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DCASE TWO for Behringer Neutron and Model-D with D-CAPS

DCASE TWO for Behringer Neutron and Behringer Model Dq

A beautiful hand crafted wooden case made out of high quality birch Multiplex plywood panels for Arturia KeyStep with Behringer Model-D and Behringer Neutron and/or other Eurorack compatible modules. The design is leaned towards the original Minimoog Model-D but in a smaller shape. Like the original, the housing of the synthesizer module can be tilted.

Being able to house the Behringer Model-D AND the Behringer Neutron, the Arturia KeyStep and additional Eurorack modules, it provides great space for creativity.

Every D-Case will be now shipped with one set of D-Caps (incl. required brackets and screws) which extends the D-Case with the original Behringer Case with another Eurorack row.

DCASE TWO with included DCAPS
DCASE TWO with included DCAPS

Features

  • Handcrafted and custom built
  • Back can be tilted into several angles
  • Accommodates Arturia Keystep
  • Eurorack format for Behringer Model D, Neutron or many other Eurorack compatible modules
  • 3D printed connection panel for Behringer Model D
  • 3D printed D-CAPS with brackets and blind panels
  • High quality materials
  • 2 rows for 3U Eurorack modules with 89HP (extendable to 3 rows with D-CAPS and original Behringer Model-D case)
  • 360mm (D) x 515mm (W)

Materials

  • Plywood – The birch multiplex panels are cut by CNC technology in Germany. The layers that make up plywood are intentionally glued together at alternating right angles. This is what gives it both strength and durability. This cross-graining also reduces the chances of the wood splitting when nailing at the edges, and it makes the wood resistant to warping, cracking, and twisting. The way plywood is made also ensures a consistent strength across the entire length of the wood. From an environmental perspective, birch trees are an abundant, fast growing species. There is no destruction or disruption of biodiversity when birch is felled. It is better to opt for this renewable source than other options that might have a negative impact on the environment. 
  • OSMO hard wax oil – Osmo Polyx® Oils are developed from natural oils and waxes to provide the most hardwearing and durable protection for wooden flooring and furniture. The wood’s true beauty is accomplished by using Osmo Polyx®-Oil. The emphasis on the wood’s grain and natural characteristics provides a warm and rich effect to ensure that any interior looks luxurious and elegant. Each wood has its own style and unique charm, and is seductive from the first sight. https://www.osmouk.com
  • colorfab PLA 3D printer filament – This semi-matte PLA filament eliminates the glossy appearance seen on most PLA 3D prints. The highlights on the surface will be less visible, resulting in an overall cleaner and much higher quality look. colorFabb is built on a few solid principles: delivery of high quality solutions to meet our customers’ demand / needs. Whether it’s filament, advice or a 3D printer the colorFabb team, consisting of dedicated professionals will help you. Based in Belfeld, the Netherlands, colorFabb operates from a state of the art 3D Printing Technology Center. https://colorfabb.com/
  • Gie-Tec Eurorack aluminium profiles – Sophisticated technology and intelligent solutions at a fair price – Made in Germany https://gie-tec.de
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Prototype DCASE for ARTURIA KEYSTEP and BEHRINGER MODEL-D

Behringer Model-D with Doepfer Spring Reverb

A hand crafted wooden case made out of high quality birch Multiplex panels for Arturia KeyStep and Behringer Model-D and/or other Eurorack compatible modules. The design is leaned towards the original Minimoog Model-D but in a smaller shape. Like the original, the housing of the synthesizer module can be tilted.

Being able to house the Behringer Model-D, the Arturia KeyStep and additional Eurorack modules, it provides great space for creativity.

 

Features

  • Handcrafted and custom built
  • Back can be tilted into several angles
  • Eurorack format for Behringer Model D, Neutron or many other Eurorack compatible modules
  • High quality materials
  • PLA connection panel on the back

 

Materials

  • Plywood – The birch multiplex panels are cut by CNC technology in Germany. The layers that make up plywood are intentionally glued together at alternating right angles. This is what gives it both strength and durability. This cross-graining also reduces the chances of the wood splitting when nailing at the edges, and it makes the wood resistant to warping, cracking, and twisting. The way plywood is made also ensures a consistent strength across the entire length of the wood. From an environmental perspective, birch trees are an abundant, fast growing species. There is no destruction or disruption of biodiversity when birch is felled. It is better to opt for this renewable source than other options that might have a negative impact on the environment. 
  • Gie-Tec Eurorack aluminium profiles – Sophisticated technology and intelligent solutions at a fair price – Made in Germany https://gie-tec.de

 

Differences to the final DCASE

  1. The Eurorack case has thicker side walls.
  2. The case side panels are 1cm lower 
  3. The Eurorack is only 6 cm instead of 7 cm deep
  4. The surface of the Multiplex panels are coated with wood stain.


History

20.05.2018: The first order of pre-cut Eurorack aluminium profile rails has arrived.

Eurorack Rails
Aluminium Eurorack Profile Rails

21.05.2018: The connection panel, the tilting mechanism and feed have been finalised. 

Connection panel
Connection panel
Tilting mechanism
Tilting mechanism

12.07.2018: Back from vacation and arrived with a heavy suitcase full of tools and parts to build the cases. 2 parcels with pre-cut wood are still on the way to Qatar. As soon as the wood arrives, I will start with the production of the first cases. In addition I bought a Doepfer Spring Reverb A-199 and a Doepfer Small Supply/Bus A-100 which I will build in into my prototype case. Several types of filament for the 3D printer have been ordered and should arrive at the same time as the wood.

Behringer Model-D with Doepfer Spring Reverb
Behringer Model-D with Doepfer Spring Reverb
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DCASE ONE for Behringer Neutron

DCASE for Behringer Neutron

A beautiful hand crafted wooden case made out of high quality birch Multiplex plywood panels for Arturia KeyStep and Behringer Neutron and/or other Eurorack compatible modules. The design is leaned towards the original Minimoog Model-D but in a smaller shape. Like the original, the housing of the synthesizer module can be tilted.

Being able to house the Behringer Neutron, the Arturia KeyStep and additional Eurorack modules, it provides great space for creativity.

Features

  • Handcrafted and custom built
  • Back can be tilted into several angles
  • Accommodates Arturia Keystep
  • Eurorack format for Behringer Model D, Neutron or other Eurorack compatible modules
  • 3D printed connection panel for Behringer Neutron
  • High quality materials
  • 1 row for 3U Eurorack modules with 89HP 
  • 360mm (D) x 515mm (W)

 

Tilting Mechanism DCASE

Materials

  • Plywood – The birch multiplex panels are cut by CNC technology in Germany. The layers that make up plywood are intentionally glued together at alternating right angles. This is what gives it both strength and durability. This cross-graining also reduces the chances of the wood splitting when nailing at the edges, and it makes the wood resistant to warping, cracking, and twisting. The way plywood is made also ensures a consistent strength across the entire length of the wood. From an environmental perspective, birch trees are an abundant, fast growing species. There is no destruction or disruption of biodiversity when birch is felled. It is better to opt for this renewable source than other options that might have a negative impact on the environment. 
  • OSMO hard wax oil – Osmo Polyx® Oils are developed from natural oils and waxes to provide the most hardwearing and durable protection for wooden flooring and furniture. The wood’s true beauty is accomplished by using Osmo Polyx®-Oil. The emphasis on the wood’s grain and natural characteristics provides a warm and rich effect to ensure that any interior looks luxurious and elegant. Each wood has its own style and unique charm, and is seductive from the first sight. https://www.osmouk.com
  • colorfab PLA 3D printer filament – This semi-matte PLA filament eliminates the glossy appearance seen on most PLA 3D prints. The highlights on the surface will be less visible, resulting in an overall cleaner and much higher quality look. colorFabb is built on a few solid principles: delivery of high quality solutions to meet our customers’ demand / needs. Whether it’s filament, advice or a 3D printer the colorFabb team, consisting of dedicated professionals will help you. Based in Belfeld, the Netherlands, colorFabb operates from a state of the art 3D Printing Technology Center. https://colorfabb.com/
  • Gie-Tec Eurorack aluminium profiles – Sophisticated technology and intelligent solutions at a fair price – Made in Germany https://gie-tec.de


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DCASE ONE for Behringer Model D with DCAPS

DCASE - Wooden Case for Behringer Model-D

A beautiful hand crafted wooden case made out of high quality birch Multiplex plywood panels for Arturia KeyStep and Behringer Model-D and/or other Eurorack compatible modules. The design is leaned towards the original Minimoog Model-D but in a smaller shape. Like the original, the housing of the synthesizer module can be tilted.

Being able to house the Behringer Model-D, the Arturia KeyStep and additional Eurorack modules, it provides great space for creativity.

Every D-Case will be now shipped with one set of D-Caps (incl. required brackets and screws) which extends the D-Case with the original Behringer Case with another Eurorack row.

Features

  • Handcrafted and custom built
  • Back can be tilted into several angles
  • Accommodates Arturia Keystep
  • Eurorack format for Behringer Model D, Neutron or many other Eurorack compatible modules
  • 3D printed connection panel for Behringer Model D
  • High quality materials
  • 1 row for 3U Eurorack modules with 89HP (extendable to 2 rows with the  D-CAPS and original Behringer Model-D case)
  • 360mm (D) x 515mm (W)

 

Tilting Mechanism DCASE

Materials

  • Plywood – The birch multiplex panels are cut by CNC technology in Germany. The layers that make up plywood are intentionally glued together at alternating right angles. This is what gives it both strength and durability. This cross-graining also reduces the chances of the wood splitting when nailing at the edges, and it makes the wood resistant to warping, cracking, and twisting. The way plywood is made also ensures a consistent strength across the entire length of the wood. From an environmental perspective, birch trees are an abundant, fast growing species. There is no destruction or disruption of biodiversity when birch is felled. It is better to opt for this renewable source than other options that might have a negative impact on the environment. 
  • OSMO hard wax oil – Osmo Polyx® Oils are developed from natural oils and waxes to provide the most hardwearing and durable protection for wooden flooring and furniture. The wood’s true beauty is accomplished by using Osmo Polyx®-Oil. The emphasis on the wood’s grain and natural characteristics provides a warm and rich effect to ensure that any interior looks luxurious and elegant. Each wood has its own style and unique charm, and is seductive from the first sight. https://www.osmouk.com
  • colorfab PLA 3D printer filament – This semi-matte PLA filament eliminates the glossy appearance seen on most PLA 3D prints. The highlights on the surface will be less visible, resulting in an overall cleaner and much higher quality look. colorFabb is built on a few solid principles: delivery of high quality solutions to meet our customers’ demand / needs. Whether it’s filament, advice or a 3D printer the colorFabb team, consisting of dedicated professionals will help you. Based in Belfeld, the Netherlands, colorFabb operates from a state of the art 3D Printing Technology Center. https://colorfabb.com/
  • Gie-Tec Eurorack aluminium profiles – Sophisticated technology and intelligent solutions at a fair price – Made in Germany https://gie-tec.de
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Case for ARTURIA KEYSTEP and BEHRINGER MODEL-D and/or Eurorack modules

Behringer Model-D with Doepfer Spring Reverb

A beautiful hand crafted wooden case made out of high quality birch Multiplex panels for Arturia KeyStep and Behringer Model-D and/or other Eurorack compatible modules. The design is leaned towards the original Minimoog Model-D but in a smaller shape. Like the original, the housing of the synthesizer module can be tilted.

Being able to house the Behringer Model-D, the Arturia KeyStep and additional Eurorack modules, it provides great space for creativity.

Features

  • Handcrafted and custom built
  • Back can be tilted into several angles
  • Eurorack format for Behringer Model D, Neutron or many other Eurorack compatible modules
  • High quality materials

Materials

  • Plywood – The birch multiplex panels are cut by CNC technology in Germany. The layers that make up plywood are intentionally glued together at alternating right angles. This is what gives it both strength and durability. This cross-graining also reduces the chances of the wood splitting when nailing at the edges, and it makes the wood resistant to warping, cracking, and twisting. The way plywood is made also ensures a consistent strength across the entire length of the wood. From an environmental perspective, birch trees are an abundant, fast growing species. There is no destruction or disruption of biodiversity when birch is felled. It is better to opt for this renewable source than other options that might have a negative impact on the environment. 
  • OSMO hard wax oil – Osmo Polyx® Oils are developed from natural oils and waxes to provide the most hardwearing and durable protection for wooden flooring and furniture. The wood’s true beauty is accomplished by using Osmo Polyx®-Oil. The emphasis on the wood’s grain and natural characteristics provides a warm and rich effect to ensure that any interior looks luxurious and elegant. Each wood has its own style and unique charm, and is seductive from the first sight. https://www.osmouk.com
  • colorfab PLA 3D printer filament – This semi-matte PLA filament eliminates the glossy appearance seen on most PLA 3D prints. The highlights on the surface will be less visible, resulting in an overall cleaner and much higher quality look. colorFabb is built on a few solid principles: delivery of high quality solutions to meet our customers’ demand / needs. Whether it’s filament, advice or a 3D printer the colorFabb team, consisting of dedicated professionals will help you. Based in Belfeld, the Netherlands, colorFabb operates from a state of the art 3D Printing Technology Center. https://colorfabb.com/
  • Gie-Tec Eurorack aluminium profiles – Sophisticated technology and intelligent solutions at a fair price – Made in Germany https://gie-tec.de

The shipment contains only the pre-assembled case with 3D printed PLA parts and aluminium profile rails.

Keystep, Behringer Model-D and Cables as well as any power supply for additional modules are not included! 

Shipment 2 weeks after order date.

For installation and connection between Arturia Keystep and Behringer Model-D, Midi cables with flat jacks are required (see optional items below)

Optional items

Midi cables

One Control 50 cm Midi cable to connect the Behringer Model D MIDI IN with the Arturia Keystep MIDI OUT.

 

Rockboard flat midi cable 300 cm to connect the Arturia Keystep MIDI IN to other Hardware MIDI OUT

 

Eurorack Blind Panels

Panels can be custom 3D printed out of PLA as per provided dimensions. Available colors: blue, red, black.

I'm interested to buy one. Please let me know when it can be ordered

Some History

The idea of building a wooden case for the Behringer Model-D came up short after I recieved my Model-D. In April I started with the first designs and ordered the pre-cut plywood for the prototype. Contrary to the prototype, the final version differs as follows:

  1. The Eurorack case has slimmer side walls which gives 24mm more space for Eurorack Modules
  2. The case side panels are higher to give more space for cables underneath.
  3. The Eurorack is 1 cm deeper.
  4. The surface of the Multiplex panels are coated with hard oil wax instead of wood stain. 
  5. Improved design and thicker 3D printed PLA beams for tilting the Eurorack.

Time Line

20.05.2018: The first order of pre-cut Eurorack aluminium profile rails has arrived.

Eurorack Rails
Aluminium Eurorack Profile Rails

21.05.2018: The connection panel, the tilting mechanism and feed have been finalised. 

Connection panel
Connection panel

 

Tilting mechanism
Tilting mechanism

 

12.07.2018: Back from vacation and arrived with a heavy suitcase full of tools and parts to build the cases. 2 parcels with pre-cut wood are still on the way to Qatar. As soon as the wood arrives, I will start with the production of the first cases. In addition I bought a Doepfer Spring Reverb A-199 and a Doepfer Small Supply/Bus A-100 which I will build in into my prototype case. Several types of filament for the 3D printer have been ordered and should arrive at the same time as the wood.

Behringer Model-D with Doepfer Spring Reverb
Behringer Model-D with Doepfer Spring Reverb

22.07.2018: The pre-cut plywood arrived and production of the first units started. Cases can be ordered now. Production time after order will be 2 weeks.

Wood for the Model-D cases
First Model-D case in production

06.08.2018: A view snapshots from out of the workshop

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My DAWless Synthesizer Setup

Synthesizer Setup

Beside my photography hobby, I recently re-discovered my passion of electronic music making. Last year I had the crazy idea to buy a Teenage Engineering OP-1 which is really a fantastic and powerful little workstation. Considering that my last contact with electronic music instruments was when the Korg Trinity hit the market (1995), the progress in synthesiser technology was amazing. So much power in such a small case. However, although I really enjoyed playing with this little gem, I finally sold it since I decided to go “old style” and to look deeper into classic and analogue gear. Same like in photography, while the new technology is providing more comfort and possibilities, there is something special to have the direct impact on the outcome via physical buttons. Since I’m not planning to release a top 10 hit single anywhere soon and jamming only for fun, I decided to go DAWless.

I’m already spending too much time every day in front of my computer (like I’m doing now while writing this article), that I don’t want to click also through tracks and audio files. Instead I want to relax and enjoy with turning knobs and pushing buttons while making music. For recording the jam sessions I just recently bought a Zoom R24 

Korg Arp Odyssey Synthesizer

What a fantastic remake of the original Arp Odyssee Synthesizer. A joy to play with the fader and discover new sounds.

Korg Microkorg Synthesizer

It looks like a toy but sounds amazing. A lot of sound for small money.

AKAI MPC 1000

Also available for small money but so versatile. After upgrading to a XL screen, 80GB HD, fat pads and replacing the tactile switches, I’m still in the learning curve to discover all the features with the great JJOS operation system.

 

Arutria Drumbrute

Pure analogue drum sound with a great sequencer. I was also considering the Korg Volca Beats. But after getting the Drumbrute for a great deal, I’m happy that I went for it instead of the Volca Beats. With my big hands, the knobs are much easier accessible 🙂

 

Behringer Model D

Oh my god. How could they make such a great sounding synthesizer for such small money? This thing is simple amazing. It’s even so amazing that I’m made a case which will accommodate the Model-D, the Arutria Keystep and one or two eurorack modules. 

 

 

Arturia Keystep

Another great tool with great play feeling, sequencer and arpeggiator. Behringer Model-D and Arturia Keystep are the perfect combo…if the Keystep would be only black 🙂

 

 

Roland RE-20 Space Echo

Although not the original vintage echo machine, still capable to produce a decent reverb and echo. 

 

 

Zoom R24

Very versatile recording unit with build-in effects, sequencer and drum computer. Also useable as a USB audio interface to connect to a DAW.

 

Sync Update: I was able to synchronize the Zoom R24 via a recorded SMPTE timecode on the metronome channel and the Philip Rees TS 1 which converts the signal into MIDI with my AKAI MPC 1000. Here it’s explained how to do it: Henkybacker.com

JBL LSR 305

Nice clear sounding reasonable studio monitors. Perfect for the home studio!