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DivKid Mutes – DIY Build

DivKid Mutes by Befaco - Eurorack Modular Build

DivKid Logo

Have you ever wanted to just insert a quick break or turn off a certain portion of your composition and yet keep the track rolling?  If so, you need to pick up a DivKid Mutes by Befaco for your Eurorack system.

Comprised of four I/O channels and four accommodating 3-way switches, the Mutes goes beyond basic muting. For our final build of September, we take on the DivKid Mutes, and get to learn a little more about what this little 4HP module is capable of. 

A Brief History of Mutes

Anyone who dabbles in the modular world is well aware of a company called Befaco.  They are known for producing top quality modules like the KICKALL, Rampage and Chopping Kinky (just to name a few). Their modules have become a staple to any rack over the past few years. 

Additionally, there is a gentleman by the name of Ben who lives in England and goes by the name DivKid.  He is always in the modular know and is constantly previewing and reviewing new modules over on his YouTube page/webpage. His videos are hands down some of the reasons we pick up some of the modules that we have in our cases. Long story short, these two amazing teams partnered up to create the Mutes. 


Rat King Modular TONE – DIY Build

Rat King Modular TONE - Eurorack Modular Build

Tone DIY Kit

For our first build of September, we were honored to receive one of the first Rat King Modular TONE kits from our friends over at Synthrotek

A relative newcomer to the Eurorack Modular scene, the Rat King is quickly proving to be a master of modular synths. Being the third module in the series, we have to say that the TONE module pairs well with its brethren kin; the EVENT and the Random SEQ

So, what makes the Rat King Modular TONE different from other VCOs?  Well, besides the beautiful mustard gold PCB and the matte black panel with gold laced graphics, the TONE uses the Alfa AS3340 chip (a CEM clone), made famous by its outstanding quality.  It is hard to go without saying that this VCO has some grit and some warm sounds that are trackable over an entire 8 octaves. 

Let’s get onto the build … All Hail The Rat King! 


Limaflo MotoMouth – DIY Build

Limaflo MotoMouth Eurorack Module - DIY Build

Completed MotoMouth Module Front View

As the summer is ticks along, we decided to take on a relatively new module. The LimaFlo MotoMouth Formant Filter. MotoMouth was originally a Kickstarter project that was first launched in March of 2017, and thanks to its backers, the MotoMouth was born. Our buddies over at Synthrotek were one of the first to have the DIY kits and you better believe we had to get our hands on this one and line it up for our final July build. 

Before we get into the build notes, videos and audio samples, you are probably wondering what in the world that the MotoMouth does. The Motomouth is described as an analogue 3-Band, Sedra + Espinoza Bandpass Filter (DABP) with resonant frequencies that are tuned to the same resonant frequencies that are found in the human mouth and nose cavities.

These frequencies can be varied, independently, to form different ‘mouth shapes’, to emulate vowels such as A, E, I, O and U.  In the end, this module can essentially emulate 16 vowels and ‘morph’ or ‘glide’ between each vowel using a single Control Voltage input (1V/Oct), and a Gate to ‘snap’ to each vowel when required. 


Rat King Modular SEQ (Random Sequencer) – DIY Build

RK Random Sequencer (SEQ) Modular Build

Rat King Modular SEQ DIY Kit

For our first build of July, we take on the Rat King Modular Random Sequencer (or SEQ as it’s known). This build is hot on the tails (no pun intended!) of the EVENT that we completed last month and we have to admit it . . . it was just as fun to build as the EVENT.

The Random SEQ panel and PCB are laid out similarly to the EVENT with its matte black panel and mustard yellow PCB. The blue hue from the LED below the panel appears frosted as the LED is not a panel through mount.

One might question how many more modules the Rat King will make… all we can hope for is a lot more!

As for the build itself, it was a quick and easy build for the advanced or intermediate builder lasting only about an hour. For the novice builders, this is a great one to get your feet wet with as the BOM and quick setup instructions (provided with the kit or available online) allow for easy reading. 


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