A few of those themes that emerged during this year’s NAMM show included CEM 3340-based VCOs (as there are now two sources for this classic, previously-unavailable chip), granular synthesis, semi-modulars, and multiple voices. I touched on that last one in the first installment, with 4ms’ Spherical Waveform Navigator being capable of 6-voice polyphony; in general, more companies are looking at configuring a modular to produce more than one sound at the same time – and we’ll look at a few of them here.
For the last couple of year I’ve written up my conversations with all of the modular manufacturers I could visit during the most recent NAMM show, starting on the first night of the show. This year, for personal reasons, I was on a different schedule, but I’m finally starting my manufacturer-by-manufacturer reports, to be spread out over several installments.
Most of the posts on this site are devoted to smaller modular systems I build for my courses. However, I recently did a 2-hour live webcast with “DivKid” Ben Wilson about my personal system, including many of the choices that went into building it. Here is that video plus some background.
Welcome to Part 9 of 9 of Modular NAMM 2017. I’m going to wrap up this year’s marathon reports with a series of quick takes about what a number of other companies were showing this year, including 1010Music, Detachment 3, Division 6, Dreadbox, Erica Synths, Eventide, Koma, Moon, Roland, Synthrotek, and Waldorf.