Where would I start with modular synthesis?
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:23 PM   #1
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Where would I start with modular synthesis?

I've never touched this kinda stuff in my life and wouldnt even know where to begin in making my a setup. Any advice?

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Old 09-05-2014, 10:14 AM   #2
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Re: Where would I start with modular synthesis?

you mean you want to build a modular hardware synth?
like this:

if so then you would probably get better replies in the hardware forum here:

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but i think the best place to start would be a budget and an idea of what kind of modules you will need.
you will probably want at least one oscillator, filter, an amplifier, a keyboard, some envelopes/LFOs, a case, power supply e.t.c., but most of these are just suggestions (the glory of modular).

maybe this would be a good read?
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Old 09-05-2014, 10:12 PM   #3
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Re: Where would I start with modular synthesis?

Try the Muffwiggler forum, it's the place to be if you want to learn about modular synth. I will also recommend you to know what you want to do with the synth (Drones, trad synthesis, glitchy stuff), you can do a lot a of things with a few piece of modules.
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Old 10-05-2014, 03:08 AM   #4
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Re: Where would I start with modular synthesis?

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I've never touched this kinda stuff in my life and wouldnt even know where to begin in making my a setup. Any advice?
unless you have lots of expendable income I would recommend NOT starting.





From what i understand its easier to quit smoking crack than it is quit buying modules.

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Old 10-05-2014, 04:37 AM   #5
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Re: Where would I start with modular synthesis?

Not sure if you mean that you want to actually want to buy a full modular hardware beast or just try and learn what modular is all about and give things a try so apologise if this isn't relevant. In case it is, ill post it anyways....

I was in a similar position not long ago. I had learnt bits about synthesis but my goto had always been 303 emulations. When it came to non 303 type synthesis, modular for some reason got me interested. I did some research and bought KarmaFX vst. For a simple piece of software, the amount of routing, modulation and most importantly learning that you can do is amazing (and very accessible). Now im glad i chose to learn with something modular rather than a standard subtractive vst and am craving modular hardware!
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Old 10-05-2014, 12:50 PM   #6
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Old 10-05-2014, 01:07 PM   #7
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Re: Where would I start with modular synthesis?

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unless you have lots of expendable income I would recommend NOT starting.





From what i understand its easier to quit smoking crack than it is quit buying modules.
Yea...start with a low interest bank loan...

muffwigglers is probably a good place to look for info. I almost took the dive recently but have realized I dont need to go that route to do what I want to do. Feel like I dodged a bullet there as my gear lust is bad enough thanks...but muffwigglers had all the info I felt I needed to start.

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Old 10-05-2014, 01:14 PM   #8
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VCO...
...straight into the computer to be changed using software to save a few kilobucks

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Old 03-07-2014, 12:26 PM   #9
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Re: Where would I start with modular synthesis?

I started with a semi-modular Doepfer Dark Energy, its small not overly expensive and combines well with a Dark Time (which was my second by).

They're both great in the aspect of using them with your computer, the dark time can sequence soft-synths and so on...

After you understand some of the modular basics you can buy a case and start adding modules which expand the dark energy, like an oscillator, modulation sources,...
The Dark Energy acts as midi/USB to CV converter and is mobile if you want to use it in a live situation.
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Re: Where would I start with modular synthesis?

You could obviously start with software.







or start semi-modular with something like ACE or Bazille.




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' runs on multiple platform and is also nice to get into modulars on the software side of things!

The pixitracker 1 bit and 16 bit are very cool too

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Re: Where would I start with modular synthesis?

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unless you have lots of expendable income I would recommend NOT starting.





From what i understand its easier to quit smoking crack than it is quit buying modules.
Agreed, wish I could. Would love this machines around my house lol

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unless you have lots of expendable income I would recommend NOT starting.





From what i understand its easier to quit smoking crack than it is quit buying modules.
I'm a success story, I quit.

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click "modular". Click "best rated " and you're set.
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Re: Where would I start with modular synthesis?

I started with Studio Factory for software very similar to a midualr synth setup. Free. Also Sunvox is grat.
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Re: Where would I start with modular synthesis?

And also i sue Algorithmic Arts software program developed by John Dunn called Artwonk which is a very deep programme, that used to he commercially available but recently made free due to health reason of the developer. I use it with my MC909.
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Re: Where would I start with modular synthesis?

NI Reaktor is good to learn Modular synthesis models.

If you want go hardware and the everlasting need to buy a module once a month:
I started with a Ringmodulator and VCA. Just to mangle signals. Then added LFO, to automate Parameters. Then a VCO, which I controlled with Arturia Minibruet CV outs. Then a filter and an envelope and I had a simple synth voice. If you know how these modules work, you know what module you want next.

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