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.

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Articles

detailed info and advice on configuring your system

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demonstrations + explanations of modules and techniques

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thoughts, memories, trends, and trade show reports

Modular NAMM 2018.7 (the 5U edition): Moon Modular, STG Soundlabs, and Noise Engineering

Modular NAMM 2018.7 (the 5U edition): Moon Modular, STG Soundlabs, and Noise Engineering

The 5U or “Moog Unit” (MU) modular format does not get much representation at NAMM, with Moog, Moon Modular and STG Soundlabs being the usual stalwarts. Moog skipped NAMM this year, but an unexpected source – Noise Engineering – stepped into the breech with three new 5U modules – as well as a few new Eurorack ones too, of course. I should also note that Buchla returned to the show floor, recently being bought by Foxtone Music – many have applauded this move as putting it in the hands of someone who truly cares about their history and synthesis in general, rather than just making a profit.

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Modular NAMM 2018.6: 2hp, 1010, and QuBit

Modular NAMM 2018.6: 2hp, 1010, and QuBit

It’s nice to see sound source ideas beyond our beloved sawtooth and square waves become more common in the modular world. In the next two installments I’m going to focus on a pair of these trends: plucked sounds and granular synthesis. Other mini-trends include the Eurorack world going Goth, and further proliferation of CEM3340-based VCOs.

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