow and in the case of a Buchla system that concept comes naturally since many composers and synthesists around the world continue to redefine the way of working through the philosophy that designers like Donald put into their modules and their system’s interface. I believe that’s one of the main reasons a hardware interface will always continue to be the preferred way of working.”

Here’s the main look of the synthesizer – it looks pretty cool:

Inside London Modular – the showroom selling synths to Aphex Twin and Radiohead

Great video of VynilFactory visiting Modular showroom in London: 

Modular synth showrooms seems to be a new trend for music tech shopping. Well known music stores like Guitar Center can’t get interesting enough setups of Eurorack or Buchla – mostly focusing on stuff from largest manufacturers like Roland and Moog. But such boutique stores / showrooms is the best way to distribute Eurorack/other modular formats. People sometimes don’t know what they are looking for and thus they need to get their hands on the new modules. Such places also could be really inspiring – you can just come there for new ideas. And if you are not in London – here are couple of other Modular showrooms in other countries. 

Modular Showrooms:

PerfectCircuit – Burbank CA, US

SynthMan – Moscow, Russia

SchneidersLaden – Berlin, Germany

London Modular – London, UK

Softube Modular Updated

Softube has updated Modular – official Eurorack synth emulation with modules from Doepfer and Intellijel. 

Though there are no new modules in this update – it is great to see proper drag’n’drop implementation for modules. With the new release it is much easier to rearrange modules in the rack. 

The center bar now also follows sideways scrolling in small interface sizes, and the CPU usage has been reduced.

Since Softube now using Gobbler for updates – updating Modular takes just few minutes – Launch Gobbler and click Update on Modular. 

In the next update that is coming in spring Softube promised release of new module “modelling an existing Eurorack hardware module, and you will love it”. I hope to see something like Make Noise Maths that could really increase the possibilities of the Modular dramatically. Also it would be really good to see Mutable Instruments Clouds and 4MS Spectral Multiband Resonator as virtual modules in Modular.

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Intellijel introduced Plonk and other new Eurorack modules

Intellijel in partnership with AAS (Applied Acoustics Systems – plugin developer of virtual instruments based on physical modeling synthesis) introduced new Plonk Eurorack module.

Plonk features:

  • Resonator section models strings, beams, marimbas, drumheads, membranes, and plates.
  • Exciter section comprises a realistic mallet model and flexible noise source.
  • Two Voice Polyphonic at full resolution (24-bit 44.1Khz)
  • Pseudo multitimbrality via CV selectable presets recalled on each new trigger/gate.
  • Full parameter randomization possible.
  • All synthesis parameters can be assigned to the X and Y controls

Street price is $309 and it will be available in Q2 2017 released Grand Terminal Eurorack Module announced about a year ago upcoming update to their Terminal module (now discontinued) which is called Grand Terminal. It comes with a bunch of stereo effects and still works as a great all-in-one envelope, lfo, filter/low-pass gate module.

It is a complex all-in-one module that together with any oscillator (e.g. Furthrrrr Generator) or even on its own represents a full modular synthesizer voice.
On one hand, the module is simple – just two envelopes and two lters which are very handy for beginners, having a block of modules that in some approximation usually could be found in every keyboard synthesizer like Moog, Nord, Prophet, or what- ever. Such a set of blocks is extremely handy for live performances having everything in a yet compact but accessible way.
On the other hand, everything is modular and CV controlled. By pressing a few button combinations, surprisingly advanced possibilities open up without deep menu diving.

• 26 HP, 1” in depth – super slim and Shuttle friendly
• Dual multi-mode lter (ladder, diode, vactrol, state-variable lp/hp/bp and comb) in dual, stereo and serial modes
• Dual looping/AD/ASR envelope generator that acts as band-limited oscillator when cycling at linear slopes
• Stereo “Cabin Pressure” processor with different ambient effects: from shimmered halls and reverberations to a spring simulation over tape/ping-pong delays to a chorus
• Separate mono modular level output and stereo line level output for direct line recording or driving the headphones.
• Easy rmware update via USB
• And of course fully compatible with GatewayT_XP
• I/O: 48 kHz 16 bit audio

Check out intro video and amazing manual:

Intro to Modular Synthesis: Making Generative Music

Breaking down some of the most useful module types one-by-one to aid in the pursuit of making generative music on your modular. AKA: How to jumble your shit! TABLE OF CONTENTS:

2:38 VCAS – To Modulate Modulation
8:35 LFOS – To Enact Changes Over Time
11:00 Random Voltage Generators – To Add Life
12:17 Pitch Quantisers – To Make Randomness Musical
14:15 Clock Dividers – For Long, Timed Occurrences
19:49 Sequential Switches – To Jumble Your Shit
23:25 Logic Modules – To Make Ace New Clock Patterns Out of Simple Or Unruly Ones

Qu-Bit Wave – Sampler Eurorack module

The Wave is a voltage controlled, polyphonic sample player. It is designed for the simultaneous playback of high fidelity audio files. Each channel has its own varispeed pitch control, allowing for countless permutations of the original sample. Each unit ships with a microSD card replete with drum hits, synth sounds, vocal samples, and more, ready to get you patching immediately. From drum machine to full-blown music production system, the Wave opens up a whole new world of sounds within your Eurorack modular.

  • High quality audio playback
  • 4 banks of 16 samples can be stored at a time (64 samples total)
  • Unlimited file length
  • Ships with microSD card loaded with Wave one shot sample library
  • Width: 28hp

The Wave will play 44.1 kHz, 16 bit, mono, audio files in the .wav format.
The files should not contain meta data.
Visit for detailed information on how to format files as well as download our free formatter application that will handle the formatting for you.

Softube Modular Review

First Eurorack Plugin authorized by Doepfer and Intellijel 

Buchla and Moog started with modular synthesizers in 1960s and Doepfer made it affordable in 1990s by introducing the Eurorack standard.

Softube has introduced Modular – their own take on Eurorack bringing unique expandable VST instrument with almost unlimited possibilities.

Softube has great experience on emulating hardware gear – from guitar amps to high-end compressors and vintage EQs. Even some DAWs – Ableton Live and Propellerhead Reason have Softube modules embedded out-of-the-box. Their work with Tube-Tech is probably one of the best and closest mixing gear emulation you can find in VST. With all that experience you can expect highest quality of their new plugins.

Unlimited options of rewiring modules with feedback loops and cross modulations was always stopper for faithful modulation of Eurorack systems.

However Softube managed to get a truly analog sound – the sound of its oscillators and filters is amazing. But beyond that you can do everything you can imagine in Eurorack with feedback loops, modulation and audio-rate modulation as well – simply connect audio output of one of your modules into the input of another module.

With DC-coupled audio interface you can send CV signals from the Softube modular right into your modular rig.

Modules that are already presented in Softube Modular would cost you at least $2000 (without the case and power) if you’re making your own Eurorack. But the beauty of the software emulations is that you can add multiple copies of the module – I have not seen Euroracks that have let’s say two Korgasmatrons and three Rubicons… but you can easily do that in Softube Modular.

In Softube Modular basic system contains six Doepfer modules (A-110-1 VCO, A-108 VCF, A-132-3 Dual VCA, A-140 ADSR, A-118 Noise/Random, A-147 VCLFO)

Basic system also contains over 20 Utility modules (such as MIDI to CV/gate, mixers, slew, sample & hold, switches, multiples, delay, offset, sequencers, clock dividers, logic and signal tools, as well as a Polyphonic MIDI to CV/gate module).

Additional authorized emulations from Intellijel is available as add-ons (uFold II, Korgasmatron II, Rubicon).

What’s next?

We can’t wait to see more brands like Make Noise, Mutable Instruments, 4ms, Verbos, Harvestman and others joining the party while Softube bringing some of their plugins (delay, reverb…) into the Modular format as well.


  • Sound is very close to the real Eurorack
  • Unlimited modulation options
  • New modules come in future releases
  • Hearbeat users got drum modules in Modular
  • Up-to 4 voices polyphony support (via MIDI-CV notes distributor)


  • CPU hungry (due to the complex mathematics and upsampling – that’s the price of good sound quality)
  • No modules drag’n’drop
  • Very basic sequencing abilities



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