Semi-Mod­u­lar Mas­ter­class

Patch your way to killer synth sounds

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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

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