Courses & Other Resources
In addition to this Learning Modular website – which contains a modular synth glossary, blog posts on modular synthesis, where to find me on social media, and more – I have created a series of online beginning through intermediate modular synth courses plus co-wrote a book that will help clear away the confusion that can come with learning modular synthesizers.
These cover the basic concepts of sound and voltage control, which are the key to understanding how a modular synth works. Each one leads you through how to create a typical “patch”, then demonstrates what different modules do and how you can use them creatively. By the end of each, you will know what module to reach for and which patch connections to make to create the sounds you want – whether you’re coming at it from electronic dance music (EDM) or ambient drone styles, East Coast or West Coast synthesis approaches, and more.
The Comprehensive Starter Course
New to modular synthesis? This “Level 1” course starts with the origins of electronic music. It will teach you the fundamentals of modular synthesis, as well as how to choose a format and initial collection of modules. After that, I demonstrate step by step the most common approaches to modular synthesis. 38 movies, nearly 4 hours, $70 USD
Semi-Modular: Introduction to the Moog Mother-32
Software: Introduction to Arturia Modular-V
More comfortable using a computer than hardware? I start with the fundamentals of synthesis that apply to both hardware and software. After showing you how to install and use this popular emulation of the classic Moog modular synthesizer, I demonstrate musically useful applications for each module. 31 movies, over 3 hours, $50 USD
Eurorack Expansion: Intelligently Adding to Your Modular Synth
Have a starter system, and wondering what modules you should buy next? Are you tired wasting time and money on the wrong modules? This “Level 2” course demonstrates what each type of module will add to your sonic toolkit, including deep dives into specific modules. It is available in three different “Tiers” ranging in price from $25 to $225 USD, each with a different number of modules explored.
Book: Patch & Tweak – Exploring Modular Synthesis
Prefer reading over watching videos? Kim Bjørn and I created this gorgeous, heavily-illustrated book that starts with the fundamentals and goes through advanced applications for each type of module with hundreds of examples. Includes patches, interviews, glossary, and an abbreviated history of modular synthesis. 368 pages, hard cover, $69 USD retail
Continuing Education: Learning Modular on Patreon
Want to go deeper, and keep up on the latest information? Then join my subscribers-only Patreon channel where I share in detail my ongoing explorations in modular synthesis, including module deep-dives, techniques, music, history, and how I choose and use the modules in my own personal systems, both live and in the studio. Subscriptions run from $1 to $24 USD/month, with most including access to one or more of the courses above.
Get started now.
Stop wasting time and money on modules and patches that won’t get you closer to your goals.
Choose the path above that seems best suited to you, click through to its page, and get started learning how to master your modular synth. Give your imagination the tools it needs, so that you can finally realize the sounds and songs in you’ve been hearing in your head. You won’t regret investing in your own creativity.
But what if it doesn’t help me?
If you buy one of my online courses above, and after watching it decide that you didn’t learn anything or that it wasn’t right for you, email me using the contact form on this website, and I will refund your money. Yes, I know a few people are going to take advantage of me by watching a course and then claiming it was useless, just to save money. But in my experience, the modular synthesis community is full of wonderful, creative, honest human beings. So I’m willing to take that risk, just to make sure you are happy.
And as a bonus…
When you purchase one of my courses or subscribe to my Patreon channel, you will automatically start receiving my monthly newsletter. It contains additional modular articles and tips, along with summaries of my most recent videos and posts.
This site also contains a lot of free information to help you on your modular journey, including an online Modular Synthesis Glossary and blog posts about essential techniques. Explore the menu along the top to learn more, including about my courses and book.