Below are all of the blog posts I’ve created for the Learning Modular site. The include instructional videos and articles on important concepts (such as getting started, managing clocks in your modular system, how the different types of FM work, etc.) as well as trade show reports and other writings of interest. To browse a specific category, click on one of the Blog Categories at right.

Learning Modular July 2020 Newsletter: The Tardis

Learning Modular July 2020 Newsletter: The Tardis

June was one of those “swan” months where above the water, I may have appeared to be serene and unhurried (and to be not creating a lot of content) … but below the water, my webbed feet were paddling furiously as I moved my studio, rebuilt the power supply in my...

NAMM 2020: A Few of My Favorite Things

NAMM 2020: A Few of My Favorite Things

Rather than do my normal in-depth interviews with each module creator, this year I'm giving a quick review of the new modules that resonated with me the most. That does not mean all of the other modules were not cool and may be more appropriate for the music you make;...

Choosing Patch Cables

Choosing Patch Cables

When putting together your own modular system, a vital component that’s easy to initially overlook is buying a collection of patch cables to use with it. What should you be looking for when you go cable shopping? Most important is that you need cables with plugs which...

Your First Filter (or Two)

Your First Filter (or Two)

Filters are one of the most common and useful module types. They typically dampen broad groups of (or, with feedback turned up, accentuate a select few) harmonics to help focus or clarify a sound. The frequency of these harmonics can be swept by a front panel knob or...

Modular NAMM 2019: New Modules & Trends

Modular NAMM 2019: New Modules & Trends

For a variety of reasons, far fewer modular manufacturers chose to exhibit at NAMM this year. This meant it was possible to spend more time playing, talking about, and listening to the gear that was at the show. Here is a summary of what I saw, with a focus on interesting developments and stories:

Master Clocks & Reset

Master Clocks & Reset

While putting together a live performance case focused on creating percussion patterns, I ran head-first into a problem that has frustrated many Eurorack users: how to make sure all of your modules agree on where the downbeat is. In this video and article, I sort out what’s going on, and how I fixed it.

Understanding the Differences Between Exponential, Linear, and Through Zero FM

Understanding the Differences Between Exponential, Linear, and Through Zero FM

We know using one oscillator to frequency modulate another is a lot of fun…but just what is the difference between the different types of FM? I finally got my hands on a module – the Endorphin.es Furthrrrr Generator complex oscillator – that is capable of being switched (with some behind-the-faceplate fiddling) between exponential, linear, and linear through zero FM, so this is a good opportunity to finally make an apples to apples to apples comparison between the three.