Here's a pic of the modular's current state:
A little dark, but you can see that there are some new modules - another envelope, an external instrument input interface, two multiples. I'm going to do entries on those things and their applications next.
Also, I just traded/sold what little other remaining gear I had and ended up with some cash plus a cool Roland TR-606 drum machine, fresh out of 1982.
While the 606's own sounds are cool but pretty limited, I mainly wanted it because it has two trigger outputs that you can program alongside its drum sounds, each of which sends a quick voltage blast out to whatever you patch it to - namely, my modular! Working with only the little 16-step patterns that the 606 can do, I'm forced to get creative and end up coming up with fun little "happy accidents" based on how the modular triggers in response to the 606's voltage outputs. Really, it's about getting into that mindset that guys like Giorgio Moroder and Phil Oakey (The Human League) had to be into back in the day; it's just more in line with the whole voltage-controlled modular way of working than using Cubase or digital sequencers. Not that I'm abandoning Cubase or anything like, but it's fun to have another, more primitive option for sequencing.to shake things up a little bit.
With the money that I have left over, I'm trying to make a decision whether to buy an old Roland MC-202 (early digital sequencer that spits out analogue voltages) or the Moog CP-251 (a little box that I can add to the modular that gives me the functionality of five or six modules without taking up any space in the cabinet). The MC-202 is a primitive, confusing "calculator"-style sequencer that makes it almost impossible to accomplish whatever melody or rhythm you set out to make, but the upside is that you invariably come up with all sorts of "happy accidents" that are more interesting than whatever you were initially trying to program. I'm interested in the idea of more sequencing options, especially weirdo MC-style ones, but I'd also like the extra functionality of the Moog CP, which would really add a ton of new stuff I can do with the modular.