MUFF WIGGLER Forum Index
 FAQ & Terms of UseFAQ & Terms Of Use   Wiggler RadioMW Radio   Muff Wiggler TwitterTwitter   Support the site @ PatreonPatreon 
 SearchSearch   RegisterSign up   Log inLog in 
WIGGLING 'LITE' IN GUEST MODE

Elektor Formant in 2018?
MUFF WIGGLER Forum Index -> Modular Synth General Discussion  
Author Elektor Formant in 2018?
Sir Ruff
Hi all, looking at a fully serviced system with keyboards for about $1800. From all I've read, this should have a great vintage sound and I like the fact that its semi-modular.

I had previously been thinking long and hard about a Synth-werk system, but that would cost twice as much and I probably would never use it as more than a glorified minimoog. I know the AJH modules are another viable option, but I probably would want the moog modular rather than mini sound in that format anyway.

So with that in mind, is there anything else that might be comparable price and soundwise to a Formant system these days? The sound, rather than features, are really what are selling me on this, but it does have everything I'd want in a vintage modular--the dual filters are definitely nice to have and a bit unusual--and I'm not really aware of anything modern that might cover the same territory. I also would much rather purchase a "set and forget" system rather than individual modules over a period of time (another big selling point for the Formant).
Eric the Red
If DIY doesn’t scare you, Harald is remaking the Formant modular modules.

https://www.haraldswerk.de
Sir Ruff
Eric the Red wrote:
If DIY doesn’t scare you, Harald is remaking the Formant modular modules.

https://www.haraldswerk.de


Oh, cool. Those look great, and banana jacks are a nice update. But I'm not DIY inclined, and I'm guessing that a fully built system would probably come in around the same price as a vintage one anyway.
cycad73
A literal answer to this question can be found here ... one of Hajo's more recent creations. very well thought out, this is much, much more interesting than a moog 55:

http://www.spheremusic.com/Bargaindtl.asp?Item=19354
Sir Ruff
cycad73 wrote:
A literal answer to this question can be found here ... one of Hajo's more recent creations. very well thought out, this is much, much more interesting than a moog 55:

http://www.spheremusic.com/Bargaindtl.asp?Item=19354


wow... but also 10 x what I am looking to spend on the smaller system smile
cycad73
Sir Ruff wrote:
cycad73 wrote:
A literal answer to this question can be found here ... one of Hajo's more recent creations. very well thought out, this is much, much more interesting than a moog 55:

http://www.spheremusic.com/Bargaindtl.asp?Item=19354


wow... but also 10 x what I am looking to spend on the smaller system smile


he's still doing great designs, much more "high-end" than the formant years but seems to be very indifferent towards marketing them, or the business aspect in general. I remember the Challenger synth from a few years back, really great sounding demos, but apparently he sold only one copy...

Germany is filled with stuff like this, really great sound but not really available and always in some weird/nonstandard format. Marienberg modular is another example. of course in the US we have Phil cirocco/CMS who seems to only make modular for one person, Hans Zimmer. that's the closest comparison I can think of.
Sir Ruff
cycad73 wrote:
Sir Ruff wrote:
cycad73 wrote:
A literal answer to this question can be found here ... one of Hajo's more recent creations. very well thought out, this is much, much more interesting than a moog 55:

http://www.spheremusic.com/Bargaindtl.asp?Item=19354


wow... but also 10 x what I am looking to spend on the smaller system smile


he's still doing great designs, much more "high-end" than the formant years but seems to be very indifferent towards marketing them, or the business aspect in general. I remember the Challenger synth from a few years back, really great sounding demos, but apparently he sold only one copy...

Germany is filled with stuff like this, really great sound but not really available and always in some weird/nonstandard format. Marienberg modular is another example. of course in the US we have Phil cirocco/CMS who seems to only make modular for one person, Hans Zimmer. that's the closest comparison I can think of.


Interesting. Although I haven’t really been keeping track, it does seem that there are lots of more bespoke modulars and one-off synthesizers coning out if Europe than the US these days.
a_moon_r
Hello,

I have two Formant modulars with keyboards. One bigger, and one smaller portable system. I think that it is a synth to go for getting THE sound for the money. Very nice design and huge sound. Always on a concert sound checks nobody cannot belive how it sounds on a P.A. Very huge , organic, live and present. People forgot that something like that exists!

Have in mind that it is very important how it is built inside. I mean about quality of construction. Also I think there are no two Elector Formants that sound the same. For example these two sound totaly different. I was courious and opend them and compared. Seams it is because of parts inside because design and cards are the same. One is built in late 70s/early 80s and have all old resistors , pots, lots of "Iskra" Yugoslavian transistor parts. Other is from lets say 90s and have all metal film resistors, newer components etc etc...
Two different sounds. Like you compare lets say old osc moog/ems sound and roland sh2 or something cleaner and stabile, more narrow.... Both sound great, although I prefer the old one.
MUFF WIGGLER Forum Index -> Modular Synth General Discussion  
Page 1 of 1
Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group