Learning Modular Synthesis Online Courses

Chris Meyer in front of his personal Eurorack modular synthesizerWhether you are getting into modular synthesis through software, a semi-modular like the Moog Mother-32, or a full modular system, I want to help ease your learning curve by sharing my own knowledge. I believe that if you understand what’s going on inside your synth, it will be faster and easier to use to create the sounds in your head, and to re-create those “happy accidents” later.

I originally learned synthesis on a Steiner-Parker Synthasystem in the late 70s, and had a kit-based PAiA modular in my dorm room in college. In the 80s and 90s I went on to design synths and related gear for Sequential, Digidesign, Marion Systems (Tom Oberheim), and Roland, write for Keyboard and Music Technology magazines, and teach synthesis at UCLA Extension in Los Angeles, California. After a detour into the film and video industry for ~20 years (including the creation of nearly 50 online courses on graphics & editing software), I’m back playing with modular synthesizers – and creating courses for the beginning and intermediate users on how to get the most out of them.

My courses include:

All of the courses above are available through Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning. These services offer nearly 300 courses on audio and music ranging from software and instrument instruction to songwriting to interviews with DJs and producers, all available for a single charge starting as low as $20/month for an annual subscription and $25 for a single month. If you don’t already have a subscription, register through lynda.com/trial/chrismeyer and you’ll receive your first 30 days free before your credit card is charged. I think you’ll save at least $25 in time or money spent (or not spent!) by watching just one of the above courses.

Learning Modular patch color coding chartBy the way: You will find that I color-code the patch cables I use in all of the hardware-based synthesis courses and movies I create. The intention is to make it easier for you to follow a patch by studying what is connected to what. My color-coding system is shown at right.

And for those who are curious, I use Black Market Modular cables and passive multiples. I did some research, and liked that they combined the thicker of the wire gauges commonly used with slender plug barrels so it would be easier to fit my fingers into a dense patch.