If you’re new to modular synthesizers, they can be a bit daunting initially: How the heck do you even get a sound out of them? And what’s the starting point to recreate what you’re used to from your other synths?

If those fears sound familiar, then the following video from my (much) longer course on modular synths is for you. In under 10 minutes, I show you step by step how to patch together a typical “East Coast” subtractive synthesis voice, and then tweak it to get something more interesting out of it. If you’re a beginner, here is your first step on the ladder to learning how to use modular synths:


This is one of the earlier videos in my Learning Modular Synthesis course. The videos before it explain what the different modular formats are, and discusses configuring a starting system – including how to get notes in and sound out – as well as case and power supply issues. The videos after it go through each typical module and common technique one by one, and then dives into a few intermediate level techniques like patching frequency modulation (FM).

You will need to have a LinkedIn Learning or Lynda.com account to watch all of the videos; if you don’t, register using this link – http://lynda.com/trial/chrismeyer – and you can watch any of the courses on the site (including over 250 on music and audio) for 30 days before they bill your credit card. If you got what you need or don’t like what you see, cancel before 30 days; if you do, keep your subscription running – I have three additional courses coming out on LinkedIn/Lynda.com during the first half of 2017.