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Last updated January 20, 2019

FamilyTool – a versatile modular synthesizer extension

A unique MULT-OR-SWITCH in a powered 20hp eurorack case designed to accompany DFAM, Mother-32 or any other semi-modular synthesizer.

FamilyTool – a versatile modular synthesizer extension

A unique MULT-OR-SWITCH in a powered 20hp eurorack case designed to accompany DFAM, Mother-32 or any other semi-modular synthesizer.

€12,284
pledged of €25,000pledged of €25,000 goal
71
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, January 20 2019 7:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated January 20, 2019

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Proof of Concept

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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

Our UNCPROP FamilyTool makes use of the genius DFAM, Mother-32, or any other semi-modular synthesizer and aims to make them even greater. The FamilyTool consists of a unique MULT-OR-SWITCH module and a powered 20hp black extruded aluminum case with wooden end cheeks – the UNCPROP case. The FamilyTool combo is exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign – it will not be sold as a unit afterwards!    

It will ship ready to play starting approximately July 2019. And here’s what it does:

 1. MULT-OR-SWITCH Module    

  • 6 A/B switches for up to six switchable routings
  • 2 of which are OR-logic mixers
  • No external power source needed*
  • Passive MULT (1:4 or 2x1:2)
  • Patching fun with 24 I/Os

2. powered UNCPROP Case

  • Fits eurorack modules up to 20hp and 35mm depth (e.g. Clouds and MATHS)
  • Perfectly fits DFAM/Mother-32 and
  • Is a great addition to any other semi-modular synth
  • For heavy users & beginners
  • internal PSU
  • works as a 20hp standalone eurorack case/effects unit
  • Handcrafted wooden panels (walnut)
Case and module are now also available separately – we have added these two new rewards to the campaign.
The MULT-OR-SWITCH module operates passively. To power other eurorack modules, we have implemented an internal PSU (Power Supply Unit) for all backers.

The FamilyTool will be assembled by hand in Munich, Germany.

We are Uncertain Proportions and now we’re building uncertain props – UNCPROPS. We’ve been building, modding and –most importantly– playing all sorts of synths for over ten years now. There’s a deep fascination for these delicate and monstrous machines that captured us right from the start. Besides jamming in our studio we compose music for performing arts, play live and host soldering workshops. Our professional background besides musical education includes communication design, architecture and conceptual design – with the FamilyTool we want to give a useful piece of gear to a community that has presented us with nothing but love and support from day one. We’re proud to be part of the modular world and hope you fancy our addition to it.
    

Mounting of working prototype
Mounting of working prototype

Millions of possibilities – new sounds. We want you to benefit from the eurorack system without the necessity to start a whole rack. Within minutes you’ll now be able to massively extend the functionality of two of the best synthesizers ever built (or really any other semi-modular synth).    

Working prototype attaching to DFAM
Working prototype attaching to DFAM

The FamilyTool includes a 20hp extruded black anodized aluminium body to fit the eurorack standard. With its two wooden side panels the UNCPROP case attaches perfectly to your DFAM and Mother-32 synthesizers or stands boldly next to any other semi-modular synth, extending them in space and functionality.  With its built-in PSU you can power up to 3 eurorack modules within the 20hp space.

The lightweight UNCPROP case can be fixed with a couple of screws on either side or in-between two DFAM/Mother-32. The slightly adjusted shape of our UNCPROP case provides space for any eurorack module up to 35mm in depth.

The PSU is powered by the DFAM / Mother-32 internally or by a separate DC plug*
The PSU is powered by the DFAM / Mother-32 internally or by a separate DC plug*

Live gig or jam session – now better than ever. Our FamilyTool module itself combines the best tools available for a passive prop.

The MULT-OR-SWITCH module offers:

  • 6 A/B switches including two OR-mixers
  • Passive MULT
  • Double, triple or quadruple your inputs - millionize your creative output
  • Attenuated switching between two sources to one dedicated out – or vice versa
  • Up to six switchable routings allow to prepare multiple patches at the same time
  • Switch modulation destinations and sound sources immediately - whenever wanted
  • Control the amount of your sources or mute them instantly
Functionality of the Switches & OR-Logic Mixers
Functionality of the Switches & OR-Logic Mixers

Two of the six A/B switches offer a passive OR-logic mixer that gives you control of the rectified sum of the A and B input – or just one of them. The new type of sounds you can come up with and the versatility you gain by switching between them give you more control – especially cool when playing live!  

Mult on working prototype
Mult on working prototype

On the left side of the module you’ll find a passive MULT which allows you to multiply a signal four times or to duplicate two individual inputs.   

The intuitive and functional design provides instant access to all parameters quickly.

Welcome to the family!

Updated Rewards!
Updated Rewards!

We're just getting started!

1) Side panel variety: Choose between different side panel options. Upon reaching a financing volume of EUR 32.000 (approx. USD 36.500) we will offer additional materials and finishes for the side panels for you to choose from. Any affected backer will be able to choose their favorite before shipping without any additional cost.

2) Cables: 6 patch cables (15cm) included when total backing reaches EUR 28.000 (approx. USD 32.000).

Please note: DFAM is a trademark of Moog Music Inc. We are neither affiliated with nor in any way endorsed by Moog Music Inc or any other shown manufacturer. We just love what they do and want to compliment them.

* DC plug not included.

CUSTOMS

International backers outside of the EU: Please be aware that you might have to pay customs fees when receiving your order form Germany. We will declare everything accurately in the shipping documentation.

NEXT STEPS

Risks and challenges

A working prototype has already been built and works reliably. In a next step the design will be finalized and readied for production.

The most cost-intensive part of this venture is the aluminium body of the case which requires a set of expensive tools in order to be manufactured. Luckily, we already have a manufacturer in place.

The other components of the project are also planned and some of them secured. After this campaign ends, we will be able to negotiate the final contracts with our suppliers and set up a waterproof timeline for production and shipping.

Due to our previous experience and given the high level of preparation prior to this campaign, we are very confident to meet timelines for production and delivery.

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    Key Charm

    A handy and stylish metal key charm with our logo. Can be used to pop open a bottle or cut packaging tape (amongst others).

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    T-Shirt

    A stylish T-Shirt – To make you look as good as you play during your next live gig.
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    Knitted Scarf

    A knitted UNCPROP scarf for those cold wintery nights. Welcome to the family – We keep each other warm. Oh, and it's pretty stylish, too.
    In addition, your name will be mentioned in the thanks section of our launch website.

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    MULT-OR-SWITCH Module

    You'll receive our module only, without a case.
    Also, your name will be mentioned in the thanks section of our launch website.

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    • MULT-OR-SWITCH 20hp module
    • UNCPROP Key Charm
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    UNCPROP Case

    You'll receive one empty, but powered case in 20hp width without the module.
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    FamilyTool (First Run)

    You'll receive one signed and numbered FamilyTool (case+module) for a special discounted price at the earliest possible date.
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    FamilyTool (Second Run)

    You'll receive one FamilyTool (case+module) for a slightly higher price and possibly a little later than those from the first run.
    Also, your name will be mentioned in the thanks section of our launch website.

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    First Ten FamilyTools Ever

    You'll receive one of the very first FamilyTools ever made, signed and numbered with a personalized dust cover to fit your FamilyTool plus either DFAM or Mother-32.
    Your name will not only be mentioned in the thanks section of our launch website, but also in the print version of our manual.

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    • Personalized dust cover for FamilyTool + synthesizer
    • FamilyTool T-Shirt
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    FamilyTool Double Pack (Second Run)

    You'll receive two FamilyTools (case+module) for a special discounted price from the second run.
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    Workshop Day in Munich

    FamilySwitch numbers 11 through 21 will be built by yourselves during a group workshop day in our studio Munich, Germany.
    We’ll spend a day with you building the module, touring the city and having dinner (on us). Travel and lodging cost to be paid and organized by backers separately. We will set a mandatory date as soon as possible.
    Your name will not only be mentioned in the thanks section of our launch website, but also in the print version of our manual.

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Funding period

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