Chris Blarsky of Million Machine March shared these images of his unofficial Moog Eurorack modular synthesizer.
Blarsky’s custom system features Eurorack conversions of several Moog MoogerFoogers, including the MF-101, 102, 103, 105, 107, and 108. It also includes a Moog Minitaur bass synthesizer, and a Moog Werkstatt synth – all converted to Euro format.
The system is rounded out with a Circuit Abbey Unify mixer, mults & two Division 6 step sequencers. All of this housed in a custom 9U Goike case.
Blarsky wanted a complete Moog Eurorack system and, since one is not available, he built it himself. But his project has another goal:
“We hope to inspire Moog with our re-panels of some of their existing line of synths and effects that we have carefully converted over and now display as a combined cohesive custom Moog Eurorack system.
Since Moog has re-released previous 5U combined modular synthesizer systems, maybe they would entertain releasing a complete Eurorack modular synthesizer system similar to what other Eurorack module makers have done in years past?”
We asked Blarsky for more information about his Moog Euro conversions.
Synthtopia: Why’d you want to convert Moog’s effects and other devices to Euro?
Chris Blarsky: A couple of years ago, I was contacted by a gigging musician about converting a MF-101 over to Euro. to make it easier for him to use live.
After successfully completing the mod, it got me thinking about the rest of the MoogerFoogers. After that I started to acquire more pedals and then the Mother-32 debuted and I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great to have a complete Eurorack system, using nothing but Moog products?”
I initially wanted to use this complete system with my Rhodes piano, but I have found it can get used with almost any source, anywhere!
Synthtopia: What’s involved in making this sort of conversion?
Chris Blarsky: Unfortunately, these are very time consuming to convert over. I basically have to dismantle the entire product and then create a new separate control board and wire them up together. Design, create and fabricate a new panel and then convert over the power. It is definitely a labor of love.
That is why I am hoping Moog could save me this effort and consider converting them over to the Eurorack format!
Synthtopia: Are you making these available to buy, are these one-offs for yourself or proofs of concept?
Chris Blarsky: I am taking custom orders for these. The conversion fees range from as little as $235.00 for the Minitaur (not including the Minitaur) to $755.00 for the Midi Murf (not including the Midi Murf)
Obviously, the Minitaur is fairly straight forward to convert over, where the Midi Murf is extremely challenging.
You can find out more about the custom conversions at the MMM site.
Should Moog make a Complete Eurorack modular system? And, if so, would you want to see Euro versions of some of their other gear, classic Moog modules scaled to Euro or completely new designs? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!