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.
There are a lot of voltage-controlled stereo mixers; perhaps lost in the shuffle is the Verbos Scan & Pan. It features four input channels with both voltage and manual control of level and panning per channel, as well as manual control of a huge amount of input gain. In this video, I demonstrate using the Scan portion of this mixer to combine the different waveforms available from an Intellijel Dixie II+, including its sub-octave output plus its sine wave that is saturated by the Verbos. I particularly have fun using an envelope to articulate that mix per note.read more
Most know the Moog Mother-32 as being a neat little semi-modular synthesizer. However, it also contains a step sequencer with lots of nice options. While you’re paused on a note during the creation of a sequence or while editing it after the fact, you can also edit duration, glide, ratcheting (repeats), accents, and rests for that step. In this post, I’ll go over how to access those options and show you how to program ratchets and glides.read more
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