The bundle consists of the NiftyCase + the Cellz sequencer + the Chipz dual VCO and LFO + cables + blanks … for 269 USD!!! That bundle is a ready to play Eurorack synth - connect MIDI in and audio out and you’re playing. Add in some nice slim modules and/or effects to taste and you’ve got a full blown modular.
The case is a nice looking 84hp case, with builtin power and connectors for 10 modules. It has some great basic/essential features built in with no additional modules required:
USB + DIN MIDI in, DIN MIDI through. The MIDI is converted to two channels of CV+Gate, a clock and a mod channel (for e.g. modulation wheel).
It has two audio out channels at the front which is summed to the (mono) audio Jack output on the back/top. So it’s a mono instrument unless you add an additional stereo audio out module.
So, no MIDI module required and no audio output module required. You can play e.g. two sequences straight into it via MIDI from e.g. VCV Rack, or some other external keyboard/gear/sequencers.
The case can be bought alone for 199 USD. Does anyone know of a similar case, with similar features, that is even remotely competitive? Remember to add in power, MIDI and audio out into the equation.
If that’s not enough, the really attractive bundle, on top of the case, for an additional 70 USD throws in:
2 blanks which exactly covers the empty space outside the two bundled modules + 6 patch cables, nice.
The Cellz module. This I think is a really interesting and versatile little module. It’s a grid of 16 touch pads, with two sets of CV+gate out and two trigger ins. Each cell has two(!) adjustable voltages and the module can be used as a dual 16-step bi-directional sequencer, with inbuilt quantizer, an arpegiator or a 16/32 value voltage generator/bank. Pretty neat. Bought alone it costs 99 USD.
The Chipz module which is a dual VCO + an LFO with two outs, all with adjustable waveforms and quite a soundpalette as far as I can tell. It seems to be a kind of chiptune style VCO, with one VCO having a filter and the other having adjustable pulsewidth (and PWM). Bought alone it also costs 99 USD.
I don’t know guys - that bundle (or just the case alone) seems like incredible value to me and perhaps the ideal starter Eurorack configuration at an extremely affordable price. Even if you get tired of one or both of the bundled modules in short time you could just chuck it out and it’s still a bargain.
I’m incredibly tempted right now What are your thoughts?