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Modular Synthesis Basics
Learn about modular synthesizers with these short videos. We simplify fancy jargon.
Introduction to Modular Synthesizers
Five minutes gets you an overview of what a modular synthesizer is and a basic patch example.
Voltage control is the most important concept to understand about modular patchable synthesizers. It's simple and powerful.
Pitch and Gate
Pitch signals control the pitch of oscillators using the 1-volt-per-octave standard. Gate signals indicate an ON/OFF condition like pressing a key or triggering an envelope.
Envelopes are signals that make sound change over time. Envelopes control filters (VCF) and amplifiers (VCA) and more.
Waveforms and Harmonics
Sine waves are smooth like flutes and sawtooth waves are brassy. Harmonics are the key.
Amplitude and Polarity
Amplitude of a signal is its volume. Polarity of a signal can be normal or inverted. Reversible attenuators explained too.
Basic Synth Patch
A simple patch to get you started. Step by step. One oscillator, a filter and other goodies to make it all work.
Where does the sound come out?
Everybody has this question but won't admit it :)
7 Common Patching Mistakes
Everyone learns these one way or another.
Tutorial Videos by Module
Q179 Envelope++ Tour
Q179 Envelope++ Envelope Curves
Q179 Envelope++ Arpeggiator
Q179 Envelope++ Quantizer
Q179 Envelope++ LFO
Q179 Envelope++ Daisy Chaining
Q179 Envelope++ Bar Counting
Q179 Envelope++ Gate Dividing
Q179 Envelope++ Random Voltages
Q179 Envelope++ Done Output
Q179 Envelope++ Velocity
Q179 Envelope++ Patch Tip
Q960 3rd Row Timing
Q960 Audio Oscillator
Q960 Gate Merging
Q960 Gate Length Control
Q960 Gate Cross-Patching
Q960 Dual Sequencers for 48 Steps
Q960 Gates from Row Knobs
Q960 vs Moog 960
Q960 Random Patterns
Q960 Ratcheting with one oscillator
Q960 Separating Gates from the Q963