Patch your way to killer synth sounds
The universe of modular synthesis is inhabited by bearded scientists who spend all day plugging electronic components together to make bleeps ’n’ bloops. Yet this geekiness is rewarded by the creation of the most unusual, experimental, unheard sounds that would be impossible to create any other way. This constant pendulum between science and music swings back and forth, intimidating newcomers and ‘proper’ musicians who are used to Junos and Jupiters.
This is exactly why the world of semi-modular synths is so exciting: you start with a complete instrument, which is probably powerful enough straight off the shelf; but once you’re comfortable, you can begin tinkering with its signal flow, section by section. Before you know it, you’ll have supplemented your beloved semi-modular with an entire wall of Eurorack modules.
To unlock this world of semi-modular synths, then, we’re going to dive into some sound design concepts and hands-on sessions using some of today’s most popular options. We’ll look at some basic patching tricks and modular concepts, culminating in the creation of a dual-synth mega setup. It’s time