The world of modular synthesis might appear a bit intimidating at first glance, but – and as someone who just got into modular a couple of years ago you can trust me – it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you’d think and Robin Vincent is going to show you why. He’s been a software guy for 20 years, so if he can work it out then anyone can….
Episode 1 – Introduction to Eurorack Modular series
Welcome to a new series of videos that aim to answer the question of “how to get into modular synthesis”. We’ve teamed up with Robin Vincent from Molten Music Technology to witness his first steps into the world of Eurorack modular.
Robin is our guide and our guinea pig as he strives to unravel this mysteriously musical form of DIY synthesis. There will be videos forthcoming on gateway synths to lay the ground work, software alternatives to whet your appetite, and on to choosing the right case and power supply. And then it will develop into an opportunity to try out, compare and review various modules as he starts to put his system together.
This is the start of a journey and we don’t know exactly where it’s going to go but it should be fun to find out. Here’s Robin explaining the plan.
Episode 2 – Semi-modular as a gateway to Eurorack Modular Proper
In this episode Robin explains why a semi-modular synthesiser might be a really good way testing the modular water. He tests out the Moog Mother-32 and demonstrates how it gives you a patchable and enlightening starting point.
You can learn an awful lot about synthesis and the way modular works from a semi-modular. He highlights the Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms SV-1, the Dreadbox Erebus and the Make Noise 0-Coast as similarly useful semi-modular boxes. The point really is that a semi-modular synth will always be a stand-alone synthesiser regardless of whether you go all the way into a Eurorack system. And if you choose not to go further into modular then you’ve still got a great synth to play with that will sit nicely with your existing setup.
Episode 3 – Wetting your feet with Softube Modular
In our next episode Robin decides on a Eurorack case and it all starts becoming very real.
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