The deep dark place, known as modular synthesis

Posted: February 22, 2014 in Music Production
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I have been busy lately delving into that deep dark place called modular synthesis.

I must admit I was apprehensive at first, as all that I seemed to find on youtube was guys making, ummm, well, bleeps and bleeps and more bleeps. It was a revelation to find some  videos with people using modulars for techno and electro house, including Deadmau5. Don’t get me wrong, if you want to make bleeps and drones, that’s fine, everyone to themselves, but this was not the direction I wanted to go in.

It took a lot of research, but finally I have built a system, that at first seems like a standard synth. But with the addition of a Make Noise Rene sequencer, some Ginksythesis LFO’s and the awesome expert sleepers ES-3 module, I have been able to work in a different way and produce different sounds and melodies than I normal would.

The modular synth

The modular synth

The ES-3 module together with the TipTop Z3000 VCA’s allow me to keep to musical scales and synch everything up perfectly with my DAW. I have more modules planned, including a wave shaper to give me more sonic possibilities.

I have got to say, that even though I cannot save presets, something that worried me when I first thought about getting into modulars, it is more than compensated for, with the programming and sound shaping possibilities. Another thing to mention is that the modular synth community is full of really helpful & friendly people, with the forums having less trolls than other ones I have visited in the past.

So what am I going to do with this? I really fancy trying out some electro house style music, giving me a break from the DnB, so stay tuned!!!


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