Learning Modular Synthesis: Arturia Modular V

For those who are into software synths, I’ve created a version of Learning Modular Synthesis for Arturia Modular V, an emulation of the original Moog modular synths of the 60s and 70s and their recent re-releases. You may find this course interesting if you’re just interested in how the original modular Moogs worked.

This course starts with the fundamentals of how sound and harmonics work, as well as how to set up the Modular V software and patch together modules in its virtual environment. I then go through the main modules individually, explaining the differences between oscillator waveshapes, filter types, etc. while demonstrating how to use them in a musical context. Next I move into more advanced techniques such as frequency and amplitude modulation, as well as using the effects and advanced filters in Arturia Modular V.

This course will also help get you into the mindset of programming a large Moog modular or similar hardware or software modular synth. Here is the introductory video for the course:

Click here to go the Learning Modular Synthesis: Arturia Modular V course on Lynda.com. If you do not already have a copy of Arturia’s Modular V, it retails for $149; a free demo version is also available. If you don’t already have a Lynda.com account, register through lynda.com/trial/chrismeyer and you’ll receive your first 30 days free before your credit card is charged.

I’ve created a few other posts on Modular V, featuring free-to-all sample movies from the course:

Some of the feedback I’ve received on this course includes:

“This is a great tutorial. I’ve had this synth sitting on my machine for over a year and only played around with the presets, not really know ing what I was doing. You’ve inspired me to jump in and get my hands dirty creating something from scratch. Thank you.” – BR


“Wow, what a great tutorial! Very helpful indeed; thank you so much! ” – SA 


“Thank you! very clear tutorial :)” – AH


“A million thanks for this series!!” – EA


“You do a great job. You obviously thought about what you are going to do before you record your program. That is pretty rare…” – HM

Table of Contents for
Learning Modular Synthesis: Arturia Modular V


  1. Welcome
  2. Fundamental concept: harmonics & sound

Chapter 1: Running Modular V

  1. Installation & initialization
  2. The user interface
  3. Creating your first patch

Chapter 2: Basic synthesis techniques

  1. Using multiple oscillators (VCOs)
  2. The basic analog waveforms
  3. The classic low pass filter (LP VCF)
  4. Attack/decay/sustain/release (ADSR) envelopes
  5. The high pass filter (HP VCF)
  6. Using the Filter Coupler (band pass & reject)
  7. The 2-pole multimode filter
  8. Low frequency oscillator (LFO) waveshapes
  9. Pulse width modulation (PWM)
  10. Tremolo with LFO delay and fade in
  11. Controlling the LFO with the mod wheel
  12. Adding vibrato

Chapter 3: Getting more complex

  1. Oscillator sync
  2. Frequency modulation (FM)
  3. FM drum sounds
  4. Modulating the filter
  5. Amplitude & ring modulation (AM)
  6. The fixed filter bank
  7. The formant filter
  8. Adding noise
  9. Sample & hold (S/H)
  10. Trigger delay
  11. Dual audio delay
  12. The chorus effect
  13. 12-stage phaser


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