One of my favorite types of emails are from people who love their non-eurorack gear so much that they want to find out, ‘if’ it is possible to convert over to eurorack, and what would be involved in doing so. At first I was not sure if conversion of the Korg MINI KP would even be possible. I usually have to go back and forth with the inquirer and see if they can ‘carefully’ open the ‘back panel’ and look inside and see what we would be facing. I ask for a couple of pics and some measurements. Basically the main hurdle in euro conversion is the physical size of the PCB’s that are inside the synth/pedal/effect box you are trying to convert over. Yes, current use, digital functionality, midi conversion, voltage needs, among other concerns need to be addressed, but the size of the PCB’s is the most critical ‘show stopper’ that has to be addressed first! I asked Ali a few questions about his MINI KP and the journey with it so far.
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This month marks the two year anniversary of the Mother 32 Eurorack module release from Moog. That was a glorious moment for Eurorack enthusiasts worldwide. Moog gave us hope and insight to what their possible role would be going forward into the Eurorack modular synthesizer world. Since then we have seen other possibilities from them, with a handful of various Eurorack prototypes, mostly from their limited access Moogfest VIP engineer attendee’s course. But as time ticks by some us have started to become concerned that we will not see anymore publicly released Eurorack modules with the Moog brand on them. SO, we hope to inspire Moog with our re-panels of some of their existing line of synths and effects that we have carefully converted over and now display as a combined cohesive custom Moog Eurorack system. Since Moog has re-released previous 5U combined modular synthesizer systems, maybe they would entertain releasing a complete Eurorack modular synthesizer system similar to what other Eurorack module makers have done in years past? Maybe they have dozens of Eurorack module designs, ready in the wings, just waiting for release? We are hopeful and Christmas is just around the corner, maybe we will have a happy modular holiday season after all!
Here we show the Eurorack converted Moog MoogerFoogers, MF-101, 102, 103, 105, 107, and 108. A Moog Minitaur Bass Synth, and a Moog Werkstatt synth. A Circuit Abbey Unify mixer with expander. A 2HP mult and two Div 6 16 step sequencers to round out the system’s functionality. All of this housed in a custom 9U Goike case.
Sorry for the open mic noise. I forgot I had it on. Watch out for the Lamborghini, it’s gonna run you over! This is mostly all bottom end, so forget about output from crappy computer speakers.
Starts with the Minitaur, then the Midi Murf which is output to the Phaser, then Freqbox is fed into the Cluster Flux which is the Lamborghini!
Where would you use a custom Moog Eurorack Synthesizer like this one? How about sitting on your Rhodes piano?
Do you want a bad ass analog bass synth in your eurorack? This is the way to go! These kits are over two years in the making. If you don’t want to or can’t DIY then send me your Minitaur and I can convert it for you. For an additional fee.
This is getting exciting now! This is one of my favorites from Moog. If Moog was to only convert one of their MoogerFoogers over to the eurorack format, it should be this one. What’s not to like? Chorus, Flange and Vibrato driven with original bucket brigade device chips. Multiple waveform LFO, which you can sync multiple ways, including MIDI. And feedback that sucker till you go deaf with happiness!
The Midi Murf has taken more time to convert over than I had originally anticipated. There were several challenges in getting all of the control hardware to fit in a reasonable sized HP space. Based on the effort it took I can say with confidence that I will not be converting a lot of these over!
Ok, yes, I have converted these before, but not in the same aesthetic of Moog’s current eurorack line. I was able shave off a few HP’s too making it smaller than the original conversion. These custom conversions are leading to somewhere right? More coming soon 😀
I was really hoping that Moog would have been putting out more eurorack modules in this last year. Maybe this will inspire them! Here I am converting over their MoogerFooger guitar pedals to eurorack. Since Moog has picked a eurorack aesthetic, with the Mother 32 module, it was a ‘no brainer’ to make these follow suit. I am working on the rest of them so stay tuned for more!
Taking my favorite pedal and converting it over to euro has to be one of the more difficult tasks I have accomplished to date. Something that is as well designed, as this Space pedal is, I had to bring all my skill sets in order to really add what I believe is the next level. If you are familiar with this pedal then I don’t have to tell you that it is already great on its own. But the little CV demon in me would not rest as it was always asking, “what if you could control all of those knobs with CV?” This has been an ongoing effort for a year or more now, and I finally can say I am happy with how it has turned out! Pricing and availability to be announced.
I have been asked recently what I thought a good DIY starter project might be for eurorack. There are two that come to mind that I have completed recently. First is the BMC45 router from Barton. This is a fun straight forward build. Most of Barton’s eurorack DIY kits are very well thought through and as a plus are very affordable. I added four custom mute buttons to this one as I thought that made a nice addition to live performance. The link to that kit is here:
The next one is a Business Card sized Sequencer from Div 6. Here I took two of them and stacked them into a eurorack module. Realize when you buy the kit it is just ONE sequencer. I bought two for this custom build. This kit was very easy to build and dare I say the most ‘inexpensive sequencer you will find!’ Realize the custom euro panel I made for this was a very difficult task. There are 122 holes in this panel and was very challenging to make. More info can be found here on the DIY PCB kit: