Custom Verbos Composition Suitcase


Frédéric Sebton created this custom Verbos Composition Suitcase, designed to resemble the vintage suitcase synthesizers of the early 70s, like the Buchla Electric Music Box (1970) and the EMS Synthi AKS (1972).

The Verbos Composition Suitcase

A vintage briefcase was converted to hold a ’Verbos Electronics Composition System’ from Mark Verbos.

Modules include the Amplitude Tone Controller, Complex Oscillator, Dual Four Pole, Harmonic Oscillator, Voltage Multistage as well as Doepfer A-140 ADSR, A-119 EXT. IN. Pittsburgh Modular Audio Mixer/Attenuator and Intellijel µjack.

The entire case is powered by Tiptop Audio µZeus.

The Verbos Electronics Touchplate Keyboard is mounted separately in a converted PHILIPS Infrakamin and powered by an external power source.

If you’re interested in this type of custom suitcase case, Sebton has a signup list at his site.

15 thoughts on “Custom Verbos Composition Suitcase

  1. But sir, it IS a toy; its simply in the Maserati class. I’m not a modular-minded player, but I can somehow immediately relate to this shaping of the idea. Plug an MFB Dominion into (and out of) this and start opening wormholes. A standard AGO-type keyboard and a touch plate array are the perfect blend. I think its a bit pretentious to have too big a modular wall, but these two plus a modest Eurorack cabinet on the side would seem enjoyably Serious without being showoffish or outright overkill. Synth music basically started with monophonics & modulars. IMO, this is the real modular “renaissance:” medium-sized setups containing 5x the power of the old standards. Now I’m waiting to see someone find a good voice, somewhere between Wendy Carlos and glitch. The neighbors will hate it, but they can STFU, because ART.

  2. This is a nice design. We have had a few modular racks with keybeds built in, which doesn’t make any sense in a modular world- and what is a extra couple of cables running to a keyboard on a modular setup – so this is a more natural approach for a modular solution.

  3. Too bad it’s not in a real briefcase, just half of one. If it were a real briefcase, you could close it and carry it far more safely than in its current form, and then you wouldn’t need that awful stand.

    But it does make me want to use some smaller-format modules and find a great vintage case on Etsy and do this myself. That would look a little bad-ass when arriving for a show.

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