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In-depth Feature:  Inside Synthesis 003 - Modular Basics
Introduction to Modular Synthesis
Getting to grips with the modules
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The Basics
This week William H takes us through some basic modular synthesis concepts as an introduction to using modular synths. Modular synthesizers give you enormous flexibility as you can patch almost anything anywhere allowing you to use any selection of synthesis modules - usually hardwired in non-modular synthesizers.

In this episode, William is using a prototype Mattson Mini Modular synth to demonstrate control inputs such as keyboards, Gates, envelopes and splitting signals for controlling mulitple modules from the same control source.

Correction #1 - I refer to modulating the amplitude of an audio signal with another audio rate signal as Ring Modulation (RM). I should have said Amplitude Modulation (AM).

RM is certainly related to AM, but there's a distinct difference. RM is implemented in such a way that the carrier and modulator's frequencies are eliminated from the signal. You only hear the sums and difference frequencies of the carrier and modulator, but not the original carrier and modulator frequencies.

Correction #2 - Neither RM nor AM add harmonic frequencies. They add sidebands of inharmonic frequencies - hence the metallic and dissonant sound.

(Thanks to Javier and Peter on MatrixSynth.com comments.)

More Resources              Articles - full listing
  • William H @Blogspot
  • Mattson Mini Modular
  • Inside Synthesis Episode 001
  • Inside Synthesis Episode 002

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    phant    Said...

    Neat, can you do some more tricks n tips stuff too?

    I'm loving your work

    07-Jan-08 08:38 AM


    SpeckO    Said...

    Excellent work with this series. William is a great presenter and makes things clear. I've learned a lot so far, keep it coming!

    09-Jan-08 01:06 AM


    Marc JX8P    Said...

    Top notch! Very well presented and structured with some inspiring ideas.

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    more......more........MORE!!!!!!!!!

    10-Jan-08 04:31 PM


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    OMG you, SONIC STATE & Will, RAWK. I was talking to my buddy about running guitar signals through an anlog synth. albeit modeler and here you are giving the lesson to the world. Sent the tag... I'll be back for more. Carry on.

    17-Jan-08 03:51 AM


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    If only there were more synthesis/recording/sampling etc vids like this, delivered this clearly

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    if only there was more synthesis/recording/sampling etc. vids that were this clear...

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    are you going to do the Nord Lead demo?

    31-Jan-08 09:10 AM


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    Hi William ,wow one thing ,I learned alot from your video! really I want to see more!!!!

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    Great vid, i'm enjoying these informative vids. I have the timewARP2600 softsynth and was wondering how to route it. This helped loads. Thanks!

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