Wow! I thought that this one had been put to bed already.
When I invoked your name John, regarding how many modules it takes to run the Moon 569, I was referring to the modules required to operate it as a fully functioning, fully optioned sequencer. Not the question of how many oscillators, filters, etc. it takes to screw in a lightbulb.
You know what I mean... Like the way a Q960 sequencer's functionality is improved by the Q961, Q962 and the Q963 and another Q960 or two. Thereby increasing the cost of an $800.00 sequencer to an $1100 or more for fully functioning, well optioned one.
In the case of the Moon 569 that figure goes up. For a barebones 569- $1800... $2300 if you just include the M564 Sequential Divider and the M 563 Midi to Clock... Add a MOTM 730 & 400.00 to send 4 individual clocks. My guess is that you will probably want to add a quantizer, the M569 EG and ES modules, & the 565E Quantizer Controller, ad infinitum. This gets rather expensive quickly. For a sequencer with 4 rows of 16 notes ea. once expanded
If you plan on performing live paLEASE just don't sit on stage with with a laptop!
I find that to be one of the most boring and annoying types of 'performances'!
It's about as exciting as sitting at Starbucks listening to an iPOD while watching the guy at the next table check his email on the free wifi.
Seeing somebody do something in real time, or at least seeing some THING do something in real time makes for an interesting performance IMHO. For practicalities sake in a live solo situation I think that a modular combined with either a computer or a hardware midi sequencer makes the most sense to ME but everyone has different goals and desires.
Yeah, I have seen the silly shows, a bunch of guys sitting around with laptops, blue faces, and a mouse trying to make music... I think that these exhibitions belong in,,, well... a Dada art festival.
If I do perform live, it will be with a modular, several other fine analog synths, treated electric guitar, and treated Native American flutes.
My Mac rarely fails, and I believe it can be used live without the loss of face as a serious musician.
I've seen Robert Rich, Steve Roach, Michael Stearns, and Thomas Dolby,
Kraftwerk, and Tangerine Dream perform live, and they have all had a little laptop (or a much bigger computer these days) with them.
Just a couple of photos..
Notice 3 laptops, 2 with Robert's rig
Notice laptop screen lower right of modular
That said, I have already spent about oodles of dough on my modular, which includes the an expensive hardware sequencer. I'm not rich. I had to sacrifice a good number of solid synthesizers to come to the land of Modular heaven.
droolmaster0 wrote:I also am quite annoyed at this point at the attitude, which pops up all of the time - why should I spend thousands on this analog stuff if I can do it all in Numerology? Well, most likely, you're exactly right. The proof of why you should spend the money is not something that can really be explained to you, so you really have to spend the money to know. And then you might decide to go back to numerology again, which is an amazing program in its own right. So, I'd say, ultimately, just fucking use Numerology, and don't bother people about it, because you'll never get an answer that you'll really like, except for the obvious stuff, like things that analog sequencers can do that numerology can't, etc - but these have been covered.
I know that from some of the reactions to this thread, that a bunch of you would like to see me dry up and blow away. Ok, I get it...
I suspect that my initial questions were very poorly framed, and that my logic was faulty, and not representative of my true intentions.
So, while I'm saving up to buy the ultra fancy, ticking clockworks that advance and distribute voltages, I have already moved on, and I am using Numerology... and after this entry I will just stop bothering people about it..
My true motivations were as I've already mentioned much earlier...
I know that there are folks out there who are saving up to buy their next DYI filter, noise mangler, first Dot.Com setup or such. I guess I was talking to these folks. Wrong thread perhaps...
There is a way to get the sequencing glory obtained by thousands of dollars of hardware by investing in a little software program that works. Save up for that new VCDO you want instead. I know your out there.