Make users aware of the three main module formats.
- Modular synthesizers have been around since the 1960s,…and there used to be several different manufacturers.…But for some reason, back in the day,…it was the custom for each manufacturer…to develop their own format or their own standard…for their own modules.…They just didn't anticipate that you might want to mix them…with modules from another manufacturer.…Well fortunately, today, the market has coalesced around…three basic formats.…Those formats are usually identified by…how tall the modules are.…3U, 4U, or 5U,…with 1U being a "rack unit,"…just like your normal studio gear,…where 1U high is one and three quarters, or 1.75 inches.…
Now you can, for the most part,…interconnect modules from different formats.…However, it's usually good…to pick one format to start out with,…because that way, you start with one case,…one power supply, and put all of your modules in that,…instead of having a case…for every different format in your studio.…5U is more often referred to as MU for Moog Units,…and it is the granddaddy format.…
This course will be based around the widely available Roland SYSTEM-500 Eurorack-standard synthesizer modules, complemented with modules from several other manufacturers. As most modules, synthesizer keyboards, and plugins are designed around the same principles, this course lets you dig deeper into synthesis and programming your sounds regardless of the equipment you own.
- Putting a system together
- Getting sound in and out
- Patching a typical synthesizer "voice"
- Tuning voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs)
- Working with waveforms
- Using filters
- Exploring frequency modulation, waveshaping, oscillator sync, effects, and more
Skill Level Beginner
Learning Synth Programming: Beyond the Basicswith Scott Hirsch1h 54m Intermediate
Performing with Ableton Live: On Stage with St. Vincentwith Daniel Mintseris2h 4m Appropriate for all
1. Putting a System Together
2. Learning Subtractive Synthesis
3. Exploring Alternate Techniques
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