Are you new to modular synthesis? Then this course was designed for you. By using a combination of sound, waveform displays, and harmonic spectra graphs, I help you connect how and why twisting a particular knob or patching a particular cable results in the sounds you are hearing. During this course, I:
• give a brief history of synthesis
• introduce the major module formats available
• discuss the core modules you might consider for your system, including cases, power, getting notes in, and getting sound out
• show you how to create the most common subtractive synthesis patch
• demonstrate each module in a typical modular synth, showing how it works as well as what common synthesizer sounds you can create with it
• cover both East and West Coast Approaches to synthesis, so you’ll learn how to craft a wide variety of sounds
A list of all 38 video lessons in this 4-hour course is shown at the bottom of this page; many contain bonus videos and links to other resources. There is also a 9 movie bonus chapter that presents and breaks down a live modular performance. Note that some of the lessons also have a free preview, so you can get a taste for the course before you buy. I will be adding closed captions and transcripts to each of these lessons in the near future.
By the way: The compact Eurorack-format “teaching rack” used in this course
is based on Roland System 500 modules, complemented with modules from numerous other manufacturers. As most modules as well as many synthesizer keyboards and plug-ins are designed around the same ideas, this course will be useful to all musicians wishing to get further into synthesis and programming their own sounds, regardless of the specific tools you own.