Welcome to Learning Modular: a site for musicians and sonic dabblers alike who are new to modular synthesis. Here you will find a growing list of in-depth articles, thoughtful musings, and videos on subjects such as choosing modules for your system, and putting them to work creating both new and familiar sounds.
A lot of people have bought Moog Mother-32 semi-modular synths as their entry point to modular synthesis. Therefore, I’m creating a couple of courses based on using the Mother-32 in this environment. Here are two videos excerpted from the first course which will get a Mother-32 owner up and running, including installing it in a Eurorack case.read more
I recently released a course on Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning on how to use the Arturia Modular V software synth, which is modeled on the old Moog modular systems. In this movie I show how to create a typical oscillator sync patch. A couple of quick tips: In Arturia Modular V, sync is a function of each individual oscillator, rather than the oscillator driver; there is a switch for hard or weak sync (down = hard); and rather than patching the sync source as you would on a physical modular synth, in Modular V you click on an icon for a switch trigger input to bring up a menu to select which oscillator you wish to sync to.read more
I recently released a course on Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning on how to use the Arturia Modular V software synth, which is modeled on the old Moog modular systems. Here I show how to create a typical PWM (pulse width modulation) patch, as well as describe some of the differences in using a Moog modular or the Modular V software compared to a typical Eurorack system.read more
The next big “Learning Modular Synthesis” project is Eurorack Expansion. The idea behind it is that you already have a semi-modular synth or a small modular system, and now you’re wondering what to add next. As the saying goes, you need to walk before you can run. I’ve built up a core set of deceptively boring yet essential modules that will make it easier to interface your core system with the fun new modules you’re dying to try out.read more