Patching Exponential FM

Patching Exponential FM

One way to create more complex waveforms (and therefore, harmonics) than traditionally supplied by oscillators is to use one oscillator to modulate the frequency of another. In this article I’ll describe how to set up an “FM” (frequency modulation) patch, and include a movie from my Learn Modular Synthesis course that demonstrates the “exponential” flavor of FM.

Adding Syncopation to Sequences

Adding Syncopation to Sequences

When you’re new to modular synthesizers, it’s all too easy to fall into the rut of just recreating the patches hardwired into your existing synths. But don’t forget that one of the main reasons to go modular in the first place is to get out of those ruts and explore...
NAMM 2016: Day 1

NAMM 2016: Day 1

I’m at the NAMM music show in Anaheim California, and thought I’d summarize some conversations and share some quick impressions of a few of the booths I visited on the first day of the show.

Should you go Semi-Modular or Full?

Should you go Semi-Modular or Full?

One of the primary reasons to make the move from pre-configured synthesizers to patchable modular synthesis is the ability to create your own instrument – be it to pick and choose your favorite flavors of synth building blocks, to expand it in ways you prefer, or to explore new signal paths and configurations. A common question is: Where do you start? Keeping in mind there’s no single right answer (and very few wrong ones), here are a few different approaches and their potential trade-offs.