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We review a range of Eurorack cases to suit a budget of under $600.
Mid-range price point, best bang for buck.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed a resurgence in the popularity of modular synthesis.
With artists like Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Surgeon and Blawan all adding to the popularization of modular synthesis, we’ve seen many a producer also follow suit, plunging themselves down into the rabbit hole of the “Eurocrack”. For many of them, they’re yet to be seen outside of their studios ever since.
Confused about modular synthesis? We don’t entirely blame you. From the outside, it can appear rather daunting as to what they are, and why they are even of interest to modern producers in 2019.
Think of it this way: if you were to gut an entire synthesizer or drum machine, you’d be left with a range of parts (modules). Having control over each of these components is the magic that producers seek with modular synthesis — in a sense becoming the architect (or mad scientist) of their very own, personalized machine.
In this article, we discuss the best Eurorack cases in 2019 that we could find. Here’s our top 5 list.
The Arturia RackBrute Eurorack case takes the guesswork out of building your own modular synthesizer from the ground up — and it's the perfect match for the MiniBrute 2 synthesizer too. RackBrute gives you a sturdy housing for your Eurorack modules, plus a high-quality power supply for them.
Form-fitted for connection with MiniBrute 2 and MiniBrute 2S
(3U version) 83hp worth of space after connecting power supply module
(6U version) 176hp worth of space after connecting power supply module
6 possible configurations for a flexible setup
Folds down for exemplary protection and portability
This item is compatible with M3 threaded screws.
Arturia’s Rackbrute series is an erconomic Eurorack case that can be used as a standalone enclosure. With 6 configurations, you’re given access to a very flexible setup that allows you to set your modules to the perfect height and angle.
The build quality is superb and the 6U version contains 20 power sockets, which should be ample for the modern-day producer. If you’re looking to get into modular synthesis for the first time, and want something a little smaller, they also have a 3U version available.
Both the 3U and 6U versions yield a sturdy construction and ergonomic design and features Rackbrute’s integrated power system.
The rack also gets points for portability, as the metal and wood cases collapse down with minimal effort.
Eurorack chassis with 1 power supply (A-100PSU3) and 2 bus boards
168HP of useable width across 2 tiers, 70mm–100mm depth
In an age where manufacturers are putting out exponentially power-hungry modules, this Eurorack chassis ensures you’ll never be out of juice to feed your units.
The A-100 suitcase is made of black coated wood with aluminium extrusions with the rail construction fixed to the other parts of the suitcase.
The build is extremely solid, and the power supply is as clean as a whistle.
It comes with a cover so is totally portable, and the suitcase-styled chassis ensures peace of mind for all your precious modules within…
One downside of the case is that the power cable connection is on the back, and even with an angled cable, you cannot lie them down on their backs to play that way. This is despite them even having feet located on their backs.
Low cost doesn’t always have to mean low quality, and that’s the case here with the Doepfer A-100LC9, one of the most popular Eurorack cases in 2019.
The power supply PSU3 has replaced the older PSU2, and has resulted in a much cleaner, reliable, and powerful solution to powering high consumption modules. It is completely compatible with modules that require +5V power rail without ever needing a power adapter.
The construction, despite the “Low Cost” label, is quality. Sturdy power rails and the casing does not give in easily. However, it would have been nice if they had included some rubber feet to circumvent the unit slipping around.
For the money, it’s hard to beat the LC9. Perfect for starters and veterans alike!
Includes a powerful 2000 mA power supply, specially designed for modular synthesizers and modular effects
Protective cover with handle for easy transport
The protective cover can be attached by means of a lock at the back and gives the case additional stability
Overcurrent protection to protect users and modules against electrical shock
Including Power supply, 40 Eurorack screws for modules, 2 x 16-pin Eurorack power supply cable
The SYR-E84 is Roland’s first foray into the Eurorack case world, and they’ve done a stellar job. With a compact form factor and aluminium chassis (wooden sides), the rack is perfect for those seeking lightweight portability and power at a price that won’t break the bank.
Two SYR-E84 cases can be placed on top of each other using the enclosed screws and screwed together to provide enough space for a large setup.
The bevelled construction at the bottom also allows the case to be set in an angled position.
The modules can be mounted on the rails with M3 screws and connected to the power cable in the case.