NEW Eurorack Pack from Waldorf – a Synth in Pieces?

At NAMM 2016, Waldorf announced their new Eurorack Pack, as shown in the following video:

So, last year, Waldorf released:

The nw1 Wavetable Module

Waldorf NW1 Wavetable Module

Now, Waldorf are planning to release three new modules to accompany it, along with a controller keyboard. These are:

cmp1 Compressor Module

Waldorf cmp1 Compressor Module

mod1 Modulator Module

Waldorf mod1 Modulator Module

dvca1 Dual VCA Module

Waldorf dvca Dual VCA Module

kb37 Controller Keyboard

Waldorf kb37 Controller Keyboard

So this all looks really interesting and exciting, doesn’t it? But I can’t help feel that there is something a bit unsatisfying about releasing each module individually, especially as they released the mod1 back in 2015 and won’t be releasing the other 3 modules and the controller keyboard until the 2nd half of 2016. These modules are all clearly meant to work together within that controller keyboard, so why not just release the whole thing as one complete instrument?

The answer might lie partly in the price. Just the mod1 alone will set you back €345.00 / $386 USD / £266 GBP. There must be some marketing benefit to selling them separately, to make it seem like you are getting more for your money. Look at it this way: if every module is going to cost that price, you’re looking at about $1930 for one synth.

Sure, there are more expensive synths coming out, such as the OB-6 from Dave Smith Instruments, but there are also some great cheaper modern analog synths like the Korg Minilogue ($500) or the Arturia MicroBrute ($349).

I also wonder whether it is aimed at the budding synth geek who wants to explore how synthesis works, but if you REALLY want to explore the intricacies of sound synthesis, the Moog Werkstatt-01 will only set you back $329.

What do you think? Would you be willing to buy each of these synth modules separately? Why not let me know in the comments section below.

All the best,
Marcus.

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