Technically my two modular systems aren't all analog. The Buchla I bought specifically because it has a lot of digital magic in it... which is rare in the modular world. It also has some basic patch storage capabilities (obviously only knob positions, but at least that only leaves me having to take notes on patch routing, instead of all of it). The preset capabilities also allow for some very cool morphing - e.g. you can recall a patch with another patch going, and instantly have the parameters on every module, or any individual modules, change. You can also cycle through patches via voltages (pulses), so you can set up patches that either randomly, or with a time cycle, change drastically.
It's an incredible system, and despite the price, the functionality you get out of it would cost about the same with any other modular system. Each module in a 200e system typically has the functionality of 4+ modules in any other system. To give a quick example, even the very minimal 200e system I currently have, has more power than the 12U / 36 module eurorack system next to it.
The funny thing to me is how all the new kids are flocking to the Voyager after "deadmo4" showed off his elite preset using capabilities. That synth is really limited, and I doubt most of the people who are now flocking to them understand that the only reason it's around is because some old school analog purists want "that" sound. As someone who has been using and has owned most classic analog synths for 14+ years, I can tell you that most people, myself included, wouldn't be able to tell the difference between a good minimoog clone VST/AU, and a real mini anymore. I'd suggest that anyone looking at buying a voyager as their first analog synth, think long and hard about it, and consider buying something more flexible, like an Andromeda, instead. Other good alternatives as far as analog monosynths are pretty much all of the Studio Electronics synths. You could pick up a 4 voice Omega 8 for the price of a Voyager, and that's an incredible synth (and very expandable - up to 8 voices, and several filter types with drop in cards).
Last edited by hexadecimal on Sep-16-2009 at 22:40