Okay I figured it out and I have to share the story:
I live in a tiny town and went to the city last week (5 hour drive). I stop by thesource (radioshack futureshop bestbuy type place). They shrug. Then I go to Long and McQuaid, lead the sales guy over to the elektron gear and the cable rack and try to explain what I want to do. He tells me I really should just order what I want online. I leave the store. Then I go to a hi-fi audio shop. The one guy behind the counter rips a fart while I am talking to the other guy and they basically let me know that if I am not here to get swindled on some overpriced crap, I should get out of their store.
I go online to check Long and McQuaids stock on cables. I find the solution I need and go back to the store and speak to the same guy and tell him that it says they have the cables I need in the store. So I spend over a $100 on a bunch of cables. I get home and realize he sold me two TRS patch cables (for routing the modular to the A4 for effects). I really needed two mono cables. Oh well. I hook up the cv cabling I picked up and have been lost, troubleshooting for a couple of days. Then I notice that the mono euro patch cables aren’t quite sitting right in the 1/4 to 1/8 " adapters. So I jerry the cable out a bit and low and behold the cv starts working. Then I check the boxes on the four adapters the guy confidently handed me.
Stereo 1/8" female to mono 1/4" male. #%ing idot. Like Fu#! Dammit.
I need mono to mono, as the 1/4 TRS to dual mono cable already split the signal. If someone comes into your store (twice) with a complex routing issue and explains that they are on a special trip to the city, make for damn sure you are providing the right cable advice. That just wasted a lot of time and now I have to sort out the problem again.
This week I will probably have to go to my local building supply store to by some bracket, sealant, compound or whatever. I might explain to the sales person at the counter as I am paying how I intend to use the product (so that if I am overlooking anything or there is a better product or a tip about working time or safe usage) I can get some quick advice. Well that person is going to shoot me a look like it is not their job to know that stuff and that if I don’t know I am in the wrong business.
Well it is there #@$King job. It is THERE job.
I happen to have 4 x 1/4 stereo to 1/8 inch stereo adapters laying around. Basically mono to mono are rarer than hens teeth. If you look at the official elektron kit this is what they give you.
1 × cable adapter module, featuring a 3.5 mm stereo plug and 2 × 3.5 mm and 2 × 1/4” mono jacks
1 × 3.5 mm to 1/4” headphone plug adapter
2 × 3.5 mm to 1/4” TS cables, 150 cm / 5 ft
So you can just use a common 1/4" stereo to 1/8" stereo step down (headphone adapters) and run a mono euro cable from there. In case anyone else has this issue. Remember don’t accidentally buy stereo 1/8" female to mono 1/4" male.
***okay so 20 minutes later I am sequencing my modular, passing the signal through the effects on the A4 while also sequencing drums on the A4. Super easy, really fast. So happy with the unit. Just what I needed. Now I can use the ES-8 and Audulus for more interesting applications.