Modular NAMM 2017.1: 2hp, Lifeforms, Verbos, & Moog

Modular NAMM 2017.1: 2hp, Lifeforms, Verbos, & Moog

I’m spending all four days at NAMM this year in hopes of seeing as many modular companies as possible. The following few days I hope to share my impressions of what I found interesting at this show, with a liberal dose of personal commentary thrown in. In this installment I cover 2hp, Pittsburgh/Lifeforms Modular, Verbos Electronics, and some musings on formats.

When Do You Actually Need a Buffered Multiple?

When Do You Actually Need a Buffered Multiple?

A perennial question is “do I really need a buffered multiple to connect to my oscillators?” The correct answer is “it depends” because there’s so many variables with the way different modules were designed. I figured it was time to flesh out those details so it didn’t seem like so much voodoo.

Second Oscillator, or Waveform Animator?

Second Oscillator, or Waveform Animator?

Many semi-modular synths have just one VCO. They usually feature a square wave with pulse width animation, but if you want to use the sawtooth wave instead, the sound can be rather static. A common addition is a second oscillator; an interesting alternative is a “waveform animator.”

AJHSynth Ring SM and Sonic XV

AJHSynth Ring SM and Sonic XV

I love modules that add to my sonic vocabulary – especially ones that just invite you to play with them, dialing in new sounds. Two modules that definitely fit that bill are the new AJHSynth Ring SM and Sonic XV Diode Ladder Wave Filter. Thinking “I rarely need a ring...
Matching Octaves in Your Modular

Matching Octaves in Your Modular

Different oscillators and MIDI to CV converters may have varying ideas of what voltage a given note produces, and what pitch should you hear as a result. If there is a difference, in most cases it can be dialed out with a pitch knob or transpose switch. However, there are occasions when you need the assistance of an additional module to settle these disagreements.